WPR News
7:28 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Sugar co-op agrees to pay fine, upgrade Neb. plant

Scotts Bluff, Neb. – The Western Sugar Cooperative will pay a fine and invest at least $350,000 in pollution control upgrades at its Nebraska Panhandle plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday the Denver-based cooperative would pay nearly $57,000 in fines and improve its Scottsbluff, Neb., plant.

The EPA says the plant discharged extremely high levels of fecal coliform bacteria into the North Platte River on at least 14 occasions between December 2007 and January 2010.

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2:46 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Governor candidates get ready for the general election.

Wyoming – Even though the primary election just ended the candidates for governor are already making strong cases for why they are the best for the job. Matt Mead, the former U-S Attorney is the Republican nominee while the Democratic nominee is Leslie Petersen, a former Teton County Commissioner and Democratic Party Chair. Renny MacKay reports.

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2:44 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Wyoming voters will get to choose a new State Superintendent this year. Tristan Ahtone has more.

Wyoming – On Tuesday, GOP voters ensured Wyoming will have a new state superintendent of public instruction next year. Superintendent Jim McBride, the only incumbent to lose a major race during the primary, lost to political newcomer Cindy Hill. Hill's next battle will be against Democratic nominee Mike Massie. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone has more.

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2:43 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

The Wyoming Conservation Corps had its most productive year.

Wyoming – The Wyoming Conservation Corps has been around for four years. The group logged over 31,000 hours of work on public lands across the state, and 2010 was the most productive year yet. The W-C-C does trail building, wetland restoration and pine beetle reclamation, among other things. Renny MacKay spoke with WCC senior project coordinator Tim Sowecke.

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2:41 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Denver Children's hospital is involved with a Wyoming outreach effort.

Wyoming – For about 15 years Wyoming Kiwanis and the Denver Children's Hospital have been involved in a partnership to bring medical outreach and safety measures to the state. Theresa Rapstein oversees the program called the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute. She speaks with Bob Beck.

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2:40 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Wyoming's delegation discusses immigration reform.

Wyoming – Despite pressure from Wyoming agricultural producers and interest groups around America - Congress appears likely to put off the immigration reform debate until at least next year. And as Manuel Quinones reports from Washington - views from the Wyoming delegation show how difficult it will be to find common ground.

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2:38 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Republicans discuss the upcoming general election.

Wyoming – The chair of the Wyoming Republican Party, Diana Vaughn. In the past Republicans have lost the race for governor because the party splintered during the primary. Vaughn says this year the party is unified. Renny MacKay asked if they had a plan for keeping registered Republicans from crossing over and voting for Democrats.

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2:37 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Despite odds Wyoming Democrats are optimistic heading into November.

Wyoming – Most people believe it could be a tough year for the Wyoming Democratic Party. The party could lose seats in the legislature and it appears both the U-S House race and the Governor's race will be tough to win. Although many think State Senator Mike Massie will compete in the race for state superintendent. But while some are gloomy, the Director of the Wyoming Democratic Party Bill Luckett is not. He speaks with Bob Beck.

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2:35 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Lander is making a sudden economic comeback.

Wyoming – Following the oil and uranium boom of the 1980's, Fremont County fell on the some hard economic times. Unemployment was high and many homes were up for sale. But lately the county has had a comeback. Whether it's from the energy industry, Casinos on the Wind River Reservation or a new business park in Lander, more people are employed. It's led to something different in Lander. WPR's Bob Beck reports that young people are running businesses.

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2:34 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Searching for gold in Wyoming.

Wyoming – The price of gold has gone up by 400 percent over the last decade. For months now, gold has been trading near record highs. And that has far-reaching effects, not from Wall Street to Main Street, but all the way out to central Wyoming, and a spot called the Rattlesnake Hills. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story about modern gold prospecting.

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