WPR News
2:30 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Two Wyoming officials use state cars for campaigning

Cheyenne, WY – Two Wyoming officials seeking re-election have used their state vehicles on the campaign trail and some lawmakers say they have concerns with the practice.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride and state
Treasurer Joe Meyer say their use of state vehicles to campaign is
incidental to official business and say they haven't done anything
improper.
State ethics law bars officials from using public equipment for
campaigning unless it's incidental to state business. The law also

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WPR News
9:16 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Jackson Hole feels 4.8 magnitude earthquake

Jackson, Wy – A moderate earthquake has rattled parts of northwest Wyoming, but there are no initial reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck shortly after 6 p.m. Mountain Time Wednesday. Its epicenter was
about 25 miles east-northeast of Jackson and about 30 miles east of
Teton Village. Rich Ochs is interim coordinator for Teton County Emergency
Management. He says there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Pete Jorgensen says he felt the quake near the town of Kelly,

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8:53 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Barrasso to vote no on Kagan

wasington d-c – Sen. John Barrasso says he will vote against confirming Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court.President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to succeed retired
Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan is expected to be confirmed by the
U.S. Senate this week.
Barrasso based his opposition to Kagan on her decision as dean
of Harvard Law School to bar military recruiters from the campus
because of the military's policy against openly gay soldiers.
The Wyoming Republican says he believes Kagan will allow

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WPR News
8:52 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

July is busiest month in Yellowstone's history

Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – More people visited Yellowstone National Park last month than ever before.

The park said Wednesday that more than 957,000 people came through park gates during July. That's 60,000 more than last July,when the park's previous monthly record was set.

July usually is the busiest month for the park, followed by August, June, September and May.

Yellowstone set a record last year when nearly 3.3 million visited the park. So far this year, visits to the park are up 5.8 percent.

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8:47 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Uranium industry and conservation groups differ on in-situ requirements

Laramie, Wyo. – Those involved with Wyoming's uranium business are excited about a possible resurgence, but others aren't so sure.

A number of new uranium projects are expected in the coming months. Donna Wichers is Senior Vice President of In-Situ Operations for Uranium One in Casper. She says in-situ uranium mining is going to be a growth industry Wyoming. "We have a bright future. I think the price is very stable these days, so we won't see a huge boom, but will see a steady development of new mines.

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5:16 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Wyoming Republicans Debate Health Care

WPR News
7:44 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Grand Teton officials working to secure land swap

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Laramie, Wyo. – Grand Teton National Park officials are working with the BLM and others to try to finally reach a deal over two state-owned sections within the park. Wyoming makes a mere three thousand dollars from the property each year, but the land is valued at roughly $150 million.

State officials have been trying to work out a land trade with the federal government for more than a decade. This summer, the governor threatened to put the land up for auction.

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4:04 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Wyoming records 1st West Nile case this year

Cheyenne, Wyo. – An adult male from Goshen County has become Wyoming's first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

The state Department of Health reported the case Tuesday. Most people infected with West Nile never develop symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.

But a few people develop meningitis or encephalitis and can die from the disease.

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4:00 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

UW Trustee Haynes has eye on governor's office

Laramie, Wyo. – A Cheyenne man is working to get his name on the ballot for the governor's race. Taylor Haynes is a University of Wyoming trustee, an organic beef rancher and a retired trauma surgeon who heads a health benefits company.

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