WPR News
8:56 am
Mon June 7, 2010

UW moves forward with coal research

Cheyenne,Wy – The University of Wyoming has filed a minor source air permit application for a $100 million facility that will experiment with turning coal into gas.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will review the
application for the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology
Center.
UW is seeking a synthetic minor source air permit for the
gasification facility. The anticipated emissions will remain below
the major source thresholds set out in state air quality permitting
regulations.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Mon June 7, 2010

State will decide on fracking rules.

Laramie, Wy – State oil and gas regulators are about to vote on rules that would require companies to disclose the chemicals used in a process that increases the productivity of oil and gas wells. Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, sand and chemicals
down a well to open up deep fissures and improve the flow of oil or
gas. Widespread "fracking" has increased concern nationwide that
the chemicals could contaminate aquifers tapped for drinking water
and irrigation.
The rules before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Many arrested in multi-state meth probe

Laramie, Wyo. – Forty-four people have been arrested in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado as part of an investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking operation. In Wyoming, the arrests were made between Wednesday and today.

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WPR News
8:52 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Teton County property values likely to drop

Jackson, Wyo. – Property values in Teton County are expected to drop for the first time in at least a decade.

Once all residential and business property is accounted for, the total assessed value for 2010 is expected to be $1.2 billion. That would be 11 percent less than 2009.

County assessor Cathy Toolson says the drop is an indicator of the slumping real estate market. However, she says the decline is less severe than originally expected because of new home construction.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Governor says he will support contested wind farm

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Despite opposition from prominent state citizens, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he will support a proposed wind farm. The company Wasatch Wind has a proposal before the State Land and Investment Board to build a wind farm in central Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:56 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Eaton attorneys file federal appeal

Casper, Wy – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate are criticizing both his original state court prosecutor and defense lawyer in a federal appeal of his death sentence. Dale Wayne Eaton was sentenced to death in the 1988 rape and
murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont. She disappeared while driving from Colorado to Cody. Investigators in 2002 matched Eaton's DNA to her body and found her car buried on his property.
Lawyers for Eaton's federal appeal filed papers this week

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WPR News
9:54 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Lots of Meth busts in Wyoming and the region

Casper, Wy – Over 40 people in three states have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected methamphetamine trafficking operation. Federal arrest warrants have been served on people in Wyoming,Colorado and Utah as of Thursday.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Cheyenne, John
Powell, says nine pounds of meth have been seized along with
several firearms and more than $100,000 in cash.
Details of the investigation aren't know because documents will
remain sealed until all arrest warrants are served.

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WPR News
9:48 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Fremont school district has more kids and more graduating

Riverton, Wy – Fremont County School District 25 reports that its enrollment rates have increased significantly, while drop out rates have gone down.
District 25 Superintendent Craig Beck says the student numbers
in district schools have stabilized after it had been losing
pupils.
In the last three years, the school district is seeing an annual
enrollment increase of at least 100 students. The superintendent
says the more programs, tailored to what students want, are also
cutting the dropout rate.

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