WPR News
8:47 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

PAWS test goes back to paper and pencil

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Superintendent for Public Instruction today announced that the state's student assessment test will go back to a pencil and paper format next year. The Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS test, has drawn criticism in recent months. That's after technological problems disrupted computer-based evaluations this year.

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WPR News
8:32 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Trial to begin Tuesday in grizzly bear shooting

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Jackson, Wyo. – A three-day trial for a Teton Village hunter accused of illegally shooting a grizzly bear north of Jackson is set to start Tuesday.

Forty-one-year-old Stephen Westmoreland has said he killed the bear in self-defense after it dropped to all fours and approached him from about 40 yards away in September.

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WPR News
6:43 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

New oil and gas rules finalized

Laramie, WY – The Obama administration has unveiled new rules for on-shore oil and gas leasing. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports

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1:25 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Jackson residents react to Arizona's Immigration law.

Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington goes to the Jackson Post Office to ask resident opinions about Arizona's new immigration law.

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1:20 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Wyoming's Congressional delegation worries about the impact on the state's drilling following the B-P oil spill.

Wyoming – With massive amounts of oil continuing to seep into the Gulf of Mexico many lawmakers are rethinking their stance on domestic energy production. Matt Laslo reports on how that may impact Wyoming's oil industry.

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1:19 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

In late April, a federal judge ruled that Fremont County has to stop using its at-large system for electing county commissioners, because it dilutes the Native American vote

Wyoming – Molly Messick speaks with Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn who says the county is considering a few options to address the ruling that the way county commissioners are elected must be changed to better accommodate Native American voters.

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1:16 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

An author discusses suicide and how people should deal with it.

Wyoming – For years Wyoming has been among the leaders in suicide. Experts say that it affects people of all ages. Author and Child Psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport explored the topic in her book "In Her Wake", where she writes about the suicide of her mother. She speaks with WPR's Bob Beck.

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1:13 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

The Director of Wyoming's Department of Health addresses the new health reform law.

Wyoming – Later this month Wyoming PBS will broadcast a discussion on health care reform and what it means for Wyoming. The discussion will center around the recently passed federal health care law. The broadcast will be May 27th at seven in the evening. The centerpiece of the program will be Department of Health Director Brent Sherard who tells Bob Beck that he actually likes a lot about the law.

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1:12 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Hanna will get a grocery store.

Wyoming – In January, we reported the only grocery store in the southeast Wyoming town of Hanna closed its doors. Hanna is a remote place, home to about 850 people. Many of them are retirees, and losing the store hit them hard. Now, a new family has decided it wants to sell groceries in Hanna. Linda DeClue and her husband first laid eyes on the store a little more than a year ago, when they moved to Wyoming from Missouri. She speaks with Molly Messick.

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1:11 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

On-line news sources are making an impact in Wyoming.

Wyoming – In recent years, the national media landscape has been characterized by newspapers and magazines scaling back and going under. At the same time, new sources of journalism are cropping up, and that can be seen here in Wyoming as well. This year, the state's second online-nonprofit-news organization launched. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports instead of competing with the established sources of journalism in the state these websites are trying to help them.

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