WPR News
6:57 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Flares released from Wyoming Refining Co.

Newcastle, WY – Newcastle residents say they witnessed dramatic flares from the Wyoming Refining Co. oil refinery this week.

The flares, reported in the Casper Star-Tribune, occurred Tuesday. The newspaper says refinery officials didn't return calls seeking comment.

Refineries commonly burn some gases when restarting after an electrical power failure. The flames are called flares.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says the refinery had two power failures followed by two flare incidents on Tuesday.

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WPR News
6:51 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Federal funds for wolf conflicts

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Helena, MT – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that $1 million in grants will be distributed to 10 states to help livestock producers take nonlethal steps to reduce conflicts with wolves, or to compensate livestock owners for losses to wolf depredation.

Montana, Idaho and Wyoming will each receive $140,000, the most among the 10 states with wolves.

The agency says funding allocations were determined by looking at the amount of depredation by wolves, the number of wolves in each state and the need.

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WPR News
6:47 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Police standoff outside Cheyenne home

Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne police used tear gas to end a standoff with a man who barricaded himself in a home with a loaded rifle for about five hours.

Cheyenne police Sgt. Rob Dafoe says a woman called police late Thursday with reports that her boyfriend had assaulted her and threatened her with a gun.

After police escorted the woman from the property, the suspect brandished a rifle and barricaded himself in the home.

Police evacuated neighboring homes and called in a SWAT team and negotiators.

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WPR News
6:46 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Final group of Guard troops returns to Cheyenne

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Cheyenne, WY – The largest single-unit deployment in Wyoming National Guard history has ended with the return of 100 members of the 115th Fires Brigade to Cheyenne.

A couple hundred people were on hand to welcome the troops home with hugs, signs and waving flags at Guard headquarters on Friday afternoon.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal told the returning soldiers it was an honor to see them serving overseas, but much nicer to see them back in Cheyenne.

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WPR News
6:42 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Freudenthal also received extremist letter

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal is among dozens of governors in the country to receive letters demanding they leave office or be removed.

Chris Boswell, the governor's chief of staff, said Friday that state police intercepted the package when it arrived earlier this week.

At least 30 governors have received the letters from a group called the Guardians of the free Republics.

The FBI says it expects all 50 governors to eventually receive the letters and warns the letters could provoke violence.

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WPR News
6:41 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Gillette mourns soldier's death

Gillette, WY – Flags are still flying at half-mast in Gillette, where a funeral was held for a young marine Thursday.

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WPR News
2:47 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Rasmussen: Gov. race up for grabs among Republicans

Laramie, WY – A new poll out shows that the Wyoming governor's race is still wide open, at least among the Republican candidates. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports

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WPR News
10:46 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Teton County pursuing community health insurance

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WPR News
10:44 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Vote may come on new "fracking" rules

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