WPR News
6:31 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Casper flood estimates below aid standards

Cheyenne, WY – Preliminary damage assessments of a flash flood earlier this month in Natrona County indicate the damage isn't enough to trigger federal financial assistance.

The storm on July 2 dropped more than 2 inches of rain in the Casper area, flooding private homes, businesses and government buildings.

No deaths or injuries were reported, but seven families were displaced.

City and county officials estimated damage at $4 million and declared a need for federal disaster aid.

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WPR News
6:30 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Wyoming forests denied stimulus funds again

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture again has excluded national forests in Wyoming from receiving federal economic stimulus program money.

The federal agency on Tuesday announced nearly $275 million in new federal funds for improvements to U.S. Forest Service trails and facilities in 32 states. It included none for Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal last month wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack saying he was indignant the federal agency excluded Wyoming from the first round of funding.

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WPR News
6:22 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Barrasso, Lummis oppose House's wild horse bill

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Republicans Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis say they oppose a U.S. House bill that would provide more land for wild horses and burros and protect the animals from slaughter.

The bill would restrict the government from killing healthy wild horses and burros. It would also give the government authority to enter into cooperative agreements to establish wild horse sanctuaries on nonfederal lands.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting the bill would cost up to $700 million.

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WPR News
6:20 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

$10M in stimulus to insulate hundreds of Wyo. homes

Cheyenne, WY – More than $10 million in federal economic stimulus funding will help hundreds of low-income families keep the Wyoming chill out of their homes.

The money is going toward a state program that helps people who meet certain income requirements install insulation, tune up their furnaces, switch to programmable thermostats and take other steps to make their homes more energy efficient.

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WPR News
6:18 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Governor reacts to health reform bills

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says health care restructuring measures in Congress are such moving targets that he finds it difficult to figure out what he supports.

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WPR News
6:18 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

FEMA still has not decided on Casper flood aid

Laramie, Wy – Natrona County still has not received word if it will get assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.

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WPR News
10:15 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Andarko intervenes in water suit

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WPR News
10:06 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Carbon County gets new Senator

Rawlins, Wy – Carbon and Albany county commissioners have chosen James Elliott Jr. to replace Democrat Bill Vasey in the state Senate.
The county commissioners voted for Elliott Monday. Other
candidates for the District 11 seat were David Throgmorton and
Linda Ann Smith.
All three Carbon County commissioners voted for Elliott and two
Albany County commissioners voted for David Throgmorton.
Eliott will serve through the legislative budget session early
next year. He says he hasn't decided if he'll run for the Senate in

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WPR News
7:58 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Pavillion raises concerns about stinky air

Pavillion, WY – People living in Pavillion, in Fremont County, want the Environmental Protection Agency to overturn a permit for a gas processing plant near their homes.

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