3:48 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

A group tries to show what it is like to be in need.

Wyoming – About 9 percent of Wyoming residents live in poverty, according to the most recent federal statistics. But those numbers are from 2007. Wyoming's unemployment rate is now higher than it's been in nearly 6 years. Community Action of Laramie County offers direct services to people living at up to twice the poverty level - about 44 thousand dollars a year for a family of four. The group decided to give people a sense of what it's like to need. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports.

3:46 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Food banks in Jackson are overwhelmed by immigrant workers.

Wyoming – Food banks across Wyoming are packed. Some are seeing twice as many people in line as they did a year ago. Many of the newcomers are Spanish-speaking immigrants - especially in Jackson, where jobs in construction, landscaping, and the service industry are fading with the recession. Addie Goss Reports.

3:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Food banks in Jackson are overwhelmed by immigrant workers.

Wyoming – Food banks across Wyoming are packed. Some are seeing twice as many people in line as they did a year ago. Many of the newcomers are Spanish-speaking immigrants - especially in Jackson, where jobs in construction, landscaping, and the service industry are fading with the recession. Addie Goss Reports.

WPR News
11:19 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Growth in store for Natrona County, study says

Casper, WY – A financial firm predicts Natrona County will add more jobs and see its population grow next year.

Woods and Poole Economics is a Washington D.C.-based financial firm. It predicts that Natrona County will add 720 new jobs in 2010 and see its population grow by 730 people.

The firm predicts Natrona County will emerge from the current recession with an increase of nearly 3 percent in gross regional product.

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WPR News
11:11 am
Mon April 27, 2009

No swine flu, so far

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Health says there are no confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu in the state.

The United States has declared a public health emergency in response to the recent swine flu outbreak centered in Mexico.

Dr. Tracy Murphy is state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. He says that while there are no cases of the swine flu in the state yet, it's realistic to expect it will turn up here in low levels.

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WPR News
11:08 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Governor draws attention to wage gap

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal has declared tomorrow "Equal Pay Day" to draw attention to the wage gap between Wyoming men and women. Teresa De Groh chairs the Wyoming Council on Women's Issues. She says the Governor picked April 28th for a reason.

"The day symbolizes how far into the year a woman has to work to earn as much as a man earned the previous year," De Groh said.

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WPR News
10:40 am
Mon April 27, 2009

State workplace safety task force meets

Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal is trying to bring down the number of Wyoming workers killed or injured on the job. Gary Hartman is a senior advisor to the Governor. He says they've created a task force with Wyoming employers in oil and gas, mining, construction and other industries. They're also bringing in national experts on workplace safety.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Democrats fire back at Barrasso

Jackson, Wy – A day after U-S Senator John Barrasso attacked the Obama administration on a number of fronts, state Democrats are striking back. Barrasso was very critical of President Obama's release of documents detailing CIA interrogation techniques and said he was offended by a variety of things the administration has been doing including putting the country in Debt. But State Democratic Chairwoman Leslie Peterson says Barrasso's comments miss some facts. "Senator Barrasso ignores the fact that Obama's leadership has resulted in lower taxes for 95% of Americans.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Shoshone Forest proposes new management plan

Lander, Wy – Climate change, bark beetle infestation and wolves all are mentioned in a proposed new management plan for the Shoshone National Forest.
The forest management plan is being revised for the first time
since 1986.
This is just the latest draft of the proposed new management
plan. Several public meetings are being held in communities around
the national forest to discuss the proposal.
Previous forest plans were drafted as several alternative
proposals, from which one plan was chosen. This time, only one

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