WPR News
8:30 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Bresnan drops Cheyenne television station

Cheyenne, Wy – About 30,000 Bresnan Communications cable subscribers in Cheyenne and Albany County have lost their local CBS affiliate, KGWN, because of a contract dispute between the station and Bresnan.
Bresnan removed the station - known as CBS NewsChannel 5 -
shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Bresnan substituted the
KGWN broadcast with a Weather Channel feed.
KGWN General Manager Joan Turner-Doyle says 60 percent of the
station's Cheyenne customers get the station through Bresnan.

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WPR News
8:22 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Arch Coal funds clean coal research

WPR News
10:14 am
Wed April 29, 2009

Obama administration revokes last-minute action by Bush

Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration will again require federal agencies to consult with the government's wildlife experts before taking any actions that could impact threatened or endangered species.

The Interior and Commerce departments said Tuesday they have revoked a last-minute rule change by the Bush administration that ended the consultation requirement. Environmentalists had argued that the Bush action severely reduced protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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WPR News
8:58 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Business council proposes budget cuts

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is sending to Gov. Dave Freudenthal a plan to reduce the agency's budget by as much as 14 percent.
The Business Council board signed off on the draft proposal
during a conference call meeting Tuesday.
The Business Council's mission is to promote economic
development in Wyoming. The agency has a fiscal year 2010 budget of
about $57 million and is proposing cuts of up to $8 million a year.
Freudenthal has instructed state agencies to plan for budget

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Student democrats support Obama education plan

WPR News
8:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Elk Refuge to spend stimulus money

Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson plans to spend $3.2 million in federal stimulus funds on an irrigation project to benefit elk.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced that $280
million in stimulus funding will go for improvements at wildlife
refuges and fish hatcheries nationwide. Wyoming projects, including
the elk refuge, will get more than $6 million of the funds.
The National Elk Refuge plans to build a system that will
irrigate 1,600 acres using a combination of sprinkler and flood

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WPR News
8:38 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Jackson faces funding shortfalls for mental health services

Jackson, Wy – Jackson area residents may have less access to mental health services as a result of state funding cuts.
The Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center faces more than
$200,000 in budget cuts.
Center Director Deb Sprague says her organization learned state
funding has dried up. She says that leaves the center short
$227,000 as it goes into its 2009-10 budget.
Sprague says 35 people already are forced to wait two to three
weeks to see a counselor. She says that the funding cuts mean that

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WPR News
10:25 am
Tue April 28, 2009

Casinos are doing big business

Riverton, Wy – The Northern Arapaho Tribe reports that its casino operations and associated businesses are now the largest employer in Fremont County.
The tribe issued a release on Tuesday saying the casino operations now employ 560 workers and plans to add more. The relocated and expanded Little Wind Casino at Ethete marked its grand opening on April 4, bringing its employment there to 60
workers. That put total casino employment ahead of the Riverton
school district, which employs 520 workers.

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WPR News
6:46 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

State says swine flu a concern, but not reason to panic

Laramie, WY – As of Monday, no cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Wyoming. The state Department of Health suggests people protect themselves against swine flu... the same way they'd protect against any other flu.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says although the swine flu hasn't hit Wyoming yet, it's probably only a matter of time: "I don't doubt we're gonna find a case, especially as hard as we're looking now."

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