WPR News
8:53 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Bill would raise allowable political contribution

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A legislative committee has approved a bill that would increase the amount that an individual may contribute to a candidate in Wyoming.

It would raise individual contributions from a thousand dollars up to $2,300 hundred dollars per election. It would allow a person to contribute $4,600 hundred dollars if they donate in both the primary and general elections.

But the Equality State Policy Center's Dan Neal says the increase is too much.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Cultural and historic land bill hits a snag

Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help groups preserve and promote areas of the state with cultural and historical significance has hit a snag.

A legislative committee postponed action on the bill after a number of energy and agricultural groups showed up in opposition. Devon Energy's Margo Sabec fears that if an area is identified by the state as a place of cultural significance, that federal officials will ban energy development in that area.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Sex crime bill would keep name of accused secret

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The state senate is debating a bill that would keep the name of someone accused of committing a sex crime secret, until the case goes to a district court.

No other person accused of a felony gets similar protections, including someone accused of murder. Senator Tony Ross says a sex crime is particularly heinous crime, which is why all identities should be kept secret.

"More often then not releasing the actors name may reveal the name of the victim, even before there is a probable cause hearing," Ross said.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Watchdog group seeks open government

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Members of a newly formed government watchdog group say they're looking forward to pushing for release of public information around Wyoming.

The Wyoming Coalition for Open Government includes the Wyoming Press Association as well as many individual newspapers and other groups. The coalition held a press conference Thursday to introduce itself at the Wyoming state Capitol.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Freudenthal calls on state to 'ride out the storm'

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming needs to focus on its strengths as it works to "ride out the storm" of lower state revenues and important challenges to its future.

Beginning his "State of the State" address to a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature, Freudenthal said Wednesday that Wyoming residents need to understand the state is now in the beginning of a difficult period - not at the end of one.

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WPR News
7:23 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Wyoming officials upset at feds' wolf decision

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming officials say they're disappointed in the federal government's decision to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves in the state.

The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that federal protections for the predators would be removed in neighboring Idaho and Montana. If enacted, the decision will give those states the authority to manage their wolves.

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WPR News
7:08 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Casper Star-Tribune lays off 15

Casper, Wyo. – Casper Star-Tribune Communications has announced that it's laying off 15 employees to cut costs in response to the economic downturn.

The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the layoffs include three positions in the newsroom, six in circulation, three in advertising and one in marketing. The company also is eliminating two positions from the Casper Journal, a weekly distributed in Natrona County.

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WPR News
6:57 am
Wed January 14, 2009

BLM calls for oil shale production proposals

Washington, DC – The Bush administration is offering energy companies another chance to show they can make a profit from oil shale production on public land in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday it is soliciting a second round of proposals for oil demonstration projects on 1.9 million acres in the three states. Projects would be limited to 640 acres each.

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WPR News
6:52 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Enzi, Barrasso sponsor resolution against bailout

Washington, DC – Wyoming Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso didn't like the financial bailout the first time around last fall. Now they're opposed to the second half of the bailout program.

Enzi and Barrasso are among nine senators co-sponsoring a resolution that would block the federal government from awarding the second half of $700 billion in financial bailout money.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Leaders state goals on session's first day

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Speaker of the House Colin Simpson urged lawmakers to set strong priorities as the legislative session gets under way.

Simpson kicked off the session by asking House members to focus on bedrock principles: "Investments in infrastructure that promote education, business development, job and wage growth, health and safety issues, protection of our valuable industries and economies and protection of our revenue streams."

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