12:44 am
Mon January 12, 2009

U.W. draws faculty with money during tough times for other states

Wyoming – While many states deal with revenue shortfalls, Wyoming is still expecting a budget surplus, albeit a smaller one. U.W. is using some of this cash to attract faculty from other institutions. Bob Beck reports.

12:42 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Can U.W. draw more students with its resources?

Wyoming – Many universities have increased tuition significantly, but the University of Wyoming is holding the line. Bob Beck interviews Vice President of Academic Affairs Sara Axelson and asks whether financial resources are helping to recruit students.

12:40 am
Mon January 12, 2009

A forensic pathologist arrives in Fremont County

Wyoming – Wyoming just got its first forensic pathologist, a doctor trained to investigate causes of death. Peter O'Dowd reports that she is saving Fremont County a lot of time and money.

12:38 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Cynthia Lummis sworn in as U.S. Representative

Wyoming – This week, Republican Cynthia Lummis took the oath of office and began her job in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bob Beck asks her about the proposed economic stimulus package.

12:36 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Will cows and pigs be taxed for their emissions?

Wyoming – Some say it's a rumor, others say it's a real possibility. Either way, Wyoming farmers have caught wind of the idea that the government could impose a global warming tax on cows and pigs. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

12:35 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Ranchers could profit from greenhouse gas tax

Wyoming – Many people are anticipating a federal cap-and-trade law for greenhouse gases. If such a law were passed, a group of ranchers in Wyoming would be poised to profit. Addie Goss reports.

12:31 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Annie Proulx on Red Desert photographs

Wyoming – This month Pulitzer-prize-winning writer and editor Annie Proulx and photographer Martin Stupich release the book "Red Desert: History of a Place." It's a collection of photographs and essays about the Red Desert from scientists and historians. Addie Goss interviews Annie Proulx and Martin Stupich about the book.

WPR News
8:15 am
Fri January 9, 2009

Sen. Barrasso argues to protect Wyo. Range

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming Senator John Barrasso told the U.S. Senate today that the Wyoming Range is an important area for wildlife in the state, and that it should be protected from future energy development.

Barrasso is sponsoring a bill that would keep any future oil and gas leases from being awarded for the area, but he says the bill honors any current leases.

The bill has the support of the Governor and should be voted on this weekend.

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WPR News
8:12 am
Fri January 9, 2009

Lower expected revenue prompts gov. to cut budget

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Laramie, Wyo. – Because the state is expected to have less money to spend then previously thought, the Governor has cut his proposed supplemental budget in half.

In December, Governor Dave Freudenthal asked lawmakers to spend over $440 million on a number of projects, but because revenue forecasters now say the state will only be getting a third of the money they previously thought, the Governor is now asking for $216 million.

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WPR News
7:47 am
Fri January 9, 2009

Wyoming has coal ash ponds, too

Washington – Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, including Wyoming.

An Associated Press analysis of the most recent Energy Department data finds that 156 coal-fired power plants store ash in surface ponds similar to the one that collapsed last month in Tennessee.

Wyoming has three ponds.

PacifiCorp has two plants with such ponds - one in Lincoln County and another in Campbell County.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative has another in Platte County.

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