WPR News
10:08 am
Fri January 2, 2009

Draft bill: antipsychotics in court

Cheyenne, WY – A draft bill would establish a procedure for judges to follow in ordering mentally ill people accused of serious crimes to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them competent to stand trial.

The Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a bill in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13. The State Hospital in Evanston requested the bill. Officials say the bill would make state law conform with the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

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WPR News
9:57 am
Fri January 2, 2009

Businesses strategize on health care

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WPR News
8:25 am
Fri January 2, 2009

Snowstorm to taper off, avalanche danger persists

Laramie, Wyo. – More than a foot of snow has fallen on parts of Western Wyoming since New Years Day. But National Weather Service Forecaster Kevin Lynott says relief is finally on its way.

"What's clear cut about it, it should end pretty abruptly sometime tonight or at the very latest Saturday morning. And then it looks like it will just be cold, and at the very least a few flurries in the high country."

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WPR News
7:46 am
Fri January 2, 2009

Cowboys ready for conference play

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Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Cowboys begin conference play this weekend at Utah. Head Coach Heath Schroyer says this year's Mountain West Conference is ranked 6th in the country. He says it's the most competitive he's ever seen the league.

"I think this league is as good as it's ever been," he says. "From top to bottom, you have to be ready to play 16 nights. And on any given night, anybody can beat anybody."

Schroyer says the Cowboys face an early schedule challenge.

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WPR News
7:41 am
Fri January 2, 2009

Wyo. case study published in science journal

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A new computer program developed in Wyoming helps energy companies mitigate the effects of drilling on the environment.

The program was developed as a result of work by The Nature Conservancy and BP America Production Co. to replace habitat lost from prolific drilling in the natural-gas-rich Jonah Field in southwest Wyoming.

Their effort was to be included as a case study published this month in the scientific journal BioScience.

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WPR News
7:28 am
Fri January 2, 2009

More small quakes rattle central Yellowstone

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – More earthquakes are rattling Yellowstone National Park.

The small earthquakes that began in the park a week ago continue. They include three more earthquakes Friday that measured stronger than magnitude 3.0. A quake of magnitude 3.5 happened at 11:30 a.m., followed by quakes measuring 3.2 and 3.1 at 12:40 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., according to the University of Utah Seismic Stations.

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WPR News
3:58 am
Thu January 1, 2009

State hospital pushes mental health bills

Cheyenne, wyo – A draft bill would establish a procedure for judges to follow in ordering mentally ill people accused of serious crimes to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them competent to stand trial.

The Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a bill in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13. The State Hospital in Evanston requested the bill. Officials say the bill would make state law conform with the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

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WPR News
3:56 am
Thu January 1, 2009

Lummis ready for first day of work

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Cynthia Lummis is all set to be sworn in as Wyoming's only member of the U.S. House on Tuesday.

Since winning the seat in November, Lummis has been busy assembling a staff and attending orientations, issues conferences and receptions.

Lummis succeeds long-time Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who did not seek re-election. Lummis says she's not intimidated by the job ahead because of
her experience in the Wyoming Legislature.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Hybrid buyers could reap sales tax break

Laramie, Wyo. – A Jackson lawmaker has proposed a number tax breaks for people who support alternative energies.

Republican Representative Keith Gingery is sponsoring a bill in next month's Legislative session that would offer sales tax exemptions to anyone who buys a hybrid vehicle.

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WPR News
7:40 am
Wed December 31, 2008

BLM: Birth control effective for wild horses

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Bureau of Land Management official says birth control is an effective way to control northern Wyoming's wild horse population but won't eliminate the need for periodic roundups.

In 2004, about 500 horses in the McCullough Peaks outside Powell were rounded up. About 100 horses were returned to their range, including 36 mares that were given a birth-control drug.

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