WPR News
6:57 am
Tue December 2, 2008

Deadbeat parents could lose right to drive

Laramie, Wyo. – A state agency is trying to suspend the driving privileges of parents who don't pay child support.

The Department of Family Services' Brenda Lyttle (Little) will discuss a bill on Thursday with the legislature's joint judiciary committee in Casper. The bill would target more parents who are behind on payments.

"What we are doing is narrowing the scope to the non-payers who owe 5,000 dollars or more and haven't made a payment in 90 days," she says.

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WPR News
6:48 am
Tue December 2, 2008

State lawmakers recommend smoking ban bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A legislative committee has recommended that Wyoming enact a statewide ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants.

The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services committee voted 12-to-3 on Monday evening to endorse the ban. The bill now heads to the full Legislature when it convenes next month.

Committee Co-chairman Rep. Jack Landon was among those voting against the bill. The Sheridan Republican says he believes that people in the state are already limiting their smoking voluntarily.

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WPR News
9:05 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Cowboys to name new football coach

Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is expected to name a new football coach this week. Wyoming has agreed to hire Missouri Assistant Dave Christensen who told officials in Columbia that he will take the Wyoming head coaching job when the Tigers finish their season. Missouri plays for the Big 12 championship this weekend. Christensen is viewed as one of the most innovative offensive minds in College football. He had a meeting with U-W officials in Laramie over the weekend and decided to accept the job.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Little Mountain leases pulled from sale

Rock Springs, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management has pulled about 16,000 acres in the Little Mountain area south of Rock Springs from its regular oil and gas lease sale.

The BLM will offer 184 parcels encompassing 197,275 acres statewide at Tuesday's lease sale in Cheyenne. It had been considering more than 247,000 acres.

But it received more than 125 protests from conservationists, hunters and others against including land in the Little Mountain area, a popular hunting and recreation area near Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

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WPR News
6:51 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Wyoming's investments down more than $1 billion

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The value of Wyoming's investment portfolio continues to slump, dropping more than $1 billion from the start of the present financial crisis through the end of October.

The latest figures available from the Wyoming State Treasurer's Office show that the market value of the state's investment portfolio dropped from $10.8 billion to $9.7 billion at the end of October.

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WPR News
6:47 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Staff shortage results in fewer services for brain injuries

Laramie, Wyo. – Patients with traumatic brain injuries have been turned away from the State Training School in Lander because the facility does not have enough employees to keep all the buildings staffed.

The facility treats people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The center's Mike Aurand says two buildings that would normally house up to nine patients have gone unused.

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WPR News
2:43 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Ranchers offset carbon for climate exchange

Wheatland, WY – About 30 ranchers in southeastern Wyoming have applied to start offsetting carbon on their land. Grant Stumbough with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Chicago Climate Exchange is looking for ranchers to store more atmospheric carbon in their soil. Ranchers can do that by not tilling their land, or by reforesting or planting grass. Businesses can then buy those carbon credits to offset carbon they've released.

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WPR News
1:44 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Researcher: brain disease could reach 70 percent

Laramie, Wyo. – A government researcher says Chronic Wasting Disease could someday affect up to 70 percent of deer and elk populations in Wyoming.

Bryan Richards studies the fatal brain disease at the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin. He says Chronic Wasting Disease is like a slow-moving wildfire moving through herds of deer and elk.

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10:57 am
Fri November 28, 2008

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