WPR News
9:51 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Surprising findings about chronic wasting disease

Laramie, WY – A University of Wyoming researcher has uncovered information that challenges a long-held notion about chronic wasting disease.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Game and Fish Commission approves wolf changes

Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously today (Tuesday) to revise the state's wolf management plan. The changes are aimed at getting the animal delisted. Game and Fish Commissioners said it's time to compromise a little to get wolves off the endangered species list. A Montana judge relisted the wolves in July after finding fault with the Wyoming plan. Commission President Jerry Galles says these revisions aim to satisfy both the judge and other interested parties.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Wyoming legislative committee discusses clean coal tax breaks

Casper, Wy –
This week a legislative committee is discussing clean coal opportunities and whether to approve tax breaks. The Tax breaks would be for clean coal facilities and for coal consumed in such a facility. The Equality State Policy Center opposes such breaks.Chairman Bob Spencer of Cheyenne says it would cost Wyoming needed revenue.
Spencer-If you eliminate a tax or lower a tax, then you have to make it up somewhere.

Spencer disputes the idea that tax breaks are needed to build clean coal facilities

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WPR News
8:52 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Carbon dioxide project in the works

Pinedale, Wy – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $67 million for a test project to store more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide underground in western Wyoming.
The money is going to the Big Sky Regional Carbon Sequestration
Partnership as part of a series of government projects to study
injecting greenhouse gases underground.
The Energy Department says successful carbon sequestration would
help the United States use its fossil fuel resources without
contributing to global climate change.

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WPR News
8:48 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Enzi opposes auto bailout

Washington D-C – Senator Mike Enzi isn't convinced that U-S carmakers are doing enough to earn a twenty five billion dollar rescue plan.
Leaders of Ford, GM and Chrysler were on Capitol Hill to face a skeptical panel at the Senate Banking Committee. They want more money to prevent plant closures and layoffs across the country. Senator Enzi said the carmakers haven't shown they are changing their ways.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Agreement would speed drilling in Wyoming

Laramie, Wyo. – Officials in the Bush Administration have been working on an inter-agency agreement that would speed up oil and gas development in Wyoming and the West.

An official at the Environmental Protection Agency in Denver confirmed that the memorandum of understanding would reduce the amount of air-quality analysis needed for oil and gas drilling projects.

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WPR News
9:54 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Freudenthal wants more federal dollars for highways

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Governor does not support putting much more of the state's money into interstate highway projects. Because of cuts in federal funding, a legislative committee has been considering options to put more money into highways... like Interstate 80.

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WPR News
9:32 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Possible VA satellite clinic in Rawlins

Rawlins, WY – A group of veterans is seeking to establish a part-time Veterans Affairs satellite clinic at the Memorial Hospital of Carbon County's outpatient clinic in Rawlins.

Linda Wagner of the Carbon County Task Force for Veterans says it's a hardship for veterans to get to the Cheyenne VA hospital.

Wagner's father is World War II veteran. She says the Rawlins hospital is supportive of the idea.

She says the hospital outpatient clinic's calendar has enough openings to host the clinic once or twice a month.

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WPR News
9:30 am
Mon November 17, 2008

National Elk Refuge issues more hunting permits

Jackson, WY – The National Elk Refuge at Jackson will release additional elk permits for both the north and south units through the end of the refuge elk hunting season on Dec. 5.

Refuge manager Steve Kallin made the decision to issue the extra alternate permits because many elk have avoided the refuge so far this hunting season resulting in decreased harvest.

Officials say elk have access to more forage on surrounding summer ranges this year than years past.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Wyoming elections site top ten in US

Cheyenne, WY – A recent Pew Foundation study ranks Wyoming's elections Web site in the top 10 nationally.
The site is maintained by the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office.
The Pew Foundation examined election Web sites in all 50 states. It looked at whether citizens could find the official information they needed to register to vote, check their registration status and locate their polling places.

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