WPR News
9:53 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Turnout still high

Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly 1 in 5 registered voters in Wyoming already have cast ballots with six days to go before the election. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger
says it's a sign that turnout could be heavy next Tuesday. Her
advice to election volunteers: Plan to tend to large crowds on
Election Day and don't expect to get any knitting done.
So far, early balloting reflects the statewide breakdown of
registered Republicans and Democrats. Nighswonger says absentee
ballots have been cast by about 12,000 Democrats and 26,000
Republicans.

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WPR News
9:51 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Worries about a proposed constitutional amendment

WY Elections
3:05 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Carter and Barrasso Spar over Tax Policy

Riverton, WY – Democrat Nick Carter and Republican John Barrasso sparred over tax policy in a debate last night in Riverton.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Peabody to start production at School Creek Mine

Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at the School Creek mine in the Powder River Basin.

The company plans to complete its permitting for the mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998.

CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call that the mine will provide higher quality coal than that of Peabody's other Powder River Basin mines.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Hamilton U. owner gets 2 years for tax fraud

Casper, Wyo. – The owner of an unaccredited online university that drew attention to Wyoming as a haven for such schools has been sentenced to two years in prison for tax fraud.

Rudy Marn owned Hamilton University, a school that existed primarily online but had an office in Evanston. Marn pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to filing a false individual income tax return for 2003.

U.S. District Judge William Downes sentenced Marn in Casper on Tuesday. An IRS spokesman says Downes also ordered Marn to pay $620,000 in restitution to the IRS.

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WPR News
7:13 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Opponents say Prop. 2 favors Riverton

Laramie, Wyo. – Riverton's City Administrator Carter Napier says Proposition 2 would raise more than 29-million dollars through a one-percent sales tax.

The money would be spread across Fremont County and benefit road and sewer projects from Lander to Dubois. But Riverton clearly reaps the most reward. More than 8-million dollars would go to a 42-thousand square foot recreation center. Central Wyoming College would receive funds for a new nursing school.

Dubois resident Inez Brandt says that's not fair.

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Election 2008
12:06 am
Tue October 28, 2008

U.S. House candidates Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis debate

U.S. House candidates Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis debate

Wyoming – On October 27 Wyoming Public Radio aired a debate between U.S. House candidates Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis,

and Libertarian W. David Herbert. The debate was sponsored by Wyoming Public Radio, Wyoming PBS and the Wyoming Business

Report. Among the panelists was Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.

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WPR News
10:57 am
Mon October 27, 2008

UW Study Abroad Up

Laramie, WY – Participation in study abroad programs among University of Wyoming students has increased nearly eight-fold in the past five years.

University officials attribute that jump to growing student interest in international affairs and new financial aid opportunities.

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WPR News
10:56 am
Mon October 27, 2008

WY and MT Fire Season Mild

Cheyenne, WY – The wildfire seasons in Wyoming and Montana this past summer weren't very wild.

Fire officials in both states report that the number of fire starts was about normal, but the fires were generally smaller than in recent years and were quickly put out.

Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says there was notably less dry lightning, or summer thunderstorms where no rain falls.

Crapser says this year's fire season has no bearing on what might happen next year.

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WPR News
10:55 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Brain Injury Program Out of Funds

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