4:04 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Gay Life in Wyoming Now

Wyoming – The Matthew Shepard case left lingering impressions around the U.S. of Wyoming as a hateful place. The real picture is, of course, more complex. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss reports.

4:03 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Outside perspectives on Wyoming

Wyoming – The Matthew Shepard murder affected more than just Wyoming, it captivated the country. We wanted to see what people in other parts of the US remember about the case. Elsa Partan and Peter O'Dowd report.

4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Alternative theories: violence over drugs?

Wyoming – Matthew Shepard's death is known across the nation as a hate crime. But ten years out, an alternative theory holds fast in Laramie: that Shepard was hooked on methamphetamine, and he was murdered over drugs and money... not because he was gay. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss takes a look at that theory.

3:57 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Judy Shepard speaks out against hate

Wyoming – Following the trial of his murder, Judy Shepard started the Mathew Shepard foundation and now travels around the world to speak out against hate. A Bob Beck interview.

WPR News
10:13 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Small Gas Producers May Be Hit Hard

Cheyenne – State Oil and Gas Commission Supervisor Don Likwartz says small gas producers in Wyoming will be the most affected if the national credit crisis persists.

And he says those producers are already struggling with low prices for their product.

Likwartz says big operators like Encana and Shell should be able to survive the credit crunch because they should be able to get loans.

But most coal-bed operators in the state are small.

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WY Elections
10:08 am
Mon October 6, 2008

House Candidates Face Off in Casper

Casper, WY – The three candidates seeking Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House squared off in a debate in Casper.

Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis and Libertarian W. David Herbert discussed issues including the economic crisis, energy, the Wyoming Range, offshore drilling, Yellowstone National Park and health care.

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WPR News
10:06 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Freudenthal: Hate Crimes Bill Still Unnecessary

Laramie, WY – As the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death approaches, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he still thinks passing a hate crimes bill is unnecessary. Some are raising the issue again as they remember the murder of the gay University of Wyoming student.

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WPR News
9:35 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Gunbarrel fire is the largest beneficial use fire in Rocky Mountains

Laramie, Wyo. – The Gunbarrel fire west of Cody was the largest "beneficial use" fire ever in the Rocky Mountain region. That's a fire that is allowed to burn as a natural means of clearing the forest of dead timber.

The fire, which started in July, is mostly out now, but officials say the eastern flank is still smoldering.

Russell Wenke of Park County Fire District Two says it was a good idea to let miles of the dead trees burn. But the sheer duration of the fire got on people's nerves.

"It was quite a trying thing, but we were very successful," Wenke said.

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WPR News
8:55 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Coroner says documents missing

Laramie, Wy – The Albany County coroner says an autopsy report for slain University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is among numerous autopsy records missing from his office.
Coroner Tom Furgeson says he received only a small box of records covering the previous 16 year when he became county coroner in 2006.
Furgeson says he doesn't know exactly how many autopsy reports
are missing from the office.
Former Albany County coroner Julie Heggie, who held the position
from 1990 to 2006, says she gave the autopsy reports to the county

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WPR News
8:30 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Governor urges protection of rare elk herd

Laramie, Wyo. – Oil and gas companies have their eyes on the Fortification Creek area that includes more than 100-thousand acres in Johnson, Campbell and Sheridan counties.

But Freudenthal told the Bureau of Land Management he would not support development there unless the government paid close attention to the impacts drilling would have on water, soil and wildlife.

Specifically, the governor is worried about an isolated herd of elk that residents have grown fond of. Ryan Lance is the governor's deputy chief of staff.

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