WPR News
9:03 am
Thu September 11, 2008

PBS chief to speak in Wyoming

Laramie, Wyo. – The Public Broadcasting System is facing some challenges as it tries to remain relevant in the 21st century.

P-B-S President and C-E-O Paula Kerger says quality local programming is important, but from a national standpoint she wants to focus on three key areas.

Kerger says PBS continues to bolster education-based children's programming; the group is putting more emphasis on the arts. And Kerger says that she believes PBS's news offerings will also be critical.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Cities ask Business Council for more money

Green River, Wyo. – The mayors of Rock Springs and Green River say their cities desperately need more state money to pay for public infrastructure, especially water and sewer lines.

The two made their pleas to the Wyoming Business Council on Wednesday. They say their cities can't afford to pay for the infrastructure needed to keep up with the booming oil and gas economy.

The business council considers requests by local governments for state grants and loans.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Water from 9 wells too dangerous to test

Laramie, Wyo. – Nine industrial wells in the Pinedale area showed such potentially dangerous levels of gas contamination that workers were unable to carry out tests on the water.

That's according to members of a water quality task group that met this week. Member Leslie Schwabacher says the gas industry and the Bureau of Land Management are trying to find a way to safely test these wells for toxic hydrocarbons.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Senate bill would quicken AML payments to states

Washington, DC – A Senate committee has approved legislation that would allow states to collect abandoned mine land money with no strings attached.

The legislation, passed Thursday, would require the federal government to pay the dollars directly instead of through grants
that the states must apply for.

The money comes from the abandoned mine lands program, which uses taxes on coal production to clean up abandoned mine sites and related pollution.

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WPR News
8:26 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Senate panel approves federal pay for wolf kills

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Washington, DC – Legislation to compensate livestock owners
whose animals are killed by wolves is one step closer to passage.

A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming to approve federal matching money for state trust funds that pay ranchers for those losses.

The Bush administration has objected to the bill, saying the payments should be a state responsibility.

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WPR News
10:02 am
Wed September 10, 2008

Northern WY Community Colleges Get Grant

Gillette, WY – The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, 850,000 dollar grant to community colleges in Gillette and Sheridan.

The money will go to providing education for advanced technicians in the energy sector.

Another focus of the grant is to look to the future of the state's energy workers. As part of the grant, a pilot summer camp project will be created for fifth- through ninth-graders to introduce them to the energy industry through education and hands-on activities.

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WPR News
9:35 am
Wed September 10, 2008

2008 PAWS Error Announced

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Education has announced an error in the state's Proficiency Assessment for Writing Students.

Writing responses for 37 students were scored incorrectly. The problem has been traced to a single scorer at Pearson, the company that scores PAWS assessments.

Pearson has rescored the assessments for all 37 students. The revised scores may change Adequate Yearly Progress determinations for eight school districts.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Wed September 10, 2008

Upper Green River Valley group worries about water contamination

Pinedale, Wy – The Upper Green River Valley Coalition says some companies in the oil and gas industry are doing a better job than government agencies tackling water contamination in the Pinedale Anticline. Linda Baker says Shell has been proactive trying to resolve the presence of toxic hydrocarbons in local water supplies.
"They are trying to make improvements on their techniques for drilling water wells, they are doing soil testing, they are trying to take into consideration all of the ways contamination might be occurring and I see this as a proactive step."

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WPR News
8:54 am
Wed September 10, 2008

U-W dismisses U-S News and World Report

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Laramie, Wy – A top official at the University of Wyoming has refused to fill out a survey issued by the most popular college ranking publication in the country. Myron Allen says the ranking system is flawed.
The latest edition of the U-S News and World Report came out last week. It places Wyoming in the third tier among schools ranked 134th to 188th. Allen says the system is unfair it places too much emphasis on selectivity, student retention and a survey filled out by presidents and provosts at other universities.

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WPR News
8:51 am
Wed September 10, 2008

Buchanan's vision includes graduate education

Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says it is time to beef up the school's graduate programs. As he looks to the future, Buchanan says graduate programs are every bit as important as undergraduate programs. Several years ago, U-W cut back on graduate programs to focus on improving undergraduate education. But Buchanan says that mission was accomplished, so it's time to focus on making graduate education better. This includes attracting more and stronger students.

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