WPR News
2:17 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Injured workers face toughest test in Wyo.

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's benefits for seriously injured workers are among the lowest in the nation.

Greg Krohm directs the IAIABC, a group that represents workers' compensation divisions from different states.

He says Wyoming's benefits for minor injuries, like a broken finger, are about the same as other states.

But Wyoming's benefits for severe temporary disabilities - and permanent disabilities - are worse than other states.

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12:19 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Book Costs Shock Students

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9:51 am
Sat August 23, 2008

Former police chief sues Laramie

Laramie, Wyo. – Former Laramie Police Chief Bob Deutsch is suing the city of Laramie and the city manager.

Deutsch alleges he was fired in retaliation for bringing a defamation lawsuit in June against a private citizen.

Deutsch's attorney said the chief was fired because of what he said in court during that case under oath. He says you cannot be sued for testifying as a witness.

Deutsch was an at-will employee, which means he could be fired at anytime. He is suing the city for more than 500-thousand dollars.

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WPR News
7:12 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Conservation group praises Pinedale plan

Laramie, Wyo. – Upper Green River Valley Coalition says the latest management plan for Pinedale contains some big improvements, but could do more to protect human health.

Linda Baker is the group's leader. She praises the Bureau of Land Management's expansion of the area that is off-limits to oil and gas drilling. But she says there's more to do.

"We remained concerned that this document doesn't go far enough to address impacts to air and water quality."

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7:09 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Dayton man tames black bears

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Laramie, Wyo. – The Game and Fish Department's Joe Gilbert says he doesn't want to name the man, because they want to maintain a relationship with him.

There's no law against feeding bears, so the best they can do is try to talk him out of it.

Gilbert says the man has fed up to six black bears over the last two years.

"Two of these bears he has tamed down so much that he can actually pet them and hand-feed them," Gilbert says.

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5:38 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Bernanke: financial crisis taking toll on economy

Jackson, Wyo. – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the financial crisis that has pounded the country - coupled with higher inflation - is taking a toll on the economy.

He says the crisis poses a major challenge to Fed policymakers as they try to restore stability.

Bernanke told a conference in Jackson Hole that the financial storm has not yet subsided, and its effects on the broader economy are becoming apparent in the form of softening economic activity and rising unemployment.

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2:24 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Another Try at a Smoking Ban

Gillette, Wyo. – A coalition of health care workers and others will make another attempt at persuading the state Legislature to institute some type of statewide smoking ban.

Smokefree Wyoming has twice presented a bill to ban smoking in public venues such as bars, restaurants and sporting arenas across the state.

Both times, the initiative hasn't gotten far in the Legislature.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Dick Jones Dies

Powell, Wy – Former Wyoming Senate President Dick
Jones, founder of a long-haul trucking company, died Wednesday. He
was 97.
Jones represented the Powell area in the state Senate from 1955
to 1974, when he stepped down to run for governor. He won the
Republican nomination but lost to Democrat Ed Herschler in the
general election.
Jones was born and grew up in Huntley, Mont., where his Swedish
immigrant parents homesteaded.
He founded Dick Jones Trucking in Powell in 1935. Jones was

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9:12 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Sleeping Giant To Reopen

Powell, Wy – A downhill ski area in northern Wyoming that has been closed the past four winters could reopen by this Thanksgiving.
The Sleeping Giant ski area is located in the Shoshone National
Forest about five miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
It has been closed since U.S. Forest Service managers determined
that it required extensive repairs.
But investors and others are undertaking some $3 million in
repairs and improvements, including snowmaking machines, a new ski
lift and expanded runs.

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9:09 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Scientists Look At Wyoming Uranium During Tour

Riverton, Wy – Scientists from the French Embassy are touring energy sites in Wyoming this week. Today (Thursday) they stopped at reclaimed uranium mines in the Gas Hills east of Riverton. Philippe Jamet says France is trying to reclaim their old uranium mines. He says it's no longer profitable in France to mine uranium.
"France is a quite densely populated country, so when it comes to getting permitted for mining, especially uranium mining, it's very difficult to obtain such permits. "
Some of the uranium currently mined in Wyoming is shipped to France for nuclear power.

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