WPR News
6:45 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Wyoming Women Continue to Smoke During Pregnancy

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming continues to have a high percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy.

That's according to the latest kids count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation's William O'Hare says Wyoming has the second-worst rate for smoking during pregnancy in the country, even though the rate has decreased in recent years.

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WPR News
6:04 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Pilots in Crash Were Flying Without Traffic Control

Laramie, Wyo. – A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the pilots of two airplanes that collided yesterday afternoon were flying without the help of air traffic control. That's common at Wyoming's small airports.

The FAA's Mike Fergus says just after noon on Sunday, the pilot of a Cirrus plane asked air traffic control for clearance to land at the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport.

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WPR News
9:22 am
Sat August 9, 2008

Cheyenne Mayor Declares Emergency Status for Civic Center

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The mayor of Cheyenne has declared
emergency status for the Cheyenne Civic Center in an effort to expedite repairs after the building was flooded earlier this week.

Jack Spiker's Friday declaration means the city won't have to go through the standard procedure of advertising for bids or the
city's typical purchasing procedures as it repairs the building.

A Tuesday downpour flooded the civic center's basement, damaging electrical equipment and destroying the chiller used to cool the building.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Deadly House Fire Moved Quickly

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A fire officials says a deadly mobile home
fire in central Wyoming engulfed the structure in a matter of minutes.

The fire yesterday (Thursday) killed three small children and left three other people hospitalized.

Nine people - two women and seven children under the age of 7 - were inside the two-bedroom trailer home just outside the city of Riverton when it caught fire.

A 1-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy died in the fire. Two of the dead children were in a crib.

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WPR News
9:10 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Fire North of Pinedale Pipes Down

Pinedale, Wyo. – Rain has helped firefighters gain the
upper hand on a fire burning north of Pinedale in western Wyoming.

Fire officials say the New Fork Lakes blaze was 90 contained Friday. Firefighters were preparing to demobilize and conduct
mop-up operations.

The fire burned 11,960 acres, or about 19 square miles, of mostly wilderness area 19 miles north of Pinedale. The fire started
July 29 from an unattended campfire.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Race for the Cure Saturday

Laramie, Wyo. – Saturday is the annual Race for the Cure which benefits Breast Cancer Research and Prevention.

Jackson Doctor Brent Blue says the numbers of breast cancer cases is increasing, but he attributes that to the fact that early detection has improved. Blue says women over 40 should start getting Mammograms.

Blue says every woman should give themselves a regular self exam and if they notice any unusual hard bumps they should schedule an appointment with a doctor.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Superintendent Lukewarm on Assessment Test Benefits

Laramie, Wyo. – The Superintendent of Sheridan County School District One is lukewarm about the benefits of a statewide student assessment test.

Sue Belish says the school district pays attention to the results from the annual PAWS test, but she says a one time test does very little in indicating how a student is progressing throughout a school year.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Building The Wyoming We Want

Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Freudenthal is ready to move forward with "Building the Wyoming We Want."

The Governor spoke to regional planners in Cheyenne and said in Wyoming, they are ready to begin a conversation about how the state should look by setting up meetings across the state.

He says he wants to tap into the concern that people have for their children and grandchildren.

Freudenthal has named Sheridan resident Jeff Fuller to oversee the planning effort.


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WPR News
8:54 am
Thu August 7, 2008

Three Children Die In Mobile Home Fire

Riverton, Wy – Three children are dead in an early
morning mobile home fire just outside Riverton. Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan says the children were 1, 2
and 3 years old. Their names were not immediately released. The fire was reported at 6:12 a.m. today (Thursday.)
When emergency responders arrived, the home was already engulfed in flames. With help from neighbors, there were able to pull one of the children who died out. The other two couldn't be found until the fire had been put out.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Thu August 7, 2008

Travel Costs Crippling U-W's Athletic Dept.

Laramie, Wy – Fuel costs and airline woes are putting serious pressure on the University of Wyoming's Athletics Department.

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