WPR News
8:13 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Barrasso attacks Indian Health Service mismanagement

Laramie, Wyo. – Senator John Barrasso says he and the other members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee were appalled by the waste of millions of dollars by the Indian Health Service.


The Government Accountability Office issued a report about mismanagement, and Barrasso's committee reviewed it.

Barrasso says he will hold the Indian Health Service accountable for mismanaging millions of dollars in cash and property.

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WPR News
7:38 am
Fri August 1, 2008

State treasurer endorses Gordon

Laramie, Wyo. – State Treasurer, Joe Meyer, is supporting businessman and rancher Republican Mark Gordon in the race for U.S. House.

Meyer praised Gordon's work ethic and said that he would reach across the aisle in Washington to reflect Wyoming's principles.

House candidate, Republican Cynthia Lummis, did not receive Meyer's nod.

Before Lummis stepped down as state treasurer, she endorsed Meyer's opponent in the 2006 race.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Governor orders state agencies to protect grouse

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has ordered Wyoming state agencies to work together to protect sage grouse.

A federal judge in Idaho has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its ruling that the birds don't deserve protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Freudenthal says that federal protection for the birds would harm Wyoming's energy economy.

Freudenthal's order maps out sage grouse areas around the state where future energy development would be discouraged.

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WPR News
7:23 am
Fri August 1, 2008

USGS assessing nation's coal reserves

Gillette, Wyo. – New U.S. Geological Survey estimates have lowered the amount of recoverable coal in the nation's most prolific coalfield.

The USGS is assessing coal reserves in the nation's largest coalfields. It started with the most productive one - the coalfield around Gillette in northeast Wyoming. The Gillette coalfield is part of the coal-rich Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana.

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WPR News
10:42 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Pinedale Community Organizer Praises DEQ Air Quality Efforts

Pinedale, WY – A community organizer in Pinedale says she was pleased with the Department of Environmental Quality's solutions for the area's ongoing air pollution problem. Linda Baker of the Upper Green River Valley Coalition says last night's meeting with the DEQ gave her the impression that the department did a lot of work since their last meeting in Pinedale.

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WPR News
9:17 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Fires Ease Up

Cody, Wy – Calm winds slowed the growth of a wildfire
that has burned more than 12 square miles in the Shoshone National
Forest east of Yellowstone National Park.
The Gunbarrel Fire is burning about 40 miles west of Cody in the
North Absaroka Wilderness of the Shoshone National Forest.
A fire management team is allowing the fire to burn through
bug-killed timber in a remote area.
The closest structures to the fire are about one mile away. A
forest spokeswoman says Thursday's winds pushed the fire away from
the buildings.

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WPR News
9:14 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Mental Health Could Be Part Of The Workers Compensation Mix

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Casper, Wy – A legislative committee is sponsoring a bill that will extend benefits for workers who are mentally injured on the job. Jackson Representative Keith Gingery chairs the Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He says Wyoming is one of only a handful of states that only compensates a worker for a mental injury if it is a direct result of a physical injury. Wyoming also only pays workers for mental injuries for six months after they occur. Gingery says this bill would change both of those things.

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WPR News
9:09 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Highway Money Being Considered

Casper, Wy – A legislative sub committee wants to set up an account that would pay for the widening and expansion of some two-lane highways in the state. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has listed a number of highways as candidates for new lanes, including ones near Gillette, Casper and Laramie. WYDOT's Doug McGee says the main reason is safety, since many of the two lane roads are overused and dangerous.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Enzi Praises Passage Of Education Bill

Washington D-C – Congress has given final approval to an overhaul of federal higher education programs. Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi was one of the lawmakers in on years of negotiations.
The bill known as the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, is the result of nearly three years of debate. It expands the number of people who can qualify for government-backed loans and federal stipends called Pell Grants.
It lets students who were home-schooled qualify for grants for the first time. It also streamlines the application process for financial aid.

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WPR News
9:18 am
Wed July 30, 2008

DEQ Is Working On Air Problem In Pinedale

Pinedale, Wy – The state Department of Environmental Quality says it has created new rules to keep air pollution from getting worse in Pinedale. The DEQ says it will push companies to offset any new minor pollution sources by eliminating pollution elsewhere in their operations. Minor sources would include small pieces of equipment in the gas and oil fields. Director John Corra says it's an interim rule.
"What we mean by interim is, we may make that policy final, but we wanted to make sure that industry knew that we're not done looking at our regulatory tools."

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