WPR News
8:15 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Settlement For Victim

Rawlins, Wy – The city of Rawlins and a former Rawlins
police captain have agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed that the former captain sexually
assaulted her a decade ago.
The woman's lawsuit, filed in federal court last year, charges
that Lee Meacham, a former Rawlins police captain and Carbon County
commissioner, assaulted her repeatedly when she was between 15 and
18 years old. The woman is now 27.
A state lawyer who represented Meacham declined comment on
Wednesday.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Trout Warming Up

Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says that trout in Wyoming could be in trouble as global climate change makes some rivers too hot.
The report was produced by biologists and trout advocacy groups in the West. It says the Upper North Platte and Upper Green River will likely be affected by higher water temperatures that kill trout. Scott Yates of Trout Unlimited-"

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WPR News
9:48 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Youth say meth is harmless

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Twenty-three percent of young people in Wyoming between 12 and 24 say they believe there is little or no risk in trying methamphetamine, and more than half of teens say the drug is easily accessible in the community.

That's according to a new statewide survey by the Wyoming Meth Project.

According to the survey nearly 50 percent of young adults say there are significant benefits to using the drug, including wieghtloss and increased happiness.

The Wyoming Meth Project is modeled after a national program. It was launched in June.

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WPR News
9:23 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Sec. Kempthorne Pushes Oil Shale Development

Laramie, Wyo. – The federal government took a step toward establishing a major commercial oil shale program today.

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne says public lands at home can help America shed its dependence on foreign oil. He says the US holds more than half of the world's oil shale resources, more than 800 billion barrels spread across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

"This region contains an amount of oil that is almost three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia, or Iran," he said.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Hydrogen Fuel Experts Say Their Technology is Ready

Laramie, Wyo. – Supporters of hydrogen power say their clean-burning fuel should be running many vehicles in just a few years.

The Mountain States Hydrogen Business Council is hosting the conference, which is drawing experts from as far away as Israel and India. Conference chairman David Haberman says the message of the meeting is that hydrogen should be considered a fuel that can be used today.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Wyoming Revenue is $178 Million More Than Expected

Laramie, Wyo. – The state of Wyoming is once again flush with cash, thanks partly to stubbornly high natural gas prices.

Jim Robinson of the state Economic Analysis Division says Wyoming has $178 million more than it expected at the end of this fiscal year and that number will likely grow as the final taxes are tallied. He says prices at the Opal hub where Wyoming companies sell their gas have continued to be sky-high well into the summer.

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WPR News
2:12 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Man Dies In Float Trip on Laramie River

Laramie, Wyo. – A man died Saturday on a float trip down
the Laramie River.

Fifty-three-year-old Ronald Benabese died while floating the river on inner-tubes with four or five friends on Saturday afternoon.

The friends later told police that Benabese went under water about a mile north of the Optimist Park Greenbelt trailhead. Although they performed CPR on him, he was later pronounced dead at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

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2:10 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Man Mugs Teenager Pushing Stroller in Jackson

Jackson, Wyo. – Jackson police are looking for a man who
attacked a 17-year-old girl who was pushing a baby stroller in a city park on Monday.

Police say the girl was working as a nanny and was pushing an infant in a stroller in Miller Park when the man took her wallet
and pushed her to the ground violently. Police say she hit her head and may have lost consciousness.

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11:55 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Residents ponder Wheatland's future

Wyoming – As Southeast Wyoming shrinks while the rest of the state booms, some business owners worry about the fate of their rural, agricultural community. Peter O'Dowd reports.

11:51 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Congress: You're driving too fast!

Wyoming – Some lawmakers are returning to the 1970s as they look for ways to reduce gas prices. Sen. Mike Enzi says he does not support returning to the days of slower speed limits on the interstates. Yanmei Xie reports from Washington.

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