WPR News
7:26 am
Thu July 17, 2008

Bear attack closes 2 Montana campgrounds

Cody, Wyo. – Gallatin National Forest officials have evacuated and temporarily closed two campgrounds near Cooke City, after a bear entered a tent and bit a camper.

The Soda Butte and Chief Joseph campgrounds were closed Thursday.

Forest officials say a bear entered a tent at the Soda Butte campground early in the day and bit a camper on his hand and arm.

The camper received emergency medical care and was taken to a Cody, Wyo., hospital, which refused to release information about his condition.

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WPR News
10:16 am
Wed July 16, 2008

AIDS Bill Could Include Money for American Indians

Washington, D.C. – A bill designed to combat AIDS globally is
expected to include $2 billion for American Indians.

That's according to Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican.

Thune and other senators pushing for the Indian money as part of the $50 billion AIDS bill made a deal with Democratic leaders. The agreement will include $1 billion for water projects on Indian
reservations, $750 million for tribal law enforcement and $250 million for Indian health care services.

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WPR News
7:42 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Lummis, Trauner may have the money edge

Laramie, Wyo. – A Wyoming political scientist says congressional candidate Cynthia Lummis may have some advantages in the final stretch of the Republican primary campaign.

The latest campaign finance reports show that Lummis has three and a half times more cash on hand as her Republican rival Mark Gordon. Gordon has raised more than twice as much money as Lummis overall, but he's already spent most of that.

Meantime, Lummis still has about a quarter million dollars to spend. The University of Wyoming's Jim King:

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WPR News
7:37 am
Wed July 16, 2008

State supreme court upholds Hicks' convictions

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of life without parole for Christopher Hicks, a Gillette man convicted of murder and other charges in the deaths of two teenagers in 2005.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Hicks' argument that the trial judge should have suppressed statements that he gave to law enforcement investigators. The Supreme Court also rejected Hicks' claim that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence.

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WPR News
7:17 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Plans in works for microbrewery in tiny Clark

Laramie, WYo. – Beer drinkers in Park County can rejoice: Plans are being made for a microbrewery. It's part of a project to renovate the Edelweiss bar and store and to expand a water bottling operation.

Co-owner Peg Potter says Edelweiss is the only business in the community of Clark, but she expects customers from all over the region.

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WPR News
7:14 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Brucellosis probe spurs one rancher to spay herd

Laramie, Wyo. – A leader in the livestock industry says the decision by a western rancher to sterilize 750 cows rather than test for brucellosis is a sign that something is wrong with the current rules.

The assistant state veterinarian says a rancher spayed animals that had contact with a herd near Daniel that tested positive last month for the disease.

The rancher had the choice of testing for brucellosis, slaughtering the herd or spaying the animals.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Economist: population growth to slow slightly

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's population will not grow as fast in 2008 as it did last year. That's according to state Economist Amy Bittner.

She says job growth in 2006 led to a significant jump in population for 2007. Bittner says last year's job growth was still strong, but not enough to keep pace with the most recent results from the U-S Census Bureau.

"I mean, 2 percent is really strong growth," Bittner says. "Even though we might not see a number at that range, 1 to 1.5 percent, that's still pretty strong, stable growth."

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WPR News
7:12 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Forest Service announces feedground decision

Jackson, Wyo. – The U.S. Forest Service has approved Wyoming's request to extend use of five elk winter feedgrounds in northwest Wyoming for another 20 years.

However, it denied or put off for now the state's request to expand two other feedgrounds and extend the permit for a third.

The decision is subject to appeal over the next 45 days.

Critics of the elk feedgrounds contend the operations promote the spread of diseases by congregating elk in the winter.

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WPR News
7:11 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Truck dumps tar on I-80

Laramie, Wyo. – A truck rolled over on I-80 in Cheyenne this morning spilling 200 gallons of hot tar.

The truck full of tar was headed on Interstate 80 from Nebraska to Denver, when the driver tried to take the exit for I-25 South.

"The driver lost control on the off-ramp about half-way up and the ramp and the tanker rolled over onto its top," says Highway Patrol Spokesman Stephen Townsend.

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WPR News
5:53 am
Tue July 15, 2008

U-W hopes new coach will rescue wrestling program

Laramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming has hired a new head coach to turn its struggling wrestling program around.

Athletics Director Tom Burman announced that former Oklahoma State University coach Mark Branch will take over as head coach this fall.

Last year, the team finished 4 and 9 under former head coach Steven Suder.

Burman says the athletics department has let the wrestling program slip for too long.

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