WPR News
9:55 am
Fri June 20, 2008

State Representative Wants Support For Reservation

Wind River, Wy –

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WPR News
9:53 am
Fri June 20, 2008

Dead Woman Identified

Casper, Wy – A 34-year-old woman who died Wednesday
evening when a shed rolled over on her at a Casper baseball field
has been identified as a pilot from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jim Massa told the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls that the woman
was his wife, Jennifer Job-Massa. She was a captain for Skywest
Airlines and was in Casper for a stopover.
Sgt. Richie Randel of the Casper Police Department says the
woman's body was found at about 5:30 p.m. when people showed up for
a game at the Field of Dreams complex.

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WPR News
7:14 am
Fri June 20, 2008

Top teacher expects graduation rates to rise

Laramie, Wyo. – The state superintendent is expecting Wyoming's graduation rate to improve as more programs are implemented to help so called at-risk students.

Superintendent Jim McBride says that the legislature has funded new programs to help these students.

McBride says it will take more than money. He says it is up to individual school districts to design programs to meet their local needs.

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WPR News
6:43 am
Fri June 20, 2008

More Wyo. cattle may have brucellosis

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Preliminary tests indicate that 13 more
cattle in a western Wyoming herd may be infected with brucellosis.

That's in addition to the two cattle in which state authorities have positively confirmed brucellosis infections.

The herd belongs to a ranch near Daniel in Sublette County.

Assistant State Veterinarian Jim Logan says about 325 cattle from the herd have been subjected to preliminary blood tests and another 250 will be tested next week.

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Election 2008
6:40 am
Fri June 20, 2008

Wyo. governor meets with Obama

Laramie, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says a meeting with Democratic governors and prospective Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama led to discussions about energy and infrastructure.

Freudenthal says the discussion about energy indicated that the issue will continue to evolve with respect to carbon management, the future of the nation's energy supply and questions about transmission.

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Election 2008
2:16 am
Fri June 20, 2008

GOP House Candidate Opposes Protections for the Wyoming Range

Laramie, WY – Republican U.S. House candidate Bill Winney says he disagrees with legislation that would protect the Wyoming Range from drilling. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming is currently sponsoring the Wyoming Range Legacy Act, which would allow oil drilling in rural Wyoming.

"I'm not all that thrilled about looking out my window and seeing a drilling rig. At the same time, I am concerned about how many resources we fence off and say no to development," Winney said.

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Election 2008
2:13 am
Fri June 20, 2008

Winney Favors More State Control Of Health Care

Laramie, WY – A Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives says government-run health care will not improve the country's insurance woes. Candidate Bill Winney says he prefers a system that makes private insurance generally available to everyone.

Winney drew parallels to auto insurance, which allows people of all backgrounds to choose a variety of plans. He says the problem now is that insurance companies can choose who they want to insure.

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WPR News
9:51 am
Wed June 18, 2008

Sage Grouse Study Notes Concerns

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Laramie, Wy – Reductions in sagebrush habitat are significantly impacting sage grouse populations in the west. Researchers have developed a model that shows where the birds are at risk and for the most part Sage Grouse in Wyoming are ok. But Colorado State and U-S-G-S Researcher Cameron Aldridge says there are areas of the state where sagebrush is being impacted and that could have future ramifications for Sage Grouse. Aldridge says it is something people in the state might want to keep an eye on.

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WPR News
9:50 am
Wed June 18, 2008

New Game And Fish Director Named

Cheyenne, Wy –
Governor Dave Freudenthal has picked an Arizona man to be the state's new game and fish director. Steve Ferrell is currently the deputy game and fish director in Arizona and says he comes to the state very familiar with many of the same challenges facing Wyoming. Ferrell calls himself a consensus builder, but says he is confident that if he has to make some tough calls on behalf of Wyoming's wildlife that he will have the support of the Governor and other leaders.

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WPR News
9:32 am
Wed June 18, 2008

Group Sues Over Anticline

Washington D-C – A conservation group is seeking to halt
drilling on a booming natural gas field in western Wyoming through
a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership claims the
government has reneged on promises to shield deer, sage grouse and
other wildlife from energy development in the Pinedale Anticline.
That's a geologic formation an hour south of Jackson with an
estimated 21 trillion cubic feet of natural gas - one of the
largest reserves in the United States.

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