WPR News
9:33 am
Tue May 20, 2008

No New Clues in 1980 Case

Pavillion, WY – Law enforcement officials say that
excavations near a Fremont County home haven't turned up any clues to the 1980 disappearance of a mother and her two sons.

Virginia Uden and her sons Reagan and Richard have been missing since 1980. Their car was found nearly a month later in a remote canyon with the interior stained with blood.

Authorities say investigators have been digging Monday and Tuesday near a residence about 15 miles north of Riverton. Police
say the residence had been owned by the woman's ex-husband.

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WPR News
9:29 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Yellowstone Expects Strong Tourism Season

Cody, WY – The superintendent of Yellowstone National
Park says early signs point to a strong tourist season this summer.

Superintendent Suzanne Lewis says she's optimistic, despite the high gas prices, because reservations are at the same level or
ahead of last year. She noted that 2007 was a record year for Yellowstone, with visitation up 10 percent.

Lewis spoke Monday during National Parks Day, a traditional summer tourism kickoff event in Cody.

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WPR News
9:26 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Emission Control Sought on Behalf of the Polar Bear

Laramie, WY – The conservation groups that successfully got polar bears listed as threatened last week were back in court today to try to get the government to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists say those gases have led to rapid melting of sea ice, which is where polar bears live.

But the government says it will not use the polar bear listing to regulate greenhouse gases. The groups, which include Greenpeace, are suing to force regulation.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Potential Flood Threatens Baggs

Laramie, WY – Warm temperatures are melting snow into the Little Snake River, which is threatening to flood the riverbanks near the town of Baggs.

Mayor Linda Corners says the National Guard is helping fill sandbags. She says state Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers are also helping out.

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WPR News
11:46 am
Mon May 19, 2008

WY Community College Enrollment Among Highest in Nation

Laramie, WY – A study released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York finds that Wyoming's community colleges have one of the highest enrollments in the nation.

Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, Jim Rose, says that's partly because there are only two four-year colleges in Wyoming, and not all students can attend it. But he says community colleges are also well-funded by the state, so they attract many students who can afford only a modest tuition.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Bison Walk Back Into Yellowstone National Park

Gardiner, MT – Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine
are prompting Yellowstone National Park bison to return to their summer ranges inside the park.

Park managers on Monday opened the corrals at the Stephens Creek bison capture pens northwest of Gardiner. Park officials said about 300 bison headed south toward Mammoth, and then east into the Lamar
Valley; or south toward Fountain Flats, the Central Plateau and Hayden Valley.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Mon May 19, 2008

School Teachers Moving to Wyoming

Laramie, WY – School teachers from neighboring states are moving to Wyoming to take advantage of higher salaries. Last year, the average Wyoming teacher's salary jumped from about $40,000 to about $53,000.

Wyoming Education Association President Kathryn Valido says that's drawn many teachers here from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, and as far away as California. Valido says this larger applicant pool has affected the quality of teaching.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Solicitor General: Montana Water Lawsuit Should Proceed

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Solicitor General recommends that
the U.S. Supreme Court deny the state of Wyoming's request to shoot down a lawsuit in which the state of Montana says it's not getting enough water from two rivers that flow north across the state line.

U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement told the Supreme Court last week that it should allow Montana to proceed with its suit.
Montana claims Wyoming uses too much water from the Tongue and Powder Rivers.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Barrasso Launches Senate Campaign

Cheyenne, WY – John Barrasso has launched his first U.S. Senate campaign since being appointed to the Senate last year.

Barrasso made campaign announcements in Thermopolis, Casper and in Cheyenne today.

Barrasso spoke to crowd of about 60 people in the rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. He told that group he's got experience and knows how to get things done for Wyoming.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Baby Girl Found Dead At Unauthorized Day-Care Center

Jackson, WY – Authorities in Jackson are looking into the
death of a baby girl last week at an unauthorized home day-care center. Police say there is no sign of foul play.

Emergency medical personnel were called to an apartment in Jackson last Wednesday after someone called reporting that the
11-month-old girl had stopped breathing.

Officers found that the apartment was being used as a day-care center and that one woman was caring for 10 children there,
including the baby girl.

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