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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WPR News
12:36 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Great Wyoming Books John McPhee's: Rising from the Plains

Wyoming – This is the first in an occasional series on great Wyoming books... books that capture the landscape and the spirit of this state. Joining us is Princeton Journalism Professor John McPhee. His 1987 book "Rising from the Plains inspired its Wyoming readers to see their backyard as a story billions of years in the making.

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WPR News
10:49 am
Sat May 17, 2008

Wyoming Lacks Child Care

Laramie, WY – Less than half of all Wyoming children who could be in child care actually get it. That's according to a new study by Wyoming Kids Count.

It finds every Wyoming county short on child care, especially for children aged 2 and under. Coordinator Marc Homer says he was shocked when he compiled the numbers.

"So I decided to call Rock Springs, where there's an 82 percent shortfall, and I called down the list and found out there were no real options," he said.

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WPR News
10:31 am
Sat May 17, 2008

Shell Oil Contributes $500,000 to Conservation Effort

Laramie, WY – Shell Oil Co. is contributing $500,000
to the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust to help conserve
wildlife habitat in southwest Wyoming.

The money will support the multiple uses of natural resources across some 200,000 acres.

Russ Ford of Shell says the company is proud to help enhance the
state's wildlife and agricultural heritage as part of the federal Healthy Lands Initiative.

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WPR News
10:28 am
Sat May 17, 2008

State Legislative Races Become Competitive

Laramie, WY – Just a couple days into Wyoming's two-week period for filing for political office, several contested races are shaping up in the state Legislature.

In the Senate, Democrat Phyllis Sherard is taking on incumbent Republican Wayne Johnson in eastern Laramie County. Sherard is an administrator at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

In the House, Republican Representative Deborah Alden of Wheatland is retiring. Republican feedlot owner Randy Stevenson is running to replace her, and so too is Democratic train engineer Terry Jones.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Fri May 16, 2008

Students Investigate If Moorcroft Could Become A Ghost Town

Laramie, WY – Students at Moorcroft Elementary will be puzzling over a thorny problem next semester: could Moorcroft become a ghost town?

It's an after-school program funded by a ten-thousand dollar grant from the state. Moorcroft Elementary School Principal, Linda Wolfskill says students will start by investigating nearby ghost towns.

"They might see a building or two. They might note what was the industry, why did that town exist there? It might be, possibly, near a deserted mine, for example," she said.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Screenwriter and Governors to Speak at WY Dem Convention

Cheyenne, WY – Wilson screenwriter Bill Broyles says he's mostly steered clear of personal involvement in politics.

But that's changing: Broyles took part in the Teton County Convention in March and is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Wyoming Democratic Convention in Jackson.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer also are slated to speak at the convention.

Broyles wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2000 film "Cast Away," which stars Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee who becomes stranded on a deserted island.

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