WPR News
8:38 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Wyoming Gets Low Grade

Cheyenne, Wy – Two child-advocacy groups give Wyoming a
grade of D-plus for its lack of openness in releasing information
about fatal- and near-fatal-child-abuse cases.
The report is titled "State Secrecy and Child Death." It was
prepared by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's
Advocacy Institute and First Star, a charity that works on child
abuse issues. The groups released it on Tuesday.
Amy Harfeld is executive director of First Star. She says that
Wyoming's grade suffered because much of the state's policy is in

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Police Will Crack Down On Tour De Laramie

Laramie, Wy – The Laramie Police Chief admits his department has failed to properly police a popular bar crawl for too long. He says this year officers will be on hand at the annual Tour de Laramie to stop drunken bikers from causing trouble. Tour de Laramie involves booze, bikes and bars. And Police Chief Bob Deutsch says enough is enough. Deutsch acknowledges that officers have long turned a blind eye to the bar crawl. Meanwhile, he says, tipsy bikers put their safety at risk, often bang into parked cars and sometimes just get sick on city streets.

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WY Elections
8:27 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Marty Martin Will Run For The Senate

Rock Springs, Wy – House Minority Leader Marty Martin,
D-Rock Springs, has announced his candidacy for the Wyoming State
Senate.
Martin is running for the District 12 senate seat that has been
held by Sen. Ray Lynn Job, D-Rock Springs. Job has announced that
she's retiring from the Senate at the end of her term this year.
Martin has served three terms in the House. He also has served
on the Rock Springs City Council and on the Sweetwater County
Commission. Martin recently was re-elected for the third time as

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WPR News
8:25 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Residents Warned Of Medicaid Scam

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is
warning Medicaid clients in the state to be alert for fraudulent telephone calls.
The department says that clients of its EqualityCare program,
which is part of Medicaid, need to protect themselves against being
victims of fraud.
The department says that it's heard reports of a scam in which
callers will promise clients that they will receive lifetime
benefits for a fee, or that they need to give out their bank
account information to receive a new Medicaid card.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Sage Grouse Ok In Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – Sage Grouse declines have been noted in Nevada and some other western states and many wonder if the bird is headed for the endangered species list. Just this week North Dakota said it is considering canceling its Sage Grouse hunting season because of record low numbers. But in Wyoming the Sage Grouse appears to be doing better. Tom Christensen is overseeing Sage Grouse for the Wyoming Game and fish Department. He says Wyoming has avoided the problems other states are facing such as grass fires.

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WPR News
10:26 am
Tue April 29, 2008

Global Demand Drives Cost of Building Materials in Gillette

Gillette, WY – Officials say that demand for building materials in China and India is pushing costs higher in Gillette and Campbell County.

They say the increases mean that a new home or office is going to cost between 30 percent to 50 percent more to build this season than it did four years ago.

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WPR News
10:25 am
Tue April 29, 2008

Jackson Hole Real Estate Still Strong

Jackson, WY – The number and total value of homes sold in Jackson Hole in the first quarter of 2008 fell sharply compared to the same period last year.

But a real estate appraiser says Wyoming's priciest home market still remains strong.

David Viehman points out that the median price of a home in Teton County is up 7 percent over the past year and is holding steady at $1.1 million.

The most expensive asking price for a home in Jackson Hole so far this year has been just under $35 million.

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WPR News
10:23 am
Tue April 29, 2008

Wyoming Home Vacancy Rate Increases

Cheyenne, WY – The number of vacant homes for sale in Wyoming remains much lower than the regional and national averages.

Census figures out yesterday show that Wyoming tied with Hawaii and Oklahoma for the nation's ninth-lowest supply of vacant homes for sale over the first three months of the year.

State economist Wenlin Liu says many people who moved to Wyoming to work in the energy industry in recent years have bought homes, helping offset a surge in home construction.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Tue April 29, 2008

Sheridan Works On Finding Affordable Homes

Sheridan, Wy – A recent state survey finds the fewer homes are being built and there are fewer vacancies. Although one place listed as having a robust housing market is Sheridan. New homes are being built but an issue in Sheridan has been the availability of affordable homes. The Sheridan Housing Action Committee or shac has worked hard to get grants to try and get more affordable homes built. Shac's Marie Lowe says despite the solid housing market they still have a lot to do because affordable housing is a constant need.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Tue April 29, 2008

Long Term Care Costs rise In Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wy – An annual cost of care survey finds that Nursing home care has increased 14 percent since 2004 and other long term care costs continue to rise. The study was done by Genworth financial and an Ombudsman for Wyoming Seniors Inc. has no quarrel with the numbers. Charlie Simeno says costs should continue to rise and people need to be thinking about future savings. But he also suggests another step.

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