WPR News
10:52 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Enzi, Barrasso Support Coal Bill

Laramie, WY – Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso supported a bill Thursday that would require the production of six-billion gallons of coal-derived fuels by 2022. Enzi says the energy crisis cannot be solved without using coal.

The legislation would also allow drilling on the outer Continental shelf, and within the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. That area has vast amounts of oil, but environmental groups have fought fiercely to protect it.

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WPR News
10:51 am
Fri May 2, 2008

New Reservoirs Considered on Little Snake

Rawlins, WY – The Wyoming Water Development Commission is considering the construction of three or four small reservoirs in the upper Little Snake River Valley in Carbon County.

Mike Besson is head of the commission's dams and reservoirs division. He says the Savery-Little Snake Water Conservancy District has requested the reservoirs because some members need more water.

The commission has allocated $250,000 to pay for the consulting firm. It plans to hold a meeting May 9 to consider hiring a
consulting firm.

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WPR News
10:48 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Idaho Releases Wolf Plan

Boise, ID – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released its recommendations for hunting wolves in 2008.

A proposal released Thursday recommends a total mortality cap of 328 for the state's wolf population. That total includes wolves killed by hunters and state managers, or those killed in accidents or by natural causes.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Spring storm whacks Wyoming

Laramie, Wyo. – The storm closed more than 40 stretches of Wyoming roads, and many are still closed because of blowing snow and low visibility.

The Wyoming Highway patrol says the weather contributed to numerous crashes throughout eastern Wyoming, but luckily, no one died in those crashes.

The northeast corner of the state got the worst of the storm, but Casper Mountain also saw 21 inches of snow and Buffalo is dealing with 2-foot snow drifts.

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WPR News
7:13 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Wyo. Governor to stump for Obama in Billings

Billings, Mont. – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal is scheduled to speak on behalf of Barack Obama at a Democratic event in Billings, Mont., next week.

This will be Freudenthal's first public speech in support of the Democratic presidential candidate since Freudenthal endorsed Obama a month ago.

Bill Clinton also is scheduled to speak in Billings during the Montana Democratic Party's annual Harry S. Truman Dinner a week from Saturday.

The former president will be stumping for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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WPR News
7:10 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Novacek grabs college hall of fame honor

Laramie, Wyo. – A record-breaking tight end from the University of Wyoming has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Jay Novacek led U-W in the mid-1980s with more than 15-hundred yards and 10 touchdowns in his three-year career.

Novacek says his accomplishments at U-W are as satisfying as winning the Super Bowl. He did that three times with the Dallas Cowboys in his 12-year professional career.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Thu May 1, 2008

Sweetwater Guards Shoved Juvenile on Ground

Cheyenne, WY – Three Sweetwater County jail guards have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for the rough treatment of a 16-year-old boy as he was being booked.

Cpl. Elizabeth Lopez, Cpl. Matt Weber and deputy Leeland Reese entered their pleas Wednesday, and Sweetwater County Magistrate Marv Tyler fined them $330 each.

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WPR News
9:40 am
Thu May 1, 2008

Interior Dept Proposes Guns in Natl Parks

Washington, DC – Regulations proposed Wednesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne would allow people to carry a concealed weapon in some national parks and wildlife refuges.

Kempthorne says the new rules would allow someone to carry a loaded weapon in a park or refuge only if that person had a permit for a concealed weapon, and the state where the park or refuge is located allows guns in parks.

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WPR News
10:53 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Utah Ranchers Oppose Ruby Pipeline

Logan, UT – A proposed natural-gas pipeline that would cut through northern Utah between Wyoming and Oregon is drawing opposition.

Some people in Utah want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to persuade backers of the Ruby Pipeline to consider another route for the project.

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WPR News
10:46 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Arapaho Casino Opens

Riverton, WY – The Northern Arapaho tribe opened its new Wind River Casino on Tuesday. Tribal leaders say it marked a "soft opening" in advance of a planned "grand opening" in early June.

The casino is a 24-hour, Las Vegas-style gambling operation. It has about 750 slot machines, of which about 200 were operating on Tuesday.

The tribe won the right to offer gambling in 2005 after a five-year legal battle with the state of Wyoming. All revenues from the casino go to the tribe.

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