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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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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