WPR News
9:54 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Governor Vetos Campaign Finance Bill

Cheyenne, Wy –

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WPR News
9:26 am
Mon March 17, 2008

State Rep. Alan Jones announces retirement

Powell, WY – State Representative Alan Jones is retiring from the Legislature.

The Republican from Powell has represented House District 25
over five terms since 2000.

He was appointed to the position in July of 1999 after the death of Rep. Denny Smith.

Jones will officially conclude nearly ten years in the statehouse on Dec. 31st.

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WPR News
9:01 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Wyoming argues against federal agency in gun case

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is asking a federal appeals court
in Denver to uphold a state law that allows people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their firearms rights.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has rejected a Wyoming law that allows people convicted of domestic violence charges to regain their firearms rights.

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WPR News
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Virtual school approval could open up distance learning

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming legislature made Campbell County's Virtual school official.

The school opened in 2006 and serves children from Kindergarten through sixth grade. But after being an experiment, it will become an official school and get funding.

Principal Roger Larsen says the legislation will open up distance learning possibilities across the state.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Four Wyoming cities get top outdoor ratings

Cody, WY – Outdoor Life magazine lists four Wyoming towns among its top 200 towns for outdoorsmen.

The magazine lists Sheridan, Cody, Casper and Gillette in the top 40 towns that cater to outdoor activities. Sheridan ranked third, Cody fourth, Casper 21st and Gillette 38th.

Outdoor Life evaluated towns across America to find the places that offer world-class hunting and fishing, easy access to public land and water and vibrant economies that remain affordable and hospitable.

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WPR News
7:51 am
Fri March 14, 2008

DFS: Juvenile services bill could save money in long run

Cheyenne, Wyo – The state Department of Family Services says a $2 million appropriation to help communities around Wyoming set up local programs for troubled youth will save the state money in the long run.

The funding is part of a bill signed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Wednesday. The funding will help counties set
up juvenile services boards. Those boards will in turn set up and oversee local mentoring, counseling and treatment programs for juveniles.

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WPR News
7:43 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Diesel prices pinch truckers

Laramie, Wyo – Record prices for diesel fuel may cause smaller trucking companies to file for bankruptcy.

According to the Energy Information Administration, a gallon of diesel in the Rocky Mountain Region now averages 3 dollars and 70 cents. Nationwide, the price per gallon has hit records nearly every day in recent weeks.

Shelia Foertsch of the Wyoming Trucking Association says that's bad news for the industry.

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WPR News
7:40 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Camp Guernsey gets a promotion

Cheyenne, Wyo – The U.S. Air Force is making more use of the Camp Guernsey military training site in southeast Wyoming.

The F.E. Warren Air Force Base's 90th Ground Combat Training Squadron's Camp Guernsey training site has been designated a regional training center for airmen worldwide.

The designation is part of an effort to better prepare deploying airmen for combat.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Meth funding on the decline

Casper, WY – A number of law enforcement agencies will be losing federal money used to combat the use of methamphetamine.

Casper is losing almost 43 thousand dollars and Police Chief Tom Pagel says it will have an impact on their efforts. Pagel is concerned that federal officials think the money is not needed.

Pagel says that it likely have a major impact on the state's smaller police departments.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Students Locked Down In Wheatland

Wheatland, Wy – Several threatening text messages sent to
a student prompted police to lock down Wheatland High School and keep students after the end of the school day Thursday.
Police lifted the lockdown at 5:05 p.m., nearly two hours after
school ended, after determining that the young adult male they
believe sent the text messages wasn't in Platte County.
The lockdown began around 12:30 p.m.
Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser says both the high school
and Libbey Elementary School in Wheatland were locked down after

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