WPR News
8:23 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Susan Thomas Sets Up Foundation To Benefit Children

Cheyenne, WY – The widow of the late Senator Craig Thomas is starting a foundation to help underprivileged children.

Susan Thomas announced the formation of the Craig and Susan Thomas foundation to help at-risk youth and to give leadership grants for mentors. Referring to her late husband's military background, Thomas called this a new mission.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Governor Signs Carbon Sequestration Bills

Cheyenne, WY – The governor signed into law a pair of bills that will regulate how Wyoming will capture and secure carbon dioxide.

What states do with CO-2 will be an important part of energy development in the future.

Representative Tom Lubnau of Gillette says it took nine months to put the bills together. He says the bills are ahead of the curve.

Governor Dave Freudenthal says the bills are groundbreaking.

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WPR News
9:10 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Fraud Bill Amended

Cheyenne, WY – State lawmakers are continuing with a bill that would clamp down on fraudulent companies operating in Wyoming.

One tricky issue is how much responsibility should be placed on local attorneys who act as registered agents. Some want the registered agents to take more responsibility for the companies and maintain annual contact with their clients.

But attorneys say that will take up too much time.

Cheyenne Representative Dan Zwonitzer says the contact is needed to prevent fraud.

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WPR News
9:09 am
Mon March 3, 2008

College of Business Gets $3 Million Grant

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming says its College
of Business will receive a $3 million grant for business ethics education.

The money comes from the Daniels Fund, a private nonprofit that awards grants and scholarships. It will give the college the
largest single private foundation contribution ever received for a
UW program.

The endowment will be used to expand the business ethics program to the state's seven community colleges and allow students to work with business executives to understand business ethics in the real
world.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Energy Workers Putting In Fewer Hours

Laramie, WY – Energy workers are probably working fewer overtime hours.

State economist Jim Robinson says the number of drilling rigs dropped significantly last November, but the number of people who work on those rigs did not drop as much as expected.

"It may be a safer work environment because instead of having people working double shifts, and two weeks on and one week off, they're kind of getting more back to what the standard should be in the industry," Robinson said.

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WPR News
9:01 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senate Defeats DUI Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming senate has defeated a bill that would have strengthened the state's laws against impaired driving.

It would have made a third DUI conviction in seven years a felony, plus raised fines.

With little debate, the Senate defeated the bill by a two-vote margin.

Senator Tony Ross says he was concerned about some increased penalties following a first offense, but was surprised the bill failed.

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WPR News
9:01 am
Mon March 3, 2008

DUI bill has support from Natrona County police

Casper, WY – A bill that would toughen penalties for
drinking and driving in Wyoming has support among law enforcement officials in Natrona County.

Currently a fourth DUI in five years is a felony. The bill would make a third DUI in seven years a felony, while a fifth DUI would be a felony regardless of when the first four happened.

The bill has cleared the House and is under consideration in the Senate.

More than twice as many DUI charges were filed in Natrona County in 2007 compared to 2003.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Mon March 3, 2008

A look ahead at the legislature

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Legislature plans to wind down its budget session this week. It will wrap up remaining bills while giving itself time to respond if Gov. Dave Freudenthal vetoes any cherished budget items.

The budget the House and Senate approved Friday calls for putting up $3.5 billion in state funds for state government for the two-year period beginning this July.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Teton sheep reseach project successful

Laramie, WY – Wildlife officials have successfully collared 20 big horn sheep in a small, isolated herd that lives at high altitude in the Teton Range.

Scientists are worried about the sheep because there are only about 125 of them. They say one catastrophic event could wipe them out.

The collars will tell researchers more about where and how the sheep live. A team working from a helicopter first tried to put the collars on in December, but high winds derailed forced them to give up.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senate considers helium tax bill

Cheyenne, WY – Helium producers would pay a severance tax under a bill currently in the Wyoming senate.

Helium is the only commodity not taxed in the state, and with a couple of helium extraction projects ready to begin, state officials are hoping to get the tax in place.

Senator Kit Jennings of Casper urged defeat of the bill saying that the new tax will end up in court. But Senator Phil Nicholas says helium producers need to pay for removing the resource.

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