WPR News
9:14 am
Thu March 6, 2008

Bill Clinton Visits Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Former president Bill Clinton told a standing-room only crowd in Rock Springs that there's no hurry to resolve the close race between his wife and Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton stumped for New York Senator Hillary Clinton on Thursday in front of more than one thousand people in Sweetwater County, the only county in Wyoming with more registered Democrats than Republicans.

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WPR News
9:43 am
Wed March 5, 2008

Great Lakes: not enough planes for Montana

Helena, MT – Wyoming-based Great Lakes Airlines says it doesn't know when it can take over essential air service in Montana, because it doesn't have enough airplanes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation granted Great Lakes a no-bid contract to take over service from Big Sky Airlines. The department said it's urging the company to move as quickly as possible.

Essential air service is a federal subsidy to guarantee air routes in rural areas.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Wed March 5, 2008

Tax relief bill goes through Senate

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A measure on property tax relief measure has passed the Senate, but not without some debate.

Senator Charles Scott voted to protest that the legislature ignored a series of other property tax relief measures that would have helped a broader group of Wyoming residents.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Wed March 5, 2008

Senators make more changes to Castle Doctrine

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate approved the so-called Castle Doctrine after amending it to essentially agree with Wyoming's current common law.

The senate left out a provision that gave citizens the right to no retreat and use deadly force outside of a home.

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WPR News
6:03 am
Wed March 5, 2008

Budget becomes law

Cheyenne, Wyo – The state budget is now law.

With three minor line-item vetoes, Governor Dave Freudenthal signed the budget bill and expressed satisfaction that it sustains initiatives the state has been pursuing.

Those range from increased highway funding to more money for the Wildlife Trust Fund.

The governor says he is also pleased with the extra money local governments will receive, and he admits it was fascinating to follow the debate.

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WPR News
4:59 am
Wed March 5, 2008

Democrats brace for weekend caucus

Laramie, Wyo. – With high-profile Democrats about to descend on Wyoming, state party leaders are busier than ever.

Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Barack Obama will campaign across the state on Thursday and Friday, before the Democratic caucuses March 8. Meanwhile, party leaders have been juggling media requests and telling a surge of newly-registered voters where to find their caucus sites.

State party chairman John Millin says no one expected this much attention.

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WPR News
11:26 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Wyoming Last State To Make Dogfighting A Felony

Cheyenne, WY – Following Governor Dave Freudenthal's signature and an honorary paw print from a dog named Mystic, today Wyoming became the last state in the nation to make dog fighting a felony.

Several dogs were on hand for the signing ceremony that packed the capitol rotunda. Chief Sponsor Rosie Berger says it was impressive to pass the bill during a budget session.

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WPR News
10:29 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Feds approve CBM water quality standards

Billings, MT – The federal government has approved strict new water quality standards for coal-bed methane water. Montana sought the new standards out of fear that natural gas drilling in Wyoming could pollute interstate rivers.

Montana officials say the new rules are aimed at protecting farmers from poor-quality water produced during exploration for coal-bed methane.

The new rules were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter dated February 29th.

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WPR News
9:41 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Property tax bills get preliminary approval in Senate

Cheyenne, WY – The Senate Monday gave preliminary approval to two bills that would cut property taxes for needy citizens and the elderly. The bills have already cleared the House.

The first bill would offer tax refunds to people who make no more than two-thirds of the median income of either the applicant's county of residence or the state.

It would limit recipients to no more than $50,000 in total household assets for each adult member of the family, excluding
pensions, one motor vehicle each and similar items.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Senate Passes Helium Tax

Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate has passed a bill that would tax helium extracted from the ground in Wyoming.

Governor Freudenthal endorsed the bill in his state of the state address at the beginning of the session and is expected to sign it into law.

The bill would impose a six percent severance tax on helium extracted from the ground and could bring in more than $2 million in additional annual tax revenues for the state.

Helium is currently the only extracted mineral commodity that Wyoming does not tax.

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