WPR News
8:41 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Dogfighting bill goes before legislature this session

Laramie, WY – Entering this week's legislative session, Wyoming is just one of two states without anti-dog fighting laws, and some would like that to change.

Last year Big Horn Republican Rosie Berger did not get far with similar legislation, but following the news of former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and his involvement with Dog fighting, Berger says she has gained many more supporters.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Wyoming Taxpayers Association opposes across-the-board property tax breaks

Laramie, WY – While some think the state should give property owners a break on their taxes this year, the Wyoming Taxpayers Association opposes such a move.

Director Erin Taylor argues that for the state to maintain the services it offers, citizens need to help pay some of the bills.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Cowgirls end their two-game losing streak

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowgirls ran out to an early lead and never looked back in beating New Mexico 70 to 55.

They snapped their modest two game losing streak by bolting out to an 18 to 2 lead, behind a solid defense and the red hot shooting of Jodi Bollerjack. Bollerjack had a game high 17 points, five of them three point shots. She says the key was getting off to a fast start.

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WPR News
7:43 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Report issued in fatal trona mine accident

Green River, Wyo. – Federal investigators say preventable equipment failure resulted in a mine transport vehicle accident that killed a worker last September at a trona mine near Green River.

The accident at the FMC Corporation mine killed 41-year-old Carden Largent Junior, of Mountain View. Another worker was injured.

An investigation by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration determined that mine managers failed to identify normal wear on the transport vehicle that caused the vehicle to lose control.

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WPR News
7:40 am
Mon February 11, 2008

WYDOT sends more crews to Rawlins area

Rawlins, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Transportation has bolstered its snow removal operations in the Rawlins area.

Extreme wind and blowing snow conditions so far this winter have been causing frequent road closers, especially on Interstate 80.

WYDOT spokesman Dave Kingham says the equipment now working from just east of Walcott Junction to about Fort Steele includes 14 plows, bulldozers or road graders trying to keep the roads open.

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WPR News
7:25 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Governor's speech urges spending discipline

Cheyenne, Wyo. – During his State of the State message, Freudenthal pointed out that Wyoming has gone through a period of growth.

And while Freudenthal says Wyoming's economy is strong, he says the spending that has increased by leaps and bounds in previous years needs to slow down

Senator Phil Nicholas, who co-chairs the appropriations committee, agrees with Freudenthal.

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WPR News
11:09 am
Sat February 9, 2008

Property Taxes To Be Debated

Laramie, Wy – The legislature kicks off next week and one topic that will likely come up right away is property tax relief. The idea is favored by the Governor but opposed by those who think citizens should help pay for state services. One supporter is Jackson representative Keith Gingery who is proposing relief for everyone. Gingery says those who live in Western Wyoming and other impact counties are seeing their taxes increase by over 100 percent each year. He says it is important that the state keep local government from losing any tax revenue, if they choose a bill to support.

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Election 2008
11:08 am
Sat February 9, 2008

Romney Delegates Up For Grabs

Cheyene, Wy – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's announcement that he is suspending his campaign gives the eight Republican national delegates from Wyoming who back him more freedom to support someone else.

State Republican rules don't require delegates to be bound to a candidate.

Eight of the 12 Wyoming delegates chosen so far back Romney. That's out of a total of 28 who would go to the convention -- had the national GOP not suspended half of those delegates to penalize Wyoming for choosing its delegates early.

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WPR News
9:12 am
Thu February 7, 2008

Governor Asks For Wyoming Range Delay

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Cheyenne, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal is asking the U.S. Forest Service to delay acting on a proposal to drill for natural gas in the Wyoming Range.
The Wyoming Range is a popular hunting and recreation area within the Bridger-Teton National Forest near the Idaho border.
Plains Exploration and Production Company wants to drill 136 gas wells on 17 well pads spread over about 10,000 acres in the National Forest.
The Forest Service says the plan would disrupt about 400 acres and result in building about 15 miles of road.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Thu February 7, 2008

Kelly Takes North Dakota Job

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming health sciences dean Robert Kelley says he'll be the next University of North Dakota president.
A spokeswoman for Chancellor Bill Goetz says Kelley notified his office this morning that he'll accept the job.
The 63-year-old Kelley will succeed Charles Kupchella, who's retiring later this year. Kelley was offered a a three-year contract worth $300,000 a year. State Board of Higher Education President John Q. Paulsen says he knew right away that Kelley was the right man for the job. Paulsen calls Kelley a 'fair and decent' man.

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