WPR News
9:26 am
Tue February 12, 2008

Tax Relief Bills Killed, Resurrected

Cheyenne, WY – A pair of property tax relief measures favored by the Governor were killed on introduction by the Wyoming House of Representatives. But legislators resurrected the bills later the same day.

The bills would both change the constitution and set up a way to provide relief to seniors 65 and older who have lived in the state for ten years.

Representative Debbie Hammons says the mechanism would essentially reduce someone's tax bill.

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WPR News
9:22 am
Tue February 12, 2008

Honaker Answers Senators' Concerns

Wash., D.C. – Rock Springs attorney Richard Honaker's nomination to the U.S. District Court for Wyoming has caused a stir among women rights groups.

On Tuesday members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee questioned him on his past anti-abortion activism.

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WPR News
9:18 am
Tue February 12, 2008

Colleages Praise Honaker

Laramie, WY – A U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committe Tuesday considered the nomination of a Rock Spring's attorney for a seat in Wyoming's U.S. District Court.

Attorneys who are familiar with Richard Honaker's career say he would make a fair-minded judge. Rock Springs attorney Ford Bussart has worked on both sides of a case with Honaker for 30 years.

He says Honaker has been equally ethical and aggressive whether they argue with or against each other in court.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Freudenthal will think positive in state-of-the-state

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal says he plans to accentuate the positive in his state-of-the-state address to the Wyoming legislature this morning.

Freudenthal is starting the second year of his second term. Wyoming's economy shows signs that it may be slowing down for the first time in several years.

The most recent Wyoming revenue projections call for essentially flat state income over the next two years.

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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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