WPR News
7:27 am
Fri February 1, 2008

New chief sets big goals for Cody museum

Cody, Wyo – The new director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center hopes to increase the museum's national stature.

Bruce Eldredge began work this week as the center's new chief executive officer and executive director.

Eldredge says his goal is to bring the Buffalo Bill Historical Center up from a ranking of among the top one hundred museums in the country to among the top ten.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Vets milesage increase approved

Washington, DC – Sen. Mike Enzi declared a victory in a fight to increase mileage reimbursement for veterans this week.

Enzi's office reports that an increase from 11 cents to 28.5 cents per mile was approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Republican senator says he has worked for seven years to get a much needed increase in the amount disabled veterans are reimbursed for traveling to VA hospitals to receive care.

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WPR News
7:24 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Peabody mine not slated to start up this year

Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy's proposed School Creek coal mine in the southern Powder River Basin remains on the drawing board but does not appear to be in line to start up this year.

The St. Louis-based coal company has been tightlipped about its plans for the mine in northeast Wyoming since it was first announced it in 2006.

But Peabody CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call this week that the company has not included the new mine in any of its 2008 production figures.

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WPR News
9:50 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Barrasso Supprts Carbon Legislation

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Washington D-C – Republican Senator John Barrasso is pushing Congress to pass legislation to capture carbon emissions. Supporters say it will help reduce greenhouse gases and help the US become less energy dependent.

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WPR News
9:47 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Enzi Praises Vet Increase

Laramie, Wy – The Department of Veteran's Affairs has agreed to give veterans an increase in the cost of traveling to a Veterans Administration hospital. Those who have served in the military are given a mileage reimbursement for the long travel they sometimes have to make to a V-A hospital, but since 1977 the reimbursement has been 11-cents a mile. Senator Mike Enzi was among those who pushed to get that amount increased to over 28 cents a mile. In a prepared statement, Enzi says the increase is long overdue.

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WPR News
9:44 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Mark Gordon Explains Ideas

Laramie, Wy – The latest candidate for Congress wants to get his party back to its traditional values. Johnson County rancher and businessman Mark Gordon is running as a republican for Wyoming's seat in the House of Representatives. Gordon says the Republican Party he grew up with was about small government, limited spending and the belief in the individual. GORDON: And a little bit of that I think the government may have strayed from over the years. As for concrete issues, Gordon says he does not favor a time line for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

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WPR News
7:35 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Governor "astonished" by DOE announcement

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is astonished by the news that the department of energy may pull support for a flagship carbon capture project.

The FutureGen project would have included a $1.5 billion dollar coal-fired power plant that would capture about 90 percent of its CO2 emissions and store it underground.

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WPR News
7:33 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Climate change awareness event at 13 WY schools

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming is one of 13 schools in Wyoming and over 16-thousand groups across the nation hosting events today to discuss climate change.

The event, called Focus the Nation, is the second in a series of symposia hosted by UW's climate change committee.

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WPR News
7:30 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Winter woes for WYDOT

Laramie, WY – Wyoming department of transportation officials say they have not seen a winter like this one in many years.

Heavy snow, cold temperatures and high winds are hampering efforts to keep roads clear and dry.

This week I-80 was closed across the state and most roads in southeast Wyoming were also closed for several hours. Maintenance Engineer Tim McGary says it's been hard to get ahead of things.

McGary says the cold wintry weather is causing problems with supplies and budgets as well.

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WPR News
7:27 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Cowgirls stunned at loss to Utah

Laramie, WY – Just when it looked like the Wyoming Cowgirls were going to pull out a close win, something went terribly wrong.

Utah's Morgan Warburton picked up a loose ball off the floor and drained a three pointer with three seconds left as Utah defeated Wyoming 60-59. The Cowgirls had rallied to lead 59-57 when Jodi Bollerjack made one of two free throws.

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