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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WPR News
8:47 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senators Consider Castle Doctrine Bill

Cheyenne, WY – Senators are deciding what to do about a bill that would allow someone to use deadly force in life threatening situations.

The "Castle Doctrine" bill would also provide the person who did the killing with a form of immunity. Gun activists have fully endorsed the measure, but some senators fear it could have unintended consequences.

Senator John Hastert says he's worried it would allow people to bait others into deadly conflicts.

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12:35 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Governor Freudenthal Argues for Protecting the Wyoming Range

Wyoming – The Governor of Wyoming joined an outfitter and an advocate for the state's oil and gas industry in an appearance before Congress this week. At stake: the future of more than a million acres of the Bridger Teton National Forest and the Wyoming Range.

12:34 am
Mon March 3, 2008

The Governor on the Legislative Session and Wyoming's Democratic Caucus

Wyoming – With one week to go in the legislative session, Governor Dave Freudenthal thinks things are going fairly well. Bob Beck interviews the governor about a couple of bills and next week's Democratic caucus.

12:32 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Airplane Slides Off a Runway in Jackson

Jackson, WY – Airports take steps to make sure their runways are safe after the control towers are closed. Peter O'Dowd reports.

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