11:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

A State Senator reacts to the Supreme Court ruling on schools

Wyoming – Senator Hank Coe tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck now that the Supreme court no longer will oversee school funding in the state that the focus can be on simply improving education.

WPR News
10:45 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Avalanche victims identified; skier injured by another avalanche

Afton, WY – Three men killed in an avalanche in Lincoln County in western Wyoming over the weekend have been identified. Meantime, a skier was injured in another avalanche yesterday in Teton County.

Authorities say Scott Bennett, Alan Jensen and Kim Steed were all from the Afton area. They died Saturday in a large avalanche that occurred near Cottonwood Lake, about eight miles southeast of Afton.

The avalanche was about 700 feet long, 300 feet wide and 50 foot deep.

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WPR News
10:38 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Less money in the General Fund than expected

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's revenue estimating group says legislators will have less money to spend then they originally thought. The state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicts revenues into the state's General Fund 15 million dollars less then predicted in October.

But officials note there is still plenty of money to spend, but State Senator Phil Nicholas says there will be less to spend in the past. Nicholas chairs the Senate appropriations committee and says lawmakers are trying to establish some priorities.

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WPR News
10:36 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Senator Hank Coe comments on education lawsuit

Cheyenne, WY – Now that the school education lawsuit has been resolved, a state senator says they can move forward with improving education. Senator Hank Coe of Cody is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He is pleased that they have the burden of the lawsuit behind them, so that they can now focus on what is best for kids.

Coe says they have already made great strides in improving academic standards and in providing incentives for students to perform better in school.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Lawmakers Approve Wildlife Projects

Cheyenne, Wy – A select committee of legislators gave approval to some 14 wildlife and conservation projects from across the state. They will be focused on protecting some specific threatened species ranging from sage grouse to mule deer. Funding will come from the Wyoming Wildlife and natural resources trust fund. Director Bob Budd says preserving species is what the fund is all about and he is excited that 14 major projects are being funded in just the second year of the program. The projects must still be approved by the full legislature.

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WPR News
7:44 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Have a choice? Fill up in Cheyenne

Laramie, WYO – The Lundberg Survey shows that Cheyenne is the cheapest city in the nation to buy gasoline.

The report shows an average gallon of regular gas in Cheyenne will put you back 2-dollars and 77-cents.

Denice Harris, a spokeswoman for AAA Mountain West, says the entire state is enjoying the lowest fuel prices in the country at an average of 2-dollars and 90-cents. But she says drivers should still plan to pay more at the pump in 2008.

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WPR News
7:39 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Water director seeks help from the Capitol

Laramie, WYO – The head of the Water Development Commission says he will go to the state Legislature in February to help communities struggling with water management.

Mike Purcell says water will be an integral part in the state's ability to manage growth properly. But he adds that much of Wyoming's growth is happening in places where there is no water.

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12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Mountain Lion Management Plan

Wyoming – Rebecca Huntington reports from Jackson on how the state is trying to manage Mountain Lions and why it is not easy to keep numbers in check.

12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

The Grey Wolf will soon be a species that will be hunted around Yellowstone

Wyoming – The Environment Reports Kinna Ohman reports that some worry that hunting could disrupt how a wolf pack works.

12:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Wyoming is trying to interest young people in politics

Wyoming – Bob Beck reports that national reports show that interest in politics and public service is dropping among 20 something's, but many are hoping that will change.

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