WPR News
7:54 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Office of Consumer Advocate says Rocky Mtn Power rate increase too high

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's office of consumer advocate said a proposed rate increase by Rocky Mountain power is much too high. Bryce Freeman says improper assumptions and some overestimates led his agency to oppose the hike by the states largest electric utility. Freeman wants the Public Service Commission to reduce the proposed increase by 60%. That means the increase will be much less for consumers

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WPR News
7:52 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Casper job fair for residents age 50+

Casper, WY – If you're over 50 years old, it's time to polish your resumes. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in Casper is hosting a free career fair geared toward older workers. The department's Guy Hadley says 20 businesses from various industries will be at the Casper Recreation Center tomorrow. He says the idea is to look in new places to find workers in a tight job market.

Hadley says the department will host additional job fairs that cater to specific industries or age-groups.

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WPR News
7:51 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Barrasso supports wind development but not renewable energy requirements

Douglas, WY – Senator John Barrasso says the country is demanding renewable energy like wind power - and he sees opportunity for Wyomingites to capitalize on that.

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4:22 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Wyoming Republicans move their caucus

Wyoming – Wyoming Republicans move their caucus to January to try and get more interest in the annual county conventions. Bob Beck reports on whether the plan worked

WPR News
9:15 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Casper Woman Gets Six Month in Jail For Giving Teens Alcohol

Laramie, WY – A judge has sentenced a Casper woman to six months in jail for giving alcohol to two teens who were later in a car wreck.

The crash near Casper on July 4 killed 17-year-old Ryan Barry. Tests showed he had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit for an adult to drive.

A 15-year-old girl was injured in the crash.

Thirty-four-year-old Carlene Spenneberg admitted providing a gallon of vodka for several young people at a party near Natrona County International Airport.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Proposal Would Change Referendum Procedure

Laramie, WY – A Laramie legislator wants to change state law when it comes to initiatives and referendums.

Currently state law requires those seeking to place an item on the ballot to get signatures from two thirds of the people who voted in the last election from all 23 counties. Representative Kermit Brown wants to change that.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Supreme Court Ends School Funding Suit

Laramie, WY – A Supreme Court ruling effectively ends court oversight of the state's funding of public schools. After 35 years of legal battles, the Supreme Court finally ruled that the financing systems put in place by the legislature meet Constitutional muster. An attorney for the state, Michael O'Donnell, says this marks the end of major litigation on a very long and complicated case.

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WPR News
8:34 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Passenger Screening Possible at Tiny MT Airports

Laramie, WY – The Transportation Security Administration is considering setting up passenger screening at seven small Montana airports, served by federally subsidized Essential Air Service.

The TSA is looking at screening in Havre, Lewistown, Wolf Point, Sidney, Glasgow, Miles City and Glendive. TSA spokeswoman Sterling Payne says there is no timeline for a decision on whether to add screening at those airports.

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WPR News
1:10 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Ag dean predicts industry changes

Laramie, WY – Farmers and ranchers face a variety of new challenges that could affect the way universities teach agriculture.

Frank Galey, who heads the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, says the tradition of ranching will continue. But he notes that many aspects of the business have changed.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Mon January 7, 2008

Freudenthal happy with BLM's Pinedale plan

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Bureau of Land Management made improvements when it drafted its newest development plans for the Pinedale anticline.

Freudenthal says he was worried that the first draft would have allowed the entire area to be developed at once. Meanwhile, the new draft makes it possible to keep part of the area off limits to energy development for at least five years while other areas are developed fully.

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