WPR News
8:46 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Economic Growth Plateaus

Laramie, WY – The state's economic forecasters say growth in 2007 isn't quite living up to the standard set in 2006.

Senior economist Jim Robinson says the state's economic growth continues to plateau after the blazing pace of growth of last year.

"We're starting to see an unwinding of this activity, where we had reached really high levels of activity in terms of energy drilling for natural gas and oil, Robinson said.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Intra-State Air Service Idea a Work In Progress

Laramie, WY – State Senator Grant Larson says an effort to provide air service between communities in Wyoming will take time.

A report on the proposal concluded that it would take public money to make such a venture possible. Larson says it would be money well spent because it make travel more efficient for state employees, as well as bring more business to Wyoming's communities.

Larson admits this will be a work in progress and there is little chance that the legislature will fund any such proposal this year.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Intra-State Air Service Idea a Work In Progress

Laramie, WY – State Senator Grant Larson says an effort to provide air service between communities in Wyoming will take time.

A report on the proposal concluded that it would take public money to make such a venture possible. Larson says it would be money well spent because it make travel more efficient for state employees, as well as bring more business to Wyoming's communities.

Larson admits this will be a work in progress and there is little chance that the legislature will fund any such proposal this year.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Casper's Running Out of Christmas Trees

Casper, WY – Christmas tree dealers in Casper are having a hard time keeping trees in stock.

Many Casper tree dealers say they've sold out of trees, or expect to sell out soon.

Pete Wildman is Christmas tree chairman of Boy Scout Troop 60. He says he's noticed that there are fewer lots selling trees this year.

The Boy Scouts sold 325 trees this year, the same number as last year.

Wildman says the Boy Scouts were sold out of trees by last Sunday. That's earlier than last year, when the scouts were still
selling trees up until a week before Christmas.

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WPR News
8:08 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Counterfeit $50 Bills Found In Rawlins

Laramie, WY – Police in Rawlins are urging people to be
on the lookout for counterfeit $50 bills.

Rawlins Police Chief Mike Reed says four counterfeit bills have turned up recently at two separate locations in the city. He says he suspects there are more of the bogus bills in circulation.

Reed says that counterfeit $20 bills sometimes show up, but says it's unusual for several bills to show up at the same time.

Three of the four counterfeit $50 bills had the following serial number: AL13653363C.

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WPR News
8:03 am
Wed December 19, 2007

No New Bucellosis Cases In Montana

Laramie, WY – Tests on about 3,000 Montana cattle have
turned up no additional cases of the livestock disease brucellosis, that showed up last May in a herd near Bridger.

Montana livestock officials say some testing will continue; but they say the results announced today offer strong evidence that the brucellosis was limited to a single herd.

Montana cannot have any additional cases of brucellosis for at least two years after the initial infection, or it could lose its federal disease-free status.

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WPR News
7:58 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Green River Will Allow Smoking In Bars

Laramie, WY – The town of Green River has reversed
course and decided to allow smoking in bars, taverns and clubs after all.

The Green River City Council had passed a smoking ordinance on Dec. 4 that banned smoking in all public buildings beginning last week.

Liquor dealers in the city began circulating a petition aimed at
overturning the ban on smoking in bars and clubs.

The Green River City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to reinstate an exemption allowing smoking to continue in bars and
clubs. The new, revised ordinance goes into effect Dec. 27.

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WPR News
2:36 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Wyoming Gets A Seat At The Table

Laramie, WY – Wyoming has signed an agreement with the federal government that will give the state more sway in the process of listing or delisting endangered species.

Governor Dave Freudenthal announced the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will join the US Fish and Wildlife Service when federal decisions are being made on protecting certain animals.

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WPR News
8:12 am
Tue December 18, 2007

Air Service Study Says State Would Have To Pay

Laramie, WY – A report says public funding would be needed in order for the state to get air service between Wyoming cities and towns.

The Wyoming Intrastate Air Service Concept report found that such service would be too risky for any private company to undertake.

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WPR News
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2007

Wyoming Gets Bad Score For Pandemic Preparedness

Laramie, WY – Wyoming is among six states that received the lowest score for being prepared for a potential influenza pandemic.

A research group measured each state in ten categories.

The states that got the lowest score were Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Seven states have yet to participate in a federal program to buy antivirals for a potential influenza pandemic. Wyoming is not among them.

The top states in being prepared are Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

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