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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WPR News
7:39 am
Tue December 18, 2007

Albertson's Sells All Wyoming Grocery Stores

Laramie, WY – The grocery-store chain Albertson's is leaving the state and selling its eight stores in Wyoming to a company called Supervalu. Supervalu acquired Albertson's last year.

Spokeswoman Christine Wilcox says customers may not notice a change, especially since the stores will keep the Albertson's name.

Wilcox says that Supervalu intends to retain all current Albertson's employees. The transaction will close in late January.

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11:58 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Shelf Companies Could Hurt Wyoming's Reputation

Wyoming – In the first quarter of 2007, four people created nearly 1,200 companies in Wyoming. CJ Baker explains how these companies could hurt Wyoming's Reputation.

11:57 am
Mon December 17, 2007

What Sheep Can Tell Us About Human Obesity and Diabetes

Wyoming – A group at the University of Wyoming is looking at the link between how pregnant women eat, and the health of their babies. As Addie Goss reports, sheep can tell us a lot.

11:56 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Sea Duck Numbers Plummet as Artic Ice Melts

Wyoming – The spectacled eider is a duck that lives in the northern Bering Sea. Elsa Partan talks with eider expert and University of Wyoming professor Jim Lovvorn about the duck's decline in numbers and the research he hopes will explain why.

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