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.

WPR News
9:07 am
Mon December 17, 2007

State Forester Praises Sen. Barrasso's Bill

Laramie, WY – The state forester says he's happy with Senator John Barrasso's bill that encourages cooperation between Wyoming and the US Forest Service.

Forester Bill Crapser says the bill would allow Wyoming's Forestry Division to do work on forest service land, such as thinning forests to reduce fire danger or treating trees to prevent pine-beetle infestation.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Dept. of Education Collects Overpaid Funds

Laramie, WY – The state Department of Education has collected over $2 dollars of the nearly $7 million it overpaid to local school districts around the state in recent years.

Of 48 school districts, 15 objected to the state audit that found the state overpaid districts because of an error in the teacher seniority calculation. Of the 15 objections, 14 were resolved through informal settlements.

The only school district in the state to seek an administrative hearing on the state's demand for refunds of overpayments is Uinta County School District 1 in Evanston.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Mon December 17, 2007

BBHC Has New Director

Laramie, WY – The Buffalo Bill Historical Center has a new director. Bruce Eldredge who is the current CEO of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington will begin his work at the end of January.

He says Buffalo Bill is one of the top 50 museums in the country and taking over the museum is one of his dreams. Eldredge says one of his goals is to modernize the experience at the museum and make sure the museum continues to be relevant.

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WPR News
8:29 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Attorney General challenges Yellowstone decision in court

Laramie, WY – The debate over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park rages on.

The Attorney General's Office filed a petition in federal court seeking a review of the National Park Service's latest Yellowstone winter-use plan.

Deputy Attorney General Jay Jerde says the office is contesting limits on snowmobiles in the park and the closure of Sylvan pass in the winter.

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WPR News
8:18 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Bald Eagle Poaching Case Revisited

Laramie, WY – The future of a Northern Arapaho man who shot a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance two years ago now rides on the eventual decision of a federal appeals court.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments today (Monday) over whether to reinstate a criminal charge against 23-year-old Winslow Friday, of Ethete, Wyoming.

Friday acknowledges that he killed an eagle with a rifle on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming, home to both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.

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4:17 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Laramie Suffers From Lack Of Workforce, Too

Wyoming – Rock Springs and Gillette have had a worker shortage for several years because of the energy boom. It's not an energy boom town, but Laramie can't find enough workers, either.

WPR News
2:14 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Laramie Battles For Retailers

Laramie, Wy – Local economic development officials say business growth is starting to occur in Laramie, but lack of workers and pay has kept that from extending to retail. First National Bank President Dan Furphy is talking with a number of businesses, mostly in the high tech field that want to come to Laramie and he calls this an exciting time of growth. But Furphy says other businesses are reluctant to come. " When you talk to retailers, they say you don't have enough people in your community to justify us coming in here.

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WPR News
2:10 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Simpson Wants New Database

Cody, Wy – A state lawmaker says Wyoming ought to have a statewide database of residents' prescriptions.
The goal would be to prevent drug abusers from getting multiple
prescriptions.
Rep. Colin Simpson said he's not sure yet how a bill might be
written to set up such a system. But he said the idea is to prevent
people going to multiple doctors for multiple painkiller
prescriptions to be filled at multiple pharmacies.
The State Board of Pharmacy currently requires pharmacies to

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