WPR News
9:26 am
Sat August 11, 2007

Police Link Fugitive With Bank Robbery

Laramie, WY – The police chief in Moorcroft says investigators have found evidence tying a fugitive arrested Wednesday in Montana with the robbery of the Pinnacle Bank in Moorcroft on Tuesday.

Chief Ed Robinson of the Moorcroft Police Department said Friday that investigators found currency wrappers and a telephone taken from the Pinnacle Bank in a car driven by Kelvin J. Fuller.

Fuller was arrested Wednesday in Butte, Montana. He has NOT been charged with the Moorcroft robbery.

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WPR News
2:57 am
Sat August 11, 2007

Teton Park Visitors' Center Dedicated

Laramie, WY – The director of the National Parks Service praised the new visitors' center in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday.

Mary Bomar helped dedicate the center to the memory of the late Senator Craig Thomas. Bomar says the center will help keep Thomas' legacy alive.

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WPR News
6:59 am
Fri August 10, 2007

State Senator Says Prisons Should Not Be Understaffed

Rawlins, WY – State Senator Bill Vasey, who once sat on the parole board at the state penitentiary in Rawlins says he'd like to see the Department of Corrections do more to fix the state's prison staffing shortage. Vasey, who's a Democrat, says he worked in the construction and mining industry during boom times when it seemed like there were never enough workers to fill the jobs. But he says that didn't stop him from getting the work done. The department of corrections recently raised salaries and recruiting efforts continue nationwide.

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WPR News
6:58 am
Fri August 10, 2007

Statewide Community Assessments Show Common Problems, Hopes

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Rural Development Council has just completed a report on 81 communities in the state. It details the wants and needs of those towns based on extensive meetings among the residents. Executive Director, Mary Randolph, says several themes became clear.

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WPR News
6:44 am
Fri August 10, 2007

BLM Acquires 275-Acre Parcel Near Gray Reef

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WPR News
8:56 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Two WY Bridges Inspected For Safety

Laramie, WY – Wyoming has three bridges that are similar in design to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. The Department of Transportation has now inspected two of them, and says those two are safe. Spokesman Dave Kingham says that result was no surprise.

We have an ongoing bridge inspection system and we're confident that's keeping our bridges in safe condition. We didn't expect to find any problems.

The third bridge, near Kaycee, will be inspected on Tuesday.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Bird Scientists From Around The World Gather At UW

Laramie, WY – Bird lovers from around the world are meeting at the University of Wyoming this week. It's the first time that the American Ornithologists' Union is meeting in Wyoming in the group's 124-year history. UW Zoology professor Craig Benkman organized the conference. He says he hopes it puts the university on the map in his field.

"What's really nice is that we can showcase what we have here and what we're doing here. We have a fabulous program in ecology that's growing in the department of zoology," he said.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Prisoners Get Plenty of Free Health Care

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WPR News
8:23 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Fire Chief Resigns Over Accusations

Laramie, WY – The Campbell County fire chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage cadet has resigned from his job.

Gary Scott is being held in the Platte County jail at Wheatland after waiving his preliminary hearing and choosing not to contest his detention during a hearing in Cheyenne.

Federal Magistrate William Beaman ordered the 52-year-old Scott to remain in custody without bail.

Scott was arrested last week and charged with transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

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WPR News
2:40 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Jackson Moves Forward With Development Plan

Jackson, Wy – The Jackson City Council has given
preliminary approval to a change to the town's land development
regulations to allow residential uses on the second or third floors
of buildings in commercial districts.
City staff will now draft the amendment into an ordinance. The
council would have to approve it three times before it becomes law.
Supporters of the measure said it will encourage housing
development in the pricey Jackson market.
Under Jackson's current regulations, the only residential uses

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