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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WPR News
2:38 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Cozad Guilty Of Assault

Greeley, Co – A Weld County jury has found former
University of Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad guilty of
second-degree assault, but NOT guilty of attempted first-degree
murder.
The Wheatland, Wyoming resident had faced both charges in
connection with a knife attack on starter Rafael Mendoza last
September.
Jurors deliberated for a full day yesterday before announcing
this morning that they had reached a verdict.
Bond was denied because the crime was committed with a deadly

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WPR News
7:52 am
Wed August 8, 2007

Motorcycle Deaths on the Rise

Laramie, WY – The number of motorcyclists dying on Wyoming highways is increasing. Lorrie Pozarik is director of Injury Prevention Resources in Lander. She says motorcycle casualties are on the rise nationwide, and the public is often desensitized to those deaths.

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WPR News
3:20 am
Wed August 8, 2007

Governor Pleased With Ed Test Scores

Cheyenne, Wy –
Although he is still sifting through the details, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he is encouraged by this weeks test results that show that schools and students are improving in the state. The Governor wonders if the improvement has more to do with the change in the state test but he says he is clearly pleased. Freudenthal notes that since the test that measures student progress has changed what they have really done is set a high benchmark. So, he says the question is will schools and students continue to improve

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WPR News
12:33 am
Wed August 8, 2007

Jurors Deciding Cozad's Fate

Greeley, Co – Jurors have started deliberating the fate
of a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused
of stabbing the starter.
Mitchell Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming is charged with attempted
first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the knife attack
on Rafael Mendoza last September.
The prosecution and defense wrapped up their closing arguments
yesterday afternoon just as court recessed for the day.
Prosecutors portrayed Cozad as an ambitious but frustrated

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WPR News
12:12 am
Wed August 8, 2007

State Looks For Options In Addressing Old Mines

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Rock Springs, Wy – Booming Rock Springs needs more housing but where to build that new housing is a different challenge. Thousands of acres around town were once underground mines now abandoned but still too dangerous to build on. The city asked the state to help clean up several such sites to make them suitable for building. And the state's preferred technique called dynamic compaction collapses the deep underground caverns using a 25-ton weight. Abandoned Mine Lands director Evan Green says it might be causing some damage to local homes.

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