WPR News
8:45 am
Tue July 24, 2007

Minimum Wage Increase Won't Affect Business

Laramie, WY – While several small businesses in Wyoming say they fear new minimum wage increases, a state employment official says it probably won't have much impact initially. Tom Gallagher with the Wyoming Department of Employment says the increase of the federal minimum wage up to five dollars and 85 cents an hour probably will have little effect on business.

Gallagher notes that the state labor shortage means that most businesses have been paying higher then the minimum wage already.

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WPR News
8:42 am
Tue July 24, 2007

Percentage of Children In Low-Income Families Drops

Laramie, WY – A lower percentage of children in Wyoming are living in poverty but low-income families are spending more of their income on housing.

That's according to a national report on child well-being. Overall, Wyoming improved from being ranked 28th last year in the annual Kids Count report to 25th this year.

The number of children living in poverty in Wyoming has declined from 15 percent in 2000 to 11 percent in 2005.

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WPR News
6:46 am
Tue July 24, 2007

BLM Stays Busy Battling Fires

Laramie, WY – Fire crews quickly contained a 140-acre fire near the Kemmerer Reservoir today. Richard Putnam of the B-L-M's Western Wyoming Fire Zone says lightening sparked a sage and grass fire yesterday afternoon. Putnam says the department has put out about 65 fires so far this summer. He says they have mostly been grass and single-tree juniper fires, which are much easier to put out.

Putnam says another fire started about 4 o'clock this afternoon south of Rock Springs near Sage Creek.


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WPR News
6:45 am
Tue July 24, 2007

Billboard Tackles Chew at Frontier Days

Laramie, WY – As Cheyenne celebrates its western heritage with Frontier Days this week, the Department of Health is hoping to downplay one aspect of cowboy culture spit tobacco. Spokeswoman Kim Deti says the department has deployed a mobile billboard through Cheyenne that is covered with an image of a young man consuming a toxic reptile. She says the billboard is designed to capture a large audience in a state where tobacco use ranks higher than the national average.

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WPR News
12:29 am
Tue July 24, 2007

Jackson Man Will Bike for Mental Health Coverage

Laramie, WY – A man from Jackson will ride his bike 2,800 miles from Jackson to Burlington, Vermont to raise awareness of the lack of insurance coverage for mental health services.

Twenty-eight-year-old Fred Finn says most health insurance provides little coverage for mental health, while covering physical problems extensively. Finn says leads to huge problems for millions of people.

"It really truly does affect everyone in this country. I know everyone can think of at least somebody who is affected," he said.

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WPR News
11:02 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Enzi's Bill is A Dose of Good Medicine for Wyo. Pharmacies

Laramie, WY – US Senator Mike Enzi is co-sponsoring a bill that will help a group struggling to stay afloat in Wyoming and across the nation...the community pharmacist.

Part of Enzi's bill would ensure that pharmacists are reimbursed for their services every two weeks. The Wyoming Pharmacy Association's Kara Beech supports the plan. She says that right now some pharmacies don't receive compensation for up to 45 days after a transaction. That makes doing business difficult.

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WPR News
10:05 am
Mon July 23, 2007

WPR Wins Two National Awards

Laramie, WY – Wyoming Public Radio has won two major national awards. Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, PRINDI, named Wyoming Public Radio's program Open Spaces the top News and Public Affairs program in country for a station with a mid-sized staff. The award was announced over the weekend at the annual PRNDI awards ceremony. Judges called Open Spaces an excellent example of how statewide journalism should be done.

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WPR News
7:41 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Metal Shard Found in Applebee's Meal

WPR News
5:53 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Luthi Grabs Promotion With Interior Department`

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WPR News
2:41 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Group Encouraged by Chances for Sylvan Pass Winter Opening

Laramie, WY – The leaders of the group Shut Out of Yellowstone say they're optimistic after meeting with top Park Service officials. The group was formed to keep the east entrance to Yellowstone Park open in the winter. The Park Service is considering closing it due to avalanche danger on Sylvan pass. The group's co-chair, Carol Armstrong, says the discussions at last week's meeting were frank, and she hopes the Park Service's decision will go her way.

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