WPR News
9:50 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Student Loan Rates Up: Wyo Students Could Owe Thousands More

Laramie, WY – On July 1st, the interest rate on student loans went up. And a group estimates that in Wyoming this means students and parents will have to pay around $2000 more on their loans. Report author Earl Hadley works for the Campaign for America's Future. He says with more debt, grads will have less disposable income. He says Congress could bring the interest rate down and make college more affordable. Others counter the money is needed to pay down the deficit and that the trend now is for all interest rates to go up.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Prison Lawsuit Filed

Laramie, Wy – Inmate Craig Blumhagen filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday. He
charges that medical staff at the Rawlins prison refused his
requests for treatment of pain and vomiting he suffered over
several months in 2003.
The 50-year-old Blumhagen says that his weight dropped from 150
pounds to 110 pounds before he was finally taken to the emergency
room in Rawlins, where a surgeon found he was suffering from an
ulcer.
Blumhagen's lawsuit names Doctor John Coyle and Correctional

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WPR News
8:24 am
Fri July 14, 2006

School Superintendent Pleased With State School Boards

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming School Boards Association withdrew from a lawsuit against the state this week. The case is over funding of schools and there are still other groups that are going ahead with the suit. But, the head of education, Jim McBride, is pleased with the school boards decision.
This year the legislature increased funding for schools significantly. The state is now spending over a billion dollars a year on education.

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WPR News
8:18 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Fires Grow Around Devils Tower

7:09 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Mutton Bustin'

Laramie, WY – Elizabeth Davis sent this audio postcard from the arena of the Jubilee Days Rodeo, where the tiniest cowboys and cowgirls try to hang on to bucking sheep.

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7:08 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Casper Arts

Capser, WY – Bob Beck speaks with Sydney Thompson about a Casper arts complex 50 years in the making.

7:05 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Vertical Dance

Veaduwoo, WY – Kristin Espeland visits the dress rehearsal for this year's Vertical Dance, a combination of dance and rock climbing in Vedauwoo.

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7:03 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Reporters' Roundtable

Wyoming – Two Wyoming newspaper editors join Renny MacKay to reveal the inner workings of the editorial page.

6:59 am
Fri July 14, 2006

State Auditors

Wyoming – Bob Beck reports on the two candidates who will face off in this year's primary.

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