WPR News
7:58 am
Mon May 22, 2006

Democrat Wants New Energy Policy

Jackson, Wy –
A Democrat running for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress says coming up with a national energy policy is the pressing issue of our time. Gary Trauner is running against incumbent Barbara Cubin. He says the energy bill that passed this year, which had the support of Cubin is part of the reason gas prices are high. He says uncertainty in the oil market caused prices to climb.
Trauner says the energy bill is not comprehensive and lacks true incentives to create alternative fuel sources.

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WPR News
7:57 am
Mon May 22, 2006

State Defends Payments

Cheyenne, Wy – An Associated Press investigation has found that the Wyoming Department of Family Services has funneled tens of
thousands of dollars to a grant program administered by a private religious corporation that has funded churches, ministries and religiously oriented anti-abortion centers. Family Services Director Rodger McDaniel says the state payments
to the company, Faith Initiatives of Wyoming, are entirely proper.

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WPR News
7:55 am
Mon May 22, 2006

Governor Addresses Oil and Gas Group

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Billings, Montana – Governor Freudenthal says environmental
compliance and worker safety need to move to the forefront as the
oil and gas industry continues to grow in the West.
The governor spoke today (Monday) at a meeting of the Interstate
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Billings, Montana.
Freudenthal is the commission's current chairman. He says the
historical role of the group should be expanded to recognize the
importance of environmental compliance.
Freudenthal encouraged energy companies to make the public aware

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WPR News
7:53 am
Mon May 22, 2006

Memorial Day Gas Prices Lower In Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – As the Memorial Day Holiday weekend
approaches, Triple A reports that Wyoming gas prices are averaging
2-dollars 75-cents a gallon, among the lowest prices in the nation.
The group reports the national average for more than a dime
below the national average of 2-dollars, 88-cents a gallon.
Triple-A says despite the slight increase in travelers, gas
prices are having more of an impact this year than in years because
of the cumulative effect of high gas prices year after year.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Fri May 19, 2006

Thomas Mixed On Immigration Reform

Washington D-C – Senator Craig Thomas likes some of the President's plan concerning immigration but he thinks some ideas go too far. Thomas does favor using National Guard troops to help secure the border on a temporary basis. But Thomas does not favor building a large fence favored by many. He thinks it is too costly. Thomas says he believes technology can be used in lieu of manpower to help in securing the border. Thomas also wants U-S employers to be forced to identify foreign workers and their status.

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WPR News
8:24 am
Fri May 19, 2006

Sheridan Group Proposes Housing Solution

Sheridan, Wy – Affordable housing advocates in Sheridan are taking their cause to city hall. Sheridan housing action committee representative Marie Lowe says certain city ordinances and zoning laws can discourage developers from building affordable housing because complying with those laws is too expensive. Since, Sheridan's housing vacancy rate hardly exists Lowe and her colleagues have proposed a new city ordinance to encourage affordable housing development. It involves taking away much of the red tape developers face, which keeps them from building affordable housing.

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WPR News
8:21 am
Fri May 19, 2006

Be Aware, But Not Afraid

Laramie, Wy – This week a Laramie hiker had an encounter with a mountain Lion in the snowy range mountains. Such stories can strike fear in the minds of those who enjoy the outdoors but Game and Fish spokeswoman Michelle Zitek says it should only make people more aware. Zitek says people should not fear mountain lions, because they are rarely seen. But if people are fearful they should carry pepper spray. Zitek says if someone does get attacked they should fight back and report the incident to the game and fish department.

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11:07 am
Wed May 17, 2006

Martin's Cove Disagreement Settled

Cheyenne, Wy – A settlement has been reached on Martin's Cove. Located along the Morman trail in central Wyoming the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sees it as a religious site while others view the area as a historic and recreation site. An agreement was reached that allowed the church to lease some of the property. But that lease was disputed by the American Civil Liberties Union. But this week a settlement has been reached by all parties.

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