5:52 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Underage Drinking

WY – Wyoming leads the nation in those who drink alcohol before the age of 13 and it has led to efforts to change the trend.

WPR News
9:08 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Freudenthal Renews Calls for Sales Tax Relief

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is again calling on lawmakers to make an across-the-board reduction in the state sales tax. The governor wrote to legislative leaders says the mechanism already is in place to reduce the sales tax from 4% to 3.5%. Freudenthal says the 1995 legislature committed to reducing the tax when revenues increased. He says the law stipulates the sales tax should drop for any time the state general fund has more than $35 million at the end of a fiscal year.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Thomas/Cubin Question Ports Deal

Washington, DC – Senator Craig Thomas is promising further scrutiny of a deal to allow a company in the United Arab Emirates to take over operations at six major U-S ports.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Food Sales Tax Revival Fails

Cheyenne, WY – Two attempts to revive a bill to remove the sales tax on food failed Thursday and the bill is officially dead for the legislative session. After unsuccessfully trying to get the house revenue committee to reconsider its opposition to the bill Representative Ann Robinson tried a rare procedural move to get the full house to pull the bill out of committee. But several Representatives including the House Speaker opposed the move, because it might undermine the committee process.

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WPR News
9:08 am
Wed February 22, 2006

New School Funding Set-Up Before State Representatives

Cheyenne, WY – The model for funding Wyoming schools will likely change dramatically next fall. Lawmakers are working on a new funding system. Wednesday, the House debated the proposed set-up for the first time and voted for it. It would cost the state an extra 200 million dollars each year. But, Representative Jeff Wasserburger, the chair of education committee, says the extra money will create a funding system second to none. This new system would mean a pay raises and extra training for teachers.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Concealed Weapon Bill Moves Forward

Cheyenne, WY – Carrying a concealed a hand gun in Wyoming may not require a permit anymore. The Wyoming House gave initial approval to a bill Wednesday that would allow this change. There are some requirements like a person cannot have been committed to a facility for abuse of a controlled substance. They also must have lived in Wyoming for 90 days and must qualify to own a gun. Representative Kevin White is a policeman in Laramie. He says he opposed the bill.

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11:59 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Hathaway College Scholarships Likely to Become Reality

WPR News
11:51 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Bill to Ban Open Containers Passes House Senate

WPR News
11:46 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Wyoming-Born Sportscaster Gowdy Dies at 86

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