Wyoming Features
10:27 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Curt Gowdy Dies at 86

Florida – A Wyoming legend has died. Sportscaster Curt Gowdy died Monday at his home in Florida after a long battle with leukemia. He was 86 years old. Gowdy spent seven decades behind the microphone, calling just about every major sporting event for a generation of Americans. But for all of Gowdy's accomplishments on the national stage, he always kept his home state close to his heart, as Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports

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WPR News
8:58 am
Tue February 21, 2006

No Listing for Yellowstone Cutthroat

Washington, DC – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has denied federal protection for the
Yellowstone cutthroat trout, for the second time in five years. A court order required the agency to reconsider its 2001 decision NOT to list the cutthroat as an endangered species. In its most recent findings, Fish and Wildlife acknowledges the cutthroat faces challenges, but says many former threats to the fish no longer exist. Environmental groups are denouncing the latest ruling, calling it another example of the Bush administration putting politics before science.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Food Sales Tax Relief Killed in Committee

Cheyenne, WY – Wyomingites will continue to pay a sales tax on food. A legislative committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have removed the tax on groceries. Recent polls showed overwhelming support for this effort. But five members of the house revenue committee, all Republicans, voted to keep the sales tax on food in place. Representative Gerald Gay, says the reason he voted against the bill is because he supports some other tax relief plans. Gay and the committee did pass bills to give tax relief or refunds to low income, elderly and disabled people.

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WPR News
12:07 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Underage Drinkers Could Face Stiffer Penalties

Cheyenne, WY – Police in Wyoming are having trouble with a loophole in the law. Right now if officers go into a house party where there is underage drinking, they can only arrest people who have alcohol in their hands or are drunk. But, the state House gave final approval to a bill that would allow police to cite anyone under 21 who has consumed alcohol. Representative Keith Gingery sponsored this bill. Gingery says police officers already carry breathalyzers. The bill is now headed to the state senate for approval.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Driver of Greyhound That Rolled on I-80 Cited

WPR News
8:25 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Vice President Cheney speaks to legislature

Cheyenne, Wy – Vice President Dick Cheney returned to the place where his political career started Friday to speak to the Wyoming legislature. During the speech he only made passing reference to his hunting accident last weekend. The Vice President was greeted with loud applause from members of the house and senate. During the speech he mostly spoke about the respect he has for other Wyoming politicians and his love for the state of Wyoming. Cheney never served in the state legislature, but he was an intern here in 1965.

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WPR News
8:16 am
Fri February 17, 2006

House Will Debate Child Care Bill

Cheyenne, Wy – A panel of the state legislature gave its approval to a bill that is intended to improve the quality of early childcare in the state. It's a priority of the governor and the first lady says it is the most important piece of legislation she has seen in her 30 years of working with lawmakers.
It would set up a rating system for child care providers.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Representative Wants To Crack Down On Drunk Drivers

Cheyenne, Wy – Penalties for drinking and driving may get tougher soon. The state house gave initial approval to a bill that is less lenient on repeat drunk drivers. The proposal would mean three convictions of driving under the influence in seven years would be a felony. Currently a driver has to have four convictions in five years.
Representative Beckett Hinckley has spearheaded this effort for a couple years now and thinks it is critical to resolve.

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7:52 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Nez Perce Hunt

Yellowstone – For the first time in more than 150 years, the Nez Perce exercised their treaty rights to hunt buffalo near Yellowstone. A conversation with hunt organizer and Nez Perce member James Holt.

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7:51 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Reporters Roundtable

Wyoming – Our weekly reporters' roundtable dissects the coverage of Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident

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