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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WPR News
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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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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