7:47 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Ag Health Part 2

Wyoming – Farmers and ranchers have dangerous jobs, but with escalating health insurance costs, many go without. A look at what happens when tragedy strikes.

WPR News
5:04 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Dick Cheney Speaks with Wyoming Legislature

Cheyenne – Vice President Dick Cheney spoke with the Wyoming Legislature Friday at the Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne.

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WPR News
11:35 am
Thu February 16, 2006

New DCI Head Named

Evanston, WY – The next director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation was announced Thursday. He is Uinta County Sheriff Forrest Bright. Uinta County voters elected Bright as sheriff in 1991. He has a total of 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 15 years with the Evanston Police Department. He takes over as DCI Director March 13th, replacing Kurt Dobbs, who is retiring after three years as D-C-I chief.

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WPR News
11:34 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Food Sales Tax Relief Moves Forward

Cheyenne, WY – Wyomingites looking for some tax relief got some good news Thursday. The state House approved a bill to remove the sales tax on food. But, a bill to reduce the total state sales tax from four to three percent died. Representative Ann Robinson is sponsoring the measure to get rid of tax on food. She says it would save a family of four between 400 and 500 dollars a year. Robinson says legislators are sitting at every dinner-table in Wyoming, taking a bite out of every family's food. She says it's not because they're hungry, but because they can.

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WPR News
10:54 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Bill to Ban Open Containers Up for Debate Again

WPR News
8:59 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Feedgrounds Focus of Lawsuit

Bozeman, MT – Wyoming's winter elk feeding program is the target of a new lawsuit. Three conservation groups say the program unnaturally concentrates elk on feed-grounds, creating a greater risk of disease. Brucellosis already occurs at high levels among feed-ground elk. And the groups worry about the westward spread of chronic wasting disease, which scientists believe could infect 50% of feed-ground elk herds. Earthjustice Attorney Tim Preso is representing the environmental groups.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Legislative Correspondence Bills Move Forward

Cheyenne, WY – An effort to keep e-mails and certain legislative communications secret will move forward. A Senate committee gave unanimous support to a bill permitting lawmakers to delete all e-mail correspondence. The panel also signed off on a bill to keep secret all communications with staff. The second measure could also keep away from public view discussion about proposed bills, drafts of legislation, and consultant reports. The Wyoming Press Association objects to both measures, and wants lawmakers to keep as much information before the public as possible.

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WPR News
8:55 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Coal Creek Mine Reopening Announced

Gillette, WY – Arch Coal plans to invest $50 million to reopen a Campbell County coal mine sometime this summer or early fall. The Coal Creek mine has been idle since 2000. It is where Denver-based K-F-x Incorporated has proposed building a plant that to process coal to make it burn more cleanly. The announcement of the re-opening of the mine coincides with record-high coal production and prices in the Powder River Basin. Last year, the basin produced about a third of the nation's coal, or 390 million tons.

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WPR News
2:25 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Pacific Power Electric Rates Going Up

Laramie, Wy – The state Public Service Commission approved a 25 million dollar rate increase for PacifiCorp customers in Wyoming.
Pacificorp supplies electricity to consumers in Wyoming. The increase means the average residential customer can expect to pay an extra four-dollars-and-75-cents per month on their utility bills.
PacifiCorp operates in the state as Pacific Power. It has about 130-thousand electric customers in a service area that includes much of southwest Wyoming, the Casper area and parts of Fremont County and the Big Horn Basin.

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