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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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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WPR News
1:47 am
Wed February 15, 2006

No Extra Punishment for Killers of Pregnant Women

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Senate voted down a bill to give longer sentences to people convicted of killing pregnant women. Abortion rights groups opposed the bill saying they're concerned about the additional stature an unborn child could have received under Wyoming law. The bill would have automatically added 20 years to a murder conviction if the fetus dies. Senator John Barrasso argued that when a pregnant woman dies there is more then one victim.

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WPR News
1:47 am
Wed February 15, 2006

No Extra Punishment for Killers of Pregnant Women

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Senate voted down a bill to give longer sentences to people convicted of killing pregnant women. Abortion rights groups opposed the bill saying they're concerned about the additional stature an unborn child could have received under Wyoming law. The bill would have automatically added 20 years to a murder conviction if the fetus dies. Senator John Barrasso argued that when a pregnant woman dies there is more then one victim.

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WPR News
10:17 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Qwest's 4th Quarter Loss Widens

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8:57 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Senate Committee Passes Bill to Allow Money for Tribes

Cheyenne, WY – A State Senate Committee has passed a bill that would allow state money to fund government services on the Wind River Reservation. The proposed constitutional amendment aims to eliminate a legal hurdle that has kept state money from going to the tribes because they're a sovereign nation. Allison Sage, the Arapaho tribal liaison, says they only want the same treatment as other taxpayers. Some tribal members worry about giving up sovereignty, so Sage says it's a delicate situation. The resolution now heads to the Senate floor.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Tue February 14, 2006

New Medical Website

Laramie, WY – A new website offers Wyoming residents a comprehensive database of health care providers across the state. The University of Wyoming's Center for Rural Health Research and Education helped organize the website. Instructional Specialist Bob Wolverton says the service should give residents access to the best health care within a reasonable distance of where they live. He says the database has over 2,500 entries. Wolverton says this type of information is critical to rural states like Wyoming.

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WPR News
10:23 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Gov. to Give State of State Address at 10 AM

laramie, wy – The Wyoming legislature kicks off today with the Governor's annual state of the state message. It's a budget session and Governor Dave Freudenthal will tell legislators that he would like them to look for ways to act today for future generations. Wyoming Public Radio will carry the Governor's speech live, followed by analysis and ongoing legislative coverage.

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9:31 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Wyoming Range Drilling Opposed

Bondurant, WY – Environmentalists are objecting to an oil and gas producer's plan to drill in the Wyoming Range of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Plains Exploration and Production Company holds leases south of Bondurant, where it wants to drill three exploratory wells. But an official with the Wilderness Society says with fast-paced development nearby in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field, there shouldn't be drilling in the Wyoming Range. Peter Aengst cites a Forest Service decision one year ago to cancel a lease sale in the Wyoming Range.

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