WPR News
8:38 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Split Estate Issue To Be Debated

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Laramie, Wy – Next week the Split Estate law will have its first hearing before the Oil and Gas commission. The law sets up a number of rules that need to be met before a mineral developer can begin work on a surface landowners property. Although this case will have a hearing, Governor Dave Freudenthal calls the new law a success. He says disputes will always occur.
But Freudenthal says there are much fewer complaints about dealings with mineral companies than he heard before the law was enacted.

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WPR News
8:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Accidents More Likely In Rural Areas

Washington D-C – A country drive might be relaxing, but it can also be dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 42 percent more fatal crashes occur in rural parts of the country than on busy stretches of highways through cities and suburbs.
A study the administration released today (Thursday) says rural
crashes are more likely to involve multiple fatalities, rollovers
and motorists being thrown from their vehicles.
Making matters worse, it takes longer for emergency medical
services to arrive at the scene.

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WPR News
1:11 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Wyoming Gets Failing Grade For Science

Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming gets a failing grade for its
standards of teaching science in elementary and secondary schools.
A review released yesterday (Wednesday) by the Fordham Institute
gives Wyoming an 'F' and ranks the state number 44 out of all 50
states and Washington D-C.
Of the surrounding states, Colorado received a 'B,' Utah got a
'C,' South Dakota a 'D,' and Idaho, Montana and Nebraska all also
got 'Fs.'
Annette Bohling, deputy superintendent at the Wyoming Department

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WPR News
1:10 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Soldiers Found Not Guilty Of Rape

Wheatland, Wy – Two British soldiers have been acquitted
of charges of raping a Guernsey woman last July while they were on
a training mission in Wyoming. One was convicted of misdemeanor
battery.
The jury of seven men and six women in Platte County District
Court in Wheatland returned the verdict this afternoon (Wednesday)
after deliberating for less than two hours. The trial began on
Monday.
Scott Aitken and Andrew Leighton were charged with first-degree
sexual assault. They faced five and 50 years in prison if they had

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WPR News
1:07 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Freudenthal Pushes For State Oversight

Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says if the state can properly manage energy development, it could be a positive process in the end. The Governor says the magnitude of the amount of development that is coming in the short term will be very serious. Freudenthal says if the state can keep pace with the development with the proper regulatory action and oversight then the state can be better off in 20 years then it is today.

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WPR News
1:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Group Wants Stronger CBM Water Rules

Buffalo, Wy – Because of concerns over discharge water from Coalbed Methane Development a conservation group wants something done. Chairman of the Powder River Basin Resource Council Bob Loresh says they are submitting a petition to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council asking that rules that regulate discharge water be changed. He says they want companies to be forced to use coalbed methane water in a beneficial way. Loresh says there are a number of things energy companies can do, but he says they resist because it costs money.

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Wyoming Features
11:17 am
Wed December 7, 2005

Save Schools

Laramie – School preservation is the focus of the five University of Wyoming Graduate students who fear that the new building that is occuring in the state will make some older, possibly historic buildings head for the wrecking ball. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that with the director of the school facilities commission in attendance, the students made their pitch to save more schools.

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Wyoming Features
10:54 am
Wed December 7, 2005

Record Low Temperatures

Yellowstone National Park – Several communities in Wyoming saw record low temperatures Wednesday. The lowest in the state was negative forty degrees in Yellowstone National Park.

Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the storm that also brought needed snow

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WPR News
8:28 pm
Tue December 6, 2005

Soldier Trial Continues

Guernsey, Wy – A British soldier testified today
(Tuesday) that a Guernsey woman consented to sex with him and
another soldier.
Andrew P. Leighton, of Leeds, England, and Scott Aitken, of
Edinburgh, Scotland, were on a training mission at Camp Guernsey
when the incident occurred on July 27th.
Leighton took the stand this afternoon (Tuesday), saying the
woman initiated sexual contact with Aitken. Leighton says he joined
in only after determining that the woman did NOT object.

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Tue December 6, 2005

Audit Says Some Money Not Tracked

Cheyenne, Wy – School districts across the state have now gone through an audit from the Department of Audit.
The report from the Department of Audit shows 99-point-nine percent of funding is accurately tracked and reported. Audit supervisor Richard Cummings says districts are not spending the rest incorrectly they just do not proper documentation of where it went.
A school official from Lander objects to the report by the Department of Audit saying it paints the districts as incompetent. He says that is not true and the districts keep track of money very well.

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