WPR News
8:42 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

New School Funding Model Unveiled

Laramie, Wy – The state could soon shell out almost one billion dollars a year for education. The legislature is reworking the school funding model with a consultant. The recommendations from the consultant would cost 142 million dollars more than what the state pays now.
The Senate Chair of the Education committee, Hank Coe, says this includes more money for teacher salaries, but the exact raises would be up to local districts.

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11:00 am
Mon October 31, 2005

Monday, October 31st 2005

Monday, October 31st 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Study by an economist for the state of Wyoming that looked into oil and gas production and the relationship between prices and employment in Wyoming; Guest: Sherry Win, author and Tom Calliger, Manager of research planning of the State Department of Employment.

Topic: Heat and eat bill; Guest: State Representative Ann Robinson.

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WPR News
8:17 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

State Grapples with Medicaid Program

Laramie, Wy – The Department of Health is using some new cost containment measures to save around six million dollars in the state Medicaid program. But the Director of the Department of Health says the Federal Government has had more to do with rising Medicaid costs in the state. Doctor Brent Sherard says Wyoming has had its federal matching money severely cut and it means that the state has to make up more of the difference.
Sherard adds that Wyoming has a bare bones Medicaid program which means that cutting services is not really an option.

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WPR News
7:28 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

UW Presidential Search to Include Buchanan

Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming president Tom
Buchanan says he will apply to take over the position permanently. Buchanan is just serving a one year term now after the last president left for a job in North Carolina.
U-W's vice president for academic affairs, Myron Allen, said to the Associated Press Buchanan told senior staff he planned to apply for the presidency.

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WPR News
6:58 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Congress Could Delay Country of Origin Labelling Again

Laramie, Wy – The U-S House passed a bill to delay mandatory meat labeling for two years. Wyoming's Congressional delegation supported the country of origin labeling.
It was supposed to start in 2004, but Congress delayed the program until 2006 two years ago. Under the legislation passed today, it would be delayed again until 2008. The Senate appears to be on track to pass the same legislation.

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WPR News
1:56 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Wyoming Favors Corridor Effort

Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming could have more than 20 (T)
trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.
But the Wyoming Pipeline Authority says the state only has
enough pipeline capacity to get a small fraction of that to market
every year.
That's why Wyoming officials are backing a project to designate
more right-of-way corridors for energy transmission on federal land
in eleven Western states.
Governor Freudenthal's energy advisor, Rob Hurliss, says Wyoming
needs those corridors. And it's not just gas that needs more

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WPR News
1:54 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Burton To Oversee Federal Land And Minerals

Washington D-C – Former Wyoming Department of Revenue
Director Johnnie Burton has been given a promotion in the Interior
Department.
Burton has been promoted from chief of the Minerals Management
Service to acting assistant secretary of Interior for land and
minerals management. Her new job puts her in charge of the Bureau
of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service and the Office
of Surface Mining.
Burton was recommended for the job by Senator Craig Thomas.

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WPR News
1:52 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Mountain Cement Reaches Deal

Laramie, Wy – The Mountain Cement Company in Laramie has
agreed to put a filter on one of its kilns as part of a lawsuit
settlement with environmental groups.
The cement company, the Sierra Club and the Biodiversity
Conservation Alliance presented a settlement on Wednesday to
Federal Judge Clarence A. Brimmer. A trial had started Monday in
Brimmer's court over the environmental groups' claims that one of
the cement company's kilns violated air quality regulations.
The company maintains that its operations have not been in

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WPR News
1:50 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Simpson Says "Right" Not Great For Republicans

Laramie, Wy – Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson is concerned about how the push from the right seems to be impacting the Republican Party. Simpson says pushes from the left hurt Democrats in the 80's and he thinks the G-O-P should beware. He was disturbed about some of the criticism that former Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers had to face. "Republicans never do well when they give their own people the saliva test" said Simpson.

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WPR News
1:48 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

Thomas Opposes Fees

Washington D-C –
U-S Senator Craig Thomas says fees are not appropriate for most Bureau of Land Management lands and Forest service land. During a hearing on last years passage of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Thomas said that while Park Service fees are useful he thinks other fees can go too far. Thomas thinks charging someone extra to go fishing in the Big Horns or to ride around on the Sand Dunes in Southwest Wyoming is wrong. Thomas says fees on other federal lands should only be charged for legitimate enhanced services.

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