WPR News
9:08 pm
Mon June 6, 2005

Do You Want a Tax on Groceries?

Laramie, Wy – People around the state can start signing a petition to remove the sales tax on groceries. Democratic State Representative Ann Robinson is organizing the effort and she says it is an important way to help families, especially families on a fixed income. Robinson estimates it would save families of four 240 dollars a year. She says she knows the Governor does not necessarily support this idea and has mentioned he would prefer to spend the money on health insurance for families. Robinson says she's not sure 20 dollars a month could buy much insurance for a family of four.

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WPR News
8:06 pm
Mon June 6, 2005

Laramie Flooding Not Severe

Laramie, Wy – The National Weather Service has put a flood warning in place for Laramie. The head of Homeland Security in Albany County, Randy Vickers, says they say the Laramie River is flooding when it's five feet deep in the city. He says Monday it rose six inches past that stage, but he says there isn't a concern until it reaches six feet deep and it shouldn't get to that level.

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WPR News
11:33 am
Mon June 6, 2005

Wyoming GOP and Dems Get Less Money From National Parties

Laramie, Wy – State political parties around the country are getting less money from the national parties. That is a finding of the Center for Public Integrity in a report they did on campaign finance reform.

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WPR News
11:33 am
Mon June 6, 2005

Beartooth Pass Will Remain Closed Through Summer

Red Lodge, MT – It now looks like it will take many months to re-open the scenic Beartooth Highway. The director of Montana's Transportation Department says the contract to repair damage to the road caused by mudslides will contain "substantial incentives" to have the work done by mid-October. Work was scheduled to begin Monday on removing debris from a 12-mile stretch of US 212, a critical road for the Red Lodge, MT tourism industry.

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WPR News
11:30 am
Mon June 6, 2005

Banishment Struck Down

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of battery against his girlfriend cannt be banished from Natrona County as part of his sentence. Natrona County resident Ollie Crabtree was convicted in 2003 and ordered to serve between 18 months and two years in jail. District Judge Thomas Sullins also ordered that Crabtree not be allowed to return to Natrona County if he was released early. While affirming Crabtree's conviction, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded the lower court abused its discretion when it banned Crabtree from the county.

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10:49 am
Mon June 6, 2005

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Democratic State Representative Ann Robinson is organizing a petition to remove the sales tax on groceries.

Topic: Youth Empowerment Group in Casper.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Mark
Knudson about two new baseball teams, Laramie and Cheyenne with the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League.

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WPR News
9:15 pm
Fri June 3, 2005

New Details From Rock Springs Case

Rock Springs, Wy –
On Tuesday, tree trimmers found the body floating down Bitter
Creek. The body was taken to Colorado for an autopsy and forensic
examination.
The Sweetwater County Coroner says the man did have trauma
indicative of a fall. However, officials are still waiting on the
results of toxicology tests.
Rock Springs Police Detective Curt Christensen said the body was
a white male, 6-foot-2 and weighing around 175 pounds with a narrow
waist. His estimated age was around 35 or 40 years old.

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WPR News
9:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2005

Jackson Film Festival To Kick Off

Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole film festival kicks off next week and an organizer says they continue to be a theme based event. Todd Rankin says they are partnering with a number of organizations and will launch a Global Insight program in conjunction with the festival.
Among the non film activities will be a panel called Refugees in Crisis: A Global look. Rankin says the focus of the film festival will be on international films. The festival kicks off June 8th. More information can be found on-line at JHFF.org.

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WPR News
9:12 pm
Fri June 3, 2005

Overcrowding Concerns Cheyenne Animal Shelter

Cheyenne, Wy – Overcrowding at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has the director concerned. Because of a continued surge the kennels scheduled for one animal are sometimes filled with two or more. Director Sue Castaneda says the goal is to keep every homeless or unwanted animal until they are adopted. But overcrowding and lack of dollars is causing them to rethink that.
Castaneda is hoping adoptions pick up, which would solve the problem. She says because of sponsorships, many dogs are available for 35 dollars and cats ten dollars.

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WPR News
10:17 am
Fri June 3, 2005

Wyomingites Are Safe Drivers?

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming ranks fifth for driver safety in a
nationwide study that quizzed licensed drivers on topics like changing lanes, left-hand turns and signs.
But many of those surveyed online by G-M-A-C Insurance didn't know basic driving skills.
At least one in five people surveyed did NOT know that a pedestrian has the right of way at either a marked or an unmarked crosswalk. One of three drivers said it is O-K to roll through a stop sign rather than come to a complete stop.

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