WPR News
8:37 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Conference Encourages Dialogue on Future of Greater Yellowstone

Laramie, Wy – This week in Jackson people from the entire Yellowstone area are gathering to talk about what parts of life in the region they want to preserve for future generations. It is part of the Greater Yellowstone Power of Place Conference. Organizer Jonathan Schechter says they want to establish shared values. The next step is to compile information about those values. Schechter says community leaders may eventually be able to use that research.
Schechter says there has never been a cross discipline discussion like this one in the Yellowstone region.

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Wyoming Features
12:25 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Voting Experience

Wyoming – In the years since the 2000 presidential election and the problems in Florida the federal election law has changed quite a bit. Right now Wyoming is working hard to meet the requirements of that law.

One thing that is for sure is voting will be a different experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay gives us a glimpse of the not so distant future

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10:18 am
Tue March 8, 2005

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center about the diversity level of Wyoming.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Jonathon Schechter from the Greater Yellowstone Area about the Power of Place Conference in Jackson.

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WPR News
9:13 pm
Mon March 7, 2005

Wyoming Among Just Handful to Require Sprinkler Systems

Cheyenne, WY – It's been less then a year since a dormitory fire at Northwest College in Powell, and money is now on the way to prevent a similar occurrence. The budget bill signed by the Governor provides $5 Million to install fire sprinkler systems at every residence hall at the University of Wyoming and at the state's community colleges. Brad Carroll with the State Fire Marshall's Office says the process will be a little quicker at the community colleges, and should be done by the start of the fall semester.

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WPR News
9:11 pm
Mon March 7, 2005

UW's Sherman Off to Missouri

Laramie, WY – The chairman of the University of Wyoming's criminal justice department has been named as the new leader Missouri's social services agency. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt Monday named Gary Sherman as head of the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency oversees the Medicaid health care program, child support, food stamps and other social programs.

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WPR News
8:17 pm
Mon March 7, 2005

Federal Law Means Wyoming Must Buy New Voting Machines

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is in the process of buying new voting machines. Election law requires the states to provide machines that are accessible for people with disabilities.
The two leading companies that make the computer based systems have ties to the Republican Party. Secretary of State, Joe Meyer, says he is aware of this and is working hard to make sure there is nothing wrong with machines that come from these companies. He says a test was done in California that proved the machines from E.S. and S. as well as Diebolt do not pad elections for Republicans.

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10:10 am
Mon March 7, 2005

Monday, March 7th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Renny Mackay reports that Wyoming is working on changes given by the Federal Election Law.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with author Craig Johnson about his book, "The Cold Dish".

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WPR News
7:42 pm
Sun March 6, 2005

University To Expand

Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are
interested in buying some property bordering campus for a future
expansion.
At Saturday's trustee meeting, the university trustees gave the school permission to get an appraisal on the
properties.
The two houses and an apartment building are next to the site
where U-W is building a new anthropology building.
Elizabeth Hardin is U-W's vice president of administration. She
says the university wants to buy the houses, but the owners have to
be willing to sell.

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WPR News
7:38 pm
Sun March 6, 2005

Senator Says State Failed To Help Average Person

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Laramie, Wy – A Senator from Rock Springs admits that the legislature did do a lot of good this session, but she wonders how much they did for the average person. Rae Lynn Job says they did a lot of positive things in developing the wildlife trust, an education endowment, and more funding for local governments. But Job doubts they did much for the average person in Wyoming. She says wage issues in Wyoming remain a problem and families have to overcome the fact that parents may need to work more then one job.

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WPR News
7:23 pm
Fri March 4, 2005

University Tuition Going Up

Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming board of trustees has recommended an increase in tuition. The amount of the increase varies depending on whether or not a student is from in state or if they are an undergraduate. Overall the hike is about five percent.
The U-W student president, David Willms, says he feels even with the increase tuition is very low.

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