WPR News
9:17 pm
Mon February 21, 2005

Drug Traffickers Keep Troopers Busy

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Laramie, Wy – During the last month the Wyoming Highway Patrol has seized over four million dollars in illegal drugs and U-S currency. All of that came from six traffic stops and vehicle searches. Sergeant Stephen Townsend of the Highway Patrol says this is now just part of the job for troopers. He says it does mean the troopers involved aren't patrolling the highways for a time, just as they have to do interviews and paperwork after a crash.

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WPR News
9:08 pm
Mon February 21, 2005

Bill Signings Continue for Governor

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal is expected to sign six more bills into law Tuesday. Among them is legislation to allow doctors to block renewal of a patient's driver's license and a bill to spend more then 21 million dollars on various water projects. Another bill the Governor is expected to sign is one to expand eligibility for property tax breaks for veterans.

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11:32 am
Mon February 21, 2005

Monday, February 21, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: A day in the life of Senator Craig Thomas from the Capital Hill Bureau.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Daniel Glick, a free-lance journalist and author about global climate change.

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Wyoming Features
11:09 am
Mon February 21, 2005

A Day in the Life of Sen. Craig Thomas

Wyoming – A rush to the Senate floor to give a speech on Alberto Gonzalez's nomination for Attorney General. Then a dash back to the office to meet with constituents. Then back to the capitol for the weekly Republican luncheon with Vice President Cheney. Just a typical day in Washington for Republican Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas. Chad Pergram, from our Capital Hill Bureau, recently tagged along with Thomas for an inside look at what Wyoming's senior lawmaker does each day on Capitol Hill.

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WPR News
8:26 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Cheyenne Could Build War Memorial

Laramie, Wy – The City Council in Cheyenne will consider
a proposal to build a war memorial honoring Wyoming soldiers.
The idea for the memorial comes from Donn Edmunds, whose son Jonn J. Edmunds died in a helicopter crash in Pakistan in 2001.
Edmunds says he wants the memorial to honor not just Wyoming natives who have died or gone missing in American wars. He also wants to honor other American service members -- and to leave space for names to be added in future conflicts.

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Four Lane Money Falls

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming House Friday continued
to yo-yo on four-lane highway funding, changing the dollar amount for the fourth time in three days.
In their final vote before returning the bill to the Senate, representatives slashed three-million dollars -- leaving seven-million to launch planning studies that would widen the state's most dangerous two-lane roads.
The Senate had earlier adopted ten-million dollars, which would pay for about five miles of multi-lane highways.
Senators will examine the House version next week.

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WPR News
8:23 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Teen Pregnancies Down in Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – A report on the welfare of children and
families in Wyoming shows the number of teens giving birth has dropped significantly in the state.
But officials say the state still has room to improve the lives of many children and families.
The Wyoming Children's Action Alliance put out its annual Kids Count publication this week.

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WPR News
5:08 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Bioterror Safeguards Holding Up Brucellosis Vaccine Research

Laramie, WY – Homeland security measures are creating a barrier to developing an improved vaccine to guard against brucellosis. Vaccines currently in use for elk and cattle are not very effective.Along with such things as anthrax, ricin, and plague; brucellosis is part of the federal Select Agent List. The government thinks that any of these agents could be used as a bio-terror weapon, and so there are restrictions on using them in research. Those restrictions include costly requirements to guarantee security and bio-safety.

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WPR News
1:42 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Committee Approves Educator Pay Raises

Cheyenne, WY – Proposed teacher salary increases will likely be heard on the Senate floor. The Senate education committee approved a bill Friday that would increase education salaries by an average of $2,000. The bill passed on a 3-2 vote despite opposition from Education Committee Chairman Hank Coe, who thought lawmakers are providing enough of an increase for educators through other legislation. But supporters counter that the state is having a difficult time recruiting teachers since other states are paying entry level teachers at a much higher level.

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11:27 am
Fri February 18, 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the difficulties developing a vaccine for Brucellosis.

Topic: Weekly Reporters Roundtable.

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