WPR News
7:25 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

Police Search for Suspect in Hit-and-Run

Laramie, Wy – Authorities in Cheyenne are looking for
the driver involved in what looks to be a fatal hit-and-run.
According to the Laramie County Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old Dale Capps was taking out his trash Tuesday night, when he was hit by a car and killed.
The driver apparently didn't stop, and Capps' body was reported by a passing motorist.
So far, no witnesses have come forward, and investigators are still looking for more information on the case.

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5:50 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Legislative report from WPR News Director, Bob Beck

Topic: Shift from Agriculture to Energy and Tourism; Guest: State Senator, John Heinz and CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, Dr. Faggon.

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4:15 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

House and Senate Try to Agree on Budget

Cheyenne – Budget negotiators are beginning work on finding a compromise on the massive state budget. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck speaks with the chairman of the house appropriations committee .

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WPR News
9:07 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Fraud Trial Begins Against Former Wyoming Legislator

Laramie, WY – Opening arguments were held Tuesday in a fraud trial against a former state legislator from Laramie. Terry Guice, who served in the House and Senate, is accused of defrauding a construction company out of over $50,000. Prosecutor Tory Racines told the jury that Terry Guice created a sham company, TLG Supply, to bill to a construction company doing road work north of Laramie. Racines says Guice conspired with the superintendent on the job to create a slew of dummy orders for products that were never delivered to the construction site.

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WPR News
7:46 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Open Alcohol Container Bill Passes House

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Senate Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against changes the House made to a bill strengthening the state's open container law.
The vote was 28-to-two against the House version, with some senators disliking an amendment that would ban all open containers -- except wine -- in recreational vehicles.
The measure, which had been approved 37-to-21 by the House, would require alcohol be kept out of the reach of the driver and passengers or be in its original unopened container.

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WPR News
7:44 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Northern Wyoming's Drought Could Get Worse

Laramie, Wy – The drought that has gripped northern Wyoming for years will probably continue this year, and might even get worse.
That's the word from state climatologist Jan Curtis, and others
who are closely watching Wyoming's weather.
Conditions are much better in southern Wyoming, where the mountain snowpacks that feed several of the southern river systems already are above average.

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WPR News
7:42 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Governors from Montana and Wyoming Discuss Water Rights

Laramie, Wy – No progress Tuesday on a water
rights dispute between Montana and Wyoming that could end up in court.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer met today in Helena with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, to discuss water rights on the Tongue, Powder and Little Powder rivers. They flow from Wyoming into Montana, and Montana officials say most pre-1950 water rights in Montana aren't being met.
Wyoming interprets the compact as allocating only post-1950 water rights.

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WPR News
7:39 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Funding Stripped from Wildlife Trust Fund

Cheyenne, Wy – Supporters of the plan to create a wildlife trust fund will need to go to the floor of the state House to try and get some money back in the bill. That's after the House Appropriations Committee removed all the funding from the trust fund, which is intended to provide money to groups that want to enhance wildlife habitat in the state. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says the reason for removing the 30 million dollars is that he's not convinced the money is needed immediately. Philp says once the trust fund gets established they can consider additional funding.

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WPR News
7:00 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Number of Single Mothers Sets Record

Laramie, Wy – The percentage of unmarried mothers in Wyoming is at all time high. That information came out in the most recent Kids Count Data Book. It's published by the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance. The executive director of the Alliance, Deanna Frey, says the high rate is concerning because of the effects that are tied to single mothers giving birth, such as poverty and all the factors that are tied to it.

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5:47 pm
Tue February 22, 2005

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck reports on the legislative session.

Topic: A study on the well-being of children in the state; Guest: Diana Frye, Executive Director of the Children's Action Alliance.

Topic: A workshop on using bio-diesel; Guest: Sandy Shuptrine, Coordinator of the Greater Yellowstone Teton Clean Cities.

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