WPR News
9:09 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Governors Budget Announced

Laramie, Wy – The Governor released his budget that focuses on one time projects. In his 293 million dollar budget, Dave Freudenthal wants to continue funding construction projects in the state and he proposes projects ranging from higher education to highways. He also wants to set aside around 272 million in a rainy day account. The Governor stresses that although the state has a surplus, not all the money has to be spent this year. He'd like leaders to focus on where the state should be in ten years.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

U-W Accepts Bowl Invitation

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming Cowboys will plan in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl on December 23rd. The Pokes were offered the bid and Head Coach Joe Glenn accepted it during a Tuesday press conference. Glenn says a bowl game is a major step for the program and the University. It's also a noteworthy accomplishment for a team that won just a pair of games two years ago and was picked to finish last in the Mountain West Conference this year. Glenn credits his team and assistant coaches for getting the invitation. U-W's opponent should be known after Saturday's games.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:50 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Sheridan Murder Now a Death Penalty Case

Sheridan, WY – The Sheridan County Attorney filed notice this week that he will seek the death penalty for accused murderer Stephen Hyatt. The 22-year-old Sheridan man faces aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford. Hyatt allegedly commandeered Ford's vehicle on the evening of July 2nd. A short time later, witnesses says Ford jumped from the moving car, but Hyatt chased her and shot her three times with a shotgun. Redle says it was a difficult decision to seek the death penalty against Hyatt.

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11:06 am
Wed December 1, 2004

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Debbie Hammond about a documentary that will air on Wyoming Public Television, Wyoming Voices.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore about the state's new medium-security prison.

Topic: This weekend, Centennial will hold its annual Christmas Celebration.

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WPR News
10:24 am
Wed December 1, 2004

Torrington Optimistic About New Prison

Torrington, WY – While Riverton has garnered much of the attention in the competition to land the state's new medium-security prison, Torrington officials believe they are in the driver's seat. Goshen County Economic Development Corporation Director Brad Sutherland points out Torrington had the highest score in the first round of the decision-making process, with Riverton second and Rawlins third. Questions have arisen about whether a prison in Torrington would create jobs and spending that would go across the Nebraska border.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Accidents Cause Problems

Cheyenne, Wy – A series of accidents on a snowy stretch of
Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne sent five people to the
hospital and closed the eastbound lanes of the highway for about
two hours this (Tuesday) morning.
Thirty-four-year-old Michael Jaskolski of Laramie was taken to
United Medical Center-West in Cheyenne, where he remains in
critical condition.
Townsend says the crashes, which occurred just east of Buford,
were caused by driving too fast for conditions.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Community Colleges Kept People In Mind With Increase

Laramie, Wy –
Community Colleges are raising tuition by four percent or about two dollars a credit hour. It means the average full time student will pay about 684-dollars a semester. Policy Analyst Andrea Bryant says the increase was studied closely by the Community College Commission to make sure costs were still affordable.
Bryant notes that Colorado increased its rates by seven percent, and other states increased tuition by double digits. The increase is part of the college systems five year plan.

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