WPR News
1:35 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

AML Compromise Reached

Washington D-C – It is not what Wyoming's delegation wanted, but the U-S Senate has agreed to renew a government program to clean up abandoned mines for nine months. The deal disappoints Senator Craig Thomas since the state is owed nearly 400 million dollars in backpayments for cleaning up sites. But Thomas says they had no other choice but to accept this offer. Thomas thinks the issue will remain on the front burner when it gets revisited next year.

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WPR News
11:11 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Brucellosis Task Force Progress Is Slow

Jackson, Wy – To protect Wyoming cattle from brucellosis the state needs to first address the disease in elk and bison. But a state task force charged with addressing brucellosis is proceeding cautiously with recommendations to reduce or eliminate the disease in wildlife. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports

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WPR News
10:58 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Rawlins Elk Deaths Still A Mystery

Casper, WY – Wildlife biologists continue to study last winter's elk die-off south of Rawlins. Officials know a commong lichen the elk ate is what caused the illness. What they don't know is exactly what the toxic compound in the lichen was, whether that compound is present in lichen elsewhere in Wyoming and if other animals are at risk. Hunting this fall has been impacted with fewer licenses offered in the affected area near Rawlins. Walt Cook of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says as far as they know, those elk are safe to eat because no other animals were affected.

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WPR News
10:34 am
Wed September 15, 2004

U.W. Graduation Rate Improves

Laramie, Wy – A higher percentage of University of Wyoming students are graduating within six years compared to a decade ago. That's the findings of a report on higher education. But, U-W President Phil Dubois says the school still needs to do better at retaining students. He says it is their goal to have a graduation rate between 60 and 65% and right now it is around 52%.

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WPR News
3:34 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Supreme Court Allows Drug Plea Withdrawal

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court says it's illegal for a police officer to ask questions of a driver that are unrelated to a traffic stop after issuing a ticket or returning the driver's paperwork. The Justices handed down that ruling Monday in a case involving the detention of an Illinois man and the search of his car in 2002. As a result, Alan Campbell will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to marijuana possession with intent to deliver the drug. Also, more than eight pounds of pot allegedly seized from Campbell's car cannot be used as evidence against him.

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WPR News
3:15 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

New Group Forms In Jackson

Jackson, Wy – A group in Jackson will be hosting a forum on hate and acceptance this week. Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays is trying to raise awareness of such issues and promote tolerance. Organizer Mark Houser says the Jackson school system has been very open to the message.
This week the Jackson schools will be host to a reading of the play The Laramie Project and Judy Shepard will present a forum and a number of talks on hate and acceptance.

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WPR News
12:31 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Absentee Voting Can Lead to Fraud

Laramie, Wy – A nationwide investigation shows that absentee voting has led to fraud in at least 15 states. The New York Times did the investigation but did not find wrongdoing in Wyoming. The Equality State Policy Center's Sarah Gorin, says there are safeguards in this state that don't exist elsewhere but she says there is a possibility of voter fraud here. And she says that could affect local and even federal elections.
Gorin says Wyoming could shore up its system by spending more money on voter technologies and by removing deceased people from voting lists.

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WPR News
12:13 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Education Report Gives Wyoming Mixed Grades

Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says Wyoming's recent high
school graduates are more prepared for college than their
counterparts ten years ago. But a smaller percentage of them are
enrolling.
The report was released today (Tuesday) by the National Center
for Public Policy and Higher Education.
The center gave Wyoming a C-plus for its percentage of
K-through-12 students taking upper-level math and science courses
and those scoring at or above proficient in math, science, reading
and writing.

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11:43 am
Tue September 14, 2004

Tuesday, September 14, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports that a Senate panel begins work on a bill that renews funding to clean up abandoned mines.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Phillip Clapp, the President of the National Environmental Trust, about his take on the road less areas.

Topic: A group in Jackson will be hosting a forum on hate and acceptance this week; Guest: Mark Houser, Organizer.

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Wyoming Features
11:33 am
Tue September 14, 2004

Moose Declines Not Due to Wolves

Casper – The moose population in northwestern Wyoming has declined significantly in recent years. A decade ago, there were more then 500 moose hunting permits offered every fall around Jackson Hole. That number is about 150 now. One culprit often named is the re-introduction of wolves and grizzly bears. But a study presented Thursday to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission suggests the predators only play a minor role. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more from Casper

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