11:45 am
Mon July 5, 2004

Monday, July 5, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Recently Governor Dave Freudenthal floated the idea of a temporary subsidy for doctors to help them pay for rising medical malpractice costs.

Topic: Wyoming Public Television will be providing information on the special legislative session; Guest: Jeff O'Gara

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Bryce Freeman from the Consumer Advocates Office

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10:27 am
Mon July 5, 2004

Looking for Wolf-Livestock Conflict Solutions

Moose, WY – Removing a few problem wolves from a pack can dampen a wolf pack's taste for livestock, at least in the short term. That's according to research presented at a public meeting in Grand Teton National Park this past week. Liz Bradley has studied wolf-livestock conflicts and found that wolves generally kill livestock in areas of elk populations. She also says wolf packs that kill cattle have a high probability of killing again, around 68%. But she found that repeat attacks usually didn't occur again for eight months.

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10:26 am
Mon July 5, 2004

10 Year Anniv. of Devastating Fire

Glenwood Springs, CO – Tuesday marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the deadliest wildfires in Colorado history. The Storm King fire surrounded, trapped and killed 14 firefighters in the mountains near Glenwood Springs on July Sixth, 1994. One firefighter who was there says some of his colleagues had misgivings about the assignment. But he says no one wanted to look weak by suggesting they should step back from the flames. Getting around that attitude is now stressed in firefighter training.

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4:27 pm
Fri July 2, 2004

Freudenthal Defends Subsidy Idea

Laramie, Wy – Recently Governor Dave Freudenthal floated the idea of a temporary subsidy for doctors to help them pay for rising medical malpractice costs. The Governor sees it as a short term attempt to keep doctors from leaving the state. But some lawmakers and citizens dislike the idea, thinking that doctors are being favored over others who also face rising health insurance costs. Freudenthal understands their concern, but he'd still like to go ahead with the idea, because without doctors, health care could be lost.

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2:10 pm
Fri July 2, 2004

Wyoming Students Showing Improvement

Cheyenne, WY – State Schools Superintendent Trent Blankenship is pleased with the progress Wyoming students are making following the latest round of Wy-Cass testing. Blankenship says overall, scores were up among Wyoming's fourth, eighth and 11th graders. But he says there's still room for improvement, especially in 8th grade math. Blankenship says 8th graders improved to 40 percent proficient, but it's still not what education officials would like to see.

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1:32 pm
Fri July 2, 2004

Candidate Wants To Scrap No Child Left Behind

Laramie, WY – One of the three Democratic candidates seeking Wyoming's lone Congressional seat says the federal government should trust local communities when it comes to education. John Henley of Casper says if elected he would like to repeal or severely modify the No Child Left Behind Act. He believes the act can be used to have federal officials tell individual schools how to run their schools. The Casper lawyer says if elected, his focus would be on lowering the cost of health care.

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10:39 am
Fri July 2, 2004

Wyoming Man Buried Again on Mount McKinley

Laramie, Wy – A funeral was held Thursday on Mount McKinley for a Wyoming man who died on the
mountain 35 years ago.
The body of Gary Cole, of Cody, was buried in a quiet ceremony
attended by mountaineering rangers and National Park Service
volunteers.
Rangers dug a grave 12 feet into the snow near the outer edge of
a glacial basin at 14-thousand-200-feet below the West Buttress
route.
The body was lowered into the grave and covered.
Cole was 32 when he died of acute mountain sickness in June 1969.

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9:29 am
Fri July 2, 2004

Friday, July 2, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports from Washington that congress is examining how the No Child Left Behind Law is affecting Indian country.

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable

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3:31 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Lawmakers Debate Spreading Out Malpractice Payments

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Cheyenne, Wy – Lawmakers will get to debate a bill that would allow courts to set up structured payments in medical malpractice cases. It means that victims would get periodic payments if they win a judgment, rather then a lump sum. A legislative super committee approved the bill after a lengthy discussion over whether the legislation would hurt victims if they had to wait to collect a judgment. Insurance companies support the legislation and medical providers say it is a tool that could help reduce rising medical malpractice costs.

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2:15 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Wyoming Maintains Control of Bucking Horse Logo

Laramie, Wy – The state's bucking horse and rider logo is safe for now. A charity from Texas was challenging Wyoming's ownership of the logo, but Thursday the group and the state announced they have reached a compromise.
Secretary of State Joe Meyer says defending the trademark was expensive, costing the state over $100,000.
Meyer says he does not think it is likely that any other group will ever challenge the state's ownership of the logo. Especially because they often let charities use the image.

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