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Laramie is working towards becoming the fourth community in Wyoming to gain “age-friendly” status, especially for older people. This week the second session of the AARP Age-Friendly Laramie Initiative was held at the Lincoln Community Center on May 31. 

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to approve hunting regulations for Grizzly Bears on Wednesday. It would allow up to ten bears to be killed within a core management area near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and 12 more in other areas of the state.

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The 2018 Wyoming Bike Walk Trails Summit convened Monday to help build momentum for the improvement of bicycling and pedestrian trail systems across the state. The event featuring speakers from varying communities around Wyoming was held at Snow King Resort in Jackson. 

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation will designate a 19 mile stretch of Highway 28 in Fremont County as the "Wyoming Women's Suffrage Pathway."

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Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk could leave the park. In his first television interview on a possible transfer, Wenk said he prefers to retire in Yellowstone.

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May 4, 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Laramie. The town will host a week-long celebration of the event beginning at the Wyoming Territorial Prison.

The festivities will commemorate the day that the Union Pacific Railroad line first entered Laramie on May 4, 1868. Historian and sixth generation Laramite Kim Viner has documented much of that history. 

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National Parks and Monuments are preparing for the onslaught of summer tourists, and park officials are hoping visitors will remember these are wild places with wild animals. Yellowstone National Park has already seen two dangerous incidents over the last week.

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The latest state revenue reports show that the state’s economy continues to slowly improve. Most energy prices have increased and sales tax collections are up 83 million dollars from the previous year.  

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Wyoming Public Radio won two Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards for reporting. It’s the fourth straight year WPR has been honored and also the fourth time the station has won multiple awards in Region 3, which includes commercial and non-commercial stations in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The Radio Television Digital News Association hands out one award for each category. 

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The Unaccompanied Student Initiative will host a conference in Lander this month to bring awareness to the difficulties issues facing homeless youth face in Wyoming. 

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In another sign that Wyoming’s economy is improving, statewide inflation increased by just over two percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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When it comes to being prepared for an emergency, much of our region lags behind the rest of the country. That's according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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The Wyoming Department of Corrections (DOC) transferred 88 inmates from the state penitentiary to a private prison in Tutweiler, Mississippi. The first group of 60 got there at the beginning of this month, with another 28 arriving this past Friday.  

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Until recently, Wyoming was one of only two states without a chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. UW law student Debra Bullock started a chapter this winter, in part to be able to participate in the organization’s Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition. 

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Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs will host trainings and listening sessions in the coming months, in response to a study by a consultant that found dissatisfaction among employee groups.  

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The ENDOW initiative is Wyoming’s latest attempt to diversify its economy. For author Samuel Western shaping the state's future, requires an examination of how Wyoming imagines its past. Western will explore this idea and lead a discussion at the University of Wyoming on April 5. 

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The University of Wyoming played host to Keio University Professor Dr. Toshi Nakayama on Wednesday. He is a noted author and columnist on international relations and he spoke about how Japan is adapting to Trump’s America on the world stage. He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.

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The City of Cheyenne is suddenly without air service after the surprise announcement that Great Lakes Airlines is immediately suspending air service. Great Lakes announced that is ending service in the five states that it serves.  

A landslide in a popular area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming's western mountains has locals worried about the region's economy.

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This weekend, hundreds of thousands of teens are expected to march on Washington D.C. and around the country, calling for gun control. The Mountain West News Bureau spoke with two students in Montana and Wyoming who do not plan to march, and are worried gun control reform could change their way of life.

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Beekeepers will have an opportunity to hone their craft at a conference this weekend in Cheyenne.

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One committee taking on Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s economic diversification initiative will hold a public forum about agriculture this week.

The Executive Committee on Economically Needed Diversity Options For Wyoming, or ENDOW, has divided into five subcommittees representing different parts of the state’s economy.

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High winds in West Laramie exacerbated a fire that started around 11 Monday morning and quickly spread to multiple buildings in a mobile home park. Local officials asked residents to evacuate as they worked to extinguish the fire which destroyed nine homes. No one was injured.

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Wyoming’s House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would sharpen anti-stalking laws.

House Bill 8 raises the maximum penalty for misdemeanor stalking from six months to one year, with up to three years of probation. The maximum penalty for felony stalking is 10 years under existing state law.

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center has been proposed in Uinta County. Almost 500 miles away, a local activist group is working to oppose it.

Real Resistance Wyoming, a Sheridan based activist group, is holding informational meetings to engage its community to prevent a private company from building the immigration detention center.

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Middle and high school aged students in Teton County deal with the usual stresses of growing up, but according to recent research, those pressures are often made worse for some by the area’s income gap and fears about the immigration status of family members.

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February is Black History Month, and an exhibit at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is displaying photos and artifacts of a little-known piece of Wyoming History: an all-black town founded and then abandoned in the early 20th century. Shawn Wade is responsible for temporary exhibits and tours at the Center. He told Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard about the history of Empire, Wyoming.

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The 5th Annual High Plains Organic Conference will take place at the end of this month in Cheyenne, with presentations from agricultural producers, scientists, and policy experts.

The first day will provide an overview of programs that pay farmers for using organic practices and the rules for getting certified. On the second day, participants will discuss topics like choosing seeds, improving soil quality, and livestock health.

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Newsroom staff at the Casper Star-Tribune are starting the process of forming a union.

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The final report from the Wyoming Legislature’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force has been released, after two years of studying the benefits and challenges of improving old and creating new pathways and natural trail surfaces.

Among its recommendations, the task force advised the Wyoming Legislature to invest $10 million annually in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, like enhanced walkable main streets and rural cycling routes across the state.

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