News
5:36 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Wyoming students slightly improve math and reading scores on a national test

Wyoming students have improved their math and reading scores on a national assessment test.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress released its 2011 results Tuesday. The test measures math and reading among fourth and eighth graders nationwide.
Wyoming fourth graders scored four points better on average than the national average in both subjects, while eighth graders were five points better on math and six points over on reading.

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News
6:28 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Game and Fish Seeks Input on Declining Mule Deer Numbers

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking public input about how to deal with declining mule deer numbers in the Platte Valley and southern Wyoming. Mule deer populations in southern Wyoming have dropped about 30 percent in the past five years.

This summer, Game and Fish held a series of public meetings to try to figure the reason for the decline. Laramie regional wildlife supervisor Rick King says participants noted habitat health as a key factor.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Teton area Lawmakers Blast Education Committees Adjustments

Teton County lawmakers are balking at a cost-of-living adjustment the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Education Committee has initially approved for school districts across the state.

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Open Spaces
2:29 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

October 21st, 2011 Open Spaces - Whole Show

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12:32 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Wyoming's new uranium mines reduce environmental risks, uranium specialist says

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Two uranium mines are operating in Wyoming, and several more licenses are in the works. But Bob Gregory, the uranium specialist at the Wyoming State Geological Survey, says the new mines use a completely different technology than their older counterparts.

Open Spaces
12:17 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Wildlife biologist and author Bruce Smith discusses Wyoming's elk feeding program

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One of the more controversial programs in Wyoming involves feeding Elk on the National Elk Refuge. Longtime U-S Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Bruce Smith worked at the refuge for many years. He's written a book on his experience called Where Elk Roam, conservation and Biopolitics of our National Elk heard. He says the feeding program is unusual

Open Spaces
11:50 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Online farmers market provides supplemental market for local products

As cold weather sends farmers markets into hibernation, there's one that's picking back up after a summer lull. The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative serves four counties in Southeastern Wyoming without needing a city block to set up in. This farmers market allows farmers to sell local products to customers online. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more

Open Spaces
11:48 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Star basketball coach seeks to reverse Cowboys' losing streak

If you said that the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team has struggled in recent years,that would be a bit of an understatement. After back to back 10 win and 21 loss seasons, a change was needed. So, Wyoming went to its past and hired Larry Shyatt. Shyatt coached one year at Wyoming and took a team that had struggled in previous years to a 19-9 record and the postseason. As most fans know, Shyatt then left to Coach at Clemson and later became the top assistant and two time National Champion Florida. Shyatt was always troubled that he left a job unfinished at Wyoming and decided to come back.

Around the Nation
9:52 am
Tue November 1, 2011

In Florida, Mentally Ill Suffer Abuse And Neglect

Officer Tom Merenda talks to John Fager, one of the dozens of residents living in an assisted-living facility in Cannon Point.
Kenny Malone for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:26 pm

As states have closed down mental hospitals, they've struggled to find housing for the mentally ill. In Florida, assisted-living facilities have become the de facto solution.

It takes just a high school diploma and 26 hours of training to run one of Florida's mental health assisted-living facilities — that's lower than the state requirements for becoming a beautician, a barber or even an auctioneer.

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