WPR News
3:08 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Defense wants accused Wheatland shooter evaluated

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Lawyers defending a Wheatland man accused of killing his three sons and his brother last week have requested he receive a mental evaluation.

Lawyers with the Wyoming Public Defender's Office filed papers Tuesday asking to suspend court proceedings while Everett Conant III receives an evaluation.

Conant faces murder and attempted murder charges in Thursday's shooting rampage in Wheatland. His wife Suzette Ann Conant was wounded in the attack and was released Monday from a Cheyenne hospital.

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WPR News
10:22 am
Tue July 12, 2011

EPA accepts fine from Cheyenne firm

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a company with a chemical plant in Cheyenne has agreed to pay more than $110,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations.
The EPA announced Monday that the settlement also requires Dyno
Nobel, Inc., to improve maintenance and internal auditing of
equipment used to store and process hazardous chemicals at the
Cheyenne plant.
The company also has agreed to improve documentation of training
for employees who work with hazardous chemicals at the plant.

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WPR News
10:08 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Charges dropped against Wyoming Parole Board member

Thermopolis, WY – Charges have been dropped against a member of the Wyoming Parole Board who had been accused of shooting at his live-in girlfriend and threatening to kill her if she called police. Hot Springs County Attorney Jerry Williams declined Monday to
explain why he dropped the charges against James Weisbeck of Thermopolis. Williams would only say that he believed the action,is in the interest of justice.
Weisbeck's attorney, Alex Sitz, says the charges lacked merit
and he hopes the dismissal clears his client's name.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Wyoming hospitals concerned about proposed federal cuts

Laramie, Wyo. – As Congress continues negotiations over the federal budget and debt ceiling, Wyoming hospitals are concerned about what proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would mean for their bottom lines.

Dan Perdue of the Wyoming Hospital Association says cuts would have a significant impact. "Medicare and Medicaid make up over half of the revenue that hospitals experience on a day to day basis," he said. "We already have some thin margins in our hospitals and the prospect of losing any more money comes with a lot of concern."

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WPR News
8:26 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Prosecutor considering death penalty charges in Wheatland shooting

Wheatland, WY – A preliminary hearing for a man accused of killing his three sons and adult brother and wounding his wife has been set for Thursday in Wheatland. Everett E. Conant III faces murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting rampage. Meanwhile, Platte County Attorney Eric Jones said today that he has not decided whether or not to seek the death penalty in the case. Conant's wife, Suzette Conant, is hospitalized in good condition with shoulder and ankle wounds.

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WPR News
8:14 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Yellowstone winter use rules are up for comment

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6:30 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Wyoming's Senators continue to hold onto their views on how to deal with the federal debt.

Wyoming – The Senate cancelled its July Fourth recess, nominally to seek compromise on the debt ceiling. But as Jim Hilgen reports from Washington, Wyoming's senators haven't budged much in their views on how to address the nation's financial issues.

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6:29 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

The University of Wyoming's Carbon Management Institute is undertaking an ambitious carbon sequestration project in Sweetwater County.

Wyoming – The University of Wyoming's Carbon Management Institute is undertaking an ambitious carbon sequestration project in Sweetwater County. It's still in its early stages - but university researchers and Institute director Ron Surdam have high hopes. Ron Surdam of U-W's Carbon Management Institute speaks with Molly Messick about an area where billions of tons of carbon dioxide might eventually be stored.

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6:27 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Telemedicine for Wyoming's rural areas is a reality.

Wyoming – 37 rural hospitals and mental health centers in Wyoming recently received high speed internet services, so that telemedicine services can be provided to rural citizens across the state. The Director of the University of Wyoming's Center for Rural Health Research and Education is Rex Gatenbein joins Bob Beck to explain what this might mean for health care in the state

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