6:16 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

A Conversation with Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is engaged in a lawsuit to stop the new federal health care law. But at the same time he is pushing the state forward in developing a health care exchange system, and looking at other ways to improve health care in the state. The governor joins us to discuss a range of issues, but we begin with health care. Governor Mead says this will remain a priority.

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6:15 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Rare earth elements: the view from Washington

Wyoming – The U-S could be just a few years away from a serious shortage of critical minerals used to make a wide range of modern technologies. Senator John Barrasso wants to highlight the issue - which relates to the economy, national security and his broader opposition to regulatory red tape.

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6:14 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Wyoming's future in rare earths

Wyoming – Next, a look at a specific plan for mining rare earth elements here in Wyoming. Last fall, Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reported on the global race to produce rare earths and its progress in this state. In this update, he says that recent exploration work in the northeast corner of Wyoming could position the state as a major player. Those discoveries are at the proposed site of the Bear Lodge mine in Crook County.

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6:12 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Voices From The Sublette County Boom

Wyoming – In western Wyoming, Sublette County's natural gas boom is now a decade old. Last summer, the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center began an oral history project to document the local energy boom. The voices in this piece belong to Cally McKee, Leslie Rozier, Laurie Latta, Ward Wise, Steve Smith, Carolyn Bing, Mary Lynn Worl, Mike Nomis, Ann Noble, Linda Baker, Albert Sommers, Meredith Noble and Prill Mecham and come to us courtesy of U-W's American Heritage Center.

6:11 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Wyoming May Find A New Way To Recruit Doctors

Wyoming – Wyoming, much like other rural states, has a difficult time recruiting and keeping doctors in some of the states smaller communities. But the Community Apgar project may help. Named after a research doctor it's a data collection and feedback system that helps very small or what are called Critical Care hospitals refine the way they recruit.

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6:10 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Expert Has Tips For New Gardeners

Wyoming – Spring in Wyoming often means snow showers and freezing nights that suddenly give way to steady warmth and sun. Sometimes the change is so quick that, for novice gardeners, it's hard to know just how and when to get plants in the ground. Shane Smith, the founder and director of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden, has decades of experience at getting things to grow in Wyoming. And he says the first step, for the beginning backyard gardener, is establishing good beds - which means getting rid of turf.

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6:09 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

The Legend Of The Wyoming Jackalope

Wyoming – In 1985 Wyoming governor Ed Herschler named Douglas Wyoming the official home of the jackalope. In this final installment of her series on Wyoming animals. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson examines the origins of the state's most elusive creature.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Trial Lawyers Urge Child Safety

Laramie, WYO – In an ongoing effort to promote children's safety, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association wants to make sure that every child has the appropriate gear no matter what the outdoor activity is. Trial Lawyers President Bryan Ulmer says his organization is trying to prevent injuries

"There's a lot of tremendous recreational opportunities in our state, a lot of which can involve some degree of danger if safety precautions are not taken," says Ulmer.

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