WPR News
11:05 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Third Quarter of 2010 Shows Growth in Payroll and Wages

LARAMIE, wyo – A recent report from the Wyoming Department of Employment shows that total payroll was up substantially in the third quarter of last year, to more than 128 million dollars.
That's an increase of 4 point 7 percent. At the same time, overall job losses continued.
Senior Economist David Bullard says there's probably a simple explanation for the overall payroll gains, at a time of marginally decreasing employment

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WPR News
11:03 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Officials Weigh Options To Save Whitebark Pines

JACKSON, wyo – Experts are exploring new, lower cost ways to restore whitebark pines to the landscape. The trees are under attack from both native pine beetles and an exotic fungus, called blister rust. Forest Service Geneticist Mary Mahalovich is leading efforts to cultivate blister rust-resistant whitebarks. She says plans to grow disease-resistant seeds in an orchard instead of collecting them from the wild will make restoration efforts cheaper and faster.

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WPR News
8:23 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Law enforcement officers and others meet about new DUI law

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Laramie, WY – The state's revised driving under the influence law goes into effect July 1. And this week about 150 prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges and others came together to discuss just how the law will work.

Come July, drivers arrested on DUI charges will no longer be able to refuse a chemical test of their blood alcohol level. A main issue in implementing that change is the law's warrant requirement. If a driver refuses a test, the officer must get a warrant to do the test anyway.

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WPR News
8:16 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Gov. Mead objects to new endangered species policy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Matt Mead says the Obama administration is taking a serious misstep with a decision that could mean wider protection for endangered species.

The U.S. Interior Department has dropped a Bush administration policy that allowed special protection for a species in one state but not in another neighboring state.

The Bush policy resulted in situations like the case of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which is protected in Colorado but not Wyoming.

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WPR News
7:47 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

College finals rodeo returns to Casper

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WPR News
7:43 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Some completely oppose oil shale

Cheyenne, WY – A representative of an environmental group is voicing opposition to a proposal that would reduce the amount of public land available for oil shale development in Wyoming and neighboring states. Congress in 2005 approved leasing up to 1.9 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for oil shale development
together with other lands holding tar sands.
Now the Bureau of Land Management is working on a new plan set
for release by the end of 2012 that could call for reducing the
amount of land available for leasing in the three states.

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