WPR News
8:53 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Freudenthal joins Arch Coal board

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has been elected to the board of directors of St. Louis-based Arch Coal.

The company announced Wednesday that Freudenthal joins the board effective immediately.

Arch Coal sold more than 160 million tons of coal last year, much of it mined from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming produces about 40 percent of the nation's coal, more than any other state.

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WPR News
8:50 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Oil rig worker dies 2 weeks after fall

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A man has died almost two weeks after he fell 60 feet from an oil rig in Converse County.

The Wyoming state worker's safety office says 50-year-old Mitchell Lemley, of Riverton, fell Feb. 2 at the drilling rig 22 miles north of Douglas. He died Feb. 15.

Lemley worked for Casper-based SST Energy, which was drilling the well for another company.

It was the second death in Wyoming's oil and gas industry this year. An exploding pipe killed a worker at a rig in the Pinedale area in January.

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WPR News
8:45 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Wyo House shows support for concealed carry measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has taken a step toward allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Supporters say that is a constitutional right. For example, Jackson Representative Keith Gingery says citizens can currently carry weapons openly without a permit, and this measure would simply extend that, to give those who want to conceal their weapons the same right.

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WPR News
8:52 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Wyo House could raise teacher tenure requirements

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The issue of teacher tenure has returned, in a bill being debated by the Wyoming House of Representatives.

In a measure that develops teacher accountability standards, the House decided that teachers should have to work for five years before earning tenure instead of the current three years. If teachers change school districts after acquiring tenure, the bill would now require that they wait another four years before they regain tenure.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Wyo House votes no on higher seatbelt fines

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Once again, the Wyoming Legislature has voted against raising the fine for not wearing a seatbelt. The House of Representatives declined an attempt to raise the current fine from $25 to $75.

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8:32 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Contentious measures to be discussed in conference committees

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming legislature is slated to debate two high-profile bills in conference committees. One bill would keep gay marriages from being recognized in Wyoming. The House version of the bill also bans civil unions from being recognized in the state, unlike the Senate version. And that will be a key topic of discussion.

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WPR News
7:27 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Wyo Senate debates school class sizes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate continues to debate how to convince school districts to lower class sizes in Kindergarten through third grade classrooms.

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WPR News
10:06 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Cameco planning Fremont uranium facility

Riverton, Wy – A company plans to begin production at an in-situ uranium operation in Fremont County in 2014.

Cameco Resources says work ahead of the project will include improving a road leading to the site in the Gas Hills area.

Company spokesman Ken Vaughn discussed the project with county commissioners recently. And says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is conducting an environmental impact statement for the project.

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8:36 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Legislature to finalize supplemental budget

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Laramie, Wyo. – On Tuesday, the Wyoming legislature will try to finalize its work on the state supplemental budget. The chairmen of the Joint Appropriations Committee say that the House and Senate passed similar budgets, and there are only minor issues to work out.

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8:31 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Community health center cuts would mean losses in Wyoming

Laramie, Wyo. – Among the budget cuts being considered by Congress is a billion dollar reduction in funding for community health centers. In Wyoming, that cut could mean the loss of $400 thousand.

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