WPR News
11:23 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Wyoming Students Score High In Science

CHEYENNE, wyo – The state Education Department says Wyoming fourth and eighth grade students scored above the national average in a science education test. The National Assessment of Educational Progress science assessment is administered every four years in most states.
Eighty percent of Wyoming's fourth graders scored at or above the basic level in science, compared to 71 percent nationally.

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WPR News
8:11 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

State Senate could approve CBM technology bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would allow companies to use bugs or bacteria to convert coal into methane gas. The idea is being studied by the UW School of Energy Resources and is being used in other states.

Senator Kit Jennings says the practice could rejuvenate the coal-bed methane industry. "If we can't get these companies working," he said, "they are going to take their technologies and patents and go someplace they can."

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WPR News
7:41 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

House bill would allow consolidation of city and county govmt

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Teton County legislative delegation is pursuing a constitutional amendment that would allow the consolidation of city and county government. The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to the resolution, but it will have to be supported by voters across the state.

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WPR News
7:18 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Wyoming House defeats abortion measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – After a lengthy debate, the Wyoming House today defeated a bill that would have mandated that women be offered a chance to see an ultrasound of a fetus 24 hours prior to an abortion.

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WPR News
6:23 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

State Senate continues to debate marriage amendment

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate is debating a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow marriage to exist only between a man and a woman. The Senate has amended the bill to keep civil unions out of the constitutional amendment.

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WPR News
6:19 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Unemployment falls to 6.4 percent in Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is one of 15 states where unemployment is down.

The Wyoming Department of Employment said Tuesday that December's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in December, down from 6.6 percent in November.

There were 3,900 more jobs available in December 2010 compared with December 2009. The natural resources and mining sector had the biggest gains and accounted for 3,200 of those jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate is 9.4 percent. The unemployment rate rose in 20 states, including Colorado, last month.

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WPR News
6:17 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Sinclar refinery evacuated after Sunday fire

Rawlins, Wyo. – A fire at the Sinclair refinery east of Rawlins over the weekend caused no injuries.

Refinery safety manager John Pfeffer says refinery personnel were evacuated after a fire started around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

He says the fire occurred inside a device that collects dust and prevents it from being released into the atmosphere.

The Rawlins Daily Times reports the refinery's fire crew put the fire out, and employees were allowed to return to work within a few hours.

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WPR News
9:11 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Wyoming Senate passes concealed carry bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let citizens carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

The measure is opposed by many in the law enforcement community, and Casper Senator Charles Scott also expressed concern about it. "There is proof that there are too many literally crazy people in this world and I'm afraid this bill will task for law enforcement in dealing with these people more difficult."

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WPR News
9:09 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

State senate passes campaign finance transparency measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has given final approval to a bill that brings Wyoming's election laws into compliance with new federal regulations.

Last year's Citizen's United Supreme Court decision allows third parties, like corporations and labor unions, to fund political advertisements about a person or an issue.

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WPR News
9:06 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Wyoming House considering bill for stronger DUI testing

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House is working on legislation that would make it illegal for a driver to refuse a blood alcohol test, such as a breathalyzer.

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