5:41 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Food banks are low on food with new demand

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8:09 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

More Jobs Expected For Wyoming In 2011

LARAMIE, wyo – An economist who watches the Rocky Mountain Region says Wyoming's economy should continue to expand. Ernie Goss from Creighton University says the state's economy has been doing well for several months, but he says there's a caveat: the dollar cannot gain value.

"As long as we see a weak dollar the prospects are good for the Wyoming economy going forward into 2011," says Goss. "We're not going to see real spectacular growth, but it's just going to be a continuation of what we have been seeing."

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7:16 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Coal-to-liquid plant comes to Wyoming

LARAMIE, wyo – DKRW Advanced Fuels has begun preliminary work on a two billion dollar coal-to-liquid facility that is slated to be up and running in southeast Wyoming in 2014. Company chairman Bob Kelly says this will be the first facility in the U-S to produce gasoline from coal on a commercial scale. The coal gasification plant's location - between the remote towns of Medicine Bow and Hanna - was chosen primarily for its proximity to a large coal reserve in the area. Kelly says that allows for reduced transport costs.

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7:14 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

WyDOT seeking to curb skier-triggered avalanches

JACKSON, wyo – The Wyoming Department of Transportation is urging skiers and snowboarders to stay away from Teton Pass when the potential for avalanches is high.

Avalanche technicians say WYDOT is worried about backcountry skiers triggering avalanches onto Wyoming Highway 22 - which crosses six avalanche paths between Wilson and Victor, Idaho.

WyDOT says skiers and snowboarders triggered three avalanches in November, one of which prompted an overnight road closure.

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7:13 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Wyo. Legislature will consider open records bills

CHEYENNE, wyo – Advocates for open government say three bills going before the Wyoming Legislature early next year would bring clarity to the state's sunshine laws.

One of the proposals would require government agencies to make records available for inspection generally within three days of a public request, while another proposed change would require courts to expedite cases involving public records requests.

The third bill would require government bodies to record executive sessions.

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7:12 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Cheyenne trafficking ring sold meth from Colorado

CHEYENNE, wyo – Six people have been sentenced to a combined 63 years in prison for their involvement in a Cheyenne drug trafficking ring that relied on methamphetamine purchased in Colorado.

The sentences have been handed down since July.

Investigators say 43-year-old Joe Morales, who was sentenced to 22 years, was a major player.

Police Sgt. Rob Dafoe said Morales drove to Commerce City, Colo. to buy meth and then sold it in Cheyenne, where the street value is higher.

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6:37 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Economist: 2011 promising year for Wyoming's economy

Laramie, WY – Wyoming should continue to see economic expansion and job creation in 2011. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the prediction comes from analysis by an economist at Creighton University.

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6:54 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Native Americans in Wyoming Face Higher HIV/AIDS Rates

LARAMIE, wyo – Native Americans in Wyoming make up just over four percent of all estimated AIDS diagnoses in the state, while nationally they make up less than 1-percent.

Not all states collect HIV/AIDS surveillance data on their native populations, which makes it hard to get an accurate, national picture of how the disease is affecting Native communities. However, Wyoming does, and here, the percentages of infection are four times the national average in Native Americans.

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