WPR News
7:03 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Foundation focuses attention on health care shortage

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WPR News
6:58 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Unemployment rose slightly in January

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Employment says the state unemployment rate rose very slightly from December to January. Economist David Bullard says Wyoming is still losing jobs, but not as quickly as it was at other points in the past year: "Unemployment continues to edge up - up to 7.6% in January - but the job losses seem to be slowing."

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The Economy Project
1:08 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Wyoming Doctors Urge Resolution of Medicare Reimbursement Problem

Laramie, WY – Doctors in Wyoming are urging Congress to find a permanent solution to a long-running problem with Medicare. At issue is how much doctors are reimbursed when they treat Medicare patients. The current formula Medicare uses to determine reimbursements depends on the strength of the economy.

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WPR News
10:08 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Western govs say states best regulate coal ash

Helena, MT – Western governors are telling the Obama administration that regulation of coal ash waste is best done by the states.

The Western Governor's Association is resisting a move by the Environmental Protection Agency to reclassify coal ash as hazardous. The EPA delayed that decision late last year. Doing so would limit where it could be sent for disposal.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, chairman of the governor's group, says the EPA move would undercut what he described as effective regulation by Western states.

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WPR News
7:15 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Computer glitch delays PAWS tests

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Education has not solved a computer glitch that has delayed the start of annual standardized testing at some Wyoming schools this week.

Department spokesman Tim Lockwood said Monday that NCS Pearson had made progress in identifying the problem but had not yet provided a solution.

NCS Pearson has the state contract to administer the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students. Lockwood says Pearson employees deployed to Wyoming to work on the problem.

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WPR News
7:14 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Cowgirls take on UNLV Tuesday

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WPR News
7:10 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Environmental group challenges sage grouse

Cheyenne, WY – An environmental group is challenging Interior Department plans to classify sage grouse as a candidate for protection and not as threatened or endangered.

The department announced on Friday that protection for sage grouse is warranted but that the resources aren't available to manage the bird as endangered right now.

The group Western Watersheds questions that finding, in a supplemental complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho.

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WPR News
6:17 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Lummis backs bill to reduce Congress salaries

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12:49 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Sage Grouse Decision

Wyoming – Friday morning, the federal government announced that it would not put sage grouse on the endangered species list. That means states will get more money from the feds to help protect sage grouse, and the oil, gas, coal, and ranching industries can continue to operate.

12:47 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Freudenthal Isn't Running

Wyoming – Eight years is apparently enough for Governor Dave Freudenthal. With the First Lady at his side, Governor Freudenthal ended months of speculation this week by saying that he would not seek a third term. That means that state Democrats need to scramble to find a candidate. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.

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