WPR News
7:41 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Wind tax killed by committee

Cheyenne, WY – A tax on wind production suffered a serious defeat today. A state legislative committee voted against two bills that would have taxed electricity produced by wind farms.

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WPR News
10:59 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Bison get more tolerance in MT, but fix elusive

Billings, Mont. – Federal and state officials are drafting new strategies to deal with bison coming out of Yellowstone National Park, but still don't have an alternative to periodic slaughters of the iconic Western animal.

That's the message in a new report to Congress, prepared after the Government Accountability Office chided federal and state agencies over their bison programs.

In 2008, more than 1,400 of the animals were captured and shipped to slaughter to protect area livestock producers from the animal disease brucellosis.

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WPR News
10:55 am
Wed November 18, 2009

BLM taking public comments on coal mine expansion

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on plans to expand a coal mine located about 35 miles northeast of Rock Springs.

Bridger Coal Company is proposing to add about 2,000 acres in lease holdings to the coal mine. That includes leases on about 560 acres of federal land.

Bridger Coal also is asking to modify its lease to conduct surface mining operations.

The BLM plans to take public comments on the proposal through Dec. 16.

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WPR News
7:14 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Taxing the wind bill comes up Wednesday

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WPR News
6:53 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Praise for pipeline

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WPR News
6:47 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Lawmakers look at more rules for carbon sequestration

WPR News
7:50 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Governor back from Iraq/Afghanistan trip

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal is back in Cheyenne following his weeklong visit to the Middle East to show support for the state's troops serving there.

Freudenthal and the governors of three other states traveled to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan last week. They met with troops from their home states as well as with top military commanders.

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WPR News
7:12 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

'Duty of Care' bill dies in committee

Laramie, WY – A state legislative committee voted down a contentious bill today (Monday) that pitted oil and gas companies against workers. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports

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1:08 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Bark beetle epidemic may affect mobility in forests

Wyoming – This week we learned that the U.S. Forest Service is diverting funds away from certain national forests... and toward forests hit hardest by the bark beetle epidemic. That led to the closure of campgrounds in the Shoshone National Forest, whose budget has been reduced by about 2 million dollars.

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12:54 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

A look at Wyoming's health insurance marketplace

Wyoming – In the debate over how to improve the nation's health care system, one idea that comes up frequently is increasing competition among health insurance companies. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the level of competition in this state and whether more options for consumers would really improve health care.

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