WPR News
8:43 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Jury awards nearly $2 million in medical malpractice suit

Cheyenne, WY – A federal jury has awarded a former soldier $1.6 million in a lawsuit in which he accused three Casper doctors of medical malpractice.

Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Poche, 39, had sued in 2007 claiming that the doctors failed to provide him with proper care when they treated him in 2005.

The jury verdict returned last Friday assigned 60 percent of the liability to Dr. Raoul Joubran and 40 percent to Dr. Mary MacGuire. A third doctor was found not liable.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Community colleges cutting back

Laramie, WY – The Community College Commission says Governor Freudenthal's request that community colleges cooperate with a state hiring freeze will not have a significant effect. Commission Executive Director Jim Rose says that's because the state's community colleges are already planning cutbacks. "Most of those colleges are already looking at their own hiring freezes," Rose said, "and in fact I believe some of the community colleges are actually looking at or potentially maybe implementing reductions in force."

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WPR News
6:54 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Sexual assault took place at Children's Home

WPR News
9:37 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Wyoming traffic deaths up recently, down longterm

Cheyenne, WY – Transportation officials say the number of traffic fatalities in Wyoming increased slightly last year, but over the long term, road deaths in the state are trending downward.

Wyoming Department of Transportation statistics show there were 159 traffic fatalities in 2008, up 10 fatalities from 2007 but still lower than the 195 fatalities in 2006.

The 2008 count was down almost 10 percent from 2002.

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WPR News
9:36 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Gillette hospital plans expansion

Gillette, WY – The hospital in Gillette is going to expand. The board approved a nearly 60 million dollar project to build a new two-story building, a parking garage and a heli pad, and to do renovations.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Anadarko pulls back on Wyoming drilling

Cheyenne, WY –
Anadarko Petroleum has reduced its drilling operations in Wyoming but has not cut its work force or shut in any wells.

Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen says the company has cut its budget and will be less active in Wyoming and elsewhere this year.

The Woodlands, Texas-based company has about 750 employees in Wyoming working at both natural gas and oil operations. Christiansen says the company is retaining its current work force for when prices rebound and activity picks up again.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Governor restricts state hiring

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WPR News
8:58 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Wyoming doctors worry about uncompensated care

Cheyenne, WY – As Wyoming's economy continues to worsen, some doctors in the state worry the recession will reduce their ability to see patients who can't afford to pay them.

Health officials say doctors already spend more than 20 percent of their time on uncompensated care. This includes treating patients who don't have insurance or can't afford to pay in full.

As people lose jobs and insurance, some doctors expect they will be asked to provide even more uncompensated care.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Wyoming ranchers and farmers are getting older

Cheyenne, WY – Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Wyoming ranchers and farmers are getting older. It's a trend that makes industry leaders concerned that a new
generation of producers isn't entering the agriculture business.

The average age of primary agriculture producers in the state was 57 in 2007, according to a USDA census. In 2002, the average age was 54.

Industry officials say the barriers to entry are stacked against newcomers.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Snowpack level above average after spring storms

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