WPR News
7:03 am
Mon January 19, 2009

House works on carbon sequestration bill

Cheyenne, WY – A bill that regulates how surface landowners will be treated when carbon dioxide gas is stored below their property is making its way through the legislature.

The complicated measure sets up protections for landowners and guidelines for energy developers who need to store CO2. Carbon Dioxide is being blamed for problems associated with climate change.

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WPR News
10:13 am
Sat January 17, 2009

Lawsuits target oil shale plan for Rockies

Denver, Colo. – Two lawsuits by conservation groups take aim at the Bush administration's push to open nearly 2 million acres in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to oil shale development.

A coalition of groups filed two lawsuits Friday in federal court in Denver to challenge regulations and a plan approved late last year to tap the more than 1 trillion barrels of oil believed to be in a large formation under the three states.

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WPR News
10:09 am
Sat January 17, 2009

Coal research facility attracts interest

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A research facility to find cleaner ways to turn Wyoming coal into power is attracting a lot of attention.

Representatives of about a dozen cities, counties and economic development associations attended a meeting Friday in Cheyenne to learn more about the proposed facility.

Wyoming and General Electric are jointly developing the facility, which could cost up to $100 million.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Fri January 16, 2009

UW men's swim team shoots for conference championship

Laramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming men's swim team has a chance to win the conference championship this year.

That's something that they haven't done since 1959. The cowboys are undefeated so far this season with ten wins behind them, and they are counting on that strength lasting until the end of the season.

Team captain Eli Bell is a senior this year. He says the conference championship would mean a lot.

"It would be incredible," he said. "Everyone here is fighting for it. It's our goal."

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WPR News
8:42 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Three carbon storage bills considered

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has started work on three bills that will help regulate the underground storage of carbon dioxide gas.

Wyoming officials say that addressing the capture and storage of CO2 will all the states energy industry to thrive. But Representative David Miller of Riverton is disappointed in the legislation, because he says it only addresses traditional minerals.

Miller the bill should include more than just hydrocarbons.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Peanut butter products recalled

Cheyenne, Wyo. – State health officials are urging Wyoming residents not to eat certain peanut butter products until those products are cleared of possible salmonella contamination.

Kellogg Company announced Thursday that several Austin- and Keebler-brand cracker products containing peanut butter were being pulled from store shelves.

A national outbreak of salmonella bacteria linked to peanut butter sickened more than 430 people in 43 states in November.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Buffalo could come to the Wind River Reservation

Billings, Mont. – State and federal officials have recommended relocating a small herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Wyoming Indian reservation - part of a bid to restore a species that once numbered in the tens of millions.

The 41 animals are now being held in a federal disease quarantine compound in Montana. If Friday's recommendation is adopted by the state's wildlife agency, they could be moved to the Wind River Reservation by April.

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WPR News
9:03 am
Thu January 15, 2009

U.S. Senate passes bill that would protect Wyo. Range

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming land advocates are praising a decision by the U.S. Senate to protect more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states.

The vote came today in one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in 25 years.

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WPR News
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2009

More unemployed workers ask for job help

Laramie, Wyo. – More unemployed workers are asking for help from the state Department of Workforce Services. Director Joan Evans says the Riverton employment office has seen a ten percent increase in foot traffic in recent weeks.

"It really is a variety of factors, you can't really point to one thing," Evans said. "But I think an overall tightening up in the economy is really impacting us here in Wyoming."

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WPR News
8:56 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Legislature considers carbon capture bills

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A series of bills that attempts to make Wyoming ready to address carbon capture and storage will be debated by state legislators.

A house committee approved four bills that address some legal and regulatory questions, so that the state can move forward with addressing carbon capture.

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