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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WPR News
8:53 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Bill would raise allowable political contribution

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A legislative committee has approved a bill that would increase the amount that an individual may contribute to a candidate in Wyoming.

It would raise individual contributions from a thousand dollars up to $2,300 hundred dollars per election. It would allow a person to contribute $4,600 hundred dollars if they donate in both the primary and general elections.

But the Equality State Policy Center's Dan Neal says the increase is too much.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Cultural and historic land bill hits a snag

Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help groups preserve and promote areas of the state with cultural and historical significance has hit a snag.

A legislative committee postponed action on the bill after a number of energy and agricultural groups showed up in opposition. Devon Energy's Margo Sabec fears that if an area is identified by the state as a place of cultural significance, that federal officials will ban energy development in that area.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Sex crime bill would keep name of accused secret

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The state senate is debating a bill that would keep the name of someone accused of committing a sex crime secret, until the case goes to a district court.

No other person accused of a felony gets similar protections, including someone accused of murder. Senator Tony Ross says a sex crime is particularly heinous crime, which is why all identities should be kept secret.

"More often then not releasing the actors name may reveal the name of the victim, even before there is a probable cause hearing," Ross said.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Watchdog group seeks open government

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Members of a newly formed government watchdog group say they're looking forward to pushing for release of public information around Wyoming.

The Wyoming Coalition for Open Government includes the Wyoming Press Association as well as many individual newspapers and other groups. The coalition held a press conference Thursday to introduce itself at the Wyoming state Capitol.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Freudenthal calls on state to 'ride out the storm'

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming needs to focus on its strengths as it works to "ride out the storm" of lower state revenues and important challenges to its future.

Beginning his "State of the State" address to a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature, Freudenthal said Wednesday that Wyoming residents need to understand the state is now in the beginning of a difficult period - not at the end of one.

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WPR News
7:23 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Wyoming officials upset at feds' wolf decision

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming officials say they're disappointed in the federal government's decision to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves in the state.

The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that federal protections for the predators would be removed in neighboring Idaho and Montana. If enacted, the decision will give those states the authority to manage their wolves.

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