WPR News
10:48 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Education funding could stall

Cheyenne, WY – One concern of legislators is that money for education might be declining. Schools are generally paid for from money acquired through coal lease sales. Oil and Gas revenues also flow into the school foundation program, which pays for education. But all that revenue is expected to decline a lot in the near future. Senator Phil Nicholas, who co-chairs the legislature's appropriations committee says this could take general fund money away from other state needs.

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WPR News
10:46 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Freudenthal: Sunny side to the downturn

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state of Wyoming should not be timid in the face of an economic downturn. In fact the Governor says the state has a chance to take advantage of the economy, because in some areas, like construction, prices are declining.

Freudenthal says that is why he proposed several building projects in his budget, despite the fact that the state could see less money in coming months.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Trauner still pushing for a political job

WPR News
8:16 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Lummis aide will stay in Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wy – When Cynthia Lummis takes over as Wyoming's congresswoman next month, her chief of staff will stay in Wyoming. Lummis named former Wyoming Business Council C-E-O Tucker Fagen to hold the post. Lummis says that he will operate out of Wyoming. Fagen says other members of congress have the same set up and he will use various forms of technology to run the show.
Fagen says by staying in Wyoming, they should be better able to meet the needs of constituents.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Cold shuts down Gillette Schools

Gillette, Wy – The bitter cold gripping Wyoming caused school cancellations and delays and lots of stalled cars. Gillette recorded a low temperature of 21 below early Monday
morning. Plumbing businesses in Gillette were inundated with reports of
frozen and burst pipes. Gillette hardware stores found themselves running short on
plumbing supplies. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office was patrolling the roads
for stranded cars.
Campbell County schools were closed Monday because of the bitter
cold.

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3:36 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Court policy sparks counseling overload

Wyoming – A counseling center in Rawlins is struggling to keep up with demand for court-ordered alcohol abuse treatment. Elsa Partan reports.

3:34 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Demand grows for after-school programs

Wyoming – Bob Beck reports on an effort to give kids more focused activities after school.

3:33 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Conservation group publishes report on wind impacts

Wyoming – Elsa Partan speaks with Erik Molvar, the head of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, about the growing number of wind farms in Southeast Wyoming. Elsa Partan speaks with Erik Molvar, the head of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, about the growing number of wind farms in Southeast Wyoming.

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3:31 am
Mon December 15, 2008

West states ponder Obama's first 100 days

Wyoming – The first 100 days of any administration sets the tone for the rest of the term. Here's what western politicians want from Obama in this critical time. Sara Sciammacco reports.

3:30 am
Mon December 15, 2008

Wyoming delegation pounded for inauguration access

Wyoming – Demand is off the charts for tickets to the next administration's January festivities. Wyoming's senators are getting hit up for requests. Elizabeht Wynne Johnson has more.

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