WPR News
8:10 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Torrington prison construction ahead of schedule

Torrington, Wyo. – Construction of the state's medium security prison in Torrington is ahead of schedule thanks to warm weather last month.

Buildings are up, the roofs are on, doors and windows are in and the heat is going at the site of the new correctional facility east of Torrington.

Construction superintendent Doug Brown says there are still 250 to 300 workers at the site.

Brown says the warm weather last month allowed workers to complete a good deal of outside work.

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WPR News
8:07 am
Fri December 5, 2008

BLM asks for comment on plan for Powder River Basin

Gillette, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on a management plan for the Powder River Basin.

The plan will establish how oil, gas, coal, grazing, wildlife and other resources are managed in the basin over next 20 years.

BLM official Chris Hanson said the agency wants to hear from as many people as possible about their interests and worries so that the agency can incorporate them into a new management plan from the beginning.

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WPR News
8:05 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Bush admininstration consdiers changing bighorn rules

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Bush administration is crafting a plan giving federal agencies more say over the transplanting of bighorn sheep onto federal forests.

But the proposal has raised concern from some about whether the federal government is attempting to usurp the wildlife management authority of states.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have been working on the inter-agency agreement to establish a uniform way of testing bighorn sheep for diseases before they are transplanted onto forest land.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Group recommends alcohol tax

Casper, WY – A group that reviewed Wyoming's alcohol laws advocates increasing state alcohol taxes and using the money to fund programs aimed at cutting underage and binge drinking.

The Wyoming Prevention Framework Communities group also recommended to state lawmakers that the state require mandatory training for alcohol servers and ban booze sales to drunk people.

The group is made up of representatives from all 23 Wyoming counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. It released its report today.

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WPR News
7:53 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Wyoming ed. dept. warns Golden State University

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Golden State is the nickname for California, but that didn't discourage a school called Golden State University from using a Wyoming address - and drawing a warning from the state Department of Education.

The department on Thursday issued a "consumer alert," saying the school was illegally operating in Wyoming without registering with the state.

The Web site for Golden State University doesn't have a listed phone number and e-mails sent to the school weren't immediately returned Thursday.

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WPR News
7:27 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Domestic demand for beef to fall

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Laramie, WYo. – A cattle industry group says the nation's livestock industry is going to see the biggest decline in demand for beef and other meat since 1982.

The analysis from the Colorado company Cattle Fax also says that the nation's cattlemen lost, on average, 130 dollars a head this year.

But the Wyoming Stockgrowers' Association chief Jim Magagna says this state's ranchers fared better than that.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Wyoming gets a physical, ranks 14th

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is ranked No. 14 in an annual nationwide report on public health.

Wyoming scored high for strong per capita health spending, low infant mortality rate and low rate of infectious disease. But the state lost points for low immunization rates and high tobacco use.

The report released Wednesday was assembled by the United Health Foundation in partnership with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. Its stated goal is to highlight the nation's health successes and challenges.

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WPR News
7:12 am
Thu December 4, 2008

Food pantries work overtime

Laramie, WYo. – Food pantries in Wyoming have seen another spike in demand.

Marguerite Meyer of the Food Bank of the Rockies in Casper says pantries around the state saw a 25 to 40 percent rise in requests for food this fall. She says many of the newcomers are from families with two working parents.

"These are considered the working poor," Meyer says. "They're families that were making it a year ago, but now with the economy and our high cost of living, these folks just aren't making it."

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WPR News
10:32 am
Wed December 3, 2008

UW coach gets his start Monday

Laramie, WY – Wyoming football recruiting efforts will get underway immediately under the new head coach Dave Christensen. Christensen told reporters last night that he will get to work in Laramie on Monday morning after he coaches his current team, the Missouri Tigers, in the Big 12 Conference Championship game this weekend. Christensen says he will recruit across much of the country, and use his contacts in places like Kansas City and Oklahoma. He says getting athletes to come to Wyoming should be no problem.

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WPR News
7:43 am
Wed December 3, 2008

Lawmaker expects fight over smoking ban

Laramie, WYo. – A state representative from Sheridan says he expects a vigorous debate at the Capitol over a proposed statewide smoking ban.

A committee endorsed the bill this week. The full legislature will discuss it in January. Republican Representative Jack Landon was one of three lawmakers on the committee who voted against the endorsement.

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