WPR News
6:57 am
Mon November 24, 2008

New legislative leaders emerge

Laramie, Wyo. – State Democrats have elected floor leaders for the upcoming legislative session. Evanston Representative Saundra Meyer was chosen as the minority floor leader in the House.

Meyer is starting her fourth term in the Legislature, and this year it will be her job to build support for the democratic agenda.

She says her priorities will be healthcare, property tax relief and state funding for local communities.

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WPR News
6:53 am
Mon November 24, 2008

Lovell doctor relinquishes medical license

Lovell, Wyo. – A Lovell doctor who pleaded guilty to unlawfully distributing the prescription painkiller hydrocodone has relinquished his medical license.

Dr. Joseph Baumstarck pleaded guilty in federal court in October. Sentencing is set for Dec. 29 in Cheyenne.

Prosecutors say Baumstarck prescribed controlled substances to patients for no legitimate medical purpose.

The Wyoming Board of Medicine voted last week to accept Baumstarck's offer to relinquish his license.

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WPR News
6:45 am
Mon November 24, 2008

Supreme Court returns to renovated building

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court is home again.

Justices held court for more than two years in a nearby state office building while the Supreme Court Building in Cheyenne was being renovated.

That work is now complete, at a cost of $8.5 million. The 70-year-old Supreme Court Building now has a courtroom nearly twice as big as before. Security and access for the disabled also have been improved.

The first event in the remodeled courtroom was the swearing-in of new members of the Wyoming State Bar.

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WPR News
8:10 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Rural economies showing little confidence

Omaha, Neb. – A survey of bankers in Wyoming and other states suggests the rural economy is still faltering and that there is little confidence that conditions will be better in six months.

The Rural Mainstreet Index, compiled from a survey of bank CEOs in 11 Midwestern and Plains states, hit its fourth record low in a row.

The November figure of 22.1 follows record lows of 34.4 in October, 38.5 in September and 38.9 in August.

A year ago, the index was 54.1, well above growth-neutral figure of 50.

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WPR News
7:55 am
Fri November 21, 2008

LCCC death investigated

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Laramie County Sheriff's Department now says it's investigating the death of an 18-year-old woman student at a dormitory at the Laramie County Community College as a
suicide.

Capt. Rich Hillegas of the sheriff's department says authorities do not believe that any criminal activity was involved in the woman's death.

A statement from the sheriff's department says the woman's roommate found her at about midnight. Deputies responded at about 12:45 a.m. Friday. Attempts to revive the woman using CPR were unsuccessful.

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WPR News
7:44 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Freudenthal to undergo shoulder surgery

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder next week.

The governor's office says Freudenthal will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair a worn rotator cuff.

The outpatient procedure will be conducted at the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colo. The governor's office said Freudenthal's Cheyenne doctor referred him to the center.

Secretary of State Max Maxfield will serve as acting governor while Freudenthal is in surgery.

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6:48 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Landowners pool property to lure wind developers

Wyoming – Addie Goss reports on a Wyoming business model that is spreading to other Western states.

6:46 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Wyoming recession likely to follow national downturn

Wyoming – Host Elsa Partan talks with economist Jim Robinson about the future of the state's economy.

6:45 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Researchers tackle fatal brain disease

Wyoming – Peter O'Dowd reports on the efforts in Wyoming and around the country to manage Chronic Wasting Disease.

6:43 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Preservation summit to meet on historic buildings

Wyoming – Host Bob Beck interviews Mary Hopkins of the State Historic Preservation Office. A meeting is set to discuss preserving historic sites in Wyoming.

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