WPR News
6:51 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Wyoming's investments down more than $1 billion

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The value of Wyoming's investment portfolio continues to slump, dropping more than $1 billion from the start of the present financial crisis through the end of October.

The latest figures available from the Wyoming State Treasurer's Office show that the market value of the state's investment portfolio dropped from $10.8 billion to $9.7 billion at the end of October.

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WPR News
6:47 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Staff shortage results in fewer services for brain injuries

Laramie, Wyo. – Patients with traumatic brain injuries have been turned away from the State Training School in Lander because the facility does not have enough employees to keep all the buildings staffed.

The facility treats people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The center's Mike Aurand says two buildings that would normally house up to nine patients have gone unused.

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WPR News
2:43 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Ranchers offset carbon for climate exchange

Wheatland, WY – About 30 ranchers in southeastern Wyoming have applied to start offsetting carbon on their land. Grant Stumbough with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Chicago Climate Exchange is looking for ranchers to store more atmospheric carbon in their soil. Ranchers can do that by not tilling their land, or by reforesting or planting grass. Businesses can then buy those carbon credits to offset carbon they've released.

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WPR News
1:44 am
Mon December 1, 2008

Researcher: brain disease could reach 70 percent

Laramie, Wyo. – A government researcher says Chronic Wasting Disease could someday affect up to 70 percent of deer and elk populations in Wyoming.

Bryan Richards studies the fatal brain disease at the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin. He says Chronic Wasting Disease is like a slow-moving wildfire moving through herds of deer and elk.

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WPR News
10:57 am
Fri November 28, 2008

Wolf comments due today

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WPR News
8:14 am
Fri November 28, 2008

Peabody coal implements hiring freeze

Gillette, Wy – Peabody Energy has announced that it is freezing all hiring and recruiting at its three Wyoming coal mines.
CEO Greg Boyce told employees about the hiring freeze in a
letter Tuesday. He also says Peabody will re-evaluate all capital
projects and that many of those projects will be deferred or
canceled.
Boyce says the St. Louis-basec company continues to have a solid
business strategy and is planning for long-term success. Peabody
officials declined to comment on the letter.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Fri November 28, 2008

Guard families get help

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Cheyenne, Wy – TriWest Healthcare Alliance has given $10,000 to the Wyoming National Guard for its Wyoming Family Assistance Fund.
TriWest is a private company that administers the military's
TriCare health care program. The donation to help Guard members
with family emergencies comes as the Wyoming Guard prepares for its
largest deployment in history. More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen
will be headed to the Middle East next year.
Major General Ed Wright is adjutant general of the Wyoming

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WPR News
8:13 am
Wed November 26, 2008

Senate appropriations chairman says Governor wants too much

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