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

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.

6:41 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Black Mormons struggle for equality

Wyoming – Host Elsa Partan talks with the producers of a new documentary about the struggle African American Mormons have faced for hundreds of years.

6:40 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Lummis arrives in Washington

Wyoming – Congresswoman-elect Cynthia Lummis is in Washington and ready to work. Matt Laslo reports.

6:38 am
Fri November 21, 2008

Scholarship named in honor of Craig Thomas

Wyoming – Host Bob Beck speaks with the Susan Thomas, the widow of Senator Craig Thomas, about a new scholarship in her husband's name.