WY Elections
8:45 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Mockler out of the hospital and will finish campaign

Cheyenne, Wy – State Senator Jayne Mockler has left the hospital more than a week after doctors opened her chest to repair a damaged lung. Mockler is running for mayor of Cheyenne. She says the she expects no long-term damage to her health. Meanwhile, Mockler dismissed her opponent's criticism that 15 years in the Legislature has left her unable to effectively run the city.
Mockler- I come from more of an elected by the people kind of structure, work your way up, represent them, give them a voice. That very difference tells you how differently we will manage and govern.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Thu October 30, 2008

A new imposter pulls a woman over

Casper, Wy – The Natrona County Sheriff's Office reports another incident of a man pulling over motorists while pretending to be a law enforcement officer.
Sgt. Mark Sellers says a man driving a gray pickup truck
equipped with a flashing yellow light pulled over a Gillette woman
on Highway 259, between Midwest and Interstate 25, at about 7 a.m.
Thursday.
The woman demanded to see identification and refused to get out
of her vehicle when the man couldn't produce any. Sellers says the
man pulled out a gun.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Air Force admits to fire

Cheyenne, Wy – The Air Force Space Command says a fire broke out in a silo containing a Minuteman III missile outside Cheyenne, Wyo., last spring, but the military says there
was no danger of an accidental launch.
The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs says the Space Command
released a report on the fire Thursday. It was the first public
disclosure of the incident.
Space Command spokeswoman Maj. Laurie Arellano says the fire was
caused by a faulty battery and extinguished itself from a lack of
fuel.

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WPR News
1:48 am
Thu October 30, 2008

UW and GE coal project moves forward

Laramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming and General Electric have reached an agreement on the development of a coal research plant.

The plant will promote research into coal gasification and "clean coal" technologies. Bill Gern is U-W's Vice President for Research. He says the agreement is a major step forward for the university.

"This facility can make us a well-known entity probably throughout the world because of the kinds of research that can be carried out," Gern says.

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WPR News
9:56 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Wyoming Game and Fish tweaks wolf plan

WPR News
9:54 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Arch Coal cuts back

Gillette, Wy – Arch Coal is cutting back on production from its Black Thunder Mine in the Powder River Basin of northeast Wyoming.
Arch spokeswoman Kim Link says the company is idling one of its
five draglines and one of its 13 shovels at the mine. Draglines
remove overburden so shovels can dig out the coal.
Link says the action will not affect any of the more than 1,000
workers at the mine. Workers on the dragline and shovel will be
assigned other duties, such as maintenance or reclamation.

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WPR News
9:53 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Turnout still high

Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly 1 in 5 registered voters in Wyoming already have cast ballots with six days to go before the election. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger
says it's a sign that turnout could be heavy next Tuesday. Her
advice to election volunteers: Plan to tend to large crowds on
Election Day and don't expect to get any knitting done.
So far, early balloting reflects the statewide breakdown of
registered Republicans and Democrats. Nighswonger says absentee
ballots have been cast by about 12,000 Democrats and 26,000
Republicans.

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WPR News
9:51 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Worries about a proposed constitutional amendment

WY Elections
3:05 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Carter and Barrasso Spar over Tax Policy

Riverton, WY – Democrat Nick Carter and Republican John Barrasso sparred over tax policy in a debate last night in Riverton.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Peabody to start production at School Creek Mine

Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at the School Creek mine in the Powder River Basin.

The company plans to complete its permitting for the mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998.

CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call that the mine will provide higher quality coal than that of Peabody's other Powder River Basin mines.

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