WPR News
8:52 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Investigation of taser incident underway

Casper, Wy – A man is in critical condition after Casper police shocked him repeatedly with a Taser. Thirty-eight-year-old Troy Tackett was taken to the Wyoming
Medical Center on Friday afternoon after he stopped breathing when
police shocked him three times with a Taser. A hospital spokesman
said he remained in critical condition Tuesday.
Police Chief Tom Pagel says the Wyoming Division of Criminal
Investigation is looking into the incident.
Tasers fire two probes that deliver a charge of electricity to a

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WPR News
8:47 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Car sales strong in Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – Despite the downturn in the national economy, many Wyoming car and truck dealers say they have not seen a drop in sales recently. One dealership in Cheyenne has seen a five percent increase in the last year. That dealership is Halladay Motors in Cheyenne. President Tim Joannides, says he thinks his company has done well because the local economy is still strong.

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4:13 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Remembering Matthew Shepard ten years after his death

Wyoming – Ten years ago, the murder of Matthew Shepard touched a nerve around the world. The gay University of Wyoming student was brutally beaten by two young men in Laramie, tied to a fence, and left to die. We begin our special report with excerpts from some of Wyoming Public Radio's news coverage.

4:10 am
Tue October 7, 2008

The story affected Wyoming Public Radio reporters

Wyoming – Elsa Partan interviews Heather Feeney and Bob Beck. They say covering Matthew Shepard's murder changed the way they look at news.

4:08 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Reporters: the Shepard story was the biggest of our lives

Wyoming – As media coverage of the Shepard case unfolded on TVs and in newspapers across the country, many people in Laramie felt picked on and misunderstood. The blame often fell on the reporters who were in Laramie covering the case. Two local journalists who devoted months to the story say the Shepard murder was the biggest event they've ever covered. Peter O'Dowd reports.

4:06 am
Tue October 7, 2008

The murder that impacted a city

Wyoming – The impact of Matthew Shepard's murder on Laramie was immediate and immense. This is a story about four people whose lives changed because of it. Bob Beck reports.

4:04 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Gay Life in Wyoming Now

Wyoming – The Matthew Shepard case left lingering impressions around the U.S. of Wyoming as a hateful place. The real picture is, of course, more complex. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss reports.

4:03 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Outside perspectives on Wyoming

Wyoming – The Matthew Shepard murder affected more than just Wyoming, it captivated the country. We wanted to see what people in other parts of the US remember about the case. Elsa Partan and Peter O'Dowd report.

4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Alternative theories: violence over drugs?

Wyoming – Matthew Shepard's death is known across the nation as a hate crime. But ten years out, an alternative theory holds fast in Laramie: that Shepard was hooked on methamphetamine, and he was murdered over drugs and money... not because he was gay. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss takes a look at that theory.

3:57 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Judy Shepard speaks out against hate

Wyoming – Following the trial of his murder, Judy Shepard started the Mathew Shepard foundation and now travels around the world to speak out against hate. A Bob Beck interview.