WPR News
8:22 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Cohee: State Should Consider Suing Feds over Wolves

Laramie, WY – A top Wyoming lawmaker says the state should consider suing the federal government over wolf management.

Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says legislators had put together a good compromise plan for wolves, only to have the federal government call it into question: "How many more times do we put in the time effort to come up with yet another compromise only to have the federal government say, oh, that's not a good deal, we want you to do this and that."

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Election 2008
7:27 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Lummis Campaign Manager Responds to Call

Laramie, WY – A campaign official for Republican Cynthia Lummis says the actions of the candidate's former press secretary in no way represent the heart and soul of the Lummis campaign. Rachel Seidenschnur resigned Wednesday after using a fake name to ask Democratic opponent Gary Trauner a question during a press conference.

Campaign Manager Tucker Fagan says Lummis is committed to running an honest race:
"Asking a question, and misrepresenting who she was that's just wrong we know that."

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Election 2008
7:26 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Lummis Press Secretary Used Fake Name in Trauner Call

Laramie, WY – Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis is looking for a new press secretary. Rachael Seidenschnur is stepping down after apparently calling into to a news conference held by Democratic candidate Gary Trauner and identifying herself as a supporter using a fake name. Here's the exchange from yesterday:

Female Voice: "This is Sierra, I'm just a supporter and I was curious whether Mr. Trauner supports Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats' energy bill this past week?"

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WPR News
10:43 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Police report suicide in UW building

Laramie, Wyo. – Police are investigating the apparent suicide of a University of Wyoming student early Monday morning.

The student's body was found at the U-W Office Annex in Laramie. The student was a part-time employee in the Annex.

UW Police Chief Troy Lane says no foul play is suspected.

The UW Police Department and the Albany County Coroner's Office are investigating.

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WPR News
9:57 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Driver gets prison in dragging case

Casper, Wyo. – A district judge on Monday sentenced a man to serve time in prison for dragging a pedestrian under his car for more than a mile last winter while driving under the influence.

Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Doug Downs to serve between one to four and a half years in prison.

Authorities say Downs hit Jeffrey Irene, 40, of Casper in the parking lot of a Casper bar last December. They say Downs dragged Irene underneath his SUV for more than a mile. Irene suffered massive injuries but survived.

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WPR News
7:22 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Enzi Criticizes $700 Billion Bailout

Washington, DC – Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi today criticized the Bush administration's 700-billion dollar plan to bail out the financial industry. Enzi is a Republican member of the Senate Banking panel that grilled the Federal Reserve Chairman and Treasury Secretary today.

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WPR News
7:17 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Wyoming in Slowdown, but Better than U.S.

Laramie, WY – Recent job growth and unemployment figures confirm Wyoming is in a slowdown.

Job growth dropped between July and August. Meanwhile unemployment continues to rise.

Tom Gallagher from the Department of Employment says the industries that lost the most jobs last month were hospitality, government, and construction: "We've seen the construction industry drop in August by about 700 jobs. There's still about 30,000 jobs, but that's kind of unusual to see a decline in the construction industry at this time of year."

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WPR News
7:06 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Pine Beetles Infest SW Wyoming, Northern CO

Cheyenne, WY – Mountain pine beetles are chewing through more trees in Southeast Wyoming.

Dennis Hemmer is a tree specialist in Cheyenne. He says reports of the insects within city limits were common last year, and the infestations are now getting worse: "This year we have seen it pretty much throughout Laramie County. I believe what's happening is that people don't notice it, or don't have the wherewithal to deal with it. And consequently the beetles are flying from those trees and infesting other trees."

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WPR News
7:03 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Seven Western States Announce Climate Plan, But Not WY

Laramie, WY – Seven Western states and four Canadian provinces released plans Tuesday for the nation's most comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Western Climate Initiative would set up a "cap and trade" program that requires polluters to have permits for emitting carbon dioxide. The Initiative's goal is that by the year 2020, emissions levels in the West will be below what they were in 2005.

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WY Elections
7:00 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Trauner Explains Views on Financial Crisis

Laramie, WY – One topic Trauner addressed was social security. He says Republican Cynthia Lummis' support of a market-based approach is wrong: "Privatizing social security is very good for Wall Street CEOs and money managers. But why don't we go out on the street today and ask anyone with a 401K retirement plan how their retirement security is doing right now. They'd look at me and say, you know what, you've got to be kidding me!"

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