WPR News
8:33 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Walleye Could Threaten Trout

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Cody, Wy –
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is worried that Walleye could threaten Trout in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Four fishermen recently reported catching walleye while trolling for trout in the reservoir just west of Cody. Walleye are good eating, but they're not supposed to be in Buffalo Bill.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department suspects that someone illegally introduced the walleye to the reservoir. Walleye are a
top predator species and Game and Fish is concerned that the walleye could harm trout populations - especially the native

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WPR News
8:28 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Online School Ready To Shut Down

Cheyenne, Wy – An online university based in Cheyenne
says it has suspended admissions of new students into its degree programs.
A statement on the Web site of Warren National University also
says the school is not reactivating former students. The statement
says this is a time of economic uncertainty, and so the university
is focusing its resources on meeting its "current commitments."
Warren National did not return phone messages seeking more
information Monday.
Warren National was known as Kennedy-Western University until it

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WPR News
8:27 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Boy Scout Gets Plague

Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is
investigating how a Boy Scout who visited northwest Wyoming became infected with bubonic plague.
The 18-year-old was hospitalized but is recovering.
Health officials haven't been able to confirm the young man
contracted bubonic plague in Wyoming. If he did, it would be the
first plague case in a human in Wyoming since 2004. Wyoming has had
only five confirmed plague cases since 1978.
The young man's identity and hometown haven't been released. He

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WPR News
2:47 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Riverton neighborhood didn't have working fire hydrants

Riverton, Wyo. – A Riverton mobile home park where a fire
killed three small children earlier this month didn't have water in its fire hydrants.

State law doesn't require subdivisions to have functioning fire hydrants.

Firefighters say the absence of water in the hydrants made no difference in their response to the fire. They say they arrived at the fire less than 8 minutes after getting the call and brought more than enough water in their trucks to put the flames out quickly.

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WPR News
2:28 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Casper Boomer Study Complete

Laramie, Wyo. – Researchers at the University of Wyoming have found that a large number of baby boomers in Casper do not have enough money to retire.

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WPR News
2:17 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Injured workers face toughest test in Wyo.

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's benefits for seriously injured workers are among the lowest in the nation.

Greg Krohm directs the IAIABC, a group that represents workers' compensation divisions from different states.

He says Wyoming's benefits for minor injuries, like a broken finger, are about the same as other states.

But Wyoming's benefits for severe temporary disabilities - and permanent disabilities - are worse than other states.

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WPR News
12:19 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Book Costs Shock Students

WPR News
9:51 am
Sat August 23, 2008

Former police chief sues Laramie

Laramie, Wyo. – Former Laramie Police Chief Bob Deutsch is suing the city of Laramie and the city manager.

Deutsch alleges he was fired in retaliation for bringing a defamation lawsuit in June against a private citizen.

Deutsch's attorney said the chief was fired because of what he said in court during that case under oath. He says you cannot be sued for testifying as a witness.

Deutsch was an at-will employee, which means he could be fired at anytime. He is suing the city for more than 500-thousand dollars.

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WPR News
7:12 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Conservation group praises Pinedale plan

Laramie, Wyo. – Upper Green River Valley Coalition says the latest management plan for Pinedale contains some big improvements, but could do more to protect human health.

Linda Baker is the group's leader. She praises the Bureau of Land Management's expansion of the area that is off-limits to oil and gas drilling. But she says there's more to do.

"We remained concerned that this document doesn't go far enough to address impacts to air and water quality."

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WPR News
7:09 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Dayton man tames black bears

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Laramie, Wyo. – The Game and Fish Department's Joe Gilbert says he doesn't want to name the man, because they want to maintain a relationship with him.

There's no law against feeding bears, so the best they can do is try to talk him out of it.

Gilbert says the man has fed up to six black bears over the last two years.

"Two of these bears he has tamed down so much that he can actually pet them and hand-feed them," Gilbert says.

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