WPR News
9:42 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Global leaders meet on hydrogen at UW

Laramie, WYO – Energy leaders from across the world will be on campus at the University of Wyoming starting Tuesday.

A conference on hydrogen will feature the benefits of this alternative source of energy, which only releases water vapor when it is burned.

The head of U-W's School of Energy Resources says Wyoming is an ideal place to use such technology because hydrogen can be extracted from coal.

Experts from as far away as India and Israel will attend the meeting.

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WPR News
9:37 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Minimum Wage Hike Can Mean Higher Prices

Laramie, Wyo. – Minimum-wage workers in Wyoming and across the country will get a pay raise on Thursday.

The federal minimum wage will go from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour.

Some small business owners say higher wages may force them to raise prices.

John Guerin owns a coffee shop in Laramie. He says the minimum wage increase and skyrocketing prices for fuel and flour have forced him starting today to raise his menu prices by 10 percent across the board. He says that has left customers fuming.

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WPR News
8:24 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Conservation Group Protests BLM Leases

Laramie, Wyo. – A conservation group is protesting the lease of tens of thousands of acres of federal land, because they say drilling will harm sage grouse.

The Bureau of Land Management is planning an August 5th auction of oil and gas leases that are scattered across the state.

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WPR News
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Sportsmen's Group Goes to Washington, D.C.

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A coalition of conservation groups
dedicated to preserving public lands for hunting and fishing says the government should tighten rules for oil and gas development in the Rocky Mountain West.

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development released a list of recommendations Monday that members say allows for energy development in the productive region without sacrificing wildlife and water resources.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Yellowstone Head Wants To Help Brucellosis Problem

Helena, Mont. – Yellowstone National Park Superintendent
Suzanne Lewis says federal managers want to help fix a livestock disease that has caused problems for area ranchers.

Lewis told the Montana Board of Livestock that everyone involved needs to work together. She says fighting among ranchers,
environmentalists and hunters is not helping.

The park is awaiting a study to see if it can move on a plan to vaccinate park bison for brucellosis.

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WPR News
8:12 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Sylvan Pass Agreement Finalized

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The National Park Service has formally
approved an agreement it reached with the state of Wyoming and others last month to use explosives to keep a mountain pass open to snowmobile access on the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park.

Park Service Regional Director Mike Snyder in Denver released the agreement Monday. It codifies the changes in the agency's
Yellowstone winter-use plan that the Park Service negotiated with state and local officials in a series of closed meetings.

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WPR News
7:25 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Game official warns against shooting wolves

Laramie, Wyo. – After last week's court injunction, ranchers can still legally kill a gray wolf if the animal is actively attacking livestock.

But the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Eric Keszler says that is now the only circumstance in which wolves may be destroyed.

Keszler says landowners should contact the game and fish department or the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service if they are having problems with wolves.

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WPR News
7:22 am
Mon July 21, 2008

GOP: Freudenthal gets credit for GOP successes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Republican Party's newly appointed chairwoman for Wyoming says she believes that Gov. Dave Freudenthal's popularity rides on taking credit for the achievements of the Republican-dominated state Legislature and other Republican officials.

Republican Party Chairman Diana Vaughan and GOP Executive Director Amy Larimer both say that Freudenthal takes credit for
Republican accomplishments.

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WPR News
7:16 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Casper Police: Man stabbed to death Friday night

Casper, Wyo. – Police in Casper say a 48-year-old man was stabbed to death on Friday night and some suspects are in custody.

Sgt. Steve Schulz of the Casper Police Department says there's no danger to the community at this time.

The Casper Star-Tribune is reporting that multiple suspects are in custody. Police haven't said yet how many were arrested or what charges they will face.

Schulz says some of the suspects are juveniles.

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1:18 am
Mon July 21, 2008

Thoughts shift on workforce shortage

Wyoming – The Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute meets in August to discuss the workforce shortage. Elsa Partan speaks with organization's leader, Randy Bruns.

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