2:54 am
Mon June 16, 2008

State loses track of child-custody case

Wyoming – Elsa Partan reports on the case of a boy who spent his childhood lost in the child welfare system.

WPR News
7:25 am
Fri June 13, 2008

Lawyer: Cop's slander lawsuit won't fly

Laramie, WYo. – A University of Wyoming professor says a libel and slander lawsuit filed by Laramie's chief of police will face an uphill battle.

Chief Bob Deutsch filed a lawsuit against private citizen Tim Hale. The suit accuses Hale of making false accusations of criminal wrongdoing.

Hale has strongly opposed City Hall for years. He recently accused Deutsch of misusing city funds.

Deutsch says he has the same rights in court as a private citizen. U-W professor John Burman disagrees.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Fri June 13, 2008

Senior groups dissapointed in senators

Laramie, Wyo – Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi voted in favor of one Medicare bill.
But it was not the bill that A-A-R-P wanted the senators to support.

Wyoming's A-A-R-P director Rita Inoway says she is disappointed that Enzi and Barrasso voted against a 20-billion-dollar version proposed by Democrats.

She says it would have improved Medicare's prevention, mental health and low-income programs.

Inoway says she fears the issue has become partisan.

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WPR News
6:52 am
Fri June 13, 2008

Possible hantavirus death in Carbon County

Cheyenne, Wyo – The Wyoming Department of Health says a Carbon County man may have died this week from hantavirus.

The agency says preliminary results of tests indicate hantavirus.

The disease is spread by deer mice feces or urine. People contract the disease when they breathe in contaminated dust
particles.

Clay Van Houten is chief of the emerging diseases section in the state health department's preventive health and safety division.

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WPR News
9:26 am
Thu June 12, 2008

Saratoga Man Dies In Iraq

Saratoga, Wy – The Department of Defense says a soldier
from Saratoga has been killed in Iraq.
The military announced Wednesday that Staff Sgt. Tyler E.
Pickett died Sunday in Kirkuk Province. He was killed by enemy
forces using an improvised explosive device.
Pickett was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light
Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

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WPR News
9:25 am
Thu June 12, 2008

Wyoming Juveniles Are Being Locked Up

Cheyenne, Wy – This year's Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Wyoming has the nation's second-highest
rate of locking up juveniles and jails nearly three-quarters of
those youths for nonviolent offenses.
Only South Dakota has a higher rate of locking up juveniles.
Juvenile services officials say it's past time for Wyoming to
improve those numbers.
The director of Wyoming's Department of Family Services, Tony
Lewis, says Wyoming needs more local programs focused on keeping

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WPR News
9:23 am
Thu June 12, 2008

BLM Will Use State Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

Gillette, Wy – The Governor got some good news from the Bureau of Land Management. In a
letter, the B-L-M told the Governor that it will focus its efforts to protect sage grouse on between 200-thousand and 400-thousand acres of critical habitat the state has identified in the Powder River
Basin.
Freudenthal says that Wyoming has robust populations of sage
grouse that live on the same land that holds world-class energy
deposits. He says the state needs to protect the birds while
helping to meet the nation's energy needs.

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WPR News
9:22 am
Thu June 12, 2008

Water Report Praised

Gillette, Wy – A conservation group is praising a report by the state geologist that calls for limited coalbed methane gas development in areas where it could produce a lot of water. Water gets discharged during C-B-M development. Steve Jones of the Wyoming Outdoor Council fears that a lot of the water is being wasted. He would prefer that it be returned underground by re-injecting it. The U-S Senate sponsored legislation that would fund pilot studies on how to use C-B-M water more effectively.

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WPR News
7:02 am
Wed June 11, 2008

Supreme Court Upholds Damage Award to Coal Miner

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a jury award of nearly $9.5 million to a coal miner who was paralyzed in a January 2002 accident at the Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County.

A jury in Gillette ruled early last year that miner Les Butts was entitled to $18 million and his two sons were entitled to $2 million.

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WPR News
6:57 am
Wed June 11, 2008

Off-Road Vehicles Damaging Forests

Laramie, WY – Off-road vehicle users are causing serious damage to the Thunder Basin National Grassland near Gillette as well as the Big Horn and Black Hills National Forests. So Forest Service officials are going public in an effort to reduce the damage.

Douglas Ranger District Recreation Manager Marcia Rose-Ritchie says the all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles are damaging grazing land and causing erosion throughout the area.

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