WPR News
8:16 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Teacher Sentenced For Sex Assault

Pinedale, Wy – A former Pinedale High School agriculture
teacher has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for having sexual relations with a teenage female student.
Shawn O. Jeter, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to third-degree sexual assault and indecent
liberties with a minor.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Group Wants Changes In Sex Assault Laws

Laramie, Wy – Advocates for victims of sexual assault say they will ask the Wyoming legislature to clarify and strengthen state laws against rape. Jody Mayer of the University of Wyoming's STOP Violence Project says in two cases in Albany County in the last year, juries acquitted the defendants were even though prosecutors considered the evidence against them to be overwhelming. Mayer's group interviewed the jurors after the trial.
"We tended to see a lot of victim blaming instead of holding the perpetrators responsible. .following state statutes."

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WPR News
7:56 am
Wed April 23, 2008

More UW Education Grads Remain In-State

Laramie, Wy – New data suggests that more University of Wyoming graduates are becoming teachers in the state.
A summer 2007 survey found that 84 percent of 2005 and 2006 graduates who responded to the survey were working in Wyoming.

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WPR News
5:02 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Interview with The Wyoming Department of Family Services Spokeswoman Juliette Rule

Wyoming – The Wyoming Department of Family Services says it's investigating possible neglect at a juvenile facility in Casper. The facility in Casper is owned by Frontier Correctional Systems, which also owns a facility in Cheyenne. Department Spokeswoman Juliette Rule says there are a number of allegations they're looking into.

WPR News
10:30 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Wyoming National Guardsmen Return Home

Cheyenne, WY – Fourteen Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers are back home after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

The unit includes soldiers from Cheyenne, Laramie, Torrington, Guernsey, Hartville, Brush, Colo., and Texas.

Sixteen had left Wyoming to train and advise Afghan police, but two decided to extended their deployment and stayed behind.

Those that returned Monday were greeted by family, friends, Gov. Freudenthal and members of the Wyoming National Guard's command staff in Cheyenne.

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WPR News
9:40 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Baker Disagrees With Carter

Laramie, Wy – During a visit to the University of Wyoming, former secretary of state James Baker says he disagreed with former President Jimmy Carter's decision to negotiate with Hammas this week.

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9:38 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Trauner Says Everything Is On The Table

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S House Candidate Gary Trauner says he will do what it takes to balance the budget. Trauner says many give lip service to being fiscally responsible but he plans on taking action. Some Republican organizations have charged that Trauner will not admit to whether he would raise taxes. During an interview with Wyoming Public Radio Trauner admitted that everything is on the table

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WPR News
9:27 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Forest Service Denies Governor

Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service is going ahead
with an environmental study into proposed oil and gas leasing in a
scenic mountain range in western Wyoming.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal had protested that the agency allowed an energy company too much influence in the
study.
The Forest Service is conducting an environmental study on
whether to allow oil and gas leasing on nearly 45,000 acres in and
around the Wyoming Range.
Freudenthal says the Forest Service has allowed Stanley Energy

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WPR News
10:48 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Montana Wants Wyoming's Prairie Dogs

Helena, Montana – A Montana request for up to 100 white-tailed prairie dogs from Wyoming goes before that state's wildlife commissioners this week.

Montana wants the animals to bolster the state's population of white-tailed prairie dogs. They exist in the western two-thirds of Wyoming, but Montana has just 10 colonies, all in Carbon County
south of Billings.

The prairie dogs serve as prey for some other animals, including the endangered black-footed ferret.

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10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Good Crop Prices Mean More Pesticide Use

Fargo, ND – Record-high prices for crops are giving farmers more economic incentive this spring to use chemicals that fight weeds, insects and crop disease.

In the past, the value of the crops saved by pesticides often did not justify the cost of buying and applying them. For many crops, especially wheat, that no longer is the case.

Andrew Thostenson is a pesticide program specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

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