WPR News
8:36 am
Fri March 28, 2008

BNSF Rail Cars Stand Idle in Montana

Laramie, WY – BNSF Railway -- the nation's top hauler of
container rail freight -- is parking miles of railcars in Montana and elsewhere because there isn't enough freight to keep them rolling.

Cars that often carry 40-foot containers of goods shipped from Asia stand like an iron fence on the tracks in the canyon between Helena and Great Falls.

Analysts say transportation usually is among the first sectors to show signs of a downturn in the economy and with Americans feeling pinched, it could be a while before the idle cars move.

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Election 2008
8:27 am
Fri March 28, 2008

Superdelegates, Make Up Your Minds

Laramie, WY – The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic
Party, John Millin, says uncommitted superdelegates ought to make up their minds and get behind either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama well before the Democratic National Convention.

Millin says there's no hurry before the remaining states hold their caucuses and primaries. He says those eight states and two territories have a right to get their say, just as Wyoming had its say on March 8.

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WPR News
11:28 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Community Renovation Projects Funded

Cheyenne, WY – Four community renovation projects were recommended for funding by the Wyoming Business Council. The projects would be funded through the Community Facilities Grant and Loan program.

Program Director Shannon Stanfil says over 4 million dollars would go towards a number of renovation projects including the Basin city arts center.

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WPR News
11:25 am
Thu March 27, 2008

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Laramie, WY – April has been proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention month and the Governor is calling on people to speak up if they suspect a child is suffering.

The Executive director of the nonprofit group called Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming is Charlene Smith. She says that Wyoming experiences 800 substantiated cases of child abuse per year, and that eight Wyoming children died from child abuse in
2003. She adds that they believe the actual number of abuse cases in the state reaches 2-thousand a year.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Wages Increase In Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming – A booming energy industry has helped
Wyoming's average income double over the past decade.
In 1996, the average Wyomingite earned about $22,000 a year and
the state ranked 33rd for average income. Last year, Wyoming's
average income was over $43,000 and the state ranked sixth.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis figures released this week show
that no other state's personal income increased as much over the
same period.
State economist Wenlin Liu says Wyoming has an abundance of

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WPR News
8:57 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Laramie Group Wants Logging Delay

Laramie, Wy – A Laramie conservation group has filed a petition asking the Medicine Bow National forest to delay logging until a study determines the effects of the Pine Beetle Outbreak. The concern is that logging will remove needed cover for certain species and could put them at risk. Some have suggested that logging would improve forest health, but the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance's Duane Short says the Beetle outbreak has changed that. Short says with the Beetles killing large numbers of Lodgepole Pine logging would harm forest wildlife that lives deep in the forest.

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WPR News
10:37 am
Wed March 26, 2008

Coal mines could endanger human health

WPR News
7:57 am
Wed March 26, 2008

Teton County Considers Moratorium

Jackson , Wy – Teton County Commissioners are considering putting a moratorium on large housing developments until a new land-use plan is in place. County Commissioner Hank Phibb says that recently developers have proposed several large subdivisions just before the community decides how it wants the land used.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Tue March 25, 2008

Yellowbear May Return To Court

Denver, Co – A federal appeals court says that a
Northern Arapaho man convicted in state court of murder in the 2004
beating death of his infant daughter should be allowed to make a
new argument in federal court.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Friday that
Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is entitled to make another pitch in
federal district court in Wyoming that he shouldn't have been
prosecuted by the state. Yellowbear claims that the state lacked
jurisdiction over the girl's killing because it occurred in

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WPR News
9:10 am
Tue March 25, 2008

Cheyenne Woman Gets National Honor

Cheyenne, Wy – A single mother who once had her kids taken from her has been named this year's National Woman of Triumph award winner. The award honors those who have overcome significant barriers to employment. Cheyenne's Carla Young was in prison three years ago and when she got out Young took a job that paid six dollars and 50-cents an hour. After getting training in Wyoming's Climb program Young has since gotten a job that has more then doubled her salary. She says the best thing is that she provides for her kids in new ways.

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