WPR News
10:08 am
Mon March 31, 2008

Wyoming Speaker Of The House To Run For Re-election

Casper, Wy –
Wyoming Speaker of the House Roy Cohee is making a historic decision.
Traditionally those who have served as speaker of the house have either retired from the legislature or run for another office. But Speaker of the House Roy Cohee has decided that he will try and get re-elected to his house seat. Cohee says he would like to add to the legislatures institutional memory. If elected, it would be Cohee's sixth term representing Casper.

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WPR News
10:05 am
Mon March 31, 2008

Wyoming Joins National Quit Smoking Campaign

Laramie, Wy – A national effort has kicked off that is attempting to once and for all help longtime smokers quit. Wyoming has joined the Become an EX Campaign that uses web based resources and phone numbers to give smokers the ability to stop smoking. Campaign Spokeswoman Julie Cartright says that in a place like Wyoming help is needed.

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WPR News
7:29 am
Mon March 31, 2008

WY DOH Disputes Coal Health Study

Laramie, WY – A state epidemiologist says a recent study of mining communities in West Virginia should not worry people in Wyoming. The study found that West Virginians living near coal mines have higher-than-normal rates of chronic heart, lung, and kidney diseases.

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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

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