12:42 am
Mon March 24, 2008

Legislature Doles Out Extra $20 Million to Local Government

Wyoming – Local government got more money in this budget session, but not everyone is happy with the way the cash was divvied up. Peter O'Dowd reports.

12:39 am
Mon March 24, 2008

Victim's Uncle Asks for Kindness, Not Justice for Murderer

Wyoming – Essayist Will Bessler found some peace of mind when his niece's murderer was sentenced. He wishes the perpetrator well and hopes for healing.

12:37 am
Mon March 24, 2008

Jeffrey City: A Comeback Kid?

Wyoming – Skyrocking uranium prices have pundits saying that long-forgotten Jeffrey City could rise again. But some residents say, yeah, we've heard that one before. Addie Goss reports.

12:34 am
Mon March 24, 2008

The Cowgirls Play in the NCAA Tournament

Wyoming – It's the first time ever for the program to make it to the N CAA. Elsa Partan talks with U.W. Athletics Hall of Famer Margie McDonald about the hard work the players put in to get there.

WPR News
7:48 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Young families move into Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Wyoming saw a population increase of over ten thousand people last year and many of them are families.

Since the start of the energy boom, workers have come to the state, but only on a temporary basis. State Economist Amy Bittner says that things have changed.

Bittner says more houses have been built in the state. She adds that they are seeing a growth in young families coming to the state, a trend they have not seen in years.

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WPR News
7:46 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Wyo. National Guard prepares for major deployment

Laramie, WY – At this time next year, the Wyoming Army National Guard could deploy about 15-hundred soldiers to active duty overseas.

That's up from just 16 who are deployed now. They're training Afghan military personnel. Colonel Greg Porter says the Wyoming guard is preparing to send a brigade of soldiers overseas in April 2009.

An additional 16 soldiers will begin a 400-day deployment in May. Porter says they will replace the guard members who are bringing the Afghan military to modern standards.

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WPR News
7:23 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Cowgirls hope for good showing

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Laramie, WY – For the first time in history the Wyoming Cowgirls will play in the N-C-A-A tournament, but the players want more then one game.

Cowgirl Guard Jodi Bollerjack says the team wants to prove that it belongs. She says the team will need to be physical and rebound well if it expects to be Pittsburgh.

Head Coach Joe Legerski says poor rebounding hurt Wyoming in each of its losses. He says that will probably be a key. Tipoff is Saturday at 2:30. The game will be televised by ESPN-two.

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WPR News
6:47 am
Thu March 20, 2008

State To Look At Workers Comp

Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative interim committee is set to
study Wyoming's workers' compensation program, which has rebounded
from a deficit in the 1980s to a cash reserve of $925 million this
year.
Worker advocates say the reserve was not the result of
overpayment by employers. Rather, they say the surplus was built on
money that should have been paid to injured workers but never was.
Representative Tom Lubnau says he wants to examine the structure
of premiums and benefits to determine if the program could sustain

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WPR News
6:46 am
Thu March 20, 2008

Bison Plan Never Funded

Yellowstone National Park – An eight-year-old plan would give bison
grazing room outside Yellowstone National Park. But it's never been
put in place, because promised federal funding hasn't materialized.
The Interagency Bison Management Plan, adopted in 2000, provided
for a 2.8 million dollar, 30-year lease of bison grazing rights on
the Royal Teton Ranch next to the park. The lease would give the
bison another 7,500 acres of winter habitat.
The federal government pledged 1.5 million dollars toward the

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WPR News
6:44 am
Thu March 20, 2008

State Defends Gun Law

Cheyenne, Wy – A lawyer for the state of Wyoming asked a panel of federal judges in Denver to uphold a state law that allows people
convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their firearms
rights.
But an opposing federal lawyer representing the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the three-judge
panel that the state law fails to achieve its objective of making
those with misdemeanor convictions eligible to own firearms again.
To reach a decision in the case, the three judges with the 10th

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