WPR News
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2008

DEQ Discusses Ozone

Pinedale, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is talking with Pinedale natural gas producers about how to reduce ozone pollution. Dave Finley of the D-E-Q says, right now, producers are required to upgrade old wells with pollution-limiting technology...only when they're installing new wells nearby. That regulation is up for discussion now.

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WPR News
9:56 am
Tue March 18, 2008

Doctors consider electronic records program

Laramie, WY – State healthcare leaders are considering applying to a federal program that would pay doctors to use electronic records.

The Wyoming Health Information Organization's Larry Biggio says that the state's doctors are slowly realizing the value of moving away from paper records.

But rural practices often have a hard time making the transition.

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WPR News
9:55 am
Tue March 18, 2008

Laramie Gets More Money

Laramie, Wy – The city of Laramie received an extra one-million dollars from the state legislature to fund major building projects. It was the biggest increase in Wyoming among all cities and towns. City Manager Janine Jordan says Laramie welcomes the extra money, which totaled nearly 13-million dollars. But she says it would make it easier for all cities and towns if they could better predict how much to expect each budget session.

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WPR News
9:53 am
Tue March 18, 2008

Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso is visiting troops in Afghanistan.

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso is visiting troops in Afghanistan and says they are upbeat. The Senator also says that despite some challenges, the war in that country is going well.Barrasso says none of the soldiers he spoke with expressed any concerns.
Barrasso also toured medical facilities and said they were state of the art and that injured soldiers were getting good care.

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WPR News
10:00 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Wyoming Makes First NCAA Appearance

Laramie, wy – The Wyoming Cowgirls are headed to their first N-C-A-A tournament. Wyoming will play Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque. The Cowgirls were one of the last teams selected and Head Coach Joe Legerski admits it is a relief after his team lost in the first round of the conference tournament. But he notes that Wyoming played a tough schedule and beat several teams that will play in the tournament. Cowgirl Guard Dominique Sisk says they want to prove that they belong by winning some games in the tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday at approximately 2:30.

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WPR News
9:56 am
Mon March 17, 2008

More Elk Die In Red Rim

Rawlins, Wy – Wyoming Game and Fish officials continue to see Elk deaths in the Red Rim area of southeast Wyoming. Game and Fish Spokeswoman Erin Smith says 48 Elk have died from apparently eating lichen. The herd suffered over 300 deaths in 2004 and she says it is the most significant death rate since that time. Smith says the problem is that the herd has returned to the area where lichen content is high. Smith says the game and fish is attempting to lure the Elk out of the area but so far they have had limited success. She says they have few options beyond that.

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WPR News
9:54 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Governor Vetos Campaign Finance Bill

Cheyenne, Wy –

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WPR News
9:26 am
Mon March 17, 2008

State Rep. Alan Jones announces retirement

Powell, WY – State Representative Alan Jones is retiring from the Legislature.

The Republican from Powell has represented House District 25
over five terms since 2000.

He was appointed to the position in July of 1999 after the death of Rep. Denny Smith.

Jones will officially conclude nearly ten years in the statehouse on Dec. 31st.

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WPR News
9:01 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Wyoming argues against federal agency in gun case

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is asking a federal appeals court
in Denver to uphold a state law that allows people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their firearms rights.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has rejected a Wyoming law that allows people convicted of domestic violence charges to regain their firearms rights.

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WPR News
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2008

Virtual school approval could open up distance learning

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming legislature made Campbell County's Virtual school official.

The school opened in 2006 and serves children from Kindergarten through sixth grade. But after being an experiment, it will become an official school and get funding.

Principal Roger Larsen says the legislation will open up distance learning possibilities across the state.

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