WPR News
8:47 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Governor Signs Castle Doctrine

Cheyenne, Wy – One of the most talked about bills of the past legislative session has been signed into law. Governor Dave Freudenthal signed the so called Castle Doctrine bill,which provides immunity to homeowners if someone breaks into their home and they kill the intruder. Freudenthal thought a version of the bill approved in the house of representatives went a little too far. That allowed people to ability to hold their ground and use deadly force outside their home. The Governor says he supports the more traditional ability of homeowners to protect their home and family.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Wyoming Testing Compares With Federal Tests

Cheyenne, Wy – A new report shows that Wyoming eighth grade students do better on state assessment tests for math and reading then they do on the main national assessment test. But the gap is much less then the national average. On the state assessment test 62 percent of students were scored as proficient in reading and 55 percent are proficient in Math. But on the main federal test, 36 percent are rated as proficient in reading and 29 percent are proficient in Math. Despite the numbers, State Superintendent Jim McBride says he is satisfied with the rigor on Wyoming's main test.

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WPR News
8:42 am
Thu March 13, 2008

EPA Pollution Standards Applauded

Pinedale, Wy – The new Environmental Protection Agency's tougher air pollution standards are being welcomed in Pinedale.
Three times this winter, the state Department of Environmental Quality put out an advisory warning about high levels of the pollutant ozone.
Terry Svalberg of the Forest Service in Pinedale says those days have been hard on some people.
"Over the last several events with the high ozone I've heard numerous complaints about having difficulty breathing as well as burning eyes."

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WPR News
9:08 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Elk Deaths Double to 16, Poison Lichen Suspected

Laramie, WY – The number of elk dead or paralyzed in the
Red Rim area near Rawlins has doubled to 16 animals.

Erin Smith of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said eight more down or dead elk were found Tuesday in the wildlife habitat area south of Interstate 80 and about 15 miles west of Rawlins.

The deaths that began last week echo a 2004 occurrence of lichen poisoning that killed hundreds of elk in the Red Rim area.

Wildlife scientists believe the current deaths are caused by elk eating a common lichen that contains an as-yet-unknown toxic substance.

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WPR News
9:05 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Wyoming Cowboys Lose To Colorado State

Laramie, WY – Wyoming lost to Colorado State this afternoon 68 to 63 in a play-in game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Wyoming ends its season at 12-18.

Colorado's victory ended their 17-game losing streak and kept the Rams' season alive for another day.

The Cowboys were led by Brandon Ewing's 29 points. Ewing was 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. Brad Jones added 10 points for Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:03 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Gov. Says Anti-Fraud Bill Better Than Nothing

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the bill aimed at cracking down on fraudulent businesses in Wyoming was watered down too much but it's still better than nothing.

"I think it will probably prove inadequate, and we'll probably have to come back in a few years and address it again," Freudenthal said. "But it is better than leaving the status quo in place."

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WPR News
8:47 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Thermopolis Woman Hosts Colonoscopy Party

Laramie, WY – A Thermopolis woman is so afraid of her colonoscopy that she's having a party for moral support.

Candy Whitt is urging others across the state to do whatever it takes to get a colorectal screening. A good friend of hers was recently diagnosed with cancer.
At 55, Whitt realized she also needed a screening. So she decided to have a party before her appointment on Thursday.

State health officials say early detection is important.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Gov. Signs Property Tax Refund Bill

Laramie, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed into law a bill that extends a property tax refund program for needy residents.

Freudenthal signed the bill into law today but also criticized the Legislature for not doing more to give citizens property tax relief.

The bill Freudenthal signed extends an unpopular property tax refund program that had expired at the first of the year. The program requires citizens to show proof of their income and establish that they're needy to qualify for refunds.

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WPR News
8:17 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Law Sets Important Date for School Districts

Laramie, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill telling Wyoming's wealthiest school districts the date when they needed to stop reaping windfalls from local property tax revenue.

That date was Nov. 15, 2006, just over a week after voters approved a constitutional amendment that sought to put an end to the windfalls.

The amendment sought to close a loophole in state law allowing the state's wealthiest school districts to keep tens of millions of dollars in local revenue.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Brush clearing good for forests, bad for bunnies

Bridger Teton National Forest, WY – Fire risk managers often want to clear out dead trees and brush to reduce the chance of a wildfire. But one wildlife expert says that dense under-story is just the kind of habitat needed by one important animal: the snowshoe hare.

Among small mammals, the snowshoe hare is especially important because it's the main food source for the Canada Lynx, a threatened species. More snowshoe hares could mean better survival for the lynx.

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