11:40 am
Mon March 10, 2008

A Diversity Training Expert Talks about his Wyoming Experience

Wyoming – John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas has spent his career trying to bridge the gap between people of different races and backgrounds. Elsa Partan interviews Mr. Chaisson-Cardenas about his ties to Wyoming. Cheyenne was the first place he arrived as an immigrant from Guatemala.

WPR News
10:31 am
Mon March 10, 2008

Legislative committees will take up several issues between now and next session

Cheyenne, WY – Legislative committees will study a range
of issues in the interim between now and the next session in January.

Among the topics for discussion are smoking in public places, promoting tourism and increasing penalties for drunken driving.

The Legislature's Management Council approved the list of topics for interim study.

The idea of a statewide smoking bans and instituting electronic voting in the Legislature made the list after being passed over in recent years.

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WPR News
10:17 am
Mon March 10, 2008

Legislature passes doctor recruitment bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Legislature has passed a bill
aimed at luring more doctors to the state.

The bill that now heads to Gov. Dave Freudenthal would create a grant program through the state Department of Health to recruit more doctors.

The bill would allow physicians and hospitals searching for additional medical professionals to apply for grants.

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WPR News
10:15 am
Mon March 10, 2008

CBM bill fails despite governor's hopes

Cheyenne, WY – This year many were hoping the legislature would pass a bill regulating coalbed methane water that is discharged when gas is removed from the ground. But the bill failed in the State Senate.

The defeat was noted by the Governor as one of the major disappointments of the legislative session. Senate President John Schiffer agrees and admits he thought the bill was in good shape. But Schiffer hopes more education and discussion will lead to a compromise and that they will have more success next year.

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WPR News
10:13 am
Mon March 10, 2008

UW Professor says Obama had advantage over Clinton on Saturday

Laramie, WY – According to UW Political Science Professor Jim King, Senator Barack Obama had a few key things going for him this weekend.

The Illinois senator raised more money. He took nearly three-quarters of the vote in Albany County, home to the University of Wyoming and its reserve of young voters. That's a demographic that typically leans his way.

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WPR News
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2008

Gillette Attorney Nick Carter Will Run for U.S. Senate

Laramie, WY – Gillette attorney Nick Carter has announced that he will run for the U.S. Senate Seat currently held by John Barrasso.

The 44-year-old Democrat says the national Republican Party has been taking Wyoming voters for granted.

Carter says more competition in the congressional races can only be good for the state.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Mon March 10, 2008

F.E. Warren AFB Will Close its Library

Laramie, WY – Officials at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne say budget cuts have forced the base to close its library.

Colonel Mike Morgan says the base lost more than $800,000 in service programs as part of military-wide budget revisions. Morgan says the library closure represents almost half of the directed cuts.

He says that if the base didn't close the library, it would have had to cut other programs.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Mon March 10, 2008

Elderly Man's Body Found in Sheridan County

Laramie, WY – Sheridan County officials say searchers have recovered the body of an 84-year-old man six days after he went missing from a local hospital.

Henry Jackson was last seen on Tuesday when he was dropped off at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, where he was supposed to pick up his car and go home.

Family members say Jackson had Alzheimer's.

Searchers with a dog team found Jackson's body Sunday afternoon about one-and-a-half miles from where his car was discovered last week.

He says hypothermia is being investigated as the probable cause of death.

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WPR News
8:11 am
Mon March 10, 2008

BLM Will Conduct Prescribed Burns in Carbon County

Laramie, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct up to eight prescribed burns around Carbon County this spring.

The agency advises the public that smoke may be visible at times.

The BLM says the burns will be carried out only when weather, wind and other conditions are right to keep them under control. Most of the burns are intended to remove sagebrush and other growth that has become so old that it's unproductive. Ash from the burned vegetation fertilizes the ground and encourages the growth of nutritious, young shrubs.

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WPR News
7:28 am
Mon March 10, 2008

Bear-Proof Containers Required at Grand Teton Nat. Park

Laramie, WY – Backcountry campers at Grand Teton National Park will be required to use bear-proof food containers as part of an effort to reduce interaction between humans and bears.

Starting Saturday, Park visitors camping at elevations below 10 thousand feet must use approved, portable bear-proof canisters to store food.

The rule does not apply to certain designated backcountry campsites where food storage facilities are provided.

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