WPR News
8:53 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senate considers helium tax bill

Cheyenne, WY – Helium producers would pay a severance tax under a bill currently in the Wyoming senate.

Helium is the only commodity not taxed in the state, and with a couple of helium extraction projects ready to begin, state officials are hoping to get the tax in place.

Senator Kit Jennings of Casper urged defeat of the bill saying that the new tax will end up in court. But Senator Phil Nicholas says helium producers need to pay for removing the resource.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senators Consider Castle Doctrine Bill

Cheyenne, WY – Senators are deciding what to do about a bill that would allow someone to use deadly force in life threatening situations.

The "Castle Doctrine" bill would also provide the person who did the killing with a form of immunity. Gun activists have fully endorsed the measure, but some senators fear it could have unintended consequences.

Senator John Hastert says he's worried it would allow people to bait others into deadly conflicts.

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12:35 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Governor Freudenthal Argues for Protecting the Wyoming Range

Wyoming – The Governor of Wyoming joined an outfitter and an advocate for the state's oil and gas industry in an appearance before Congress this week. At stake: the future of more than a million acres of the Bridger Teton National Forest and the Wyoming Range.

12:34 am
Mon March 3, 2008

The Governor on the Legislative Session and Wyoming's Democratic Caucus

Wyoming – With one week to go in the legislative session, Governor Dave Freudenthal thinks things are going fairly well. Bob Beck interviews the governor about a couple of bills and next week's Democratic caucus.

12:32 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Airplane Slides Off a Runway in Jackson

Jackson, WY – Airports take steps to make sure their runways are safe after the control towers are closed. Peter O'Dowd reports.

12:30 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Should Loaded Firearms Be Allowed In National Parks?

Wyoming – The Department of the Interior is considering a policy change that would allow people to bring loaded firearms in national parks.

Elsa Partan talks to Scot McElveen of the Association of National Park Rangers and Rachel Parsons, of the National Rifle Association.

12:28 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Constituents Talk to Their Legislators

Wyoming – There is a feeling that politicians are separated from the people they represent, but in Wyoming that does not seem to be the case. This week we find out if citizens have had positive experiences talking to lawmakers and what those lawmakers think of getting those calls. Bob Beck reports.

12:27 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne Gives the Long View on Women's Leadership

Wyoming – The bipartisan Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus is hosting a leadership development event for women at the State Capitol. Elsa Partan talked to Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne, who's been in the legislature for the last 16 years, to find out more about the state of women's leadership in government right now.

12:25 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Newsmen Sound Off On Budget Session

Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Peter O'Dowd spoke with Steve Peck, publisher of the Riverton Ranger and Reed Eckhardt, the managing editor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about this week at the state legislature.

12:24 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Residents Protest Coal-Bed Methane Water

Wyoming – In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, coal-bed methane drilling produces a glut of salty water that few residents want. In a new report, the Wyoming State Geological Survey recommends cutting down on drilling that will produce excess water. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington reports.

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