WPR News
10:46 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Coal industry peppering the nation with pro-coal ads

Billings, MT – You may have noticed ads that promote coal as a clean alternative to foreign oil.

The coal industry is facing a bruising fight over climate change, and has gone on the political offensive this election year to ensure that no matter who wins, so does coal.

Billions of dollars in corporate profits are at stake for companies that mine, ship and burn the nation's most abundant
domestic fuel.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Indian health care bill approved by US Senate

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate approved a bill today that will make it easier for Native Americans to access health care.

Under current law, only some Indian health programs can be reimbursed by Medicaid and Medicare. This bill would expand reimbursement to all programs.

It would also build and revamp health clinics on reservations, boost screening and mental health services, and try to recruit more Native Americans into health professions.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Wed February 27, 2008

UW Professor receives half a million dollars to research ethanol

Laramie, WY – A major reason ethanol isn't widely used as fuel is that the cost is too high - and one University of Wyoming researcher is hoping to change that.

Engineering Professor Patrick Johnson has received nearly half a million dollars to look for a cheaper way to make ethanol. He's focusing on enzymes, a very expensive ingredient that helps turn corn into fuel.

Johnson's strategy is to recycle those enzymes to lower costs.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Juvenile justice bill heads to Wyoming House

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's House of Representatives will be the next to take up a bill that will provide money and possibly reform how various forms of troubled youth with are handled in the state.

Right now youth in need of supervision or other services are treated differently across the state. The bill would set up committees throughout the state and provides funding to administer the program.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Senate gives initial approval to dogfighting bill

Cheyenne, WY – A bill outlawing dog or cock fighting has received initial approval in the Wyoming Senate.

Cheyenne Senator Bob Fecht, who is also Cheyenne's police chief, called it a simple bill, with an important message: those activities will not be tolerated here.

The bill says that dog or fowl fighting is a felony on a first offense. It will be debated two more times.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Wyoming Senators working on CO2 storage bill

Cheyenne, WY – The State senate is working on a bill that would give landowners rights to the pore space located below their surface land. It is part of a package of bills that will guide how Wyoming with handle Carbon dioxide storage in the future.

The issue is part of cleaner energy development, and CO-2 storage is part of the equation.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Ozone levels worry Sublette County

Laramie, WY – The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution advisory for the Upper Green River Basin.

The department says elevated levels of ozone could cause breathing problems for children, the elderly, and people with existing respiratory conditions.

The mayor of Pinedale, Steve Smith, says that this is the first time his area has gotten this kind of warning. He says people in Pinedale will likely react.

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WPR News
8:01 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Senate Works on Campaign Finance Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming senate has reduced the proposed fines for violating the state's campaign finance law.

A bill had recommended increasing fines of up to $25,000, but Senators returned it to the current $10,000.

Senator Cale Case of Lander suggested that they should have kept the higher fine so that the law is respected.

Ten thousand dollars isn't as much use to be, he said.

With another day of discussion to come, one watchdog group is unhappy with the overall legislation.

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7:45 am
Wed February 27, 2008

United flight had good landing condtions

Laramie, Wyo. – Conditions at the Jackson Hole Airport were favorable Monday when a United Airlines flight with 121 people on board slid off the runway.

The airport's director of operations Craig Logan says parts of the runway were covered in a thin layer of snow and ice, but he says tests showed that stopping the aircraft shouldn't have been a problem.

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7:41 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Carbon storage bill stays afloat

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate continues working on legislation that will allow producers and the state to capture and store carbon dioxide.

During debate on the law that addresses so-called pore spaces underneath property, Senator Kit Jennings suggested a delay until more facts could be gathered. But as he has in the past, Senator John Schiffer urged the senate to move forward.

Supporters want the bills to pass so that Wyoming can begin storing CO-2 and find markets that favor environmentally friendly energy development.

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