12:59 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Lawmakers Push For Tax Cuts. Others Ask, Can We Afford It?

Wyoming – Some residents have seen a one hundred-percent increase in their property taxes in a year, and that's prompting lawmakers to push for property tax cuts. But others wonder what will happen to state coffers when less money is flowing in from mineral sources. Bob Beck reports.

12:58 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Plan Announced For Coal-Gasification Research Project

Wyoming – General Electric and the University of Wyoming announced a project to build a small-scale model of a coal gasification plant. Project leaders say they need state funding to move forward. Addie Goss reports.

WPR News
10:46 am
Fri February 15, 2008

Brain Scientist Shares Surprising Results At UW

Laramie, WY – An international expert on neuroscience says our actions can have a measurable impact on our brains.

Bryan Kolb is a professor of neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He lectured at the University of Wyoming Thursday about the latest in brain research. Kolb says there have been a lot of surprises recently in the field.

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WPR News
10:45 am
Fri February 15, 2008

Poll shows residents want more charter schools

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A poll commissioned by charter school advocacy groups says most people in Wyoming would favor changing state law to make it easier to create more charter schools.

Charter schools have their own boards that set their own student coursework programs. Conventional schools follow curricula set by local school boards.

The poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed believe that more than one group in addition to local school boards should have authority to create charter schools.

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WPR News
9:54 am
Fri February 15, 2008

New Trial Ordered In Death Row Case

Cheyenne, WY – A federal judge has ordered a new trial
for a Wyoming prison inmate who has been on death row on a conviction of murdering a Wyoming State Penitentiary guard in 1997.

U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled Friday that inmate James Harlow didn't get a fair trial before being sentenced to death in the stabbing death of Cpl. Wayne Martinez at the state
penitentiary in Rawlins.

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WPR News
9:52 am
Fri February 15, 2008

Leg. Considers Four Tax Relief Bills

Cheyenne, WY – The legislature's House Revenue committee has voted down a pair of tax relief proposals endorsed by Governor Dave Freudenthal, but it sent four other tax relief measures to the house floor.

The bills they support include a constitutional amendment that could allow the regulation of residential property tax rates, along with some other flexible relief measures.

But the Governor's bill, which targeted support for seniors, did not get support.

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WPR News
9:47 am
Fri February 15, 2008

Seatbelt Bill Dies

Cheyenne, WY – Drivers in Wyoming still can drive without worrying about being pulled over for not wearing seatbelts.

Law Enforcement authorities do not have the ability to enforce the state seatbelt law unless the person faces another driving sanction.

Sheridan Representative Jerry Ieckle tried to change that.

But opponents argue that the enhanced law is not needed and they say statistics show that more people are wearing belts without the law.

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WPR News
9:45 am
Fri February 15, 2008

Subdivision Bill Clears The Senate

Cheyenne, WY – A bill that would allow counties to regulate subdivision over 35 acres has passed the state Senate.

Currently most counties have no power over large subdivisions and cannot regulate growth issues.

Some landowners worry that they might give up some landowner rights, but supporters say that won't happen.

They say the goal is just to focus on developments.

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WPR News
9:28 am
Thu February 14, 2008

Natural Gas Tax Structure Considered

Cheyenne, WY – A long-debated law on the amount of money natural gas producers must pay in taxes for processed gas is making its way through the legislature.

It has taken the legislature seven years to determine a uniform way to tax gas that is essentially worthless until it gets processed.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Thu February 14, 2008

Gov: G&F Has A Tough Year Ahead

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says 2008 will be a difficult year for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

By the end of this month, state wildlife officials will be one step closer to managing the gray wolf. And the governor says that means the Game and Fish Department is about to get a lot busier.

"The calls that are currently going to the Fish and Wildlife are going to go to the Game and Fish, questions about damages and payments," Freudenthal said.

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