WPR News
8:10 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Lawmakers consider low-income health bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Legislature is considering a novel pilot project that could lead to health insurance reform.

The bill's sponsor Charles Scott of Casper worked with private individuals and the governor's office to draft the legislation that focuses on low-income populations and attempts to develop a health insurance pool.

Scott says they are trying to devise a way to provide health insurance, without bankrupting the state.

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WPR News
7:14 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Dog fighting bill advances

Cheyenne, Wyo – A Wyoming legislative committee has approved a stricter animal abuse bill that would make animal fighting a felony on first offense.

Committee members also spent a lot of time debating the role and training of an animal control officer.

The bill's sponsor Rosie Berger says there is a groundswell of support for the bill from across the state. It now heads to the house floor for debate.

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WPR News
5:01 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Police arrest suspect in Laramie murder

Laramie, Wyo – Police in Fort Collins, Colorado, arrested a man in connection to a murder committed last week in Laramie.

Jose Rodriquez-Hernandez was arrested in Fort Collins after tips from local citizens alerted police to his whereabouts.

Lieutenant Michael Garcia of the Albany County Sheriff's Office says Rodriquez-Hernandez was also charged with kidnapping.

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WPR News
4:20 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Local helium attracts interest

Casper, Wyo – Two companies are planning to build
Wyoming's second helium plant.

Matheson Tri-Gas and Air Products announced recently they intend to build and operate a liquid helium plant near Big Piney.

An existing helium plant is operated by ExxonMobil in Sublette County and produces an estimated 25 percent of the world's supply.

Last year, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled helium produced under a 1920 law is not subject to the state severance tax and the ad valorem tax levied by Sublette County.

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WPR News
4:17 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Company announces plan to use CO2 for oil recovery

Laramie, WYo – Denver-based Rancher Energy Corporation has announced it will use carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery in the Powder River Basin.

The CO2 will come from ExxonMobil.

Lon Whitman with the University of Wyoming's Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute says using CO2 in oil fields is still rare in this state, because there isn't very much of it.

But Whitman says coal-to-liquid fuel plants planned here could make more CO2 available for oil recovery.

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WPR News
4:12 am
Mon February 18, 2008

House gives nod to campiagn reform

Cheyenne, Wyo – The Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would reform campaign finance in the state.

The bill sets limits for campaign contributions.

During final discussions representatives agreed to an amendment offered by Gillette Republican Tim Hallinan that reduced the amount political action committees can contribute to a candidate to 23-hundred dollars.

Hallinan says he is trying to preserve the way campaigns are run in the state.

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1:20 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Brain Scientist Says Surprises Abound in Recent Research

Wyoming – Bryan Kolb, a professor in neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada tells Elsa Partan that our brains are a lot more malleable than we once thought.

1:10 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Jackson's Airport Keeps the Snow Off With New Runway Brooms

Jackson, WY – It's been a snowy winter, but thanks to some new equipment, planes are landing on time in Jackson. Peter O'Dowd takes a ride on one of Jackson's new quarter-million dollar brooms.

1:07 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Week in Review at the State Capitol

Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Peter O'Dowd and Bob Beck talked with Jared Miller about the week lawmakers spent jockeying over bills during this 20-day budget session.

1:04 am
Mon February 18, 2008

Yellowstone's Capture and Slaughter of Bison Draws Activist Ire

Wyoming – For the first time this season, Yellowstone National Park captured bison and sent them to slaughter as they migrated out of the park. An activist group is rallying again to oppose the program, which is meant to keep cattle safe from a disease that bison carry. Elsa Partan reports.

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