WPR News
9:05 am
Mon February 4, 2008

Wyoming Touts Its Energy

Laramie, WY – Wyoming leaders hope that new efforts to clean up the coal industry will allow the state to export its coal power to California.

California recently passed an aggressive law that limits its carbon output by the year 2020 -- and the state will only import energy that meets those standards.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Mon February 4, 2008

Study Shows Workers Come From 3 States

Laramie, Wy – A recent study by the Wyoming department of workforce services has shown them where out of state workers are coming from and what they are doing. The Department's Jeremiah Rieman adds that the study also shows that many former residents are returning to the state to take advantage of a number of job openings. Rieman says an interesting part of the study shows the various positions that interest those workers. For instance, Rieman says former residents tend to be interested in one particular field and that is hospitality.

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WPR News
10:31 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Governor Supports Legislation

Cheyenne, Wyoming – A company based in Austin, Texas is urging Wyoming lawmakers to oppose a bill that tries to increase accountability for corporations registered in the state.
Capitol Services Incorporated says the bill does nothing to solve the problem of fraudulent companies registering in the state, and places an unreasonable burden on registered agents - the people who file paperwork on behalf of corporations.

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WPR News
10:26 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Cubin Touts Real ID

Washington D-C – Representative Barbara Cubin remains a fan of the new enhanced drivers license called Real I-D. All states must provide the enhanced I-D's by 2017, but issues of cost and possible cost of privacy are cited by critics. But Cubin says those issues are overblown. She says the federal government will help states fund the new program. Cubin also says that the government is not collecting a data base on citizens. Cubin says Real I-D will protect the country from terrorists and help manage the nations borders.

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WPR News
10:25 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Sage Grouse Study Notes Concerns

Casper, Wy – Wildlife biologists in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota and Utah have reviewed research into how oil and gas development effects the sage grouse.
They conclude that the best available science indicates that the current level of sage grouse protection implemented in oil and gas fields is not enough to maintain the bird's population.
Based on that science, the state biologists compiled recommendations on such things as well-pad densities, the pace of development and when development should occur.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Wind River glacier melt threatens water supply

Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming researchers have completed an inventory of the glaciers in the Wind River Range. UW Professor Glenn Tootle says the data shows the average glacier was reduced by nearly 40 percent since 1985.

Tootle says that's not surprising, because other studies throughout the world have shown this rapid loss of glacial ice.

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WPR News
7:27 am
Fri February 1, 2008

New chief sets big goals for Cody museum

Cody, Wyo – The new director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center hopes to increase the museum's national stature.

Bruce Eldredge began work this week as the center's new chief executive officer and executive director.

Eldredge says his goal is to bring the Buffalo Bill Historical Center up from a ranking of among the top one hundred museums in the country to among the top ten.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Vets milesage increase approved

Washington, DC – Sen. Mike Enzi declared a victory in a fight to increase mileage reimbursement for veterans this week.

Enzi's office reports that an increase from 11 cents to 28.5 cents per mile was approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Republican senator says he has worked for seven years to get a much needed increase in the amount disabled veterans are reimbursed for traveling to VA hospitals to receive care.

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WPR News
7:24 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Peabody mine not slated to start up this year

Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy's proposed School Creek coal mine in the southern Powder River Basin remains on the drawing board but does not appear to be in line to start up this year.

The St. Louis-based coal company has been tightlipped about its plans for the mine in northeast Wyoming since it was first announced it in 2006.

But Peabody CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call this week that the company has not included the new mine in any of its 2008 production figures.

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WPR News
9:50 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Barrasso Supprts Carbon Legislation

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Washington D-C – Republican Senator John Barrasso is pushing Congress to pass legislation to capture carbon emissions. Supporters say it will help reduce greenhouse gases and help the US become less energy dependent.

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