WPR News
8:55 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Civil Rights Talk Precedes MLK Jr. Day

Laramie, WY – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Linda Burt of the Wyoming ACLU will give a talk on the state of civil rights in Wyoming.

She'll speak to the NAACP in Casper on Saturday. Burt says she'll highlight issues her organization thinks need improvement in Wyoming.

"There are some specific areas in Wyoming that are still bringing about some bitter controversy in those areas of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights, as well as the new issues that we have involving immigration and immigrants," Burt said.

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WPR News
8:51 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Gov's Tax Proposal Suffers Setback

Cheyenne, WY – The governor's plan for reducing property taxes for seniors suffered a setback Friday.

The state legislature's revenue committee decided not to sponsor this bill and that greatly reduces the likelihood the tax exemption will go through this year. The Senate chair of the committee Jim Anderson says the proposal lacked support because it would apply to all seniors.

Other members expressed concern because this proposal is coming to them during an election year.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Crash Near Greybull Leaves One Dead

Laramie, WY – A crash north of Greybull in Big Horn County has left one woman dead and another injured.

The accident occurred yesterday Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 14 and U.S. 310.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Anne Durney of Basin died in the wreck. She was westbound on U.S. 14 when a semi truck slid through a stop sign in front of her.

The patrol says the roadway was icy at the time.

Durney's vehicle traveled completely under the semi-trailer and went off the road.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Bankers Survey Shows Weak Economy

Laramie, WY – A survey of rural bankers in Wyoming and eight other Midwestern and Plains states says job growth hit its weakest reading in nearly two years.

The January new hiring index fell to 46.6., down from December's 50.6.

An index greater than 50 indicates a growing economy over the next three to six months, but one less than 50 indicates economic recession.

Results from surveys over the past five months indicate that jobs are being added at a pace well below average -- even with record farm income.

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WPR News
10:04 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Honor farm inmate's lawyer asks for retrail

Cheyenne, WY – A lawyer representing a prison inmate serving a sentence of life without parole in the 2004 murder of a nurse at the Wyoming Honor Farm urged the Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant the inmate a new trial.

Inmate Floyd DeWayne Grady was convicted in 2006 of first-degree murder and attempted sexual assault in the death of 39-year-old Tammy Sue Watts.

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WPR News
10:02 am
Thu January 17, 2008

GE approaches UW for coal gasification project

Cheyenne, WY – University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan told legislators that General electric has approached the University about developing a coal gasification project.

Discussions are in the early stages but Buchanan says it would use Wyoming Coal and involve university resources.

Buchanan says they hope to have more information shortly.

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WPR News
9:58 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Legislature not liking new community college funding model

Cheyenne, WY – The Joint Appropriations committee is trying to decide what to do about a disagreement over how community colleges believe they should be funded.

In his budget recomendation, the Governor denied a 15 million dollar funding request by the colleges that was to go into their new funding model. That model distributes funding to all community colleges.

The Governor was not comfortable with the model and stated that the colleges have plenty of other places to get money.

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WPR News
9:14 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Property Tax Relief May Need Work

Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor's plan for reducing the property tax of the state's elderly population got a chilly reception.
The proposal is to reduce property taxes for people 65 and older who have lived in the same home for more than ten years. And the reduction would only apply to half of a homes value up to 200 thousand dollars.
The legislature's revenue committee did not seem excited about the idea. Senator Jayne Mockler says she's doesn't want to target only seniors, especially since she says that is the wealthiest generation in the country's history.

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9:12 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Wolf Meetings Upcoming

Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold eight meetings on the state's wolf management plan across the state next week. The department expects the federal government to de-list the wolf this winter. Spokesman Eric Keszler says the upcoming meetings will address one part of the state's management plan.
Basically, it's a rule that will designate wolves as trophy animals in Northwest Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Thu January 17, 2008

School Officials Say Fire Worried Them

Casper, Wy – A fire at Natrona County High School revealed problems in the school's emergency procedures. No one was hurt in the fire, which is under investigation.
History teacher Bruce Berst and R-O-T-C Sergeant Mack Riggs ran into the boys' locker room to put out a flaming bank of lockers. They couldn't find any fire extinguishers, so they tried to fill buckets with water from the sink. But Berst says the buckets wouldn't fit.

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