WPR News
10:36 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Senator Hank Coe comments on education lawsuit

Cheyenne, WY – Now that the school education lawsuit has been resolved, a state senator says they can move forward with improving education. Senator Hank Coe of Cody is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He is pleased that they have the burden of the lawsuit behind them, so that they can now focus on what is best for kids.

Coe says they have already made great strides in improving academic standards and in providing incentives for students to perform better in school.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Lawmakers Approve Wildlife Projects

Cheyenne, Wy – A select committee of legislators gave approval to some 14 wildlife and conservation projects from across the state. They will be focused on protecting some specific threatened species ranging from sage grouse to mule deer. Funding will come from the Wyoming Wildlife and natural resources trust fund. Director Bob Budd says preserving species is what the fund is all about and he is excited that 14 major projects are being funded in just the second year of the program. The projects must still be approved by the full legislature.

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WPR News
7:44 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Have a choice? Fill up in Cheyenne

Laramie, WYO – The Lundberg Survey shows that Cheyenne is the cheapest city in the nation to buy gasoline.

The report shows an average gallon of regular gas in Cheyenne will put you back 2-dollars and 77-cents.

Denice Harris, a spokeswoman for AAA Mountain West, says the entire state is enjoying the lowest fuel prices in the country at an average of 2-dollars and 90-cents. But she says drivers should still plan to pay more at the pump in 2008.

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WPR News
7:39 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Water director seeks help from the Capitol

Laramie, WYO – The head of the Water Development Commission says he will go to the state Legislature in February to help communities struggling with water management.

Mike Purcell says water will be an integral part in the state's ability to manage growth properly. But he adds that much of Wyoming's growth is happening in places where there is no water.

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12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Mountain Lion Management Plan

Wyoming – Rebecca Huntington reports from Jackson on how the state is trying to manage Mountain Lions and why it is not easy to keep numbers in check.

12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

The Grey Wolf will soon be a species that will be hunted around Yellowstone

Wyoming – The Environment Reports Kinna Ohman reports that some worry that hunting could disrupt how a wolf pack works.

12:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Wyoming is trying to interest young people in politics

Wyoming – Bob Beck reports that national reports show that interest in politics and public service is dropping among 20 something's, but many are hoping that will change.

12:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Southern Wyoming will have its turn facing an energy boom

Wyoming – Southern Wyoming, especially the Rawlins area will see a significant increase in gas and other types of energy development this year. Elsa Partan has more.

12:07 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Landowners want to cash in on Wind Power

Wyoming – Now that neighboring states need renewable resources such as wind, Addie Goss reports that groups of landowners want to cash in.

WPR News
9:19 am
Fri January 11, 2008

Enzi Works To Reverse Mineral Tax Change

Laramie, WY – Senator Mike Enzi says a coalition of U.S. senators is being put together to reverse a change in federal mineral royalties distribution that will cost Wyoming millions of dollars.

A spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bush increases the federal share of mineral royalties from 50 to 52 percent while decreasing the state's share from 50 to 48 percent.

Enzi says the change amounts to a tax against the state of Wyoming and other states with minerals owned by the federal government.

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