WPR News
6:54 am
Mon January 7, 2008

Romney Wins Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wy –
Republican Mitt Romney has won Wyoming's Republican caucus. Eight of the 12 delegates supported Romney. Romney campaigned the most of any candidate and it paid off for him. Cheyenne Delegate Leigh Vosler will go to the GOP convention and support Romney. She had previously supported other candidates, who chose not to campaign in the state.

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WPR News
2:54 am
Mon January 7, 2008

Wyoming Worries About Sales Tax Break

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming residents are able to deduct the money they spend on state sales taxes, but only for another year. Wyoming lawmakers are trying to make the deduction permanent, but their efforts keep getting thwarted.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Fri January 4, 2008

Charter school advocates frustrated that Cheyenne charter turned down

Cheyenne, WY – The Cheyenne school board this week turned down a proposal to open a new charter school. Board members decided that the school wasn't in the district's best interest.

Wyoming law puts the fate of all proposed charter schools in the hands of each school district.

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WPR News
8:16 am
Fri January 4, 2008

Wyoming Republicans have a say in who should be President

Laramie, WY – Wyoming republicans are getting their day in the sun Saturday as they will select delegates for the Republican national convention this fall. In the past, county conventions were simply used to pick people to go to the national convention. But State Caucus Chairman Tom Sansonetti things are different this year.

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WPR News
7:58 am
Fri January 4, 2008

Agriculture expo next week in Douglas

Douglas, WY – Next week Wyoming will host a winter Ag Expo that is going to look at issues ranging from wind and conservation opportunities to innovation.

The Wyoming Business Council's Agribusiness Director Cindy Garretson-Weibel says they are trying to open the eyes of producers to outside opportunities.

Garretson-Weibel says the goal is to enhance economic opportunities in agriculture. The conference runs January 7th through the 9th in Douglas.

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WPR News
7:56 am
Fri January 4, 2008

Schweitzer rejects Wyoming-Montana water agreement

Billings, MT – Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today rejected a proposed water quality agreement with Wyoming.

He says it failed to protect Montana's farmers and fisheries and could've curtailed future energy development in the state.

The deal was hashed out during months of negotiations between the two states. It called for tighter standards for water discharged by Wyoming's coal-bed methane industry into the Tongue River. But it left out two of the Tongue's main tributaries -- something Schweitzer says he couldn't accept.

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WPR News
6:43 am
Fri January 4, 2008

CBM producer protests new drilling fee

Gillette, WY – Energy companies will now be charged $4,000 a well to cover the administrative costs of drilling on federal land.

The change came in a congressional directive signed by President Bush on Dec. 26. The idea is to reimburse the federal government for the cost of processing drilling applications.

Bureau of Land Management officials say $4,000 is the average processing cost for each oil or gas well drilled nationwide. The BLM says it has had to absorb those costs regardless of whether a drilling permit is granted.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Cynthia Lummis running for US House

Laramie, WY – This week, Republican Cynthia Lummis officially became a candidate for the US House.

Lummis had been considering a run ever since Representative Barbara Cubin decided not to seek re-election. Lummis is hoping to impact a number of revenue and land issues if elected. As for the war, Lummis wants a steady approach.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Avalanche death in Snowy Range prompts warnings

Laramie, WY – After an avalanche killed a snowmobiler in the Snowy Range this week, authorities are reminding people to use caution when they head for the hills.

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8:36 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Governor critical of mineral royalties changes

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is calling the reduction of mineral royalties that go to the state a crime.

The federal government is reducing the share of the mineral royalties that go to states from 50 percent to 48 percent. Freudenthal says this move is part of a pattern of the federal government trying to bail itself out by pulling state money back.

Wyoming could lose about 20 million dollars as a result of the change.

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