WPR News
8:45 am
Wed October 24, 2007

Unemployment Rate Drops

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in September.

The rate in August was 3.6 percent. Nationally, the September jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

Teachers returning to work in Wyoming accounted for an increase of 4,800 jobs in the government sector in September.

Big Horn County posted the highest unemployment rate in Wyoming last month at 3.5 percent. Sublette recorded the lowest rate at 1.1 percent.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Wed October 24, 2007

Fewer High School Students Taking Tough Classes

Laramie, WY – State schools superintendent Jim McBride says fewer Wyoming high school students are signing up for the most difficult classes so they can be more competitive for the Hathaway Scholarship.

McBride told the Legislature's Joint Education Committee that fewer students are taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment college classes.

Students qualify for the Hathaway scholarship based on grade point averages and ACT scores. The scholarship ranges from $800 to $1,600 a semester.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed October 24, 2007

State Considers Protecting Large Area In Red Desert

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council met today in Rock Springs to consider protecting a large section of land in the Adobe Town area of the Red Desert. The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed a petition to designate the 180,000-acre area as very rare or uncommon, meaning that it has unusual scenic value or is valuable habitat. Director Erik Molvar says the area deserves protection from energy development.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Wed October 24, 2007

Sheridan College Gets More Than 7 Million Dollars

Laramie, WY – Sheridan College will receive more than seven million dollars to expand the campus and build housing for students.

Chairman of Wyoming community colleges Mike Nickel says the education foundation Whitney Benefits donated the money to build two facilities. With no space left to house or teach students, Nickel says the money could not have come at a better time.

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WPR News
7:11 am
Tue October 23, 2007

Barrasso: Craig should keep his word

Laramie, WY – Senator John Barrasso says his colleague arrested in a Minneapolis restroom for disorderly conduct should keep his word and resign from the Senate. Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho continues to vote in Washington even though a judge upheld the senator's guilty plea earlier this month. The senator said he would resign if the judge upheld the plea, but then Craig issued another statement saying he would stay in the Senate and finish his term. Senator Barrasso says Senator Craig should keep his promise.

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WPR News
7:08 am
Tue October 23, 2007

Wyo coal shipments break records

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WPR News
6:45 am
Tue October 23, 2007

Mixed results on special ed report card

Laramie, WY – The state's special education director says that some school districts in Wyoming have a lot of improvement to make when it comes to teaching special ed students.

The state has just put out a newly-revamped report card on special education that looks at twenty areas, from how often special ed students graduate from high school to the amount of time they spend in regular classrooms with their peers.

The special education director, Peg Brown-Clark, says the results of this first report card are mixed.

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WPR News
6:41 am
Tue October 23, 2007

Tickets for World Series games in Denver sold out

Denver, Colo. – The Colorado Rockies sold out all three World
Series games at Coors Field in two and a half hours today.
Team spokesman Jay Alves said tickets were selling online
as fast as 1,500 per minute today.
They were all gone by 2:30 this afternoon, one day after the
Internet-only sales were suspended by a computer-system crash that
the team blamed on an "external, malicious attack."
Alves says he's NOT aware of any criminal investigation into
what happened yesterday.

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WPR News
2:10 am
Tue October 23, 2007

Wyoming Planes Go To California

Cheyenne, Wyoming – Four C-130 cargo planes
from Colorado and Wyoming Air Force units are heading to Southern
California to fight wildfires.
Two planes are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, a reserve unit at
Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
The other two are from the 153rd Airlift Wing, a Wyoming Air
National Guard unit in Cheyenne.
They're are expected to leave Tuesday. All the planes are
equipped with modular airborne firefighting equipment, which
converts the planes to aerial tankers.

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