WPR News
8:43 am
Wed October 17, 2007

More Animals on the Road Right Now

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish is urging motorists to drive more slowly this time of year. That's because it's a peak time for big game migration, and a peak time for wildlife-vehicle collisions. The department's Information Education Specialist Erin Smith says that as vegetation dries up for the winter, animals go down near roads for food where plants stay greener longer. Smith says the best way to prevent a collision is to be watchful and drive slow, especially in the early morning and at night.

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8:41 am
Wed October 17, 2007

Job Injuries Decline

Laramie, WY – On-the-job injuries declined in Wyoming last year.

Wyoming's worker injury rate fell from 5.8 per 100 workers in 2005 to 4.8 per 100 in 2006.

That's according to the Wyoming Department of Employment.

Wood product manufacturing was the most dangerous industry in Wyoming last year. Roughly 15 of every 100 employees in that industry got hurt on the job in 2006.

But wood products are only a small industry in Wyoming, employing only about 900 people.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed October 17, 2007

Fired Trooper Is a Labor Organizer

Laramie, WY – A group representing highway patrol troopers nationwide says a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper may have been fired for working to create a law enforcement labor organization. Trooper Benjamin Peech was dismissed Oct. 9 after 10 years of service. Department of Transportation officials say there was no link between Peech's firing and his activities as president of the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.

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WPR News
11:39 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Land Use Around Reservoirs Stirs Protest

Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to deciding the future of recreation and private land use around Wyoming reservoirs. A public comment period ends today on a proposed rule change that could eliminate private grazing, cabins and boat docks on or near bodies of water like Alcova Reservoir. The bureau's John Lawson says the proposed changes have caught the public's attention, but he stresses that nothing is final yet.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Schools Praise Teton Affordable Housing Proposal

Laramie, WY – School officials in Jackson are praising a proposed development for the amount of affordable housing it would provide - homes that teachers could afford.

The Teton County school board also likes how land in the Teton Meadows development would be set aside for a new elementary school.

All of the units in the development would be deed-restricted. Homeowners would not be allowed to own any other real estate and would have to be year-round residents and full-time employees in Teton County.

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8:42 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Malpractice Reform, Reconsidered

Laramie, WY – A state senator says he expects another debate in Wyoming over medical malpractice reform -- this time without focusing on capping damage awards in malpractice cases.
State Senator Charlie Scott, of Casper, says caps are proven not to be effective.
Scott was among more than 50 people who met in Cheyenne on Monday to discuss ways to reduce medical errors. Several speakers were experts brought by the Wyoming Healthcare Commission to discuss what other states and countries are doing about medical malpractice.

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WPR News
10:46 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Bison Population Reaches Near-Record Numbers

Laramie, WY – Yellowstone National Park's bison herd
has bounced back to near-record levels following the slaughter of more than 1,000 bison two winters ago.

Park administrators estimate 4,700 bison now roam the park - up from 3,600 last year. It is the largest herd in the world.

During the winter of 2005-2006, more than 1,000 bison migrating outside the park were killed to prevent the spread of brucellosis.

The disease causes female bison and cattle to abort their calves.

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WPR News
10:40 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Legislators Reject Part of Housing Infrastructure Program

Laramie, WY – State legislative leaders have rejected rules adopted by the Wyoming Business Council for a program that will subsidize housing infrastructure.

The program would provide public money to help developers build sewer lines, water lines and streets for housing projects. The Legislature gave the program a million dollars in funding earlier this year, with the goal of providing more affordable housing in Wyoming.

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10:38 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Uranium Recovery Permit Sought In Campbell County

Laramie, WY – A company planning a uranium recovery operation in southern Campbell County has begun seeking a federal permit for the project.

Energy Metals Corporation is the first company in almost two decades to apply for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission permit for an in situ uranium project.

Rather than digging out uranium ore, the process involves extracting uranium ore from chemicals that are pumped underground.

The process already is being used elsewhere in Wyoming. The NRC received Energy Metals' application earlier this month.

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4:27 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Trauner Returns For Another Run

Casper, Wy – Democrat Gary Trauner is making a second
bid for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat.
Trauner lost by just over a thousand votes last year against
incumbent Republican Barbara Cubin in his first race for statewide
office.
Trauner is a businessman from the Jackson Hole community of
Wilson.
Cubin was first elected to the House in 1994. She is serving her
seventh two-year term.
Cubin hasn't officially announced her plans for next year, but
recently said at this point she intends to seek another term.

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