WPR News
7:44 am
Wed January 17, 2007

Sheridan Bars Join Spreading Smoking Ban

Sheridan, WY – Two hotel bars in Sheridan have decided to
ban smoking. Holiday Inn General Manager Mark Demple said his hotel bar, Scooters, will go smoke free February first for the safety of employees and customers.
Best Western Sheridan Center General Manager Ron Spence says he is making his bar, Main Street Tavern, smoke free January 22nd because smoking was costing him convention business.
The Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.

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WPR News
7:42 am
Wed January 17, 2007

Cheyenne Church Vandalized Again

Cheyenne, WY – A Baptist church in Cheyenne has been
vandalized for the second time in just over a month. Unity Missionary Baptist Church was ransacked in early December. Vandals visited again early Tuesday morning. Police say they have suspects this time...but nothing conclusive.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Tue January 16, 2007

Public Weighs In On Eminent Domain

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WPR News
9:09 am
Tue January 16, 2007

Anti-Daylight Saving Time Bill Fails

Cheyenne, WY – An effort to make Wyoming exempt from Daylight Saving Time has failed. A Senate committee defeated the bill offered by Senator Stan Cooper of Kemmerer. Cooper says Daylight Saving Time is a burden on people. But the bill failed 3 to 2. Cooper says he is disappointed, but he's glad they had public discussion about it.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Tue January 16, 2007

Bill Would Create Obstacles for Funeral Protesters

WPR News
11:06 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Legislature Looks At Law On Petitions

Cheyenne, Wy – Two proposed constitutional amendments in
the Legislature seek to change Wyoming's petitioning law.
Currently sponsors of statewide ballot initiatives need 15
percent of the signatures of registered voters in each of
two-thirds of Wyoming's counties.
In other states judges have thrown out the geographical
requirement. So state Representative Kermit Brown is sponsoring a
bill that would change the geographical requirement from two-thirds
of the state's 23 counties to two-thirds of the state's 30 senate
districts.

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WPR News
11:05 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Vets Commission Wants To Make Things Easier

Laramie, Wy – State veterans' organizations are banding together to form the Veterans' Coalition. Leaders say the purpose is to help connect veterans with benefits employment and health care. Members will include the veterans commission military and national guard representatives and other federal agencies. Currently wyoming's veterans' commission chair Lee Alley says veterans may have to visit several agencies throughout the state or may not learn about all the benefits available until it's too late.

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WPR News
10:41 am
Mon January 15, 2007

House Committee Passes Two Tax Relief Bills

Cheyenne, Wy – Property taxes are up statewide, and today (Monday) a committee of the legislature considered several ideas to offer some relief to property owners. The committee approved two bills. One gives a tax credit of around 140 dollars to people that own homes valued below the county median price. The committee also supported a bill to give combat veterans some property tax relief.

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WPR News
10:39 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Committee Backs Off On Hathaway Requirements

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Cheyenne, Wy – If students want to get the highest amount of money from the new Hathaway Scholarship, they will need to take tougher classes. However, to receive any other amount of money, they simply need to meet current graduation standards. Late last year, education committee members had stressed the need for tougher classes to get Hathaway scholarship money. But last night, the house committee voted to soften those standards. Laramie Representative Kevin White supports the changes.

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WPR News
10:36 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Former Legislator Takes Pride In MLK Holiday

Cheyenne, Wy – Hundreds of people braved the cold for the annual Martin Luther King Junior-Equality Day march in Cheyenne. Among them was Liz Byrd. She is a former state lawmaker who fought for eight years to create the state holiday. Since then, Byrd she's been impressed with how much children have learned about Doctor King in school.
Byrd says she saw the bill killed many times, in many different ways. It finally passed in 1989.

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