WPR News
8:56 am
Mon December 18, 2006

WDOT Lacks Snowplow Drivers

Rock Springs, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Transportation
says it will plow some highways less often this winter because it
doesn't have enough snowplow drivers.
The agency says it's having trouble filling many snowplow driver
jobs because drivers can find better-paying jobs in the energy
industry. Experienced truck drivers in the energy industry can earn
up to twice the amount of money that the department pays.
Statewide, 45 of the department's 391 permanent driver positions
are vacant, a rate of about 12 percent.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Mon December 18, 2006

Health Costs Increase

Laramie, Wy – Families U-S-A found that annual premiums for family health care
coverage offered through the workplace in Wyoming increased 119
percent on average during the period.
At the same time, median earnings of Wyoming workers increased
18-point-seven percent.
According to the organization's report, fast-rising health care
costs are causing increasing numbers of people to go into debt and
become uninsured or underinsured.
The analysis found the high increases in insurance premiums came

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WPR News
8:52 am
Mon December 18, 2006

Avalanche Kills One

Jackson, Wy – An avalanche killed a snowmobiler in
Lincoln County over the weekend.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says two
snowmobilers were buried Saturday in the Salt River Range about 40
miles south of Jackson.
Rescuers were able to dig up and resuscitate one victim who was
buried six feet deep. The person who died was buried by eight to
ten feet of snow.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has NOT yet released the
identities of the victims.

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WPR News
8:51 am
Mon December 18, 2006

McDaniel Will Lead State Substance Abuse Program

Cheyenne, Wy – Department of Family Services Director Rodger McDaniel is leaving his new post to run Wyoming's Substance Abuse Division. McDaniel was active in developing the states substance abuse plan under Governor Jim Geringer and looks forward to this new assignment. McDaniel says he wants to work on how the state can set up contracts that will offer better treatment for drug users.
McDaniel says he also wants to enhance efforts at the local level.

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WPR News
12:54 am
Mon December 18, 2006

Wyoming Teachers Want Change in No Child Left Behind Act

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WPR News
10:38 am
Fri December 15, 2006

Payout for Bear Kills on the Rise

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WPR News
10:20 am
Fri December 15, 2006

Long List For Limited Affordable Housing

Jackson, Wy – A new Teton County affordable housing development has drawn more than double the applications expected for the limited number of units. The homes sell for 100 thousand and up. That is quite a bit more affordable than typical home prices in the area. Teton County Housing Authority executive director Christine Walker says the community needs much more cheaper housing just to keep the workforce from leaving.

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6:36 am
Fri December 15, 2006

Renewing the No Child Left Behind Act

Wyoming – The Wyoming Education Association has given its recommendations for how to adapt the federal law.

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