WPR News
8:26 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Cheyenne Could Build War Memorial

Laramie, Wy – The City Council in Cheyenne will consider
a proposal to build a war memorial honoring Wyoming soldiers.
The idea for the memorial comes from Donn Edmunds, whose son Jonn J. Edmunds died in a helicopter crash in Pakistan in 2001.
Edmunds says he wants the memorial to honor not just Wyoming natives who have died or gone missing in American wars. He also wants to honor other American service members -- and to leave space for names to be added in future conflicts.

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Four Lane Money Falls

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming House Friday continued
to yo-yo on four-lane highway funding, changing the dollar amount for the fourth time in three days.
In their final vote before returning the bill to the Senate, representatives slashed three-million dollars -- leaving seven-million to launch planning studies that would widen the state's most dangerous two-lane roads.
The Senate had earlier adopted ten-million dollars, which would pay for about five miles of multi-lane highways.
Senators will examine the House version next week.

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WPR News
8:23 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Teen Pregnancies Down in Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – A report on the welfare of children and
families in Wyoming shows the number of teens giving birth has dropped significantly in the state.
But officials say the state still has room to improve the lives of many children and families.
The Wyoming Children's Action Alliance put out its annual Kids Count publication this week.

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WPR News
5:08 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Bioterror Safeguards Holding Up Brucellosis Vaccine Research

Laramie, WY – Homeland security measures are creating a barrier to developing an improved vaccine to guard against brucellosis. Vaccines currently in use for elk and cattle are not very effective.Along with such things as anthrax, ricin, and plague; brucellosis is part of the federal Select Agent List. The government thinks that any of these agents could be used as a bio-terror weapon, and so there are restrictions on using them in research. Those restrictions include costly requirements to guarantee security and bio-safety.

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WPR News
1:42 pm
Fri February 18, 2005

Committee Approves Educator Pay Raises

Cheyenne, WY – Proposed teacher salary increases will likely be heard on the Senate floor. The Senate education committee approved a bill Friday that would increase education salaries by an average of $2,000. The bill passed on a 3-2 vote despite opposition from Education Committee Chairman Hank Coe, who thought lawmakers are providing enough of an increase for educators through other legislation. But supporters counter that the state is having a difficult time recruiting teachers since other states are paying entry level teachers at a much higher level.

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11:27 am
Fri February 18, 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the difficulties developing a vaccine for Brucellosis.

Topic: Weekly Reporters Roundtable.

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Wyoming Features
10:44 am
Fri February 18, 2005

Bioterrorism Controls Holding Back Brucellosis Research

Wyoming – Despite the use of brucellosis vaccines, elk in Western Wyoming still carry the bacterial disease and cattle can and have become infected. The problem is the vaccines currently in use aren't all that effective. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports on difficulties in developing a vaccine that works

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WPR News
10:23 pm
Thu February 17, 2005

Senate Awards Torrington the Prison

Cheyenne, WY – Torrington will be the site of the new medium security prison. Despite a last ditch attempt by Rawlins Senator Bill Vasey to move the facility to his city, the Senate supported the choice of Torrington with little opposition. Torrington Mayor Mike Varney says the last couple of days have been difficult, but he's excited to get the vote over with, so they can begin planning.

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WPR News
8:46 pm
Thu February 17, 2005

National Forest Rules Challenged

Laramie, Wy – Conservationists are taking the Bush administration to court over new rules for managing the national forests.
The rules -- issued in December -- give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews.
San Francisco-based Earthjustice alleges in the suit that the rules water down protection of wildlife and the environment "to the point where they are virtually meaningless."
The litigation was filed on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups.

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11:25 am
Thu February 17, 2005

Thursday, February 17, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Legislative report.

Topic: Renny Mackay reports on the top educator Trent Blankenship, State Superintendent of Instruction about his response to the Department of Education increase in payroll.

Topic: New organization in Jackson Hole to support the dog population; Guest: Karen Romaine from the Responsible Dog Ownership Group.

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