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Jim Robinson- Wyoming Economic Analysis Division
Jim Robinson- Wyoming Economic Analysis Division
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Wyoming’s Economy Mixed



A senior economist with the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division says Wyoming’s average personal income for the first quarter of 2012 grew at 0.9 percent. Jim Robinson says he would consider that to be a steady growth rate. He says while the number is down a bit from the previous few quarters it is still good news for the state.

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(Cheyenne Police Department)
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Kozak Warns Underage Drinkers, Parking Violators

Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak says there will be a “zero tolerance” policy for underage alcohol consumption at Cheyenne Frontier Days events this year. The chief says any underage alcohol violators will not only be ticketed, but this year will also be immediately evicted from Frontier Park.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
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Patrol Planning Holiday Enforcement Effort (AUDIO)

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Amy Richards has a report. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be out in force over the July 4th holiday weekend, especially looking for impaired drivers. Sgt. Steve Townsend says the public can help out with this effort. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(Getty/Christopher Furlong)
(Getty/Christopher Furlong)
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Natural Gas Document Release Delayed (AUDIO)

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials have delayed releasing a document that will decide the extent of a proposed natural gas development in western Wyoming. Amy Richards has a report. Due to the current weather conditions fire restrictions have been elevated to Stage II across the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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U.S. Hay Prices Rise To All-Time Highs
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Hay Producer Field Day Approaching (AUDIO)

The Rockefeller Foundation and Yale University Professor Jacob Hacker have released a report on economic insecurity across the U.S. The report takes a state by state look at economic insecurity over the last generation as well as during the recent economic downturn. Amy Richards has a look at the report’s findings for Wyoming. An upcoming field day for Wyoming hay producers will offer information designed to help them improve both the quantity and quality of their hay forage crops. Business Reporter Sharon Fain has details. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
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Mead Requests Fracking Comment Extension [AUDIO]

Governor Matt Mead is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to extend the comment period on proposed hydraulic fracturing rules, which the governor says duplicate Wyoming’s rules and are cumbersome and unncessary. Amy Richards reports. Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser is warning residents to be extremely careful with all outdoor activities that could start a fire. He says the current hot, dry conditions have created a fire danger which is usually not seen in Wyoming until August. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(Matt Cardy/Getty)
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Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Announces Rate Increases

Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power customers will pay a little more for electricity and gas effective July 1.

The utility announced on Wednesday that the Wyoming Public Service Commissi0n had approved the increases, which the utility says is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements.

According to Jane Montoya, the utilities Customer Service D

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Heart Stress-Test Radiation Concerns [AUDIO]

Heart disease kills roughly 1 in four state residents. Dr. Martha Gulati says that while using imaging with heart stress-testing can be a cost-effective and effective test for heart problems, she is concerned about exposing patients to radiation without considering the consequences. The Wyoming Workforce Development Council, in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, honored five outstanding employers, individuals and projects during the Governor’s Summit on Workforce Solutions Awards. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Cheyenne City Hall (Doug Randall/TSM)
Cheyenne City Hall (Doug Randall/TSM)
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Cheyenne Council Approves 2013 City Budget

The Cheyenne City Council Tuesday evening approved a $49.6 Million dollar budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins on July 1, 2012. Prior to approving the proposed budget, the council approved an amendment by Councilwoman Amber Ash to transfer a little over $279, 000 in money the city saved when health insurance rates did not increase as expected into a special economic development fund.

Following approval of Ash’s amendment, the council voted 9-0, with Councilman Sean Allen absent, to app

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