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Trump's Pick To Lead National Parks Gets Mixed Reviews

The Trump Administration has finally nominated a director for the National Park Service. The new director will manage a public lands system facing record-breaking visitation and $11 billion in maintenance backlog . Click play to hear the audio version of this story.

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Burgess Junction, WY – The Bighorn National Forest wants to limit motorized travel and camping in a popular recreation area to protect the land from further damage. Rangers says the area near Burgess Junction has been damaged by uncontrolled all-terrain vehicle usage and too many dispersed campsites. Rangers say years of heavy use in the area has filled lakes and streams with sediment and caused erosion and vegetation damage.

Cody, WY – A state lawmaker and doctors in Cody disagree over whether voters should decide on a constitutional amendment allowing legislators to debate medical malpractice reforms. Governor Dave Freudenthal introduced the proposed amendment last month. In a debate in Cody, State Representative Colin Simpson says he heeds a more compelling reason to amend the constitution. He also doesn't agree liability caps are the answer. However, West Park Hospital doctors argue Wyoming must address the medical malpractice crisis any way it can.

Newcastle, Wy –
A group of counties in Northeast Wyoming have a new State Senator. Chuck Townsend who works in the minerals industry and who has served in local government, will fill the Seat of Bill Barton who resigned because of health reasons. Townsend is already getting support from Republican Chairman Jim Willox who praised his small business background as an asset. He will represent the largest Senate district in the state, covering five counties in northeast Wyoming.

Wyoming – Citizens of the state had their chance to say what they would do with a billion dollars. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this wasn't hypothetical they were talking about the state's billion dollar budget surplus.

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success the last three years. But the stars of the team have left and the Pokes will have to try and reestablish themselves. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the dawn of a new era of Pokes basketball.

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming College of Business has plans to eliminate one of its newest programs at the end of this school year

Laramie, WY – When Matthew Shepard died, things could have been tough for gays and lesbians in the state.

Campbell County, WY – A Campbell county rancher has agreed to settle a lawsuit where he accused the state of unlawfully allowing coal bed methane water to damage his property.

Cody, WY – A Cody artist was honored last weekend at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. James Bama was named the show's first-ever Honored Artist. Art show organizers say awarding Bama made perfect sense.

Evanston, WY – A company is hoping to start operating a large wind farm in the state by the end of the year. The plan is for 80 turbines to produce electricity just outside of Evanston. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports state lawmakers took some credit for the project at a press conference

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