Wyoming – A Kansas-based pro-life group has been protesting this week outside a Jackson clinic that provides abortions. The demonstrators have singled out family physician Brent Blue. They're asking him to stop performing the procedure, and they're also asking local people to take up their cause. We hear from those protestors, and Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick talks to Dr. Blue.
Wyoming – This summer, Wyoming officials will continue working on what is called a health exchange. It is a web-based system developed under the federal health care legislation that is designed to help the uninsured and self-employed find and purchase health insurance. The hope is that this will facilitate finding affordable insurance. Other western states are already creating their health exchanges. Chris Lehman reports from Oregon.
Wyoming – With Wyoming's unemployment rate sitting at 6.7 percent, it would appear that not many in the state are looking for work. But in fact, a lot of people are struggling to find good paying jobs, some are severely under-employed and others are facing the prospect of their unemployment benefits running out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has this story.
Wyoming – Teton County is another place where jobs aren't coming back quickly. Tourism is picking up, but other local industries are not rebounding, which means they're not hiring, at least not in great numbers. And that's leaving people who lost jobs during the downturn with few options for digging themselves out of poverty. And in a place like Jackson Hole, where the cost of living is high, that can be a problem. Rebecca Huntington has more.
Cheyenne, WY – No survivors were found after a plane with two people aboard was found in southwest Wyoming. Wyoming Civil Air Patrol officials say the Bellanca 17 plane was found in Sweetwater County at about 2:15 p.m. in the South Pass area of Wyoming, between Farson and Rock Springs. Names have not been released pending notification of relatives. Authorities say the plane took off from Pinedale, Wyo., at 10 a.m. Thursday and was headed to Centennial, where the owner kept the plane. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says
Cheyenne, WY – The State of Wyoming has agreed to pay nearly $45,000 to settle claims by a correctional officers' union that top administrators at the state Department of Corrections retaliated against them for union activities. In the settlement, Corrections Department Director Robert Lampert also agreed to allow the Wyoming Association of Correctional Employees more freedom to try to recruit new members and to express concerns about prison management. The Corrections Department declined comment.