Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a company with a chemical plant in Cheyenne has agreed to pay more than $110,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations. The EPA announced Monday that the settlement also requires Dyno Nobel, Inc., to improve maintenance and internal auditing of equipment used to store and process hazardous chemicals at the Cheyenne plant. The company also has agreed to improve documentation of training for employees who work with hazardous chemicals at the plant.
Thermopolis, WY – Charges have been dropped against a member of the Wyoming Parole Board who had been accused of shooting at his live-in girlfriend and threatening to kill her if she called police. Hot Springs County Attorney Jerry Williams declined Monday to explain why he dropped the charges against James Weisbeck of Thermopolis. Williams would only say that he believed the action,is in the interest of justice. Weisbeck's attorney, Alex Sitz, says the charges lacked merit and he hopes the dismissal clears his client's name.
Laramie, Wyo. – As Congress continues negotiations over the federal budget and debt ceiling, Wyoming hospitals are concerned about what proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would mean for their bottom lines.
Dan Perdue of the Wyoming Hospital Association says cuts would have a significant impact. "Medicare and Medicaid make up over half of the revenue that hospitals experience on a day to day basis," he said. "We already have some thin margins in our hospitals and the prospect of losing any more money comes with a lot of concern."
Wheatland, WY – A preliminary hearing for a man accused of killing his three sons and adult brother and wounding his wife has been set for Thursday in Wheatland. Everett E. Conant III faces murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting rampage. Meanwhile, Platte County Attorney Eric Jones said today that he has not decided whether or not to seek the death penalty in the case. Conant's wife, Suzette Conant, is hospitalized in good condition with shoulder and ankle wounds.
Wyoming – The Senate cancelled its July Fourth recess, nominally to seek compromise on the debt ceiling. But as Jim Hilgen reports from Washington, Wyoming's senators haven't budged much in their views on how to address the nation's financial issues.
Wyoming – The University of Wyoming's Carbon Management Institute is undertaking an ambitious carbon sequestration project in Sweetwater County. It's still in its early stages - but university researchers and Institute director Ron Surdam have high hopes. Ron Surdam of U-W's Carbon Management Institute speaks with Molly Messick about an area where billions of tons of carbon dioxide might eventually be stored.
Wyoming – 37 rural hospitals and mental health centers in Wyoming recently received high speed internet services, so that telemedicine services can be provided to rural citizens across the state. The Director of the University of Wyoming's Center for Rural Health Research and Education is Rex Gatenbein joins Bob Beck to explain what this might mean for health care in the state