Wyoming – The Albany County SAFE Project advocates on behalf of victims, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. It's one of 24 such programs statewide - and this month the SAFE Project is trying to draw attention to the problem of stalking. I asked Outreach Coordinator Brittany Parsons to begin by giving us some numbers.
Wyoming – A big part of getting new legislation passed in the legislature is advocacy for bills. Some of that advocacy comes from citizens, but a lot happens through lobbyists. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone spent an afternoon speaking with lobbyists to hear about their strategies at the start of this session.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would study the possibility of merit pay for public school teachers. The money could be doled out through a merit-based salary schedule, or could come as extra pay for excellent work.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill to keep Wyoming from recognizing any same-sex marriage. The state does not allow same-sex marriage, but the bill would amend state law so that gay marriages performed in other states would not be viewed as legal in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate will soon debate a resolution that's intended to keep government from mandating a health care plan. It specifically points to insurance mandates, but includes many other state or federal requirements.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A State Senator wants the legislature to set the stage for banning same-sex marriage under the Wyoming Constitution. Senator Curt Meier says the issue has been a topic of contention for some time, and voters should decide whether or not same-sex marriages should be legal.
Casper, Wyo. – Arch Coal Inc. has announced a deal to ship Wyoming coal to Asia by way of British Columbia.
The St. Louis-based company on Tuesday announced a deal with Canadian firm Ridley Terminals Inc. that will enable Arch to ship up to 2 million metric tons of coal this year and up to 2.5 million tons each year through 2015.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the company would use a port near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.