WPR News
8:31 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Wyoming House talks school funding

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has started to discuss changes to the school funding model. The model is used to determine how much money an individual school district gets.

Several lawmakers spent the summer and fall looking at how education money is used in the state. House Education Chairman Matt Teeters says they found that Wyoming has been spending a great deal. "The consultants were able to identify that the state is spending 100-million dollars more than what the Constitutional cost basis is," he said.

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WPR News
7:57 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Wyoming Senate kills bill to bar worker lawsuits

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate on Wednesday defeated a bill that would have prevented workers injured on the job from suing supervisors allegedly responsible for the accident.

Supporters of the bill said that stricter rules would protect employers from unnecessary lawsuits, and pointed out that workers' compensation would still kick in for injured workers.

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WPR News
7:50 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

State House passes DUI bill

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House gave final approval to a bill that would keep drivers accused of driving under the influence from refusing a blood alcohol test.

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WPR News
7:43 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Wyoming house approves sales tax exemption measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming manufacturers could continue to get a sales tax exemption on equipment for four more years.

The Wyoming House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final approval to the bill that supporters say is critical in both attracting and maintaining the manufacturing sector in the state.

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WPR News
7:39 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Senate committee passes two reform measures

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate education committee on Wednesday approved a pair of reform bills.

One would do away with tenure, or what's called "continuing contract status" for teachers. The other puts in place an accountability system for schools.

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WPR News
11:23 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Wyoming Students Score High In Science

CHEYENNE, wyo – The state Education Department says Wyoming fourth and eighth grade students scored above the national average in a science education test. The National Assessment of Educational Progress science assessment is administered every four years in most states.
Eighty percent of Wyoming's fourth graders scored at or above the basic level in science, compared to 71 percent nationally.

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WPR News
8:11 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

State Senate could approve CBM technology bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would allow companies to use bugs or bacteria to convert coal into methane gas. The idea is being studied by the UW School of Energy Resources and is being used in other states.

Senator Kit Jennings says the practice could rejuvenate the coal-bed methane industry. "If we can't get these companies working," he said, "they are going to take their technologies and patents and go someplace they can."

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WPR News
7:41 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

House bill would allow consolidation of city and county govmt

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Teton County legislative delegation is pursuing a constitutional amendment that would allow the consolidation of city and county government. The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to the resolution, but it will have to be supported by voters across the state.

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WPR News
7:18 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Wyoming House defeats abortion measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – After a lengthy debate, the Wyoming House today defeated a bill that would have mandated that women be offered a chance to see an ultrasound of a fetus 24 hours prior to an abortion.

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WPR News
6:23 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

State Senate continues to debate marriage amendment

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate is debating a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow marriage to exist only between a man and a woman. The Senate has amended the bill to keep civil unions out of the constitutional amendment.

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