6:33 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Discussion about positive aspects of the federal health care bill

Discussion about positive aspects of the federal health care bill

Wyoming – Bob Beck speaks with Marguerite Salazar, the Regional Director of the U-S Department of Health and Human Services and Regional Outreach specialist Doyle Forrestahl who say that Wyoming residents have actually little to fear from the new federal affordable care act.

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6:32 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Indian Health Services needs federal health care bill

Indian Health Services needs federal health care bill

Wyoming – While some want Wyoming to try and opt out of the federal health bill, an unintended consequence is the potential effect on Indian Heath Services. Tristan Ahtone reports.

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WPR News
8:44 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mead hopes legislature will endorse local funding proposal

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead remains hopeful that local government will get a steady stream of revenue from the legislature. Last week, the Joint Appropriations Committee agreed to set aside $35 million for local government, much below the $50 million the governor had requested.

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WPR News
8:41 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Senate takes up health care measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has started debate on a proposed constitutional amendment that would keep government from forcing health care requirements on citizens. The measure stems from the new federal health care legislation.

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WPR News
8:35 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mead keeping close watch on same-sex marriage measures

Cheyenne, Wyo. – As both the House and Senate take up same-sex marriage this session, Governor Matt Mead says he is watching the issue closely.

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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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