LARAMIE, wyo – An economist who watches the Rocky Mountain Region says Wyoming's economy should continue to expand. Ernie Goss from Creighton University says the state's economy has been doing well for several months, but he says there's a caveat: the dollar cannot gain value.
"As long as we see a weak dollar the prospects are good for the Wyoming economy going forward into 2011," says Goss. "We're not going to see real spectacular growth, but it's just going to be a continuation of what we have been seeing."
LARAMIE, wyo – DKRW Advanced Fuels has begun preliminary work on a two billion dollar coal-to-liquid facility that is slated to be up and running in southeast Wyoming in 2014. Company chairman Bob Kelly says this will be the first facility in the U-S to produce gasoline from coal on a commercial scale. The coal gasification plant's location - between the remote towns of Medicine Bow and Hanna - was chosen primarily for its proximity to a large coal reserve in the area. Kelly says that allows for reduced transport costs.
CHEYENNE, wyo – Advocates for open government say three bills going before the Wyoming Legislature early next year would bring clarity to the state's sunshine laws.
One of the proposals would require government agencies to make records available for inspection generally within three days of a public request, while another proposed change would require courts to expedite cases involving public records requests.
The third bill would require government bodies to record executive sessions.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming should continue to see economic expansion and job creation in 2011. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the prediction comes from analysis by an economist at Creighton University.
LARAMIE, wyo – Native Americans in Wyoming make up just over four percent of all estimated AIDS diagnoses in the state, while nationally they make up less than 1-percent.
Not all states collect HIV/AIDS surveillance data on their native populations, which makes it hard to get an accurate, national picture of how the disease is affecting Native communities. However, Wyoming does, and here, the percentages of infection are four times the national average in Native Americans.