Wyoming – Newly released polls show that a majority of Americans want some form of comprehensive health care legislation passed, but few seem to agree on the details. That reaction seems to be the case in Wyoming as well. Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – In 2007 a group was formed to increase the number and percentage of students committed to and completing challenging high school coursework. It is called the P-16 council. Right now the council is in the midst of a study of the Hathaway scholarship and its impacts on student learning, along with many other important discussions. Rollin Abernethy is an administrator at the University of Wyoming and is the council President. He speaks with WPR's Bob Beck.
Wyoming – The new Torrington prison is expected to open in early 2010. Wyoming currently pays to house about 300 of its prisoners out-of-state for lack of room here... When the Torrington facility opens, those prisoners will be moved back to Wyoming. State department of corrections director, Bob Lampert, tells WPR's Addie Goss that the prison building is nearly completed and corrections staff are getting trained.
Wyoming – Wyoming lawmakers have been grilled by constituents about their health coverage. They like all federal workers have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing an insurance plan. Many Americans want the same options. Sara Sciammacco has more on whether that is feasible.
Wyoming – As we talk about health care, another aspect is how patients are treated by medical providers. One ongoing debate is how to properly deal with people who are suffering from excessive pain. The debate is over the amount of medication that should be administered in these cases. Ann Jacobs is a Laramie woman who has worked hard to make pain care an issue at both the state and national level. She became interested in the subject when her husband encountered some medical problems. She speaks to WPR's Bob Beck.
Wyoming – With Congress tackling health care reform, everyone seems to be talking about medical care... but not as much about dental care. A new program called the Wyoming Oral Health Initiative is focusing on just that: detecting, treating, and preventing oral disease. It's funded by the state, and involves volunteer dentists surveying the oral health of Wyoming senior citizens and third graders - the first such survey in 20 years. Addie Goss reports.
Wyoming – Last spring, the fear was that H1N1, or swine flu, would launch into a full fledged deadly pandemic. Now expectations are for a much milder outbreak. But the general feeling in the state health community is that flu numbers will be the highest in years... and that has the potential to cause some problems. Bob Beck reports.