Wyoming – Also over in Cheyenne this week the state Senate approved a bill that is intended to encourage more people to wear their seatbelts. The bill proposes that the fine for not wearing a seatbelt go from 25 dollars to 75 dollars for every driver who is not buckled up. The driver will be fined an additional ten dollars for ever passenger not wearing a seatbelt. People in the state have differing accounts of when and where they actually buckle up. We asked people in downtown Laramie whether or not they wear seatbelts, and why.
Wyoming – In Wyoming driving on an icy road in the middle of a blizzard is a rite of passage. Wyomingites are united by these harrowing tales. And while travel conditions are a common topic of conversation at this time of year, that conversation is daily business at the Wyoming Department of Transportation traffic management center. This is the first winter when all dispatch operations have been based at the center. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay visited and has this report.
Wyoming – It has been more than a month since an earthquake devastated Haiti. Several people from Wyoming have gone to the country to assist in recovery efforts. One of them, Curt Orde, is a volunteer medic in Centennial. He returned to Wyoming this week after spending ten days in Haiti. He told Addie Goss that he spent much of his time in a tiny community.
Wyoming – It's well known that Wyoming has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. What's talked about less often is suicide among the elderly. Between 1999 and 2006, 143 Wyomingites over the age of 65 are known to have taken their lives. The rate of elderly suicide in Wyoming for those years was twice the national average. And these numbers are widely assumed to be under-reported. We look at why older adults consider suicide - and what can be done to prevent it. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss Reports
Wyoming – Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi was in Wyoming this week talking about health care, small business, and other topics. He stopped in Laramie, where we sat down to talk about health care reform. Enzi was part of the bipartisan Gang of Six originally tasked with drafting a Senate health care reform bill. He explains to Addie Goss why he ultimately rejected what the Gang of Six came up with.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Today the Wyoming Senate will vote for a final time on a bill that sets up a health care pilot project. It offers health insurance to those who can't afford it in the private marketplace and provide some funds to help people pay for their health care.