12:34 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

New prison brings new struggles

Wyoming – The eastern Wyoming community of Torrington is struggling with some new trials. The percentage of people on some form of public assistance is among the highest in the state and those numbers went up substantially last summer. The question is why? The simple answer has to do with the national economy and Goshen County's lack of economic diversity. But some wonder if there is another reason.

12:31 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Helping soldiers with mental health

Wyoming – The Wyoming National Guard is nearly through its largest deployment in history... about 800 Wyoming soldiers are in Kuwait and Iraq. One of them is there explicitly to support the mental health of the others. He is the first uniformed "behavioral health officer" the Wyoming Guard has ever deployed... and in total, he's watching over the psychological health of 25-hundred soldiers overseas. My colleague Addie Goss has this profile.

WPR News
10:38 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Grasshopper outbreak could be in store

Laramie, Wyo. – An entomologist with the University of Wyoming says there may be an outbreak of grasshoppers this summer. Alexandre Latchininsky says the insects have become much more prevalent over the past few years. He says last summer, parts of eastern Wyoming and the Big Horn Basin had a lot of grasshoppers - about twelve of the insects per square yard. Latchininsky says there should be even more of them this summer.

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WPR News
10:34 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Legislators push to repeal age limit for judges

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives continues to work on a bill that would lift the requirement that Wyoming District and Supreme Court Judges retire at the age of 70. Supporters call the current law "age discrimination."

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WPR News
8:14 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Wildlife using Baggs highway underpass

Laramie, WY – A newly installed highway underpass for migrating animals north of Baggs is working well so far. Several thousand mule deer, pronghorn, bobcats and other animals used it in the fall and winter to migrate across Highway 789 to their winter range.

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WPR News
8:12 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

House defeats college funding bill

WPR News
8:10 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Debate over carbon sequestration bill

WPR News
8:09 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Senate approves property tax transparency bill

Cheyenne, WY – The State Senate has given final approval to a controversial bill that would allow the public to see how much homes are worth in their neighborhood. It would allow people to see what a specific home sold for and how the county assesor has valued other homes in an area. Some Senators argue that this would violate privacy. But Kaycee Senator John Schiffer says it is a matter of fairness: "You have the right to know how your taxes are determined. Why did my taxes go up 40 or 50% in the last 2 or 3 years?"

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WPR News
6:18 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

State House works on underage drinking bill

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WPR News
7:46 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

DUI bill stalls in House committee

Cheyenne, WY – A house committee has postponed a vote on a driving under the influence bill over a disagreement about one provision. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more

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