Laramie, WY – Unemployment in Wyoming continues to rise. In June, the state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9%, up almost a full percentage point from May. David Bullard with the state Department of Employment says this is the highest Wyoming unemployment rate since 1992. It wasn't the only statistic that jumped out: "We continue to see job losses; our job growth rate fell to a -2.6%, which is the lowest it's been since 1987."
Cheyenne, WY – The federal government's refusal to release any information on what killed three teenage girls found dead on the Wind River Indian Reservation last year is driving a Wyoming state senator to propose changing state law to make county coroner records more open.
Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, has drafted legislation that would specify that all coroner records would be open for public review unless they're specified to be privileged or confidential by law.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Republicans Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis say they oppose a U.S. House bill that would provide more land for wild horses and burros and protect the animals from slaughter.
The bill would restrict the government from killing healthy wild horses and burros. It would also give the government authority to enter into cooperative agreements to establish wild horse sanctuaries on nonfederal lands.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting the bill would cost up to $700 million.
Cheyenne, WY – More than $10 million in federal economic stimulus funding will help hundreds of low-income families keep the Wyoming chill out of their homes.
The money is going toward a state program that helps people who meet certain income requirements install insulation, tune up their furnaces, switch to programmable thermostats and take other steps to make their homes more energy efficient.