Wyoming – This week Wyoming's Joint Appropriations Committee met with the Governor on budget cuts. They also learned what the newest revenue forecasts might mean for the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Columbus, OH – A new report says the country's natural gas reserves are much bigger than previously thought.
Thanks to new technology that has allowed producers to drill for gas in shale rock, the Potential Gas Committee in Golden, Colo., said that the country's reserves are 35 percent higher than just two years ago. The reserves have reached the highest level since the group started tracking the information 44 years ago.
Gas reserves in Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain states are up 60 percent.
Cheyenne, WY – The director of the Wyoming Department of Health says budget cuts underscore the need to pursue a pilot program to offer health insurance to people who can't afford it on the open market.
Dr. Brent Sherard told members of the Joint Interim Appropriations Committee on Friday that his department wants to maintain public access to health care despite the cuts.
The department is losing $43 million from the roughly $425 million in state funds it was to receive in the coming fiscal year.
Riverton, WY – Fremont County schools are trying to crack down on students using text messages to bully other students. Schools Superintendent Paige Fenton Hughes says the policy for the High school and Junior High schools is that students will no longer be able to use their cell phones during school hours: "We've had a couple of incidents of using cell phones to bully other kids or send inappropriate messages about kids to a large number of students."
Laramie, WY – The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced which programs will get Americorps volunteers. The Wyoming Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was again on that list, and will have 15 members serving around the state.
Cheyenne, WY – The National AARP Spelling Bee gets underway in Cheyenne Saturday. Spellers age 50 and older from across the country will compete. Dave Lerner is the pronouncer for the contest. Lerner has been practicing how to say some of the obscure words he will ask the contestants: "My favorite word of last year was CRWTH, a type of musical instrument similar to lyre. And I liked it because it had no vowels in it."
The event will be held at the Little America Hotel and Resort.
Cheyenne, Wy – At a hearing concerning state budget reductions, the legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee was told that the budget needed to be reduced and there is no guarantee that energy revenues will return to recent levels. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more.