Washington, DC – Tens of thousands of abandoned hardrock mines, many was old as the 19th century, could get an economic boost for cleanup efforts with the economic stimulus bill awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.
The bill expected to be signed Tuesday contains more than $1.5 billion for construction and maintenance projects in the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and Forrest Service. That includes addressing pollution and safety hazards caused by abandoned mines on public lands in Wyoming and 12 other states.
Cheyenne, WY – The State Senate has approved a change in the state Charter school law and it may soon head to the Governor's desk. It says that school districts and those interested in starting Charter Schools must negotiate points of disagreement. It also allows the State board of education to mediate any disputes. Some hope the legislation will lead to more Charter Schools being formed in Wyoming. But Laramie Senator Mike Massie doubts that will happen.
Wyoming – Congress is starting to address an issue that has been around for awhile. The hard rock mining law has been on the book for over a century. Environmental groups and mining companies have been deadlocked for decades over its reform. As Eric Niiler reports, a new crop of conservation-minded Western Democrats in Congress could be key to a breakthrough.
Wyoming – This summer we addressed the concern over the high numbers of juveniles that are ending up in jails across the state. One part of the solution hit the Senate floor this week. The bill that gets county attorneys more involved with juveniles who enter the court system at the lowest levels. It allows them to intervene if someone is showing up in municipal court. The Wyoming association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police support the bill. Their Director is Byron Oedekoven he joins Bob Beck.
Wyoming – Domestic violence seems to be on the rise in Wyoming. The Division of Victim Services reports a 17 percent increase in the number of victims served between 2007 and 2008. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this may very well be tied to the downturn in the economy.
Wyoming – Wyoming ranks among the worst states when it comes to equal pay for women, a new study finds. The Wyoming Women Status Report released Friday says women on average earn only 63 percent as men do in Wyoming. The national average is about 78 percent. The report says the wage gap is the biggest employment issue facing women in the state. Teresa de Groh, chair of the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues, joins Bob Beck to talk about the study.
Wyoming – It's ozone alert season in Sublette County - and air quality testing is about to go to ground level. University of Wyoming researchers are looking for volunteers to wear special ozone data badges and keep logs of their whereabouts during high ozone days. Robert Field is an air quality measurement specialist at UW and one of the researchers. He explains how the study will work to Addie Goss