Laramie, Wyo. – Eighty-seven Wyoming schools have failed to meet the standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Department of Education released yearly progress reports today.
Five of the 87 schools that failed to meet yearly standards missed the mark for the fifth consecutive year. Under No Child Left Behind, schools are required to continually improve from year to year so that all students perform at or above grade level by 2014.
Riverton, Wy – Last night Republicans competing for Wyoming's seat in the House of Representatives laid out their positions on the lack of temporary workers in Wyoming. During a debate in Riverton broadcast on Wyoming Public Radio and Public T-V, candidate Cynthia Lummis gave her stance on immigration. "We need to crack down on illegal immigration at the same time that we increase temporary visas, and the H-2A and H-2B and student visas are temporary visas." Candidate Mark Gordon of Buffalo said he also favors more temporary workers.
Rawlins, Wyo. – Spraying begins this week to try to eradicate up to 1,000 acres of salt cedar around Seminoe Reservoir.
The Medicine Bow Conservation District plans use a helicopter to spray between 600 and 1,000 acres of salt cedar.
Shawna Klatt works for the district. She says the Coordinated Resource Management group is pushing the project. She says the group has already cleared salt cedar from about 30 miles of the Medicine Bow River. She says there are an estimated 5,000 acres of salt cedar around the reservoir.
Wyoming – After years of financial crisis, the worker's comp fund has almost a billion dollars in it. Many employers think that's because they've paid too much. Many employees think they've received too little. The legislature is looking at the issue this session. Addie Goss reports.
Wyoming – State Senator John Hastert is a Democrat from Green River. He's sponsoring a bill that would extend the money a person can get from workers' compensation for mental injuries. An Elsa Partan interview.