Washington D-C – 20 years ago former Wyoming Senator Malcom Wallop spoke on the Senate floor and complained about the complicated U-S Tax Code. On the anniversary of that discussion Senator John Barrasso who now holds Wallop's old seat did the same thing. Barrasso says in the 20 years since Wallop's speech the tax code has only gotten more difficult. Barrasso says reforming the tax code will be difficult but he says it must happen. He says the other problem is that Government is too big and spends too much.
Cheyenne, Wy – A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper who was fired for calling in a bogus drunken-driving report says he has agreed to settle his wrongful termination lawsuit. The patrol fired Trooper Ben Peech about a year ago. Peech was fired after nearly ten years with the patrol over his handling of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration effort -- a bust that netted more than $3 million in cash during an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 80. Peech called in a phony DUI report to the state's drunken
Lander, Wy – If you think you have seen more snow this year then in the past, there could be a reason. A company says it dropped about 23 pounds of silver iodide during airplane flights over the Wind River Range from November to March, in an attempt to boost snowfall. It's part of a five year weather modification study that is co-sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The state has provided $9 million for the program, which will be entering its fourth year. Researchers also have been experimenting in
Laramie, WY – Washington lawmakers are trying to kill a Bush Administration rule on health insurance because they say it would hurt low-income children.
Wyoming advocates agree. Starting this August the rule would restrict the low-income insurance program S-CHIP to families that make less than 200 percent of the poverty level. For a family of four, that's about 42-thousand dollars. Plus, states would have to enroll 95 percent of eligible kids before opening up the program to higher income brackets.
Cheyenne, WY – The mountain snowpack in Wyoming is above average for this time of year.
And experts say the abundance of high-country moisture this spring could recharge reservoirs drained low by drought.
The snow-water equivalent in the Upper North Platte drainage increased to more than 115 percent of average, and the Little Snake River drainage in Carbon and Sweetwater counties to nearly 130 percent of average.
The Upper Green River Basin is the only below-average region in the state with a snowpack of 92 percent.
Laramie, WY – The head of Wyoming's victim services division says more could be done to enforce the victims' Bill of Rights. Julie Tennant-Caine says victims of violent crimes in Wyoming have the right to know if their assailant has been arrested, and to be present during court hearings, among other rights.
Laramie, WY – A coalition of businesses is trying a new way to keep some of their employees out of the hospital.
The recently-formed Wyoming Business Coalition on Health is unveiling a state-wide preventive health care program for diabetic employees. Participating employers will pay for testing supplies and monthly check-ups for their diabetic workers.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Republicans are worried about a possible surge in democratic legislative candidates. Democratic gains have been made in both the Colorado and Montana legislature. So despite owning a better then two thirds legislative majority in Wyoming .Republicans are raising money for a legislative trust account to provide money for state legislative candidates. Wyoming Democratic Party Director Bill Luckett says that the reason Democrats are becoming more powerful in the west is because Republicans are moving away from western values.