Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming has seen a significant decrease in the number housing permits issued in the past 12 months. State Economist Jim Robinson says the past year has seen a 92 percent drop in permits compared to the year before. But he says some aspects of the state's housing industry are still strong compared to national trends. "Other aspects are still in pretty good shape in terms of foreclosures where that's been a problem in different parts of the country, and also the decline of housing prices. We're not seeing that in Wyoming so that's the good news. "
Washington D-C – The powerful American Medical Association is meeting in Washington. Today the group heard from Wyoming's John Barrasso, one of just a pair of physicians in the Senate. UN TIME: 45 seconds Barrasso is an orthopedic surgeon, and like many in his field he bristles at the high cost of malpractice insurance. He told a receptive AMA audience that for him, tort reform is a key part of health reform.
Democrats have resisted efforts to limit awards for injured patients. Another issue affecting Wyoming is the dwindling number of doctors willing to practice there.
Jackson , Wy – A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says two United Airlines A320 planes that skidded off runways in recent months had crossed wiring in their main landing gear. The most recent incident occurred February 25 when a United flight with 125 people aboard slid off the runway after landing in Jackson Hole. The plane ended up in three feet of snow. No one was seriously hurt, although one passenger sprained a wrist while trying to open an emergency exit.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming Speaker of the House Roy Cohee is making a historic decision. Traditionally those who have served as speaker of the house have either retired from the legislature or run for another office. But Speaker of the House Roy Cohee has decided that he will try and get re-elected to his house seat. Cohee says he would like to add to the legislatures institutional memory. If elected, it would be Cohee's sixth term representing Casper.
Laramie, Wy – A national effort has kicked off that is attempting to once and for all help longtime smokers quit. Wyoming has joined the Become an EX Campaign that uses web based resources and phone numbers to give smokers the ability to stop smoking. Campaign Spokeswoman Julie Cartright says that in a place like Wyoming help is needed.
Laramie, WY – A state epidemiologist says a recent study of mining communities in West Virginia should not worry people in Wyoming. The study found that West Virginians living near coal mines have higher-than-normal rates of chronic heart, lung, and kidney diseases.
Laramie, WY – The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, John Millin, says uncommitted superdelegates ought to make up their minds and get behind either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama well before the Democratic National Convention.
Millin says there's no hurry before the remaining states hold their caucuses and primaries. He says those eight states and two territories have a right to get their say, just as Wyoming had its say on March 8.
Laramie, WY – April has been proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention month and the Governor is calling on people to speak up if they suspect a child is suffering.
The Executive director of the nonprofit group called Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming is Charlene Smith. She says that Wyoming experiences 800 substantiated cases of child abuse per year, and that eight Wyoming children died from child abuse in 2003. She adds that they believe the actual number of abuse cases in the state reaches 2-thousand a year.