Jackson, Wy – Wyoming lawmakers are considering a new way to address substance abuse in the state. A proposed bill would set up a new substance abuse prevention account and in order to get money into the fund lawmakers are being asked to increase the current tax on beer. Beer is current taxed two cents a gallon and the proposal would be to increase that by another four and a half cents. Jackson Representative Keith Gingery is chairing the committee that is considering the proposal.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Business Council has revised rules for a new state program to encourage the construction of infrastructure for housing developments.
The goal of the program is to encourage more affordable housing statewide.
The Legislature approved $1 million for the program last winter. But the Legislature's Management Council, made up of legislative leaders, rejected the rules that the Business Council adopted for the program in July.
Laramie, WY – One Wyoming organization says employers trying ot fill workforce gaps should look to a group they do not normally consider: single mothers.
CLIMB Wyoming's Jessica Barrett Speer says 60% of Wyoming families living in poverty are headed by single mothers...and that's something the organization wants to change through training programs in mining and healthcare.
Laramie, WY – The US Attorney's office in Cheyenne says it's business as usual despite six months without an appointed leader.
Matt Mead stepped down as Wyoming's top federal prosecutor in June to make an unsuccessful bid for the state's vacant US Senate seat. John Green took over as acting US Attorney and now the office is still waiting to see who the White House will appoint as a permanent replacement. A spokesman for Wyoming's US Attorney, John Powell, says he doesn't know when the appointment will be made.
Laramie, WY – Some Laramie residents say parking around the University of Wyoming has become frustrating, and they want it fixed. This year UW lost a sizable chunk of its parking because of construction, and university neighbors are noticing.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says he's looking for a way to avoid going to the Democratic National Convention next summer in Denver.
Freudenthal is one of about 800 superdelegates from around the country heading to the Democratic Convention next August. Being a superdelegate means he's free to back any candidate for his party's nomination, unlike the thousands of delegates who must vote in accord with the results of state caucuses and elections.
Casper, WY – Draft legislation would encourage the digging of drainage ditches to lessen flooding in pastures downstream from coal-bed methane wells.
The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee has signed off on the bill for consideration during this winter's legislative session. The bill would enable the state engineer to order the digging of ditches to reduce flooding from coal-bed methane water.
Laramie, WY – A heavy winter storm is expected to hit southern, central, and eastern Wyoming over the next couple of days. The National Weather Service says there could be from five inches to nearly a foot of new snow.
University of Wyoming Atmospheric Science Professor Bart Gertz says the snowfall should las through Saturday. He says it will be an unusual weather event for this time of year.