Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal wants Wyoming to spend the largest chunk of its available discretionary cash to help local governments.
Freudenthal announced today that his proposed budget will call on the state Legislature to approve $300 million in new state spending early next year for local governments. That's in addition to $108 million the state would have to spend to continue local government funding at its present level.
Laramie, WY – A new study shows that Wyoming residents are still struggling with depression and suicide at rates higher than most other states.
A national group called Mental Health America released data that shows Wyoming has the fifth highest suicide rate in the country, and the tenth highest rate of depression. Suicide prevention leader for Wyoming's Department of Health, Keith Hotle, says one aspect of the study surprised him -- suicide is more common in areas with fewer health facilities and fewer people with health insurance.
Laramie, WY – Domestic violence centers and shelters don't expect to see an increase in abuse cases during the holiday season.
Sheridan's Advocacy and Resource Center's Rhonda Webber says despite the holiday stress and constant family get-togethers, she expects to see the same number of new cases as any other time of the year. Webber thinks many families with domestic violence issues ignore the problem during the holidays.
Webber says the Center averages 60 to 80 cases every month.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is recommending that the state use federal Abandoned Mine Lands money for the new School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. Wyoming is set to receive a total of 550-million dollars of federal money over a number of years, and it's up to the state to decide what to do with the money. The governor says more than $17 million of it should go to the School of Energy Resources.
Laramie, WY – Five agencies will hold a public meeting next week in Bozeman, to review how Yellowstone National Park bison are treated outside the park's boundaries.
The December 4th meeting will include a review of last winter's operations and an overview of plans for the coming season.
The five agencies that implemented the bison management plan in 2000 will have representatives speak about past and coming operations. There will also be discussions about brucellosis in Montana, and the status of the Interagency Bison Management Plan.
Laramie, WY – State education officials say they have work to do in reducing the amount of risky behavior among school children. State Superintendent Jim McBride says data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows an improvement in the percentage of high school students who smoke.
But McBride says he is not satisfied with the prevalence of drinking among teens, and a trend that shows many students don't wear a seatbelt.