Cheyenne, WY – The Governor and First Lady released data Wednesday on what it costs to be self sufficient in Wyoming's counties. This cost is based on the amount of money required to meet basic needs without any help from the government or family members. First Lady Nancy Freudenthal says it is not up to the government to make laws to help get everyone to the level of self sufficiency. She says what the state can do is spend wisely when it recruits companies. The study shows that on average a single parent needs to make about $10 an hour to be self sufficient.
Cheyenne – Governor Dave Freudenthal has signed the first few bills passed by the state legislature into law. But with just over two weeks left in the 2005 Session, there are still some major issues to be resolved. Roger Adams speaks with Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck about what remains.
Cheyenne – When the proposed Medical review panel bill left the house last week, some in the medical community thought it was tilted a bit in favor of attorneys. That's no longer the case after the Senate Labor committee reworked some key provisions and completely removed attorneys from the panel. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Laramie, Wy – The group Trout Unlimited says oil and gas development is happening way too fast in the Rocky Mountain West. The organization today released a report that finds the region's petroleum development is guided by scant science with respect to the well-being of fish, wildlife and people. Trout Unlimited is calling for more study, before there's irreversible damage, and has the backing of more than 50 professionals in the fish and wildlife fields.
Cheyenne, Wy – Some state legislators still believe that 16 year old drivers should be allowed to have more then one passenger in their car, even if they are to have an intermediate license. That was part of the second day of debate on the Graduated Drivers License bill. The bill as it is currently written does not allow more then one passenger under the age of 18, if a 16 year old is driving. This led to an attempt to amend the bill to allow three passengers.
Cheyenne, Wy – Despite complaints that the system used to place the new medium security prison was flawed Torrington remains the site of choice. During debate several Senators questioned the selection process. Senator Cale Case of Lander says the scoring system was very flawed and nobody that picked the site knew anything about business or economics. He also says there will be economic leakages to Nebraska that should be considered.