Wyoming – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is taking this high profile opportunity to unveil a new, expanded web site. Aliza Sherman reports that the Internet can be a useful tool for combating domestic violence. Or it can be a dangerous one.
Cheyenne – Debate on Medical Malpractice Constitutional Amendments.
Bob Beck - moderator. Tom Throop of the Equality State Policy Center, Doctor Robert Monger of the Wyoming Medical Society and Insurance Commission Ken Vines are on the panel to talk about Medical Malpractice.
Laramie, WY – A famous trial attorney from Jackson is traveling the state trying to raise opposition to the idea of capping medical malpractice damage awards. Gerry Spence says any cap limites the rights of people in Wyoming. He says he wouldn't even support a cap on non-economic damages or pain and suffering at one million dollars. Spence says if someone's wife is killed and she didn't work outside the home, she doesn't have any economic value under this proposed amendment. Spence says he knows of no Wyoming woman who isn't worth more than a million dollars.
Greybull, WY – Greybull-based Hawkins and Powers Aviation is in financial trouble and is turning to the small northern Wyoming community for help. Co-owner Duane Powers says the company is selling off its assets to creditors and has reduced its workforce from 145 to 60. The company is seeking community support for a one and a half million dollar business grant to build a large airport hanger as well as loans. It also is changing the focus of its business away from firefighting.
Cheyenne, Wy – An advocacy group for people with disabilities says it plans to sue over "dangerous conditions" at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. Protection and Advocacy System cited an attempted suicide last week, a suicide in March and last year's death of a patient who jumped or fell from a State Hospital vehicle on Interstate 80. Protection and Advocacy claims that patients have access to "knives and other weapons" and patients and staff are being assaulted.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Supreme Court Justices say that summaries of proposed constitutional amendments may stay on that ballot this November. The Court rejected a request to insist that the entire wording of the four proposed amendments go before voters. Attorney General Pat Crank and Secretary of State Joe Meyer had strongly objected to the request by three Wyoming citizens, calling it frivolous. But the attorney handling the case, Tim Newcomb strongly disagrees. Newcomb hopes the issue will be addressed in the future because he says the practice of using summaries is wrong.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming Astronomers have discovered a ancient bundle of stars within the Milky Way. U-W Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky says it was a collaborative effort using Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the University's Infrared Observatory. He says the new technology is helping them find new things all the time. Kobulnicky admits that they thought all the clusters had been found.
Gillette, WY – The state is making an effort to resolve the highly contentious issue of coal-bed methane discharge water management in the Powder River Basin. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is developing a new approach to issuing water discharge permits. The initiative is being designed with the hope that ever coal-bed methane permit won't be challenged by environmental groups or landowners when it goes to public notice.