Washington, D.C. – In Washington, the House is considering extension of a law allowing satellite tv companies to retransmit the signals of local television stations. A Wyoming lawmaker says its a matter of giving consumers more and better choices.
Washington D-C – Wyoming's congressional delegation is trying to get its share of Abandoned Mine Land Revenue. A dispute over whether A-M-L money should go towards health benefits of miners instead, is costing Wyoming about 400 million dollars. Senator Craig Thomas chaired a federal hearing on the matter today. He is concerned that Wyoming's money will be diverted to other needs.
Cheyenne, Wy – Lawyers for the state have asked the Wyoming Supreme court to declare the new school capital construction program constitutional. Wyoming has put over a billion dollars into the new plan and Chief Deputy Attorney General Mike O'Donnell says they want to know if they succeeded in meeting court mandates. Governor Dave Freudenthal adds that it is time that the state needs to control its own destiny in the area of public education.
Laramie, Wy – A coalition of environmental groups are petitioning the U-S Forest Service to do more to protect Northern goshawks in Idaho, Montana and western Wyoming. The petition includes all national forests in that tri-state area. It asks for the protection of more than one thousand acres of existing old-growth forests and roadless areas. Conservationists say the loss of habitat is substantial. In the Interior Columbia Basin alone, the groups say goshawk habitat has declined by 95 percent in recent years. Environmentalists say the large bird is slipping through the cracks.
Denver, CO – Ashley Elliott hit six 3-pointers and had 29 points to lead Wyoming over Colorado State 67-61 in the Mountain West Conference tournament today, the Cowgirls' first win ever in a conference tournament. Kristen Lenhardt added 18 points in fifth-seeded Wyoming's first win after 14 straight conference tournament losses - four straight in the Mountain West. The Cowgirls (11-17) will face top-seeded New Mexico in the semifinals Friday, thanks mostly to Elliott's hot shooting early and late.
Laramie, Wy – Warm, dry weather is predicted over the next two weeks for Wyoming. State climatologist Jan Curtis says that could erode Wyoming's snowpack ahead of schedule and delay any recovery from the drought. Curtis says precipitation and snowpack so far this year have been better statewide than during the past several years. But that could be lost quickly with several weeks of warm, dry weather. During March and April, snowpacks can decrease by about one percent for each warm, snowless day.
Laramie, Wy – An online news service is reporting officials from several states would like to change how the national terror alert system works. They are saying they would like regionalized alerts rather than just a single warning for the entire country. The director of the Wyoming office of Homeland Security, Joe Moore disagrees saying the current system works. He says a national alert system keeps terrorists at bay because then they don't know where the American intelligence community is looking.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Insurance Commissioner has no regrets about the state failing to pass a bill that would have allowed the state to either help or put a foot into the medical malpractice business. The Ohio Insurance Company, one of Wyoming's major medical malpractice providers is leaving Wyoming in a few months, but Insurance Commissioner Ken Vines thinks that other providers may be able to step in to replace them. Lawmakers had considered legislation that could have gotten Wyoming into the Insurance business.