Cheyenne – The 57th session of the Wyoming Legislature got underway yesterday with the state of the state address from the governor. He called on lawmakers to take advantage of the opportunity they have and make a serious impact on the future of the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports on how the speech went over.
Ottawa, Canada – Fears about the financial impact of mad cow disease aren't being helped by looking north of the border. Mad cow was discovered in Canada in May of 2003. And Canadian farm income may have plunged to record lows last year because of it. A governmental report says realized net income for farmers is expected to drop to a negative $13.4 million for 2003.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate introduced four health care measures Monday in an effort to deal with rising costs. Senate Health Committee Chairman Charlie Scott says the medical errors commission measure is the most significant. It is among the two tort reform measures under consideration and Scott says it would set up a system to look into health care errors and possibly make changes to avoid future ones. Bills also introduced would assist in recruiting doctors, study health care technology and provide smaller hospitals with money to treat catastrophic cases.
Cheyenne, WY – Republican leaders in the Legislature were generally complimentary with their views of Governor Freudenthal's State of the State message. But the Speaker of the House says the Governor used over-the-top, anti-minerals rhetoric in his speech. Representative Fred Parady, a Republican, says the Democratic governor went too far when he said the minerals industry could inadvertently turn our state into a water and wildlife wasteland.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal gave his second State of the State address Monday morning, formally starting to 2004 Wyoming Legislative Session. In a speech that lasted about 50 minutes, the Governor urged legislators to build schools and prisons this session and consider major savings later. During his state of the state message the Governor tried to convince legislators that paying for these things now, will free up money and the need for taxes in the future. He says failure to act now will result in legislators having to come back and face debt or raising taxes.
Laramie, Wy – A plane crashed near the summit of Elk Mountain Friday, killing the pilot and injuring the two passengers. Local authorities carried out a daylong effort to get the survivors off the mountain in south-central Wyoming. They were finally able to reach them around ten o'clock. The plane crashed around 11:30 Friday morning about a thousand feet below the 11-thousand, 100-foot summit. The passengers were able to contact authorities by cell phone.