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Wyoming ranks fourth in the nation for the number of students its schools refer to law enforcement and courts. That’s according to a data analysis by The Center for Public Integrity.

The investigative news organization looked at Department of Education data from 2011-2012 school year. In that one school year, Wyoming schools sent school discipline problems on to law enforcement agencies at a rate of about 12 per 1,000 students. That’s twice the national average.

Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting its deadliest flu season in at least 15 years. Since the current flu season began in October, 26 people have died of flu in the state.

That’s out a total 5,000 cases of the illness, according to the Department.  Cases are still being reported, as the season typically ends in May.

Kim Deti says the Department only has records on flu seasons back to 2000.

Dan Boyce / Inside Energy

 After months of deliberation, Wyoming has increased the so-called setback distance for oil and gas wells--how far they have to be from occupied structures like houses and schools.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously and without debate Tuesday to increase the setback from 350 to 500 feet.

In the lead-up to the vote, the state and industry called the increase a compromise, but many landowners argued that 500 feet was not nearly far enough, and asked for a quarter-mile (1320ft) or more. 

Wyoming GOP Chooses New Leader

Apr 14, 2015

A Cheyenne attorney is the new chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party.  Matt Micheli will take over the reins at a time when traditional republicans are battling with a right wing element of the party.  But Micheli says disagreements between republicans is nothing new, he just wants to make sure any debates remain civil. 

“I think at the end of the day we all know we are on the same team and we all have the same goal and that there’s a lot of great things we can do together.”

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is looking at closing or limiting access to some 150 miles of forest roads on the west side of the Snowy Range near Saratoga. Every few years, the Forest Service is required to evaluate its roads to make sure they are safe and to budget their upkeep. Forest Service Spokesman Aaron Voos says some roads—like the Cedar Pass Road over Kennedy Peak—just aren’t salvageable.

The University of Wyoming is embarking on a fund raising campaign for a 44 million dollar upgrade to its current Athletics Center. 

Called the High Altitude Performance Center, it will provide enhanced facilities including state of the art weight rooms, nutrition, and academic facilities to name a few.  Wyoming Football Coach Craig Bohl said at a news conference that the facility will properly train athletes to peform at 72-hundred feet.  Bohl said it’s a huge step for his program and the University.

UW President Will Step Down Next Year

Apr 13, 2015

University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says he will step down when his contract expires next year, so that the U-W Trustees can set its sights on a long term replacement.

“I just said to the board that I think it’s in the University’s interests and really a responsibility of the board to undertake a search for somebody who’s gonna pick up the ball and carry it for the next eight…ten years or so.”

The 71 year old McGinity says with some exciting science and engineering initiatives getting under way this is the perfect time for the University to find a new leader. 

This weekend and next, Laramie-based theater company Relative Theatrics is debuting seven new plays by Western playwrights. Earlier this year, director Anne Mason requested submissions, expecting to receive only a handful of applicants. Instead, she was sent over 20 scripts. Seven made the cut.

What can Wyoming schools do to prepare students for tech jobs?

Apr 13, 2015
Aaron Schrank

As Wyoming looks to the growing technology sector to help drive its economy, what can Wyoming schools do to prepare students for tech jobs?

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $30 million to a Sierra Club campaign that aims to close half of the nation’s coal-fired power plants by 2017. There are currently just over 500 coal-fired power plants in the US, including 13 in Wyoming. Those supply 90% of the state's power. 

Connie Wilbert is with the Sierra Club of Wyoming. She says while the campaign hopes to see some of state’s coal power shuttered, there are challenges in Wyoming.

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