News
5:35 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Officials debate wind tax policy

State and industry leaders are discussing
ways to restructure how wind energy is taxed in Wyoming so that the
state's wind tax policies are more attractive to wind producers.
     Under current law, wind developers will be taxed $1 per megawatt
hour beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The existing sales tax exemption on
wind energy equipment also is set to expire at that time.
     Wind producers fear the changes will dissuade developers from
installing new projects in Wyoming.
     The state Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee

News
5:32 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Census shows Wyoming has high rates of marriage and divorce

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Wyoming among the top states notorious for high rates of marriage, and divorce, in 2009.
Amy Bittner, an economist with the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division who has studied the data, says the reason for this is a bit of a no-brainer.

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Small Business
5:18 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Small Business Development Center ready to go

Jill Kline is the director for the Small Business Development Center. (University of Wyoming)

The new director of Wyoming's Small Business Development center says she is looking forward to helping small business owners both start and maintain their business.

Jill Klein says she wants to get those owners started in the right direction.

"Take your time and talents and develop a good plan. We will take you through everything, the business plan development, developing cash flow, preparing for a bank loan, hiring employees, any business related question you might have, we will help you address those."

The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Physicists Test For Most Efficient Way To Board A Plane

It's an age old question: What's the easiest way to board a plane? In this 1933 picture, passengers wait to board a new passenger service between London and Paris.
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It's obvious. Everyone knows that the way you should board a plane is to start from the back and work your way to the front. Then again, every airline seems to think otherwise, because some do it front to back, others board you by "groups," and others board window seats, then middle seats, then aisle seats.

Well, physicists at the prestigious Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics just released a study (pdf) that says we're all wrong. Boarding planes by sequential rows is one of the least effective methods, they found.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Texas A&M Asks To Leave Big 12 Conference

Texas A&M notified the Big 12 Conference that it had intentions to play elsewhere. In a press release, the College Station, Texas university said if it is accepted in another conference, it would end its Big 12 membership on June 30, 2012.

Here's a bit from President R. Bowen Loftin:

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Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast
3:57 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

To Dodge Blame, Officials Prepare Public For Worst

In preparing the public for a disaster, officials want to make the right call, but they also want to avoid blame.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 1:59 am

Four days after Hurricane Irene struck, some people think the government over-reacted, and others feel not enough was done. People's points of view on the matter are likely highly influenced by how much, or how little, damage they experienced during the storm.

That's utterly human, but new psychological research suggests this way of judging things has a perverse effect on policymakers trying to keep us safe.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:47 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Can Potatoes Give Your Health A Boost? A Chemist Thinks So

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Potatoes have gotten a lot of bad press as major contributors to obesity and diabetes. But Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, aims to rehabilitate the humble tuber. When he had overweight people eat potatoes daily for a month, their blood pressure dropped, and they didn't gain weight.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Feds Still Finding Problems At Old Massey Mines

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 4:04 pm

Federal mine safety regulators have discovered false reporting of accidents and injuries at two West Virginia coal mines once owned by Massey Energy, which also owned the mine hit by a deadly explosion last year.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says the Randolph and Justice No. 1 mines in Boone County, W.Va., inaccurately reported or neglected to report 24 injuries last year that resulted in 1,125 lost days of work.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

A Paraphrased Quote Stirs Criticism Of MLK Memorial

The new memorial for Martin Luther King on the National Mall in Washington includes a lot of quotes from the civil rights leader. But on the north side of the memorial, there is a paraphrased quote that's causing a stir.

"I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness," the inscription reads.

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Conflict In Libya
2:51 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

In Tripoli, Celebrating More Than Ramadan's End

Muslims gather at Martyr's Square in Tripoli for Eid prayers Wednesday. Despite joy over the rebel takeover of the city, residents still face water and electricity shortages and high food prices.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is always a time of joyous celebration in the Islamic world. The holiday's arrival means that Ramadan, the long month of daytime fasting, is over, and friends and family gather to exchange gifts and share meals.

As it began Wednesday in Tripoli, the holiday carried even greater resonance this year because of the rebel takeover of the Libyan capital.

"It's the big Eid this year," says resident Alaa al-Najaa. "In my life, I haven't seen the people before like that, especially the children."

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