Health care debt is a complicated problem in Wyoming.
Wyoming – Although it's hard to get Wyoming specific numbers many who work in debt collection in the state say health care is the leading cause of debt in Wyoming. Here is a story about how some fall into that debt and how hard it can be to get out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – Every five years Wyoming develops a comprehensive cancer control plan as the state continues to find better ways to both treat and detect the disease. Liz Mikesell is the person in charge of the effort. She tells Bob Beck that the last five year plan led to an important colorectal screening program.
Wyoming public health facilities are tackling the high number of Sexually Transmitted Disease cases in the state.
Wyoming – The Cowboy state ranks 37th in the number of reported H-I-V cases and officials say one in two sexually active young people in Wyoming will contract an STD by the age of 25. Rosemary Lew is the Outreach coordinator for Laramie Reproductive health, she tells Bob Beck that they have been able to increase their testing, but there is more to do.
Riverton, WY – Riverton city officials are proposing to raise Wyoming's malt beverage tax. Since 1935, the tax on beer in Wyoming has been set at 2 cents per gallon. But Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness has suggested changing the rate to align with the national average of 28 cents per gallon. He and other city leaders agreed to recommend the higher rate at the 2011 Wyoming Association of Municipalities Annual Convention this June in Sheridan. Warpness said the extra revenue gained through a higher malt
Lander, WY – State wildlife officials are asking the public's help in finding whoever shot and killed at least six pronghorn bucks in Fremont County. The animals were left to rot. Wyoming Game and Fish Department Warden Chris Daubin calls it a "very serious crime against wildlife." A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction. Authorities believe the animals were shot early last week. --- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department poaching hot line: 877-WGFDTIP or 877-943-3847
Laramie, Wyo. – Resulting from reporting done by Wyoming Public Radio, the Wyoming Insurance Department says they have initiated contact with the Wyoming School Board Insurance Trust, or WSBAIT, to look into the entity's financial health.