WPR News
8:33 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Second gay marriage bill fails in Wyoming legislature

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature has likely ended the discussion on gay marriage for the session. The State Senate voted down a conference committee report that would have kept gay marriages from being recognized in Wyoming. Senate President Jim Anderson says he does not plan to appoint another conference committee, and that essentially kills the bill.

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WPR News
8:29 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Governor signs concealed carry measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming residents will soon be able to carry concealed guns without a permit. Governor Matt Mead signed the measure into law, saying that it was a good bill for Wyoming citizens.

It makes Wyoming the fourth state to enact such legislation. Casper Senator Kit Jennings says he believes more states will vote to do the same. "I think this is a historic bill," he said. "I think a lot of states will follow us. As usual, Wyoming is a trend setter."

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Libyan students hold demonstration at UW

Laramie, Wyo. – Libyan students studying at the University of Wyoming gathered today on campus to stand in solidarity with protesters in Libya, who are calling for the end of Muammar el-Qaddafi's regime. Waving Libyan flags and signs that read "We want freedom" and "No more blood," the students chanted "No more war" and "Qaddafi must go." About ten Libyan students turned out for the event.

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WPR News
8:21 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Gov. Mead signs supplemental budget

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has signed the state supplemental budget into law. One of the biggest allocations is some $300 million for building projects across the state.

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WPR News
8:46 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Committee reaches compromise on anti-gay marriage measure

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Cheyenne, Wy – In an effort to keep the bill from dying, proponents of a measure to bar recognition of gay marriages in the state agreed to a compromise that must now be considered by the State Legislature.

A conference committee working on the bill removed all references to civil unions, so that it only addresses gay marriages. Some believe that restores access to the courts for those who have entered into civil unions in other states. That was a sticking point for both the majority of the State Senate and the governor.

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WPR News
8:43 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Colorado wants more ID for Yellowstone-area cattle

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Concern about brucellosis is prompting Colorado to impose tougher identification requirements for cattle that have spent time in the Yellowstone region in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Nebraska is working on similar requirements. Livestock officials tell The Associated Press they wouldn't be surprised if more states followed suit to keep out brucellosis.

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WPR News
8:35 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Wyo House agrees to school recalibration measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature is one step away from passing a school funding measure and sending it to the governor. The House on Tuesday agreed to a compromise that centers on two issues. One is classroom size, and the other is whether the state should continue to pay for all school transportation costs, such as bussing.

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WPR News
8:31 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Patriostism bill goes down in the State Senate

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – It wasn't the most important vote of the session, but the State Senate has voted down a bill that required public school students to stand before the flag and say the pledge of allegiance each day.

Senator Cale Case of Lander objected to that requirement. "We lead those children by example," he said. "The symbols, the pledge, patriotism, it comes from the heart and not from the law. We can't dictate it. Once we begin to dictate it we undermine the very things that this country stands for."

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8:56 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Same-sex marriage measure stalls in conference committee

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – A conference committee is having a difficult time reaching an agreement over a bill that would keep same-sex marriages from being recognized in the state. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, the controversial measure may die.

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