Casper, Wy – Republican Sen. Charles Scott of Casper says he plans to introduce legislation next year that will toughen the state's seat belt law. Wyoming has a secondary seat belt law, which means a driver cannot be stopped for failing to wear a seat belt. But the driver can be fined if he or she is stopped for another traffic violation and isn't buckled in. Scott is still working out the details of his latest effort. The Legislature last winter rejected a bill sponsored by Scott to increase the fine for failing to buckle up from $25 to $75.
LARAMIE, wyo – The advocate group Smokefree Natrona County wants the Casper-Natrona County Health Department to regulate smoking in indoor establishments, including restaurants and bars. The last time an indoor smoking ban was instituted was in 2000 but it was overturned by voter referendum. Some businesses fear that an indoor smoking ban would negatively affect their income. But Smokefree Natrona County's Brandon Daigle says their support base includes businesses and that in the end, it's really about citizens.
LARAMIE, wyo – David Wendt the Democratic candidate running for US House says if elected his priority would be to get an energy policy in place. He says he sympathizes with industry leaders and environmental groups who decry the lack of a national policy.
BISMARCK, N.D. – A subsidiary of North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group is taking on a financial partner as it prepares to begin drilling next year in the Niobrara oil shale play in southeastern Wyoming.
MDU Resources says Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. has signed an agreement with JD Rockies Resources to sell a 25 percent working interest in 88-thousand Niobrara acres.
JD Rockies Resources will pay one-fourth of the expenses and get one-fourth of the proceeds from drilling done by Fidelity.
CHEYENNE, wyo – The Wyoming Public Service Commission has dismissed a complaint from a union that claimed Rocky Mountain Power had retaliated against it for intervening in the power company's request for a rate hike.
The three-member commission on Thursday dismissed a complaint filed by the Utility Workers Union of America against Rocky Mountain Power.
Wyoming – When most people think about Wyoming, they think about outdoor activities, or bison or national parks - not violent street gangs. Over the last year, there's been a rise in gang activity and violence around the state with members claiming affiliation with national and international gangs. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.