Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Superintendent for Public Instruction today announced that the state's student assessment test will go back to a pencil and paper format next year. The Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS test, has drawn criticism in recent months. That's after technological problems disrupted computer-based evaluations this year.
Wyoming – With massive amounts of oil continuing to seep into the Gulf of Mexico many lawmakers are rethinking their stance on domestic energy production. Matt Laslo reports on how that may impact Wyoming's oil industry.
Wyoming – Molly Messick speaks with Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn who says the county is considering a few options to address the ruling that the way county commissioners are elected must be changed to better accommodate Native American voters.
Wyoming – For years Wyoming has been among the leaders in suicide. Experts say that it affects people of all ages. Author and Child Psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport explored the topic in her book "In Her Wake", where she writes about the suicide of her mother. She speaks with WPR's Bob Beck.
Wyoming – Later this month Wyoming PBS will broadcast a discussion on health care reform and what it means for Wyoming. The discussion will center around the recently passed federal health care law. The broadcast will be May 27th at seven in the evening. The centerpiece of the program will be Department of Health Director Brent Sherard who tells Bob Beck that he actually likes a lot about the law.
Wyoming – In January, we reported the only grocery store in the southeast Wyoming town of Hanna closed its doors. Hanna is a remote place, home to about 850 people. Many of them are retirees, and losing the store hit them hard. Now, a new family has decided it wants to sell groceries in Hanna. Linda DeClue and her husband first laid eyes on the store a little more than a year ago, when they moved to Wyoming from Missouri. She speaks with Molly Messick.
Wyoming – In recent years, the national media landscape has been characterized by newspapers and magazines scaling back and going under. At the same time, new sources of journalism are cropping up, and that can be seen here in Wyoming as well. This year, the state's second online-nonprofit-news organization launched. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports instead of competing with the established sources of journalism in the state these websites are trying to help them.