4:04 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Supreme Court Chief Justice Bart Voight discusses new challenges facing Wyoming's Judiciary.

Wyoming – It's a time of change for the Wyoming Supreme Court. They are moving into the computer age, have a renovated court facility, and are dealing with the same budget shortfalls as the rest of us. Chief Justice Bart Voight tells WPR's Bob Beck that budget cuts will be a challenge.

4:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

The shootings at Columbine forced law enforcement to undergo a change in strategy.

Wyoming – The ten year anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School was this week. The event changed the way schools and law enforcement address student violence. KCFR's Megan Verlee reports on how the attack changed school security and emergency response.

Wyoming Features
3:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

2nd stories of downtown businesses may be revitalized.

Wyoming – You probably have never paid any attention, but there are a lot of vacant 2nd stories of buildings in Wyoming. Those stories used to be popular, but now they are an afterthought. A couple of state organizations are hoping to change that. Betsy Bradley and Mary Hopkins of the State Historic preservation office join Bob Beck to discuss their project, Living upstairs in Wyoming.

3:48 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

A group tries to show what it is like to be in need.

Wyoming – About 9 percent of Wyoming residents live in poverty, according to the most recent federal statistics. But those numbers are from 2007. Wyoming's unemployment rate is now higher than it's been in nearly 6 years. Community Action of Laramie County offers direct services to people living at up to twice the poverty level - about 44 thousand dollars a year for a family of four. The group decided to give people a sense of what it's like to need. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports.

3:46 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Food banks in Jackson are overwhelmed by immigrant workers.

Wyoming – Food banks across Wyoming are packed. Some are seeing twice as many people in line as they did a year ago. Many of the newcomers are Spanish-speaking immigrants - especially in Jackson, where jobs in construction, landscaping, and the service industry are fading with the recession. Addie Goss Reports.

3:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Food banks in Jackson are overwhelmed by immigrant workers.

Wyoming – Food banks across Wyoming are packed. Some are seeing twice as many people in line as they did a year ago. Many of the newcomers are Spanish-speaking immigrants - especially in Jackson, where jobs in construction, landscaping, and the service industry are fading with the recession. Addie Goss Reports.

WPR News
11:19 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Growth in store for Natrona County, study says

Casper, WY – A financial firm predicts Natrona County will add more jobs and see its population grow next year.

Woods and Poole Economics is a Washington D.C.-based financial firm. It predicts that Natrona County will add 720 new jobs in 2010 and see its population grow by 730 people.

The firm predicts Natrona County will emerge from the current recession with an increase of nearly 3 percent in gross regional product.

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WPR News
11:11 am
Mon April 27, 2009

No swine flu, so far

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Health says there are no confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu in the state.

The United States has declared a public health emergency in response to the recent swine flu outbreak centered in Mexico.

Dr. Tracy Murphy is state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. He says that while there are no cases of the swine flu in the state yet, it's realistic to expect it will turn up here in low levels.

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