Wyoming – The recession is hitting more than banks and homes. State budget cuts and flat funding from the federal government are straining scientists and research labs. Adam Allington reports that the effects might not be as obvious or immediate as the house foreclosures and the credit crisis, but the future for science jobs and innovation might be just as bad.
Wyoming – Climate change researchers are asking people in Wyoming to keep a close eye on local plants - everything from aspens to alfalfa to switchgrass. It's part of a national effort called the Phenology Network, where regular people gather data on the natural world to help scientists understand how the earth is changing. Jake Weltzin is a US Geological Survey scientist and directs the Phenology Network. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss spoke with him this week.
Wyoming – A deadline is fast approaching for about a thousand members of the Wyoming Army National Guard. In mid-April they will leave for Fort Hood, Texas. Soon after, they'll go to Kuwait and Iraq. There is a lot to do before they go: draft a will, set up auto-pay on their utilities, and find people to care for their children, their aging parents, or their pets. There's more training, too. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss has this story.
Wyoming – This session, the Wyoming legislature came close to letting more kids get coverage under the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The measure failed late in the session, after strong support in the Senate. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick looks at how the bill's failure affects one Wyoming family.
Laramie, WY – National media outlets are pointing to Wyoming as a possible recipient of pork-barrel spending. The House version of the federal budget bill set aside $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody to edit and digitize its collection. People from Sean Hannity of FOX News to Senator John McCain have said it's an obvious example of pork.
Cheyenne, WY – With the Wyoming legislative session concluded, one legislator remains disappointed. Laramie Senator Mike Massie is angry about the defeat of bills that would have helped low income people by providing health insurance and other assistance. Massie says by not helping low income people, it could in turn drive up other state costs in the future. Massie was most disappointed by the failure of a bill that would have expanded the children's health insurance program.