WPR News
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Breathalyzer bill advances

Cheyenne, WY – Some convicted drunk drivers would have to use in-car breathalyzers under a bill approved by the Wyoming House. The bill applies to those with multiple DUI offenses and those who have already been convicted of driving with a high blood alcohol level. The breathalyzers would keep a car from starting if a driver has alcohol in her system.

Worland Representative Debbie Hammons says that if a person attempts to drive while drunk, that information will be passed on to authorities.

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6:11 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Wyoming and the national economy

Wyoming – Bob Beck talks to University of Wyoming Economist Rob Godby about how the national economic picture affects the state. According to Godby, Wyoming's years of surplus may be over.

6:08 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Budget cuts may come

Wyoming – In other states, legislatures are making massive budget reductions in response to the spiraling economy. In December, Wyoming officials were slightly concerned, and revenue forecasters were conservative with their revenue estimates. Now, two months later, forecasters say the numbers are worse than they ever imagined. Some officials are starting to come to grips with the fact that there might actually be budget cuts in Wyoming this year. Bob Beck reports.

6:05 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Reporters on the economy

Wyoming – Renny MacKay sits down with the Wyoming Business Report's Denny Curran and the Riverton Ranger's Steve Peck.

5:59 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Low energy prices hit hard in Rock Springs

Wyoming – Wyoming's energy towns are some of the first to feel the effects of the downturn. In Rock Springs, low oil and gas prices are affecting everyone from roughnecks to restaurant owners. Addie Goss reports that some people say it's about time the economy slowed down but others are bracing for impact.

5:57 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Counting food stamps

Wyoming – Wyoming food stamp numbers have been growing for years. Now that state economic forecasters predict a downturn, the numbers might get worse. Bob Beck talked to Heather Babbitt, who oversees economic issues for the state Department of Family Services.

Wyoming Features
5:55 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Credit report

Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss talks to Stig Hallingbye, regional president for American National Bank of Wyoming. He says most Wyoming banks are still strong, but borrowing is getting harder.

5:47 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Ranching in the good times and the bad

Wyoming – Agriculture makes up a small percentage of the overall economy in Wyoming, but some communities still depend on ranching and farming. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay went out to see how ranchers are faring, and he found there's plenty we can learn from the agriculture community.

WPR News
11:27 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Dollars cut from school enrichment bill

Cheyenne, WY – A bill that increases funding for school enrichment passed the Wyoming House. Several lawmakers objected to adding more education dollars at a time when the state might be facing a financial downturn. That's why Worland Democrat Debbie Hammons amended the bill to reduce some of the funding. She still believes it sends a positive message to school districts.

Hammons says it means that school districts will have to focus their money towards where it is truly needed.

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