Washington, DC – Tens of thousands of abandoned hardrock mines, many was old as the 19th century, could get an economic boost for cleanup efforts with the economic stimulus bill awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.
The bill expected to be signed Tuesday contains more than $1.5 billion for construction and maintenance projects in the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and Forrest Service. That includes addressing pollution and safety hazards caused by abandoned mines on public lands in Wyoming and 12 other states.
Cheyenne, WY – The State Senate has approved a change in the state Charter school law and it may soon head to the Governor's desk. It says that school districts and those interested in starting Charter Schools must negotiate points of disagreement. It also allows the State board of education to mediate any disputes. Some hope the legislation will lead to more Charter Schools being formed in Wyoming. But Laramie Senator Mike Massie doubts that will happen.
Wyoming – Congress is starting to address an issue that has been around for awhile. The hard rock mining law has been on the book for over a century. Environmental groups and mining companies have been deadlocked for decades over its reform. As Eric Niiler reports, a new crop of conservation-minded Western Democrats in Congress could be key to a breakthrough.
Wyoming – This summer we addressed the concern over the high numbers of juveniles that are ending up in jails across the state. One part of the solution hit the Senate floor this week. The bill that gets county attorneys more involved with juveniles who enter the court system at the lowest levels. It allows them to intervene if someone is showing up in municipal court. The Wyoming association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police support the bill. Their Director is Byron Oedekoven he joins Bob Beck.
Wyoming – Domestic violence seems to be on the rise in Wyoming. The Division of Victim Services reports a 17 percent increase in the number of victims served between 2007 and 2008. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this may very well be tied to the downturn in the economy.