WPR News
7:58 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Gay marriage bill introduced in House

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would let Wyoming voters decide whether to amend the state constitution to deny state recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere has been introduced in the House.

A similar bill has stalled in the Senate Education Committee.

Rep. Owen Petersen, R-Lyman, is the main sponsor of the House bill. He declined comment on it, saying he won't discuss it until it hits the floor.

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WPR News
7:56 am
Mon January 26, 2009

House defeats tougher sex-offense penalty

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The House has rejected a bill that would have imposed a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for anyone convicted of first degree sexual assault against a minor.

The House voted 39-20 to defeat House Bill 98.

Proponents of the bill say the state needs to establish that it's tough on those who prey on children.

Opponents say that mandatory minimum sentences take discretion out of judges' hands and possibly punish teenagers who have consensual sex.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Committee votes to approve illuminated scopes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A House committee says Wyoming should allow the use of rifle scopes with illuminated crosshairs that supporters say can make it easier to make accurate shots on game animals.

The House Travel, Recreation, and Wildlife Committee voted unanimously today to approve House Bill 133.

It would allow illuminating scopes as long as they don't project any visible light such as laser beams.

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2:33 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Family friend remembers the legacy of Dr. Close

Wyoming – Susie Lehr worked with Dr. Close for years. She remembers his legacy with Peter O'Dowd.

2:24 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Wyo. delegation considers stimulus package

Wyoming – As Congress considers a massive stimulus package, Wyoming lawmakers are torn. Sara Sciammacco reports.

2:23 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Economist: don't panic yet'

Wyoming – Peter O'Dowd visits with Wyoming Senior Economist about January revenues. He says some indicators are ahead of projections.

2:21 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Effort would smooth path for charter schools

Wyoming – Bob Beck and Jim Lowham, of the Wyoming Board of Education, discuss efforts to streamline charter schools in Wyoming.

2:18 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Remembrance: Dr. William Close

Wyoming – William Close died last week of a heart attack at the age of 84. His career spanned the globe. Last April, Peter O'Dowd visited Dr. Close in Big Piney, and filed this report.

2:16 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Lawmakers move on carbon sequestration laws

Wyoming – Bob Beck speaks with Rep. Mary Throne about the progress Wyoming has made with the underground storage of carbon dioxide.

2:15 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Cattlemen fret over beef's future

Wyoming – KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports that the economy was on everyone's mind at the International Livestock Congress in Denver.