Laramie, Wyo. – The dramatic rise in unemployment nationally has Wyoming economists wondering how long Wyoming can keep adding jobs. While much of the country is losing jobs, this state is still drawing workers at a modest two percent job growth rate.
Economist Robert Godby at the University of Wyoming says the impact of the recession will be greater in some areas of the state than others.
"The areas that are most susceptible are the areas where people use discretionary spending, like tourism and retail," he said.
Laramie, Wyo. – Lawmakers have shot down a proposal to take away the drivers' licenses of parents who don't pay child support.
The joint Judiciary Committee did not endorse the bill proposed by the Department of Family Services. Brenda Lyttle spoke to the committee on behalf of DFS. She says she'll revisit the idea in the future.
Gillette, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on a management plan for the Powder River Basin.
The plan will establish how oil, gas, coal, grazing, wildlife and other resources are managed in the basin over next 20 years.
BLM official Chris Hanson said the agency wants to hear from as many people as possible about their interests and worries so that the agency can incorporate them into a new management plan from the beginning.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Bush administration is crafting a plan giving federal agencies more say over the transplanting of bighorn sheep onto federal forests.
But the proposal has raised concern from some about whether the federal government is attempting to usurp the wildlife management authority of states.
The U.S. Forest Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have been working on the inter-agency agreement to establish a uniform way of testing bighorn sheep for diseases before they are transplanted onto forest land.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Golden State is the nickname for California, but that didn't discourage a school called Golden State University from using a Wyoming address - and drawing a warning from the state Department of Education.
The department on Thursday issued a "consumer alert," saying the school was illegally operating in Wyoming without registering with the state.
The Web site for Golden State University doesn't have a listed phone number and e-mails sent to the school weren't immediately returned Thursday.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is ranked No. 14 in an annual nationwide report on public health.
Wyoming scored high for strong per capita health spending, low infant mortality rate and low rate of infectious disease. But the state lost points for low immunization rates and high tobacco use.
The report released Wednesday was assembled by the United Health Foundation in partnership with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. Its stated goal is to highlight the nation's health successes and challenges.