Laramie, WY – Washington lawmakers are trying to kill a Bush Administration rule on health insurance because they say it would hurt low-income children.
Wyoming advocates agree. Starting this August the rule would restrict the low-income insurance program S-CHIP to families that make less than 200 percent of the poverty level. For a family of four, that's about 42-thousand dollars. Plus, states would have to enroll 95 percent of eligible kids before opening up the program to higher income brackets.
Cheyenne, WY – The mountain snowpack in Wyoming is above average for this time of year.
And experts say the abundance of high-country moisture this spring could recharge reservoirs drained low by drought.
The snow-water equivalent in the Upper North Platte drainage increased to more than 115 percent of average, and the Little Snake River drainage in Carbon and Sweetwater counties to nearly 130 percent of average.
The Upper Green River Basin is the only below-average region in the state with a snowpack of 92 percent.
Laramie, WY – The head of Wyoming's victim services division says more could be done to enforce the victims' Bill of Rights. Julie Tennant-Caine says victims of violent crimes in Wyoming have the right to know if their assailant has been arrested, and to be present during court hearings, among other rights.
Laramie, WY – A coalition of businesses is trying a new way to keep some of their employees out of the hospital.
The recently-formed Wyoming Business Coalition on Health is unveiling a state-wide preventive health care program for diabetic employees. Participating employers will pay for testing supplies and monthly check-ups for their diabetic workers.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Republicans are worried about a possible surge in democratic legislative candidates. Democratic gains have been made in both the Colorado and Montana legislature. So despite owning a better then two thirds legislative majority in Wyoming .Republicans are raising money for a legislative trust account to provide money for state legislative candidates. Wyoming Democratic Party Director Bill Luckett says that the reason Democrats are becoming more powerful in the west is because Republicans are moving away from western values.
Cheyenne, Wy – State corrections officials say a tobacco ban in Wyoming's prisons is working well although they do find contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco from time to time. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says the department has begun compiling figures for tobacco infractions since tobacco became contraband in 2006. Wyoming State Penitentiary Warden Mike Murphy says corrections officers search every cell at the Rawlins prison at least once a