Washington D-C – Before breaking for the month of August the US House passed an expansive energy bill. Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Barbara Cubin says the bill was all politics. Democrats are hailing the bill as an answer to global warming. It will force power companies to use more wind and solar energy. But Republicans say the bill isn't going to help Americans if a disaster hits - because it has no oil and gas provisions. Congresswoman Cubin voted against tbe bill.
Washington D-C – The U-S Senate passed the state children's Health Insurance program but Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is disappointed with the measure. Enzi says it is health care at twice the price and half the quality. He says the bill includes too many entitlements and is an example of good program gone bad. Enzi says the S-chip program has worked well in Wyoming but that is because the focus as been on people in poverty.
Washington D-C – After yesterday's (Wednesday's) collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Minnesota, many are wondering how Wyoming's bridges measure up. And for the most part, the news is good. According to the Federal Highway Administration, about 13 percent of Wyoming's bridges are structurally deficient. The bridge that collapsed in Minnesota also was deemed to be structurally deficient. But 13 percent is pretty close to the national average. And in another category, Wyoming fared better. Only eight
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's attorney general Pat Crank resigned today (Thursday afternoon). He says the job has been an incredible honor. "Being the Wyoming attorney general is the greatest job on earth a highlight: the relationship I've enjoyed with the Wyoming state legislature." Crank says he'd like to thank his office's staff of legal secretaries and paralegals, who he says made his work possible. He'll move on to the private law practice of Speight, McCue and Associates in Cheyenne. Legislators say Crank will be missed and they praise him as a straight shooter.
Laramie, WY – A women's studies professor at the University of Wyoming says the lack of men in jobs traditionally taken by females contributes to one of the worst gender wage gaps in the nation. Professor Cathy Connolly says she is worried that more men don't work as nurses and teachers.
Laramie, WY – The cattle industry doesn't support the nation's drive to produce more ethanol as an alternative fuel because it artificially alters the price of corn. That's according to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association's Jim Magagna. He says stock growers are worried about politics in Washington D-C.
Corn sells for about 3-dollars and 40 cents on the Chicago Board of Trade. Magagna says that's above average and makes it more expensive to feed cattle.
Laramie, WY – Three more vaccines are available free to all Wyoming children, thanks to expanded coverage under a state program. Any Wyoming child under age 19 can now get vaccinations for diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. Girls can also receive a vaccine for cervical cancer. Wyoming Immunization Program's education and outreach manager Andrea Clement-Johnson says, these vaccines are an important part of getting ready to go back to school.
Evanston, Wy – BP America Production Company announced today (Wednesday) it will close the Whitney Canyon gas plan northeast of Evanston by the end of the year, eliminating about 45 jobs. Christina Verchere is vice president of BP's Western Wyoming Performance Unit. She says production from the gas field that feeds Whitney Canyon has fallen by almost 70 percent since the mid-1980s. And company spokeswoman Paula Barnett says production at the plant is down even more. Verchere says closing the plant would extend the life of the
Greeley, Colorado – A college football player who was attacked by a knife-wielding man broke down in sobs on the stand today in Greeley after re-enacting the assault. University of Northern Colorado starting punter Rafael Mendoza was stabbed in his kicking leg in the attack last Sept. 11 but later returned to the team. The backup punter at the time, Mitch Cozad of Wheatland (Wyoming), is on trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault. Prosecutors allege Cozad stabbed Mendoza