Wyoming – Last week an audit of the Department of Education showed that the agency misspent over 400 thousand dollars of federal grant money. And the Congressional Quarterly is now forecasting that the race for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress is now closer than they previously expected.
Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay discussed these issues with Jessica Lowell from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Chad Baldwin of the Casper Star Tribune on this week's reporters roundtable.
Wyoming – Wyoming has a high number of bankruptcies and the thought is that not enough is being done to train young people about the world of finance. But a group is trying to change that. Diane Stoick heads up the Wyoming Jumpstart coalition for financial literacy
Wyoming – You've probably heard of F-F-A .future farmers of America. But you may not have heard that this youth organization now more than 80 years old just surpassed its highest membership numbers in a quarter century. Wyoming Public Radio visited this week's agricultural expo in Laramie to meet some F-F-A-ers and learn a little bit about Albany county agriculture.
Laramie, Wy – A Casper couple, their grown daughter and her husband arrived at a hospital in Germany Friday for treatment of injuries they suffered in a bombing of an Egyptian beach resort earlier this week. Twenty-one people were killed and 85 wounded in the three bombings at the Red Sea resort. The U-S government arranged for transportation of the Wyoming family to a base in Germany, where U-S troops seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are treated.
Wyoming – The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance is calling for an end to clearcutting. This is a logging practice of clearing out a large area of a forest. Opposition to the technique was a major focus of the environmental community in the 1980's but there has been little attention to clearcutting since.
Wyoming – For the past several years, improving Wyoming's ability to get its vast energy resources to the rest of the country has been a challenge. In the past couple of weeks there has been a renewed focus on the issue.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming disciplines its doctors more than just about every other state. Washington-based Public Citizen issued a report this week stating that Wyoming ranks behind only Kentucky and Alaska in taking serious disciplinary action against doctors. Public Citizen calculated the number of serious disciplinary actions that state medical boards have imposed against doctors. It classifies serious actions as medical license revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probation/restrictions.
Wyoming – In 1996, Congress overhauled the law and created what is known as the Federal Universal service fund. It currently requires all phone companies, including cellular providers, to pay 11-percent of their total long distance revenues to fund small rural phone companies across the nation. But like most things that expense is passed onto consumers and so some in Congress want to reduce the size of the fund.
Laramie, Wy – Two Natrona county commissioners say the county fails to pay its employees competitive salaries and needs to increase pay to keep and attract workers. County Commission Chairman Drew Perkins and Commissioner Matt Keating met with about a dozen county department heads or their representatives this week to review the results of a salary survey. The survey, conducted by students at the University of Mary in