Wyoming – In the years since the 2000 presidential election and the problems in Florida the federal election law has changed quite a bit. Right now Wyoming is working hard to meet the requirements of that law.
One thing that is for sure is voting will be a different experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay gives us a glimpse of the not so distant future
Cheyenne, WY – It's been less then a year since a dormitory fire at Northwest College in Powell, and money is now on the way to prevent a similar occurrence. The budget bill signed by the Governor provides $5 Million to install fire sprinkler systems at every residence hall at the University of Wyoming and at the state's community colleges. Brad Carroll with the State Fire Marshall's Office says the process will be a little quicker at the community colleges, and should be done by the start of the fall semester.
Laramie, WY – The chairman of the University of Wyoming's criminal justice department has been named as the new leader Missouri's social services agency. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt Monday named Gary Sherman as head of the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency oversees the Medicaid health care program, child support, food stamps and other social programs.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is in the process of buying new voting machines. Election law requires the states to provide machines that are accessible for people with disabilities. The two leading companies that make the computer based systems have ties to the Republican Party. Secretary of State, Joe Meyer, says he is aware of this and is working hard to make sure there is nothing wrong with machines that come from these companies. He says a test was done in California that proved the machines from E.S. and S. as well as Diebolt do not pad elections for Republicans.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are interested in buying some property bordering campus for a future expansion. At Saturday's trustee meeting, the university trustees gave the school permission to get an appraisal on the properties. The two houses and an apartment building are next to the site where U-W is building a new anthropology building. Elizabeth Hardin is U-W's vice president of administration. She says the university wants to buy the houses, but the owners have to be willing to sell.
Laramie, Wy – A Senator from Rock Springs admits that the legislature did do a lot of good this session, but she wonders how much they did for the average person. Rae Lynn Job says they did a lot of positive things in developing the wildlife trust, an education endowment, and more funding for local governments. But Job doubts they did much for the average person in Wyoming. She says wage issues in Wyoming remain a problem and families have to overcome the fact that parents may need to work more then one job.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming board of trustees has recommended an increase in tuition. The amount of the increase varies depending on whether or not a student is from in state or if they are an undergraduate. Overall the hike is about five percent. The U-W student president, David Willms, says he feels even with the increase tuition is very low.