12:06 pm
Wed March 2, 2005

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Legislative report.

Topic: Democrats oppose federal judicial nominee, William Meyers re-nomination who has ties to the cowboy state.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with world renown classical pianist, Christopher O'Riley about the state of classical music.

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9:03 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Sen. Scott: Medical Review Panel Useless

Cheyenne, Wy – After making several changes to the bill, including limiting the admissibility of evidence in medical malpractice cases, the state Senate approved the bill setting up a medical review panel. The admissibility issue was the heart of the debate. The Senate had originally supported making all evidence from the review panel admissible in any trial. Senator Charles Scott argued that is the only way to weed out cases. But the Senate change leaves admissibility up to judges.

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8:44 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Education Bill Gets Encouragement

Cheyenne, Wy – What many are calling one of the most innovative pieces of legislation in years passed the House Tuesday. The bill would put 500 million dollars into a higher education endowment and scholarship program. The most talked about portion of the bill is the 400 million dollar merit scholarship program for students. There is a committee being set up to iron out the rough edges of the bill.

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8:40 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Open Container Bill Almost Dies

Cheyenne, Wy – The legislature is still trying to sort out the details of the bill that would outlaw open containers of alcohol in vehicles. The bill almost died for the session Tuesday, when the House failed to agree with what a conference committee came up with. Representative Jane Warren says the issue was whether Recreational Vehicles should be exempted from the law.
After some discussion the House and Senate have appointed a free committee to try and rewrite some of the language in the bill. Warren says it would be a huge disappointment if the bill is killed.

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8:36 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Pilot Project Aims to Help Improve Student Health

Laramie, Wy – Wednesday the high school in Ethete is going to open a teen health clinic. It is part of a pilot project in six Wyoming school districts to try and improve the health of students and teachers. The school health coordinator in Ethete, Marcy Tepper says the clinic will be staffed with a doctor and a nurse and should be very beneficial.
Other districts in the pilot project are working to get more nutritious food to students and increase physical activity. Some are also working on staff wellness projects.

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8:26 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Laramie County Takes Step Towards Deal with Wal-Mart

Cheyenne, Wy – The Laramie County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into an agreement with retail-giant Wal-Mart. The company is considering Cheyenne as a site for a new distribution center. Wal-Mart has not officially committed to Cheyenne, but this agreement is the first in several steps toward that commitment. Randy Bruns is the C-E-O of the economic development group in Cheyenne. Because of confidentiality, Bruns still doesn't specifically name Wal-Mart as the company his group is working with, but he says they are getting closer to a deal.

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11:56 am
Tue March 1, 2005

House Approves Wildlife Fund

Cheyenne – The Wildlife trust fund has passed the Wyoming House of Representatives and now the debate will begin with Senators who will have to decide if they prefer the house version of the bill. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck says supporters are just happy it is still alive.

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11:50 am
Tue March 1, 2005

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Legislative report.

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the Canada lynx in Wyoming.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Dr. Michael Griffith about the UW Symphony Orchestra performance

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8:52 pm
Mon February 28, 2005

Former Laramie Legislator Not Guilty of Fraud

Laramie, WY – After less then four hours of deliberation, a jury in Laramie found a former state legislator not guilty of fraud Monday. Terry Guice was accused of setting up a sham company called TLG Supply. The prosecution said TLG was used to defraud a Montana construction company out of over $52,000 for products that were supposedly never delivered to a road construction project. Guice's attorney Michael Krampner believes it was tough for the prosecution to maintain it was a sham company when the evidence showed that items sold by TLG Supply did end up at the jobsite.

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8:43 pm
Mon February 28, 2005

Medical Review Panel Debate Continues

Cheyenne, Wy – An attempt to make another major change to the medical review panel failed on a tie vote. The bill, which is set up to weed out frivolous medical malpractice cases, currently allows all evidence from a review panel to be admissible in court. But it also is a three member panel that has a moderate review of cases. Senator Tony Ross tried to amend the House version of the bill onto the Senate bill which has a five member panel and allows a judge to determine if evidence should be allowed. Senator Kit Jennings says that amendment goes too far.

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