11:51 am
Fri February 25, 2005

Senate Now Dealing With Medical Review Panel

Cheyenne – Senators will try again to vote on a Medical Review Panel bill after a substitute bill was soundly defeated. The bill was trying to make it more difficult for medical malpractice cases to be heard in court. But Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that the standard was too high for the majority of the senate

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11:28 am
Fri February 25, 2005

Friday, February 25, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Judge William Webster.

Topic: Weekly Reporters Roundtable

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8:55 pm
Thu February 24, 2005

U.W. to Consider Mandatory Meningitis Vaccations

Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming will consider requiring meningitis vaccinations for students living in the dorms. The director of Student Health Service, Joanne Steane, says they already recommend students get the shot and they are available on campus. She says they will consider making it a requirement because the Centers for Disease Control put out a stronger recommendation that college freshmen living in dorms receive the vaccine. Steane says the risk of contracting meningitis is higher for students that live in dormitories.

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8:53 pm
Thu February 24, 2005

Wildlife Trust Fund Empty in State House

Cheyenne, Wy – The idea of creating a wildlife trust fund was debated for the first time in the state House, but the fund still has no money. Representatives voted to remove the 30 million dollars that the Senate added to the fund. Some lawmakers also wondered if the House version of the bill should be defeated since it differed so much from the Senate version. House Speaker Randall Luthi argued against that idea.
Luthi thinks the House version of the bill has broader support then what the Senate passed. The bill moves to second reading.

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8:50 pm
Thu February 24, 2005

Medical Review Panel's Future Debated

Cheyenne, Wy – The state Senate rejected a version of the medical review panel Thursday. That came after opponents argued that it looked too much like a trial. The panel is supposed to help weed out medical malpractice lawsuits. But how it does that is the point of contention. Senator Charles Scott argued for a rigorous bill that would help throw out malpractice cases generally. But, Senator Tony Ross argues that years ago the panel was used to just get rid of frivolous cases and if this looks too much like a trial it will drive up costs.

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8:47 pm
Thu February 24, 2005

California Condor in Wyoming?

Laramie, Wy – Birders and biologists are trying to confirm two reports of a California condor near Alcova Reservoir.
In recent days, two people have reported seeing the giant scavengers near the reservoir.
But according ton Bruce Dudley of the Audubon Center at Garden Creek, so far nothing has been confirmed.
California condors once numbered in the thousands, but the species is still recovering after their population fell to just a couple dozen in the early 1980s.

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4:18 pm
Thu February 24, 2005

"Rights" Bills Fairing Better This Year

Cheyenne – For years, laws that legislators viewed as taking rights from people have had little success. But this year a number of bills ranging from limiting the purchases of cold medications to outlawing open containers on Wyoming Highways are passing. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that times have apparently changed...

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10:56 am
Thu February 24, 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Legislative Report.

Topic: New developments with meningitis disease; Guest: Joanne Steane, Director of UW Student Health Services.

Topic: Challenges in trying to treat those with substance abuse problems and mental health disorders; Guest: Dr. Wesley Clark, Director for Substance Abuse Center.

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9:34 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

Guice Trial Continues

Laramie, WY – In Laramie, Wednesday was the second day of a fraud trial against a former state legislator. Jurors heard from several officials of the company Terry Guice allegedly took over $50,000 from. This case involves a 2001 highway project on Wyoming 34, performed by Oftedal Construction. Jolene Schmidt, who handles Oftedal's accounts payable, testified about the eight checks she wrote to a company called TLG Supply. The prosecution says TLG was a sham company Terry Guice created and that the products paid for were never delivered to the construction site.

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9:33 pm
Wed February 23, 2005

House Weighs Bill To Eliminate Term Limits

Cheyenne, WY – A bill to take the term limits law off the books took another step as it makes its way through the House. Representatives have amended the bill to not only include legislators and members of congress, but also the states top five elected officials. The Supreme Court ruled term limits for legislators unconstitutional last year, but did not rule on the top officials, like the Governor. Judiciary Chairman Jack Landon thinks it's the right think to do.

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