Cheyenne – Two conservation groups are waiting for a response to their lawsuit against the Mountain Cement Company in Laramie. The groups claim the cement factory has committed significant and ongoing violations of the Clean Air Act. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports the cement company claims they're not doing anything illegal.
Cheyenne – Driving under the influence bills are having tremendous success this legislative session, despite years of having trouble surviving the legislative process. But this year bills that impose felonies for certain D-U-I crimes and bills to tighten other statutes have sailed through the legislature. Bob Beck speaks with Cheyenne Representative Beckett Hinkley and Laramie Representative Jane Warren.
Cheyenne, Wy – Lawmakers Wednesday turned down proposals allowing drug testing of public school students and creating higher education endowments. During the second day of budget debate, the Senate turned down a plan to appropriate 105-(M)-million dollars from the School Foundation Program to set up endowments to recruit and retain outstanding college faculty. Two-thirds of the money would have been used by the University of Wyoming and the rest by community colleges. The amendment died mainly because a similar bill is awaiting debate in the Senate.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Cheyenne Representative wants to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Representative Beckett Hinkley cannot understand why there is a permitting system for a fundamental constitutional right. The House minerals, business and economic development committee agreed with Hinkley and sent the bill to the House floor. He says Wyoming would joint Alaska and Vermont as states that don't require concealed weapon permits.
Laramie, Wy – The Mountain Cement Company in Laramie is preparing a response to a lawsuit. Two conservation groups filed suit saying there have been ongoing and significant violations of the Clean Air Act at the plant. The company's attorney, Phil Nicholas, says they have exceeded their air quality permit at times but it is allowable under a policy of the Environmental Protection Agency. He says they allow a company to operate if they are in compliance with air quality permits 97 percent of the time or more and Mountain Cement met these guidelines.
Topic: The Mountain Cement Company in Laramie is preparing a response to a lawsuit. Two conservation groups filed suit saying there have been ongoing and significant violations of the Clean Air Act at the plant.
Topic: State funded child care; Guest: Roger McDaniel, Director of the Department of Family Services.
Cheyenne, WY – The wife of one of Wyoming's fallen soldiers is welcoming the President's plan to greatly increase the benefits paid to families of American troops killed in combat zones. Anne Edmunds' husband, Jonn, died in an October 2001 helicopter crash during the war in Afghanistan. Edmunds says she was happy when the so-called death gratuity went from $6,000 to over $12,000 in 2003. President Bush now hopes to make that amount $100,000. Edmunds says most of the people she talks to in military families agree it should go up.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Highway Patrol is in line to add five new troopers following budget discussions Tuesday in the State House of Representatives. The house voted down an attempt to add ten new troopers, despite a plea from former trooper and current Rock Springs Representative Steve Watt. While many opposed adding ten troopers because they doubted the need, Watt says the workload is extremely high. Speaker of the House Randall Luthi urged the house to support the lower number for this year, because the Highway patrol currently has several vacancies.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge ruled yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved too quickly when it removed federal protections for wolves. The decision restores federal protections in most of the country. But, it doesn't apply in Wyoming because wolves were reintroduced here. The Fish and Wildlife Service's Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Ed Bangs, says that means they are classified differently. But, the decision could affect when wolves come off the endangered species list in this area. That has to happen before Wyoming can start managing wolves.