Laramie, Wy – A proposed bill defining how to pay for leaking landfills around the state has earned the support of a legislative committee. For months, work has been under way to craft a legislative solution to the landfill problems. The result was the bill reviewed Tuesday by the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee in Casper. Dave Finley of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Laramie, Wy – The increase in energy prices has meant more revenue for Wyoming, but in Campbell County it is also accompanied by an increase in rural crime. Sheriff Bill Pownall says especially in the southern part of the county they are seeing more thefts from oil wells. To combat this Pownall is starting a program to get people that work or live in rural areas to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. They're also providing a booklet to interested people. That booklet gives specific directions about what information the police need from witnesses of suspicious activity.
Wyoming – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is taking this high profile opportunity to unveil a new, expanded web site. Aliza Sherman reports that the Internet can be a useful tool for combating domestic violence. Or it can be a dangerous one.
Cheyenne – Debate on Medical Malpractice Constitutional Amendments.
Bob Beck - moderator. Tom Throop of the Equality State Policy Center, Doctor Robert Monger of the Wyoming Medical Society and Insurance Commission Ken Vines are on the panel to talk about Medical Malpractice.
Laramie, WY – A famous trial attorney from Jackson is traveling the state trying to raise opposition to the idea of capping medical malpractice damage awards. Gerry Spence says any cap limites the rights of people in Wyoming. He says he wouldn't even support a cap on non-economic damages or pain and suffering at one million dollars. Spence says if someone's wife is killed and she didn't work outside the home, she doesn't have any economic value under this proposed amendment. Spence says he knows of no Wyoming woman who isn't worth more than a million dollars.
Greybull, WY – Greybull-based Hawkins and Powers Aviation is in financial trouble and is turning to the small northern Wyoming community for help. Co-owner Duane Powers says the company is selling off its assets to creditors and has reduced its workforce from 145 to 60. The company is seeking community support for a one and a half million dollar business grant to build a large airport hanger as well as loans. It also is changing the focus of its business away from firefighting.
Cheyenne, Wy – An advocacy group for people with disabilities says it plans to sue over "dangerous conditions" at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. Protection and Advocacy System cited an attempted suicide last week, a suicide in March and last year's death of a patient who jumped or fell from a State Hospital vehicle on Interstate 80. Protection and Advocacy claims that patients have access to "knives and other weapons" and patients and staff are being assaulted.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Supreme Court Justices say that summaries of proposed constitutional amendments may stay on that ballot this November. The Court rejected a request to insist that the entire wording of the four proposed amendments go before voters. Attorney General Pat Crank and Secretary of State Joe Meyer had strongly objected to the request by three Wyoming citizens, calling it frivolous. But the attorney handling the case, Tim Newcomb strongly disagrees. Newcomb hopes the issue will be addressed in the future because he says the practice of using summaries is wrong.