Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Senator Jane Mockler about the pressure during the legislative session
Topic: A coal-bed natural gas conference will be held in August; Guest: Harold Bergman, Director of the William Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and Gary Beach, Administrator of Special Projects for the Department of Environmental Quality
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Andrew York and Kevin Hart with the UW Music Department about the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming house and senate both approved bills that will allow doctors to apply for loans for special medical malpractice insurance. Called tail and nose coverage, it covers the high costs doctors pay when they leave an insurance carrier and join a new one. Amendments also allow loans to be used to help doctors pay for joining a risk retention group. Senator Irene Devin says otherwise doctors may have to spend loan money on some insurance companies that are financially risky, as they attempt to get the cheapest rates.
Washington, D.C. – One of Wyoming's two U-S Senators is co sponsoring a bill to put the bison on the nickel for the first time since early last century. Mike Enzi is sponsoring the legislation with Ben Nighthorse Campbell who is from Colorado. To help their cause they brought a live buffalo to the capitol. If Congress approves the proposal the treasury would mint the nickels for six months for sometime in 2005 or 2006. Enzi says he's doing this to raise awareness about the buffalo's role in American culture.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Toad, which is an endangered species, recently got a helping hand from biologists in Tennessee. Staff at the Memphis Zoo artificially inseminated Wyoming Toad eggs. This is the first time this has ever been done with an endangered toad and Doctor Andy Kouba says it will go a long ways towards getting the animal off the endangered species list. All together this project produced 17 hundred tadpoles. Kouba says they've been released into the wild in Southeastern Wyoming. He says they will try this again next year and hope to get even more tadpoles.
Cheyenne – After three days of contentious debate the state legislature passed a constitutional amendment that for the first time in history will allow voters to decide if they want to allow caps on non economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports
Laramie, Wy – Authorities safely detonated a suspected pipe bomb found in Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis. Thermopolis Police Chief Jim Weisbeck says tourists spotted the suspicious looking device near a boat ramp in the park Tuesday. Weisbeck says the device had three pieces of copper tubing that were capped and held together with duct tape. A nearby public swimming pool was evacuated. A bomb disposal unit from Natrona County blew up the device, and its remains will be studied by the state crime lab.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming House and Senate gave initial approval to legislation that would provide Obstetricians help with Medicaid reimbursements. The Senate version of the bill would provide 100 percent reimbursement of their regular charges for delivering what are termed "Medicaid babies." Senators were told there is a difference of about a thousand dollars between what Medicaid currently pays and what doctors would normally get from their insured patients. Senator Rae Lynn Job says they are hoping to close the gap, but she says it's unclear how many doctors will be affected.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming House has approved its version of a constitutional amendment that would place a cap on non-economic damages. Following extensive debate and opposition from the Speaker and several leading Republicans the house removed a provision that would have kept a cap from being less than 500-thousand dollars. Representative Colin Simpson says citizens benefit from having a floor in the bill.