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April 29th, 2011

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A listing of today's stories:

A State Representative is not ready to overhaul the Wyoming Juvenile Justice system.
For years, studies and reports have raised concerns about Wyoming's juvenile justice system. Just two weeks ago, Governor Mead's administration put forth a plan for a unified juvenile court system. The Joint Judiciary Committee discussed that proposal at its most recent meeting. And committee co-chair Kermit Brown tells Molly Messick says that he's not yet convinced of the need for a statewide system.

Wyoming public health facilities are tackling the high number of Sexually Transmitted Disease cases in the state.
The Cowboy state ranks 37th in the number of reported H-I-V cases and officials say one in two sexually active young people in Wyoming will contract an STD by the age of 25. Rosemary Lew is the Outreach coordinator for Laramie Reproductive health, she tells Bob Beck that they have been able to increase their testing, but there is more to do.

Wyoming's plan to fight cancer has been updated.
Every five years Wyoming develops a comprehensive cancer control plan as the state continues to find better ways to both treat and detect the disease. Liz Mikesell is the person in charge of the effort. She tells Bob Beck that the last five year plan led to an important colorectal screening program.

Wyoming Historian Phil Roberts discusses Wyoming's brush with royalty.
In this week that made royal watchers of us all, a long view of our fascination with Will and Kate. Here's University of Wyoming historian Phil Roberts.

Reporter Rebecca Huntington discusses a meeting of grizzly experts.
Twice a year, a subgroup of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meets to talk about the big questions of grizzly bear management. Last year, Wyoming saw a record number of human-grizzly bear interactions. And in the last four years the bear has been removed from the Endangered Species List, and put back on the list by a federal court ruling. An appeal of that ruling is underway. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington attended the committee's most recent meeting in Jackson and she joins us now. Rebecca, tell us what generally happens at these meetings - and how was this one different?

Health care debt is a complicated problem in Wyoming.
Although it's hard to get Wyoming specific numbers many who work in debt collection in the state say health care is the leading cause of debt in Wyoming. Here is a story about how some fall into that debt and how hard it can be to get out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.

Large groups struggle to make health care affordable.
As medical bills continue to rise in the region, it's not just individuals who are trying to keep up with increasing costs. Larger groups in the state, like school districts, are looking for ways to keep healthcare affordable. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg has this report.

A insurance pool known as the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust may be in bad financial shape.
Internal documents obtained by Wyoming Public Radio show that one of the state's health insurance pools, the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust, may be in bad financial shape. The trust provides insurance plans for more than 4,000 public school teachers and staff across the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.