March 3rd, 2017

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In Review: Wyoming's Legislative Session 2017

The Wyoming legislative session is wrapping up today and Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck joins Caroline Ballard to discuss this year’s work. 

Wyoming GOP Split On Details of Trump Address

Many Wyoming Republicans are gushing over the vision President Donald Trump laid out in his first address to a joint session of Congress, but critics say it lacked specifics. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Game And Fish Director Discusses Fee Hikes And Endangered Species

This week the legislature gave final approval to a bill that will take general fund money away from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and require them to make up the difference through fee increases.

It’s just one of a few issues Director Scott Talbott is finding challenging these days. He sat down with me to explain that it’s critical that the fees do not lead to a net loss. 

Antelope Advocate Works Beyond Borders

Dr. Ali Abdullahi  knew that he wanted to work with wildlife when he visited the Masai Mara reserve in his home country of Kenya. He earned a PHd from the University of Wyoming's ecology department, and embarked on an effort to save the hirola - the world's most endangered antelope. Wyoming Public Radio's Alanna Elder spoke with Dr. Ali about his work.

UW Law Professor Seeks Clarity For Immigration Debate With Economic Study

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to enact stricter immigration policies, and the topic of reform has remained a common thread under the new administration.

University of Wyoming College of Law Professor Noah Novogrodsky is leading a team of law students conducting an economic impact study of the contributions immigrant workers make to Teton County.

Novogrodsky told Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen, the intent of the study is to uncover details that are otherwise lost in census data in order to encourage evidence-based debate and policy.

Mobile Homeowners Have Less Financial Mobility

Across the United States, mobile and manufactured home owners are without the same access to the American Dream as their neighbors with site-built homes. That’s because mobile homes are often classified as personal property, like a car or a boat. And converting them to real property -- like a house -- can be complicated. As a result, mainstream mortgages are out of reach. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson reports, in Wyoming one feisty homeowner decided to take action.  

Freshmen Legislators Reflect On Their Experience

Early in the Wyoming legislative session, we heard from some new lawmakers about what they were expecting. With the legislature ending its 40-day session, Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck caught up with some of the freshmen and found that they have a healthy respect for the process, but leave with some disappointments.

A Catholic Deacon And A Gay Rights Advocate Find Friendship In A Year Of Discord

Last year, after intense debate, the city of Cheyenne adopted an anti-discrimination resolution to protect members of the LGBT community and in this legislative session, lawmakers have tried and failed to pass state laws on both sides of the issue.

In the midst of all that, though, an unlikely friendship sprouted up.

As part of her series, “I Respectfully Disagree,” Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with the legislative liaison for Cheyenne’s Holy Trinity Church, Deacon Mike Lehman, and Wyoming Equality Communications Director Sara Burlingame.