September 16th, 2011

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Wyoming is watching debate over federal transportation funding.
Governor Matt Mead says Wyoming will have a difficult time maintaining highways without more federal aid. Congress is debating highway funding right now  with dramatically different ideas about how much money should go to state transportation projects. Patrick Terpstra is following developments from Washington.

State Superintendent discusses new training initiative.
In an effort to improve statewide reading scores, the state department of education has embarked on a new way to coach teachers. Called teacher to teacher training, expert teachers from Wyoming are going to other districts to help teachers improve their teaching and better understand how they can help students meet standards. State Superintendent Cindy Hill tells Bob Beck about the approach.

Doctors express concern about state vaccination program.
Doctors are concerned about a decision made this summer by the State Department of Health. Due to budget concerns the state will no longer pay for all vaccines for children. Doctor Brian Horst is a pediatrician in Laramie and is the Vice President of the Wyoming chapter of pediatrics. He says this decision raises a number of concerns. He speaks with Bob Beck.

Wyoming is pushing Prostate Cancer awareness.
While other Cancer's get more publicity, Wyoming Department of Health officials say that Prostate Cancer is very common in the state. But thanks to early detection and treatment, most of those diagnosed survive. But the health officials say it should not be taken likely. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more.

Internet speeds and access have always been a problem in Wyoming, but some are trying to fix that.
According to a report from speed-matters-dot-org, the state ranks 49th in the nation in terms of internet speeds and the report adds that 65 percent of Wyoming households have internet speeds below minimum national standards. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports that those issues have hampered economic growth in the state, but things may be changing.

A new Prairie Dog management program has stirred reaction.
Prairie dogs are stirring strong emotions among local residents and conservationists in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Ranchers consider them pests, but environmentalists see prairie dogs as a crucial species in the grasslands ecosystem. As the Forest Service rolls out new tactics for managing the prairie dog population in the area, some residents are reacting with passion. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg has the story.

Author Alexandra Fuller discusses her new book: Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfullness.
Ten years after she wrote he critically acclaimed memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight where she wrote about growing up in Rhodesia near a civil war, Alexandra Fuller has written a follow-up book about her family and her interesting Mother in her new book Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulness. Alexandra Fuller, who currently resides in Jackson Hole, returns to the program and we begin by discussing her very interesting Mother.

A club of Wyomingites in Washington is on the radar of those who wonder if it skirts ethics regulations.
There is a special club in Washington D-C for Wyomingites that mixes socializing, good works and politics. But critics say the Wyoming State Society and its many counterparts skirt congressional ethics regulations. Ana Radelat reports.

Laramie merchants hope to cash in on this weekend's Wyoming-Nebraska football game.
Laramie businesses are bracing themselves for next weekend, when the University of Nebraska's football team will come next door to play the University of Wyoming. This will be the first time in Wyoming history the Cowboys will host the Cornhuskers, who are in the Big Ten this year. The game is expected to draw tens of thousands whom local businesses hope will spend generously while they're here. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez reports.