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Firefighter bargaining changes advance to floor

Firefighter bargaining changes advance to floor

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill removing binding arbitration from the collective bargaining process for Wyoming firefighters passed a Senate panel Friday.

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Public lands transfer legislation advances in Legislature

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators’ ongoing push to evaluate the cost and feasibility of managing public lands now held by the federal government advanced on two fronts in the Legislature on Friday.

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Senate postpones Medicaid expansion vote

Senate postpones Medicaid expansion vote

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming senators are heading home for the weekend without a final decision on Medicaid expansion.

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Tribal liaison overhaul receives initial approval in Senate

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate advanced an overhaul of the state's tribal liaison program in the first of three floor votes on the matter Thursday.

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Appropriations committee skeptical of 'squishy' Medicaid numbers

CASPER, Wyo. — The Senate Appropriations Committee is skeptical of additional costs attached to Wyoming’s compromise Medicaid expansion plan.

January 29, 2015 5:00 pmLoading…
Proposed Medicaid compromise relies on virtual money, incentives to save

Proposed Medicaid compromise relies on virtual money, incentives to save

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers advanced a compromise version of Medicaid expansion in a Senate committee Wednesday.

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Tribal liaison overhaul advances for Wyoming Senate consideration

CASPER, Wyo. — An overhaul of the state’s tribal liaison program is a step closer to approval in the Wyoming Senate.

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Individual privacy bills advance to Wyoming Senate

Individual privacy bills advance to Wyoming Senate

A package of bills aimed at strengthening an individual’s privacy rights advanced Tuesday from the Senate Corporations committee.

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Wyoming legislators debate joining balanced budget compact

Wyoming legislators debate joining balanced budget compact

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators seeking to join a nationwide compact calling for a balanced budget advanced an amendment to do just that in the House of Representatives on Monday.

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Education committee votes down superintendent resolution

Education committee votes down superintendent resolution

CASPER, Wyo. — The House Education Committee voted down a resolution Monday that would have allowed voters to decide whether the state's superintendent of public instruction should be elected or appointed.

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Wyoming Senate advances powdered alcohol ban

Wyoming Senate advances powdered alcohol ban

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators are working to outlaw the sale and possession of a potent new alcoholic substance in the state.

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Local health department seeks additional state nursing funds

CASPER, Wyo. — Public health officials in Natrona County are asking Wyoming legislators for additional funds to pay for a gap in nursing services funding at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

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House approves increase in retirement age for judges

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators advanced a proposal Thursday that would increase the mandatory retirement age for the state’s judges to 75. The measure passed 49-11 and will move to the Senate for consideration.

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Senators debate penalties in data trespass legislation

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming senators sparred Wednesday on the Senate floor over stiff penalties provided in a bill that would create the crime of trespassing to collect data.

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Wyoming fence law targeting unlawful grazing fails in agriculture committee

Wyoming fence law targeting unlawful grazing fails in agriculture committee

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators voted down legislation on Tuesday that would make it illegal to lower fences to allow livestock grazing on neighboring lands.

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Agriculture committee advances pipeline protection for Wyoming landowners

Agriculture committee advances pipeline protection for Wyoming landowners

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill that would protect landowners from damage liability caused by energy pipelines on their land passed the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

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Wyoming hospice providers skeptical of physician-assisted death

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming hospice providers are raising objections to new legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor's help.

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Firearms lobby pushes for repeal of gun-free zones

CASPER, Wyo. — Gun rights activists in Wyoming are preparing for a contentious legislative debate over permission for the concealed carry of firearms in public buildings.

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Wyoming Medical Center eliminates 5 leadership positions

Wyoming Medical Center eliminates 5 leadership positions

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Medical Center announced the elimination of five leadership positions Wednesday, citing changes in the health care market.

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Bill allows counties to join Wyoming employees' insurance plan

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming counties struggling to provide health insurance to employees could be afforded an alternative with a bill that would allow them to join the state employees’ group insurance plan.

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Ag secretary scraps plans for national beef checkoff program

Ag secretary scraps plans for national beef checkoff program

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming ranchers are again considering the future of the national beef checkoff program after U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his decision to scrap plans for an additional, federally administered program.

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Wyoming Legislature: 5 key issues

CASPER, Wyo. — As the 63rd Wyoming Legislature convenes Tuesday, lawmakers will consider several bills with long-term impacts on the state’s health care, financial and labor landscape.

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Wyoming, Montana tribal leaders oppose grizzly delisting

Wyoming, Montana tribal leaders oppose grizzly delisting

CASPER, Wyo. — The Montana and Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council on Thursday announced its opposition to federal rule-making to delist the grizzly bear under the Endangered Species Act, and it criticized Yellowstone National Park’s lack of tribal representation.

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Wyoming tax revenues among most volatile in the nation

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s tax revenue streams are the second-most volatile in the United States, according to a recently released study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Tribes, Gov. Mead spar over EPA boundary filing

Tribes, Gov. Mead spar over EPA boundary filing

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead championed 10 states’ joint action to support an ongoing lawsuit over the boundary of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Central Wyoming.

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High winds, ground blizzards create dangerous weekend on Wyoming highways

High winds, ground blizzards create dangerous weekend on Wyoming highways

CASPER, Wyo. — High winds and low visibility created a dangerous weekend for motorists on Wyoming highways.

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State grants aim to boost wild-horse reasearch

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming agriculture officials are one step closer to granting researchers a portion of $250,000 allocated by Gov. Matt Mead for wild-horse research in the state.

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Officials recommend additional actions for flu virus mutations

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyomingites looking to avoid the flu this season may need to take added precautions because of mutations in the dominant strain of influenza virus this year.

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Ag interests aim for energy ombudsman

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming agricultural interests won’t be focused intently on the work of the Legislature’s agriculture committees in the upcoming legislative sessions.

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Low oil prices mean lower input costs for farmers, ranchers

Low oil prices mean lower input costs for farmers, ranchers

CASPER, Wyo. — As many in Wyoming’s oil industry grow ever more concerned by the drop in crude oil prices, agricultural producers in the state are working to take advantage of lower fuel costs.

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Health care leaders skeptical of Medicaid expansion alternative

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming health industry leaders are skeptical of an alternative Medicaid plan advanced by the interim health committee in December.

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Battle over Medicaid expansion in Wyoming carries into 2015

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming medical professionals took small steps toward capturing federal health care funding, streamlining the medical industry, cutting employers’ health insurance costs and providing consumer transparency in 2014.

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Wyoming lagging in disease outbreak control standards

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming falls short of meeting key standards for preventing the outbreak of infectious diseases like Ebola, enterovirus and other antibiotic-resistant bugs, according to a recently released report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Wind River Reservation not likely to legalize marijuana

CASPER, Wyo. — Native American tribes on the Wind River Reservation are now able to grow and sell marijuana without federal prosecution after the release of a U.S. Justice Department memo last week that directed attorneys to stop prosecuting such cases.

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Grazing bill eases permitting process for public lands ranchers

Grazing bill eases permitting process for public lands ranchers

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming public lands grazers could see shorter permitting times after Congress passed a bill seeking to streamline grazing permit renewals.

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Health facilities task force report to be considered in interim

CHEYENNE — The task force analyzing the role of Wyoming’s state-run medical facilities presented its final report to the legislature at a Tuesday meeting of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services committee in Cheyenne.

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Legislators tangle over final Medicaid waiver approval

CASPER, Wyo. — A provision that would give the Wyoming Legislature final approval on a negotiated Medicaid waiver was voted down during Tuesday’s Medicaid debate by a committee of lawmakers.

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Wyoming's first neonatologist aims to expand pediatric access

Wyoming's first neonatologist aims to expand pediatric access

CASPER, Wyo. — Dr. Shelley Springer moved to Casper with one concrete goal.

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Education committee advances school security initiatives

CASPER, Wyo. — Legislators advanced a bill Thursday that would improve safety conditions in Wyoming schools.

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Education committee advances distance education bills

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the Joint Interim Education committee forwarded two bills aimed at improving distance education among Wyoming schools and colleges.

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Legislators delay education governance vote in procedural spat

CASPER, Wyo. — The vote remains open on a proposal by Wyoming legislators to advance a constitutional amendment that would remove the superintendent of public instruction from the list of elected officials in the state.

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Northern Arapaho file suit against IRS health care rule

CASPER, Wyo. — The Northern Arapaho tribe filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that proposed Internal Revenue Service rules could cause Native Americans to pay higher insurance premiums or lose health care benefits.

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Wyoming legislators propose rebuilt tribal liaison program

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators introduced legislation to revamp the state’s tribal liaison program Tuesday at a meeting of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations.

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Cheyenne missile site owner lives with contaminated legacy

Cheyenne missile site owner lives with contaminated legacy

CASPER, Wyo. — The arching frame of a steel gate towering over the rolling prairie 20 miles east of Cheyenne was once the first line of defense for a Cold War weapon considered the world’s last resort.

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Eastern Shoshone announce casino expansion

CASPER, Wyo. — The Eastern Shoshone Tribe on Friday announced the approval of a $25 million expansion of the Shoshone Rose casino, north of Lander.

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University of Wyoming research provides data on wild horse diets

University of Wyoming research provides data on wild horse diets

CASPER, Wyo. — University of Wyoming research is contributing to a better understanding of how wild horses affect the state’s rangelands.

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Gov. Mead, legislators outline Wyoming agricultural issues

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead plans to continue pressuring federal officials to fix what he calls a broken Endangered Species Act and poor wild horse management practices in Wyoming.

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Wyoming fence law targets unlawful grazing

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill that would make it a crime to allow livestock to graze on neighboring lands will be sponsored by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Agriculture committee.

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Wyo farmers, ranchers prep for farm bill changes

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming producers are preparing for a wealth of changes brought by congressional passage of the 2014 farm bill.

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Diabetes proves a tough disease to track in Wyoming

Diabetes proves a tough disease to track in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Mary Engleman’s choices lay clearly before her.

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