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 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 22, 2019

Bill to share mental health info with feds survives committee vote

CHEYENNE - A bill to mandate Wyoming share disqualifying mental health information on potential firearms purchasers with the federal background check system is still alive for a potential 2020 vote. The proposed legislation would mandate Wyoming... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 22, 2019

Prayer vigil recognizes history of slavery in America

CHEYENNE – Only by remembering the mistakes and sins of the past, can we find a way to come together and deal with the problems of today. That was the message from a group of worshipers gathered in C... Full story


Cheyenne police recommend charges against priest in abuse case

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Police Department has recommended sexual abuse charges against a member of the Roman Catholic clergy and another man who was seeking to join the clergy related to incidents from the 1970s and ’80s. In a news release, CPD sai... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 15, 2019

Vote for stricter trespass laws fails

CHEYENNE – An effort to change the state’s trespass laws to punish violators even if they were unaware they were on private property failed to make it out of committee Thursday. The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee voted 8-6 a... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 8, 2019

Survey finds pathways exist for military spouse careers

CHEYENNE — The Legislature has made removing barriers to military spouses working in the state a top priority for the interim. But it turns out Wyoming has already made it a relatively painless process. Earlier this summer, the Joint T... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    August 1, 2019

Schools test athletes to track concussions

CHEYENNE — Student-athletes across Laramie County School District 1 are just a few short days from practice starting for fall sports. But before they take the field, court, course or track, those athletes will be testing their cognitive abilities i... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 11, 2019

'The People's Building' is reopened for business

CHEYENNE – Before Wednesday's grand reopening of the newly renovated state Capitol, one would be forgiven if they didn't believe the four-year, multi-million-dollar project would result in something s... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 11, 2019

Cities, counties will try to find solution on tax bill

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee has a bill on its plate that would allow cities to put an additional municipal sales tax to voters. But instead of voting on the bill, the committee hit pause this week to all... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Capitol turns from near ruin to a gem

CHEYENNE – When the Wyoming State Capitol reopens to the public Wednesday after more than four years of extensive renovations and improvements, it might be hard for people to truly appreciate just h... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Legislators again study change in wind tax

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s wind is a highly desirable commodity in renewable energy. But trying to increase revenue from the industry might drive investors away from the state and into the arms of Wyoming’s three biggest competitors for wind. There has b... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    July 4, 2019

Revenue Committee takes another crack at fuel tax

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee will take another swing at trying to raise the state's gasoline tax after failing to connect during this year's session. The Revenue Committee voted 8-6 on Tuesday to approve s... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    May 30, 2019

Cheyenne mayor, Gordon dispute confrontation

CHEYENNE — The mayor of Cheyenne and the governor of Wyoming engaged in a public dispute Monday over what happened Friday during a contentious meeting about a potential Taiwanese state visit. In a news release sent from her office Monday morning, M... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    May 16, 2019

Lawmakers still looking for ways to prevent early coal plant closures

CHEYENNE – Four of Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants have been identified as potential targets for early closures to save money. And state lawmakers have worked to put up as many roadblocks as possible to keep Rocky Mountain Power from turning off...


Experts say McCormick report should be made public

CHEYENNE — Experts in Wyoming public records law say Laramie County School District 1 officials have no legal basis for denying public access to McCormick Junior High's report on bullying. The district announced it had wrapped up its investigation i... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    May 2, 2019

Cheyenne schools release action plan on bullying

CHEYENNE — Laramie County School District 1 on Monday released an action plan developed in the wake of an investigation of harassment and bullying at Cheyenne’s McCormick Junior High. The multilevel plan focuses on student-centered supports, tra... Full story


Principal out at Cheyenne school troubled by bullying

CHEYENNE – Laramie County School District 1 officials announced Friday that McCormick Junior High Principal Jeff Conine was no longer in charge of the school. The decision comes exactly one month after homophobic and racist flyers were found at M... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    April 11, 2019

Trump executive order could pave way for Washington coal port terminal

CHEYENNE — An executive order from President Donald Trump that could help pave the way for coal exports garnered praise from Wyoming leadership this week. But critics see it as a way to lessen local control over issues of water quality in favor of i... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    April 11, 2019

APRIL 15 - Wyoming Legislature could take another look at tolling I-80

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at the idea of tolling Interstate 80 as a way to help fund improvements and maintenance along the more than 400 miles of road. The Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs I... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 21, 2019

Legislature's interim topics finalized

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers have been given their marching orders for this upcoming interim session by the Legislature's Management Council. The leadership of the House and Senate approved a slew of topics Friday for committees to work on during the i... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 21, 2019

Lack of legislative progress on revenue disappoints governor

CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon said even though he thought it was a successful legislative session, he was frustrated with the lack of progress made this year in creating viable revenue streams for priorities like education. During a Thursday press c... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 21, 2019

Drug company sued by Wyoming settles similar case with Oklahoma

CHEYENNE — A major settlement between the State of Oklahoma and the manufacturer of the drug OxyContin could have ramifications for lawsuits against the company filed by the State of Wyoming, the City of Cheyenne and several other cities around t... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 14, 2019

States waiting on hemp rules from USDA to start planting

CHEYENNE — While the federal government paved the way for industrial hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill, states still need direction on how the nascent industry will be regulated before seeds can go into the ground. Once hemp was legalized by t... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    March 14, 2019

MARCH 18 - Gordon vetoes two bills, declines to sign several others

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday used his veto pen on two bills, one of which would have authorized the Legislature to sue to allow Wyoming’s coal to be exported through Washington state. Gordon also declined to sign several more bills he saw...

 By Ramsey Scott    News    February 21, 2019

FEB. 27 Gov. Gordon takes out his veto pen for state budget

CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon used his veto pen Tuesday to reject more than two dozen items out of the state supplemental budget passed by the Legislature this month. The vetoes started a domino effect in the Legislature with the House set to meet t... Full story

 By Ramsey Scott    News    February 21, 2019

FEB. 22 - Party-switching bill dies

CHEYENNE – The Senate voted Thursday to kill the last bill in the Legislature that would have closed the state’s primary elections to voters who switched their party affiliation. House Bill 106, sponsored by Rep. Jim Blackburn, R-Cheyenne, was vot... Full story


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