Catherine Wheeler

Phone: 307-222-4208
Email: cwheel11@uwyo.edu

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.

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After A Legislative Session Of Budget Cuts, What Happens Next?

The Wyoming Legislature just wrapped up a session where $430 million was cut from the existing budget to make up for major losses of revenue connected with COVID-19.

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Local governments watched the 2021 legislative session closely. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Wyoming County Commissioners Association's Executive Director Jerimiah Rieman about how county governments fared in two issues the association was keeping an eye on throughout the session. Rieman began by discussing what changes lawmakers were considering on how local governments get revenue.

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On Thursday, April 8, Gov. Mark Gordon spoke to reporters about his thoughts on the 2021 legislative session.

Gordon said Wyoming will certainly face economic hardship in the coming years. He said in terms of revenue, he thought the state should first look at existing sales tax exemptions and what revenues can be raised.

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Bob Beck: The Wyoming legislature is winding up its work and we thought we'd begin the show discussing what we've seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler and I have been covering the session. And Catherine, I think I'd like to start with you. This was actually your first session. What were your takeaways? What did you see?

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The Wyoming Senate has voted down a bill that would have named a stretch of highway between Meeteetse and Cody after the late Cody Sen. Hank Coe.

Coe died of cancer in January. He retired last year and represented Cody since 1989, including time as the Senate Majority Floor Leader and Senate President.

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Wyoming Public Radio Reporters Discuss The Close Of The Legislative Session

The Wyoming legislature is winding up its work and we thought we'd begin the show discussing what we've seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler and Bob Beck have been covering the session.

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The Wyoming Legislature's 2021 general session is wrapping up. It's been the first session for freshman Democrat Representative Karlee Provenza. Provenza represents Laramie and ran on her background with community organizing and her experience with criminal justice reform.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with her about how her first session has gone.

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A bill that would create a voter ID law has passed the Senate after serious discussion about its meaning.

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The Wyoming House Transportation Committee voted to table a bill that would have kicked off the effort of tolling Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming.

The Senate had passed the bill, but the committee in a straw poll at the beginning of the meeting didn't express much interest in passing it.

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The Wyoming House of Representatives has killed a bill that would have set up a taskforce to study the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill would have put together lawmakers, county and tribal representatives, alongside people from the education, business and health care sectors to study how the state handled challenges brought on by COVID-19.

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After killing it earlier in the day, the Wyoming House of Representatives reconsidered and passed the bill that would provide a statewide structure for tracking instances of serious police misconduct.

The bill looks to prevent law enforcement officers with records of serious misconduct from getting or maintaining certification in Wyoming.

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The Wyoming House of Representatives voted to send two bills dealing with abortion to the Senate.

One bill would outlaw abortions performed for discriminatory reasons, like the fetus having a disability or its race or gender.

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A bill that gives more power to elected officials when it comes to public health orders has passed the House.

The measure requires county commissioners to sign off on the extension of a local order after ten days, while the governor would do the same regarding a statewide order.

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A bill that would have protected Wyoming journalists from being subpoenaed to reveal their anonymous sources has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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More than 530,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19. And that includes close to 700 Wyomingites. In our series to honor their lives, Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Lacey Petersen, the granddaughter of longtime Sundance resident Marlene Cooper. Cooper died from the coronavirus in November 2020. Petersen starts by remembering her 86-year-old grandmother's early years in Sundance.

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Lawmakers have taken a major step to begin tolling Interstate 80, the highway cutting across southern Wyoming.

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The Wyoming Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw chemically-induced abortions.

Physicians say the medication is a safe way to handle the procedure, but lawmakers for the bill say the procedure is cruel. The bill's sponsor, Riverton Rep. Tim Salazar said the choice to bring the bill forward was a moral one.

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The Wyoming House Judiciary Committee decided to move forward with a bill that would create a system for maintaining records for instances of serious police misconduct that occur in the state.

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The Wyoming Senate has advanced a bill that would outlaw the use of chemically-induced abortions. It would make the use of medication that is used to remove a fetus from the uterus, typically in the early stages of pregnancy, illegal.

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The Wyoming House Labor and Health Committee voted to advance several bills regarding abortion.

The first bill would not allow state or federal funds to go towards any public Wyoming university or community college student insurance plans that cover abortion procedures.

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The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee voted to not move forward with a bill that would have increased wage transparency in the state.

If the bill had passed, employers would not be able to prohibit their employees from discussing wages with each other or punish them if they do.

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The Wyoming House Judiciary Committee voted to move forward on a bill that would set up a system for regulating marijuana in the state.

Under the bill, marijuana would be legal for medical use and recreational use for anyone 21 years and older.

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The Wyoming Senate has narrowly passed the bill that would establish a taskforce to evaluate the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After the 2020 election, legislatures across the country are considering new voting laws.

And while no widespread voter fraud has been proven, it has not stopped conservative lawmakers from looking for solutions and new preventive measures.

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The Wyoming Senate has advanced a bill that would create a taskforce to review the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The taskforce would include lawmakers and members of the business, education, health care, tribal and local government communities. All but the lawmakers would be appointed by the governor.

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The University of Wyoming's Board of Trustees have selected Kevin Carman as the next provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Carman served as the provost at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2013 to 2020. The decision was announced Wednesday.

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The Wyoming Senate passed a bill that would create legislative oversight for public health orders.

The bill was amended since its introduction, and now would require the legislature to approve any public health measure that goes beyond 60 days.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill that would have given more public records access to the personnel files of public officials in state and local governments.

The bill would have allowed public records requests for performance reviews of high ranking public positions like college and university presidents, the state superintendent, and city managers.

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