February 8th, 2019

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Anti-Abortion Bills Gain Popularity

It’s not really that unusual for anti-abortion bills to be considered by the legislature but they frequently are defeated in committees or don’t get much traction. But it appears that may be changing. Wyoming pro-choice supporters were unnerved by the passage of two bills that set certain requirements on doctors two years ago. This year two more anti-abortion bills have passed the house that people have their eyes on. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.

How Much Should Gender Be Considered In Mental Health Evaluations?

In the early days of psychology, therapists thought mental health disorders were mostly experienced by one gender or the other: for instance, anorexia by women, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by men. But in the last couple decades, the thinking has swung hard the other way with attempts to ignore the role of gender in mental health studies.

More Women Breadwinners Moving Families To Cody

Wyoming’s population declined last year while the surrounding states' populations grew. But Cody is an outlier of sorts. In the past decade, there’s been an influx of people aged 24 to 34 into Park County. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports a portion of these are women providing a steady income and benefits for their families.

Women Make History Taking Top Spots In Jackson's Stage Stop Sled Race

The Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Jackson is the biggest dog sled race in the lower 48 states. This year, for the first time ever, women took the event's top three spots.

Wyoming Lawmakers Want To Find Common Ground

While much of the reaction to President Trump's State of the Union speech fell along party lines, lawmakers from Wyoming are latching onto a few areas where they see common ground. Washington correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

What Is Happening With The Colorado River Drought Plans?

States that rely on the Colorado River for their water supplies are currently unable to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago.

Five states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada — are done. The country of Mexico has also completed its portion. But California and Arizona failed to meet a Jan. 31 federal government deadline to wrap up negotiations and sign a final agreement.

Interior Says New Rule Makes It Easier To Get Public Records, But Will It?

Over the last two years, The Interior Department has been dealing with A LOT of public records requests from media outlets and environmental protection groups. In fact it says requests have spiked by around 30-percent.

The agency says it’s swamped. So it’s proposing  a new policy. And depending on who you talk to… the change will  either make it EASIER to get information to the public, or a lot more difficult.

 

Lawmaking Comes To Life For Kids That Show Up For The Process

This session, Wyoming lawmakers killed two different bills that would have required the U.S. Citizenship test to graduate from high school. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow pushed the idea as a way to strengthen civics education across the state. Critics argued that rather than more exams, kids need more opportunities to experience democracy in action.