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November 17th, 2017

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"They Don't Trust Us And We Don't Trust Them": Discrimination Of Native Americans

Half of Native Americans living on Indian reservations say they or a family member feel they’ve been treated unfairly by the courts. That’s according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T-H Chan School of Public Health. It’s a lack of justice that Wind River Reservation residents say they live with every day. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports, now the tribes are working together to solve that problem. 

Wyoming's ACLU Proposes Ways To Reduce The Prison Population

A new report says Wyoming’s prison system is growing, which is driving up costs and the culprit is the lack of prison reform a new legislation that could lead to more people being placed behind bars. ACLU of Wyoming has released a report called Bucking the Trend: How Wyoming can reverse course through reduced incarceration and lowered costs

State Policy Director Sabrina King says they’ve given the legislature some ideas.

Wyoming Lawmakers Don't Care About The Climate Report

This month the federal government released a dire assessment of climate change that says human beings are likely the cause of the problem. But, as Matt Laslo explains, the report isn’t having an impact on Wyoming lawmakers or the Trump administration.  

Former NATO Leader Wants The United States To Return To Its Leadership Role

Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the former Prime Minister of Denmark and the former Secretary General of NATO. Rasmussen made his first trip to Wyoming this week discussing the topic of America’s will to lead or perhaps not lead when it comes to world affairs. Rasmussen thinks it’s essential to return to being the world’s leader. Bob Beck asked him what he thought about the Trump administration’s approach.  

Senator Kinskey Leaves Cost Effective Practices Up To School Districts

For the last eight months, a legislative committee has been trying to wrap their heads around the true cost of K-12 education. Senator Dave Kinskey is part of that effort, and he’s become well known for saying he wants to see . . . the most bang for the buck. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson visited Kinskey in Sheridan to ask him what that means. 

In Threatened Bird's Uncertain Fate, Some See An Opportunity

Changes are coming to the 2015 sage grouse management plans. The amendments are giving some businesses hope, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports, others are worried it could unravel a decade of negotiation and compromise. 

Mauling's Renews Old Debate Of Guns Versus Bear Spray

Seven grizzlies have been shot and killed by hunters in Wyoming, since the state took over grizzly bear management. That compares to two grizzlies killed last fall. Four grizzlies were killed in Park County alone this year, including one that Game and Fish put down, after it was shot. And, four people were injured in bears attacks. The question is how can those conflicts be reduced? Penny Preston reports experts say preparation is the key. 

UW Student Remembers Riding Out Hurricane Irma

In early September the Virgin Islands were struck by two category five hurricanes . . . fourteen days apart. Today, the islands' infrastructure remains badly damaged. Nearly 73% of residents are still without power. A student from the University of Wyoming was in the Virgin Islands when Irma, the first of the two hurricanes, hit. Sara Kirkpatrick was spending a semester abroad on the island of St Thomas. She had only been there for a few weeks when she heard about the hurricane’s approach. Unable to leave the island, she was forced to weather the storm. Travis, a local classmate, offered to shelter Sara at his family’s house.  

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
August was born and raised in northern Minnesota. She received a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and is completing her MA in American Studies at the University of Wyoming. Her free time is scarce these days, but when she has it she enjoys reading, exploring Wyoming’s great outdoors, and sleeping on the couch with her two cats.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.
When Penny Preston came to Cody, Wyoming, in 1998, she was already an award winning broadcast journalist, with big market experience. She had anchored in Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Tulsa, and Fayetteville. She’s been a news director in Dallas and Cody, and a bureau chief in Fayetteville, AR. She’s won statewide awards for her television and radio stories in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. Her stories also air on CBS, NBC, NBC Today Show, and CNN network news.