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Protests over Floyd killing go global, as U.S. demonstrations focus on multiple recent victims of alleged lethal police misconduct.

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Protests continued over the weekend in police killing of George Floyd, with law enforcement in some cities using force against demonstrators. Former VP Joe Biden urged against violence.

Public News Service - WY: Education

Critics of the Bureau of Land Management's move to cut royalty payments worry the action incentivizes oil production during what's been called the biggest oil glut in history. (Matryx/Pixabay)

SHERIDAN, Wyoming -- As Wyoming faces a potential $2.8 billion budget deficit fueled by the COVID-19 crisis, lawmakers are bracing for a significant revenue shortfall after the Trump administration announced cuts for oil and gas royalties on public lands. Shannon Anderson, staff attorney for the P

School food service staff members in Wyoming are shifting gears as classrooms close, and finding creative ways to make sure children don't go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. (Wyoming Department of Education)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming joins the national effort to protect public health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by closing classrooms, school districts are finding creative ways to make sure children who rely on school meals can continue to get healthy, nutritious food. Tamra Jackson, nutrition

Wyoming's retired firefighters, teachers and other public sector workers have lost an estimated 21% of their spending power since the last pension inflation adjustment in 2008. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The cost of health care, groceries and housing has increased dramatically since 2008, the last time Wyoming's retired public employees saw an inflation adjustment in their monthly pension checks, and many are having trouble keeping up. Last week, Wyoming lawmakers passed House Bi

Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products, including traditional cigarettes. (NeedPix)

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming teens' rising use of e-cigarettes, a relatively new nicotine delivery system also known as vaping, was the central topic at a gathering of health advocates, experts and lawmakers in Casper this week. Vaping has come under increased scrutiny after several deaths were li

Vertical Harvest operates on one-tenth of an acre, yet grows produce at a rate equivalent to a traditional five acre soil farm. (Vertical Harvest)

JACKSON, Wyo. – An indoor vertical farm in Jackson that produces and sells roughly 100,000 pounds of fresh produce annually is powered by a workforce built on the concept of diversity. Nearly two-thirds of Vertical Harvest's workers face disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome or visio

Currently, only 8% of Wyoming families can afford infant care, according to federal affordability standards. (Pixnio)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new Economic Policy Institute report shows how hard it is for Wyoming families to pay for early child care and education for one child, let alone two. Zane Mokhiber, a data analyst at the Institute, says most people don't think of infant care as a particular cost burden, w

On average, school districts spend $21,000 to recruit and train a new teacher, but four years after graduation, only 10 percent who enter the profession are still in the classroom. (Woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new report puts a spotlight on the economic stress facing people who choose a career in teaching. Emma Garcia, the report's co-author and economist with the Economic Policy Institute, says 59% of teachers nationwide turn to "moonlighting" or side jobs to supplement their in

If the United States were to achieve economic gender parity, research shows it could add $1.75 trillion to its gross domestic product. (US Air Force)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sunday marks Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. And according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub, equality between the sexes is still pretty far off. While women

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