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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

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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

A new study says switching to a single-payer health-care system would create demand for 2.3 million full-time health care workers. (Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses and create a net surplus of new jobs. Josh Bivens, research director at the institut

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

Nearly 6,000 big game animals such as deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats die each year from collisions with vehicles on Wyoming's highways and interstates. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week. Dan Stanton, a biologist and sportsman's representative on the governor's advisory group on migration, says keeping paths o

Elk at winter feedlots are at risk of chronic wasting disease, which assaults the central nervous systems of elk, deer and moose, resulting in brain lesions, behavioral changes, a loss of body condition, and always death. (USFWS)

JACKSON, Wyo. -- A coalition of conservation groups is taking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court over the agency's proposal to postpone phasing out winter feeding at the Jackson Hole National Elk Refuge. Recent winters have seen more than 8,000 elk crowded on Refuge feedlines for alfalfa

The reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park led to improved waterway habitat, declining coyote and elk numbers, and an increase in beavers, birds, willow and aspen. (NPS)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- It's been 25 years since wolves were brought back into Yellowstone National Park, and park officials say the animal's future is on track to continue to be a healthy, contributing member of the Yellowstone family. Park representative Linda Veress says wolves have

In 2015, Medicare beneficiaries spent $27 billion in out-of-pocket drug costs. (Needpix)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state and national campaign led by AARP to rein in rising prescription drug prices is making headway, and Wyoming lawmakers say they are getting the message, especially from folks living on fixed incomes. Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming state director, said the median income for Medica

The 12% reduction in Wyoming state pension checks due to rising healthcare costs equals about four tanks of gas and a half-month's worth of groceries. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On December 1, retired public employees in Wyoming saw a 12% increase in the cost of their health coverage, which is taken directly out of their monthly pension checks. Retirees receive, on average, $1,600 in pension benefits a month, and Betty Jo Beardsley – executive

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