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First News: Health care reform, brucellosis, road closures

Submitted by Newsroom on November 18, 2010 – 7:45 amNo Comment

For First News Live with Leslie Startmoen — Health care reform, brucellosis and road closures make today’s headlines –  CLICK HERE


     Wyo. delegation joins health care legal challenge

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The congressional delegation from Wyoming is supporting the legal challenge to the new health care law.

     Rep. Cynthia Lummis and Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso signed onto a legal brief in support of a case against the law brought by 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Business. Wyoming is not, at this point, one of those states bringing about the lawsuit, but Governor-elect Matt Mead intends to add Wyoming to the list as soon as he takes office.

     Wyoming’s Congresswoman says the new health care law kills jobs, imposes devastating regulations on small businesses, busts the budget and erodes the personal liberty of Americans.

     US Sen. Enzi says more effective measures are needed, and his co-congressman Sen. Barrasso says the legal fight is a part of an effort to repeal and replace the law.

     The case challenges the constitutionality of the new law.



     Wyoming awaits brucellosis test results

     CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – Now about brucellosis. The state of Wyoming has completed testing of a dozen cattle herds in the northern part of the state for the livestock disease.

     Jim Logan is the state’s veterinarian. He says results of tests that were completed by Monday should be in any day.

     The 12 herds were quarantined in Park County after brucellosis was found in cows belonging to one single herd.

     Brucellosis can be devastating because the disease can cause spontaneous abortions, infertility, decreased milk production and weight loss in cattle, elk, bison and other mammals.

     At this point, more than 3,000 cattle have been tested for brucellosis, and the results, so far, from about half show no new cases of the disease.

 From information provided by The Associated Press


Battle Pass closes for the winter season    

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

     RIVERTON, Wyo.  – Snow has blown into the state and that means road closures at the higher elevations. So far, we know that drifting snow has closed the highway over Battle Pass for the winter season, between Encampment and Baggs.

Cody Beers

Cody Beers of the Wyoming Department of Transportation filled us in yesterday.

He said Wyoming Highway 130 over the Snowy Range had already is closed about eight miles above Centennial on the east side of the range, and above Ryan Park on the west side.

     High elevations and heavy snowfall on the highways together with low traffic make it impractical to keep them open in the winter. Both highways usually reopen sometime in May.

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