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Maggie Mullen

Maggie Mullen is a fifth generation Wyomingite, born and raised in Casper. She is currently a Masters candidate in American Studies and will defend her thesis on female body hair in contemporary American culture this May. Before graduate school, she earned her BA in English and French from the University of Wyoming. Maggie enjoys writing, cooking, her bicycle, swimming in rivers and lakes, and most any dog. 

An aerial image of the campus of UNR.
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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Inside Eastridge Shopping Mall in Casper, Wyoming was once a Macy's. And signs of that department store life remain — a lot of mirrors, the old beauty department counter, and what used to be changing rooms to try on the latest fashions. Now, this building is a well-oiled, pandemic-fighting machine, with no customers.


An image inside the Nevada State Assembly.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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Vincent Bradison / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

An image of Assembly Minority Leader Robin Titus speaking to Assembly Majority Leader Jason Frierson
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, May 3, 2021.

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Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Apr. 30, 2021.

An image of Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. She is wearing a face mask and looking away from the camera.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021.

Samantha Frias met her husband, Alonso, back in 2003. It was at a Halloween party. Alonso wasn't dressed up, but Samantha wore a Morticia Adams costume. She said they were inseparable from the very start.


An image of a person receiving a vaccine shot.
Courtesy of CVS

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021.


The last time the state of Wyoming executed someone was in 1992.

"When that execution actually occurred, I felt it," said Sen. Cale Case. "And people all over Wyoming felt it, 'cause we were part of it."

Gains in air quality had been hailed as a silver lining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to new data out this week, those improvements in the U.S. were negated by last summer's wildfire smoke.

David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021.

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Courtesy Reno Ice

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2021.

Two Western lawmakers have reintroduced companion bills to establish a federal conservation corps. It would invest $9 billion in a civilian workforce dedicated to public lands, part of a $40 billion package focused on conservation, restoration and rural economies.

The Centers for Disease Control has said proper ventilation in indoor settings can cut down the spread of COVID-19. But how can you tell whether a space is in fact well ventilated?


The pandemic has caused huge revenue shortfalls in state budgets across the Mountain West and the country, renewing heated debates over taxes. That's true in Wyoming, too, though one tax issue before lawmakers is "still something that, you know, gets whispered about."

While there's an insect named after Lady Gaga, and a lichen named after former President Barack Obama, a lot of the time species get named after scientists - especially white men.

An image from inside the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Brian Wilkins / Creative Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

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Nico Aguilera / Creative Commons, Flickr

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.


Rebecca Travers lives in Casper, Wyo. Until late last year, the 42-year-old had been working at a non-profit that helps volunteer organizations across the state.

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