DNA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Scientists To Excavate Wyoming Cave Full Of Prehistoric Fossils http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scientists-excavate-wyoming-cave-full-prehistoric-fossils <p>For the first time in decades, scientists are excavating fossils from an 80-foot-deep cave in North Central Wyoming.</p><p>The cave is called “Natural Trap Cave,” because it’s become the final resting place for countless animals in past centuries—including many now-extinct ones like mammoths, short-faced bears, and American lions.</p><p>Julie Meachen is a paleontologist at Des Moines University. She’ll rappel into the cave with a team of 15 others.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:30:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61977 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scientists To Excavate Wyoming Cave Full Of Prehistoric Fossils DNA Compensation Bill Hits A Snag http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dna-compensation-bill-hits-snag <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A conference committee is trying to resolve differences&nbsp;between&nbsp;House and Senate versions of&nbsp;a bill that compensates&nbsp;people&nbsp;wrongly convicted of a crime.&nbsp; The House version of the bill says that someone exonerated of a crime via DNA, still&nbsp;has to&nbsp;return to court and prove their innocence in order to get compensation.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:10:42 +0000 Bob Beck 54914 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DNA Compensation Bill Hits A Snag New trial granted to Andrew Johnson, 24 years into life sentence http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-trial-granted-andrew-johnson-24-years-life-sentence <p>Laramie County District Court’s Judge Campbell granted Andrew Johnson a new trial today, based on fresh DNA evidence. Johnson has served 24 years of a life-in-prison sentence. He was convicted of sexual assault of a Cheyenne woman in 1989. The woman’s rape kit contained semen, but Innocence Center Managing Attorney, Elizabeth Fasse, says it wasn’t until 2008 that anything could be done with that evidence.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:05:03 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39433 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New trial granted to Andrew Johnson, 24 years into life sentence House committee kills "Katie's Law" http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-committee-kills-katies-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Katie’s Law, a bill that would have allowed the state to collect DNA of people arrested for certain felonies will not move forward in the Wyoming House.</span></p><p>A committee voted 5-3 to kill the bill, which is named after a 22-year-old New Mexico resident whose killer was identified based on DNA matching. Proponents of the bill argued that DNA is the modern equivalent of a fingerprint.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:44:21 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35869 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House committee kills "Katie's Law"