Casper, WY – New census data show Wyoming ranks sixth in the nation for education spending per pupil. The state spent about $14,600 per student in elementary and secondary public schools on average in 2008-09, up from $13,800 in 2007-08. Neighboring Utah spent the least per pupil in 2009, $6,400. The national average increased to $10,500 per pupil in 2009.
Washington D-C – Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are supporting proposed legislation that would allow federal money not spent by states to decrease the national debt. The Wyoming Republicans say the measure would help end the "use it or lose it" mentality among many state legislatures.
Sundance, WY – Crook County officials in northeast Wyoming are preparing to assess damage from flooding that washed out roads and damaged bridges this week. County emergency management spokeswoman Katie Allen says the Belle Fourche River surged six feet over flood stage this week but was falling now. She says the river was at highest it's been since 1954. Allen says more than a dozen rural gravel roads and five bridges in the county sustained damage. However, there've been no reports of any buildings damaged or people hurt.