Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Department of Health officials say the state experienced about twice the normal number of flu cases and deaths during the recent flu season. The department has confirmed about 4,100 flu cases and 10 deaths over the extended flu season that started last May and wound down a few weeks ago. The Health Department first detected swine flu in Wyoming in late May. State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says the flu bug normally appears in November and hits a peak in February.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming plans to spend $5.3 million to try to lure visitors to the state this year. Tourism director Diane Shober says national advertisements began appearing in March editions of magazines such as Travel & Leisure, Smithsonian and Sunset. Television ads have also started running in Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oklahoma City. The "Forever West Reflections" campaign, which promotes the state's history and heritage, is being used again this year.
Cheyenne, WY – The Ohio Supreme Court won't consider the appeal of a Wyoming gun manufacturer that lost a jury trial over the safety of one of its guns.
Freedom Arms Inc. had appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court after a circuit appellate court in that state denied the gun manufacturer's motion for a new trial.
Robert Taylor of Adamsville, Ohio, sued the gun manufacturer after he injured his leg when one of Freedom's Model 83 .454 Casull revolvers discharged accidentally during a Wyoming horseback trip in 2003.
Yellowstone National Park, WY – Yellowstone National Park officials are beginning to advise visitors of road construction that will cause delays on roads that will be reopened in the coming weeks.
Park spokesman Al Nash says the busy spring, summer, and fall months is the only time the weather is good enough for the road construction. The roads reopening in the coming weeks have been covered in snow all winter.