Cheyenne, Wy – A Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman says there have been no positive swine flu tests in Wyoming.Kim Deti says the state health lab in Cheyenne has completed 22 tests as of Thursday. All of them turned up negative, though some have been positive for other seasonal flu strains. Deti says the state lab has received requests from local medical offices to conduct tests of samples of potential flu cases. She says she doesn't know how many total requests the lab has received, but said it's fewer than 100.
Fort Collins, Co – Long time Wyoming broadcaster Rich Bircumshaw has died in Fort Collins from a massive stroke. He was 54. Bircumshaw was the play by play voice of the Colorado State Rams for nearly a decade and was the News Director for a cluster of Clear Channel Radio stations in Northern Colorado. Bircumshaw covered news and sports in both Riverton and Casper for many years, and worked for a short time with the Wyoming Radio Network.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming may ask a federal agency to investigate what's causing this state's extremely high rates of worker deaths.
The Governor's task force on workplace safety met Wednesday in Cheyenne. At the meeting was a representative from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. That agency helped reduce the number of worker deaths in Alaska by half - it investigated what was causing these deaths, so the state knew what to fix. The task force may request that an investigator do the same in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, Wy – About 30,000 Bresnan Communications cable subscribers in Cheyenne and Albany County have lost their local CBS affiliate, KGWN, because of a contract dispute between the station and Bresnan. Bresnan removed the station - known as CBS NewsChannel 5 - shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Bresnan substituted the KGWN broadcast with a Weather Channel feed. KGWN General Manager Joan Turner-Doyle says 60 percent of the station's Cheyenne customers get the station through Bresnan.
Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration will again require federal agencies to consult with the government's wildlife experts before taking any actions that could impact threatened or endangered species.
The Interior and Commerce departments said Tuesday they have revoked a last-minute rule change by the Bush administration that ended the consultation requirement. Environmentalists had argued that the Bush action severely reduced protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is sending to Gov. Dave Freudenthal a plan to reduce the agency's budget by as much as 14 percent. The Business Council board signed off on the draft proposal during a conference call meeting Tuesday. The Business Council's mission is to promote economic development in Wyoming. The agency has a fiscal year 2010 budget of about $57 million and is proposing cuts of up to $8 million a year. Freudenthal has instructed state agencies to plan for budget