Laramie, WY – Southeast Wyoming was spared the full force of yesterday's blizzard. But even near Laramie and Cheyenne, main highways were closed for hours. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick watched the roads as the day unfolded.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's sheriff and police departments are continuing to be shorthanded due to officers getting called up to serve in the military. Cheyenne Police Chief Bob Fecht says for five years now he's had officers leaving to serve, and he's glad to support the military. But he says the loss of staff is a challenge: "From what I see the biggest burden is financially for an agency. When a squad is short the other officers feel that much differently."
Laramie, WY – Some Wyoming families are losing refund checks to a variety of services and scams. A refund of close to five thousand dollars can be available through the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for low- to moderate-income working families. But a recent report says that Wyomingites eligible for the refund are being targeted by tax preparation companies and other companies who want to get their hands on the refund checks.
Cheyenne, Wy – A veto by Gov. Dave Freudenthal will enable the state to cut funding for Wyoming's community colleges over the next couple of years, if necessary. The bill provides more state oversight of construction and programs at the seven colleges. Freudenthal left most of the legislation intact in signing it Thursday. However, he vetoed part of the bill that would have insulated the colleges from funding cuts in 2010 and 2011. Freudenthal says Wyoming may need to cut community college funding amid falling state revenue.