Cheyenne, Wy – A new federal study says Wyoming's teen birth rate increased in 2006 after declining the previous 14 years. According to new state statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state's rate of teen births in 2006 also exceeded the national average. For every group of 1,000 women ages 15-19 in the United States, nearly 42 became young mothers. In Wyoming, the rate was more than 47 births per 1,000 teenage girls.
Cheyenne, Wy – Some Wyoming lawmakers want to make certain that people accused of misdemeanor domestic violence realize that pleading guilty will cost them their federal gun rights. A bill drafted for the legislative session that starts Tuesday would require judges to inform defendants that a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction would cost them their gun rights. The bill would also classify domestic violence as a serious offense requiring defendants to have legal representation.
Sundance, Wy – Residents of part of Sundance are still restricted from drinking city water after diesel fuel seeped into one of the city's water wells early this week. Crook County Emergency Management Coordinator Gari Gill said updated testing on the city's water will hopefully be completed at some point Friday. Residents of the northern side of Sundance have been limited to drinking bottled water since the problem was detected Sunday. Gill says bottled water is available for residents at city hall.
Cheyenne, Wy – A semiretired banker and businessman has been selected to fill a state Senate seat in Laramie County. Republican Rick Hunnicutt, of Cheyenne, was selected Tuesday by Laramie County commissioners for the Senate District 5 seat. Bob Fecht resigned from his seat on Dec. 19. Hunnicutt says economic development will be his top priority. Hunnicutt was selected from three people nominated by the Laramie County Republican Party. He will serve the remaining term, which runs through 2010.