Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Gillette man who ordered the killing of a boy who was to testify against him in a sexual abuse trial. The court on Friday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit,Sr. He had been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. A jury found that he ordered two Gillette teenagers to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers of Gillette.
Laramie, Wy – State health care organizations are hoping that the latest effort to recruit doctors will be successful. Wyoming Health Resources Network Director Pennie Hunt is hopeful that a grant program that will provide up to 80 thousand dollars to local health organizations will bring more doctors to the state. Hunt says other states have had a similar program for years. It's the first time the legislature has agreed to help recruit doctors. The deadline for applications is September 15th. A decision on who gets the grant money by September 30th.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will have a new starting quarterback when it opens its season Saturday against Ohio. Dax Crum is a 6-4 sophomore from Phoenix who will be getting his first major college start. Head Coach Joe Glenn says Crum has been a winner at every level, but adds that he will take some risks and says Crum needs to be careful that those risks don't end up as turnovers. Crum was given the starting nod over last year's starter Karsten Sween. Crum and Cowboys kickoff Saturday at noon.
Laramie, Wy – The state health department has reported seven cases of the West Nile virus so far in 2008. That's a slower pace than previous years. But Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti says there's no clear reason why.
We know some things can be a factor like weather or presence of water, but it's difficult to predict from one season to the next what we might encounter or why that might be.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming continues to buck a national trend while much of the country struggles with falling home prices. A federal report compares the second quarters of 2007 and 2008. It shows Wyoming ranked second behind Oklahoma with a four-point-four percent appreciation rate in home prices. Jim Robinson of the state economic analysis division says that might not sound fantastic to Wyoming homeowners.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming has gained 12-hundred new jobs in the oil and gas industry since April. Jim Robinson with the state economic analysis division says Wyoming hasn't seen that level of job growth since the end of 2006. "We haven't done anything like that in a while in that one special energy sector. Can we keep that number employed? "
Even as more people got jobs in Wyoming, more were looking for work. Unemployment grew slightly but at three point six percent, it's is still among the five lowest in the country.
Laramie, Wy – Armed with a new quarterback and questions about their ability to score the Wyoming Cowboys football team opens their season Saturday against Ohio. Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn says it is time to start playing. Glenn says his players have gone through 43 practices without a game and so in his opinion "they are way ready" to play. Glenn says his team has a lot of improvement to make, but he is anxious to see them in a real game. He thinks fans will be excited about new Quarterback Dax Crum. Kickoff is Saturday at noon in Laramie.
Cheyenne, Wy – Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he believes that, in the future, burning coal to produce electricity will be considered a crime against humanity because of carbon dioxide emissions. Nader, a longtime consumer rights advocate and perennial political candidate, held a news conference Thursday at the Wyoming State Capitol. Wyoming is the nation's leading producer of coal. The Wyoming Secretary of State's Office is still reviewing Nader's nominating petitions to see if he has enough signatures to
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to rebuild and improve the I-80/I-25 interchange in Cheyenne. Transportation department officials say improvements are necessary to address safety concerns and to accommodate increasing traffic. The department released a project study on Wednesday that states the project would cost an estimated $220 million. Officials say costs will rise the longer work is delayed and say the project would be the most expensive single roadway project in Wyoming history.