Washington, D.C. – A bill designed to combat AIDS globally is expected to include $2 billion for American Indians.
That's according to Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican.
Thune and other senators pushing for the Indian money as part of the $50 billion AIDS bill made a deal with Democratic leaders. The agreement will include $1 billion for water projects on Indian reservations, $750 million for tribal law enforcement and $250 million for Indian health care services.
Laramie, Wyo. – A Wyoming political scientist says congressional candidate Cynthia Lummis may have some advantages in the final stretch of the Republican primary campaign.
The latest campaign finance reports show that Lummis has three and a half times more cash on hand as her Republican rival Mark Gordon. Gordon has raised more than twice as much money as Lummis overall, but he's already spent most of that.
Meantime, Lummis still has about a quarter million dollars to spend. The University of Wyoming's Jim King:
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of life without parole for Christopher Hicks, a Gillette man convicted of murder and other charges in the deaths of two teenagers in 2005.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Hicks' argument that the trial judge should have suppressed statements that he gave to law enforcement investigators. The Supreme Court also rejected Hicks' claim that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence.
Laramie, WYo. – Beer drinkers in Park County can rejoice: Plans are being made for a microbrewery. It's part of a project to renovate the Edelweiss bar and store and to expand a water bottling operation.
Co-owner Peg Potter says Edelweiss is the only business in the community of Clark, but she expects customers from all over the region.
Laramie, Wyo. – A leader in the livestock industry says the decision by a western rancher to sterilize 750 cows rather than test for brucellosis is a sign that something is wrong with the current rules.
The assistant state veterinarian says a rancher spayed animals that had contact with a herd near Daniel that tested positive last month for the disease.
The rancher had the choice of testing for brucellosis, slaughtering the herd or spaying the animals.
Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's population will not grow as fast in 2008 as it did last year. That's according to state Economist Amy Bittner.
She says job growth in 2006 led to a significant jump in population for 2007. Bittner says last year's job growth was still strong, but not enough to keep pace with the most recent results from the U-S Census Bureau.
"I mean, 2 percent is really strong growth," Bittner says. "Even though we might not see a number at that range, 1 to 1.5 percent, that's still pretty strong, stable growth."