Cheyenne, WY – The widow of the late Senator Craig Thomas is starting a foundation to help underprivileged children.
Susan Thomas announced the formation of the Craig and Susan Thomas foundation to help at-risk youth and to give leadership grants for mentors. Referring to her late husband's military background, Thomas called this a new mission.
Cheyenne, WY – State lawmakers are continuing with a bill that would clamp down on fraudulent companies operating in Wyoming.
One tricky issue is how much responsibility should be placed on local attorneys who act as registered agents. Some want the registered agents to take more responsibility for the companies and maintain annual contact with their clients.
But attorneys say that will take up too much time.
Cheyenne Representative Dan Zwonitzer says the contact is needed to prevent fraud.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming says its College of Business will receive a $3 million grant for business ethics education.
The money comes from the Daniels Fund, a private nonprofit that awards grants and scholarships. It will give the college the largest single private foundation contribution ever received for a UW program.
The endowment will be used to expand the business ethics program to the state's seven community colleges and allow students to work with business executives to understand business ethics in the real world.
Laramie, WY – Energy workers are probably working fewer overtime hours.
State economist Jim Robinson says the number of drilling rigs dropped significantly last November, but the number of people who work on those rigs did not drop as much as expected.
"It may be a safer work environment because instead of having people working double shifts, and two weeks on and one week off, they're kind of getting more back to what the standard should be in the industry," Robinson said.
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Legislature plans to wind down its budget session this week. It will wrap up remaining bills while giving itself time to respond if Gov. Dave Freudenthal vetoes any cherished budget items.
The budget the House and Senate approved Friday calls for putting up $3.5 billion in state funds for state government for the two-year period beginning this July.
Laramie, WY – Wildlife officials have successfully collared 20 big horn sheep in a small, isolated herd that lives at high altitude in the Teton Range.
Scientists are worried about the sheep because there are only about 125 of them. They say one catastrophic event could wipe them out.
The collars will tell researchers more about where and how the sheep live. A team working from a helicopter first tried to put the collars on in December, but high winds derailed forced them to give up.