Laramie, Wy – In the last of a series of public hearings, more than 600 people packed a Cody auditorium last night. Many were there to comment on a federal plan to take wolves off the endangered species list.
Laramie, Wy – A judge in Campbell County has decided that the sex-assault trial of a convicted murderer will be moved to another county. Kent Alan Proffit Senior is accused of sexually assaulting Bryce Chavers. The sex assault case was set to go to trial in late 2005, but Chavers was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head before the trial could begin. Proffit's attorneys sought to move the sex assault trial because they worried local residents already know about the case and can't look at it objectively. Prosecutors didn't oppose the request.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Senate will not vote on a bill allowing the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare drugs. The measure is priority for Democrats, but Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi, Craig Thomas and other Republicans essentially blocked passage of the bill this week. Enzi says it would have led to price fixing by the government. He also says drug prices are already low, so there's no point in trying to fix something that's working.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain States should look carefully at where to spend money on fire suppression. That's the advice from Colorado College researcher Matt Reuer. He helped edit the 2007 State of the Rockies Report Card, which highlights counties that are in danger of large fires. Both Teton County and Sheridan County made the list of troubled spots. Reuer says thinning trees and doing prescribed burns will help.
Laramie, Wy – The head of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy says patients in the state may not be getting all the information they need about prescription drugs. Jim Carder is head of the state pharmacy board. He says that state law requires pharmacists to review a prescription every time a patient comes into a pharmacy. Pharmacists are supposed to make sure that there are no conflicts among different drugs the patient may be taking, and watch for any abuse of medications.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Freudenthal is asking Wyoming residents to observe a moment of silence Friday to remember the victims of Monday's shootings at Virginia Tech. Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine declared Friday a statewide day of mourning in Virginia, and asked other governors to join the effort. Freudenthal called on Wyoming citizens to pause and recognize the shooting victims at 10 a-m Friday. Also, flags around the nation will remain at half staff until sunset on Sunday to honor the victims.
Laramie, Wy – Two Wyoming groups are watching the U-S Supreme Court carefully after the court decided today to uphold a ban on so-called partial-birth abortion. The Wyoming Family Coalition's John Birbari says he thinks that changes to the composition of the court have lead to this ruling, which he favors. "It reflects a possible return to sanity on the part of the court, I'm hopeful anyway."
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's lodging industry has been expanding at a solid clip and there's no sign of slowdown. Duane Vinson of Smith Travel Research says demand for hotel rooms increased by nine percent in Wyoming. And the supply of rooms grew by two-point-two percent in the last year. Vinson says there currently are six upscale hotels in the pipeline for the state with a total of about 630 rooms and 15 midscale properties not offering food or beverages with a total of about 12-hundred rooms.