Laramie, WY – Affordable housing advocates say some low-income residents of the state are living in bad housing conditions, and the state should do more to help. Forest Neuerburg of the Wyoming Housing Network says there's nothing wrong with trailer parks per se, but some of those trailers are too old. He says the state could provide more funding to the Wyoming Community Development Authority in the form of grants or low-interest loans. That could help get more affordable housing built.
Laramie, Wy – It's unknown exactly how many Wyomingites attend Virginia Tech, but there's at least one. A Cody High graduate is at school there. Officials from the high school say they heard the student is safe and was not on campus today when the shootings took place.
Laramie, Wy – Casper College plans to begin offering scholarships in addition to what the state's Hathaway Scholarship is providing to students. The program is called Hathaway Plus. The criteria to qualify for Hathaway Plus are the same as for the main Scholarship. Students need to have an adequate high school grade-point average and A-C-T score.
Laramie, Wy – Officials at the University of Wyoming are watching the events at Virginia Tech closely. University spokesperson, Jay Fromkin, says he cannot comment on whether or not security levels on campus changed in response. But, he says the school does have an established emergency response plan. As for whether or not something like this could happened at U-W Fromkin says that's something difficult to figure out, especially at this early stage. Fromkin says the university is offering counseling services to students Tuesday evening.
Laramie, WY – An energy expert says Wyoming is leading other western states in efforts to improve power lines and natural gas pipelines. Tom Petrie is a vice president of Merrill Lynch and Company. He says Wyoming's work to improve power lines and pipelines is important. That work together with the recent creation of School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming indicates that the state is undergoing an economic evolution.