Laramie, Wy – A national foundation predicts that Wyoming will see a 43-percent increase in Alzheimer's disease this decade. That will put the incidence of the disease in the state among the highest in the nation. The Alzheimer's Association predicts the Mountain West will be the epicenter of the nation's growth in the mind-destroying illness. Wyoming ranks fourth out of the 50 states in projected increases between 2000 and 2010. Colorado and Alaska tied for first with projected 47-percent increases.
Laramie, Wy – The Hathaway Scholarship is freeing-up money that will benefit a broad range of students. University of Wyoming administrators have expanded other scholarship programs since the Hathaway went into effect last year. Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Axelson says one of those scholarships is for students who were NOT near the top of their class in high school, but who work hard once they get to the University.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Attorney for Wyoming met with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today. Matt Mead, says the meeting was set to make sure the business of the Department of Justice and U-S Attorneys continued.
Laramie, Wy – A farm disaster aid proposal is moving forward in Congress. A Senate committee in Washington has approved more than four billion-dollars for farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses due to weather. It's part of a bill that would finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and call on President Bush to pull combat troops out of Iraq by next spring. It's still unclear if President Bush will sign it. The White House has threatened to veto the House measure.
Laramie, Wy – A Gillette sheriff's captain faces charges for drinking and driving in Deadwood, South Dakota. Captain Roy Seeman was picked up by the Deadwood police two weekends ago according to both police records and Seeman himself. Seeman and Sheriff Bill Pownall are not commenting on the specifics of the case. Seeman does say he is worried how this will reflect on the department and other officers. "This is an embarrassing situation for me personally and professionally," Seeman says.
Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming woman who's son fought in the Iraq war is trying to improve conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Laura Brown is leading a drive to provide laptops to injured soldiers through a group she created called "Laptops for the Wounded." The group's objective is to help injured soldiers communicate with relatives and others through e-mails and web cameras attached to the laptops.