Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming chapter of the Red Cross has received enough money to pay for its disaster relief efforts in Wright. The Red Cross is in Campbell County helping residents deal with the aftermath of the tornado that hit last Friday.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's budget surplus is growing - and so is the spending of lobbyists. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity found that special interests spent more than three times as much money on lobbying in 2004 as they did in 2000, when the state still faced budget constraints. Lobbyists reported spending 409-thousand for the budget session in 2004. Leah Rush is director of state projects for the center. She says even those numbers don't tell the whole picture because they don't include salaries and expenses.
Denver, Co – The state of Wyoming says one of the men serving life sentences for killing gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1999 should not be allowed to appeal his conviction and sentence. Russell Henderson is asking the tenth Circuit U-S Court of Appeals to reinstate his right to appeal. He contends his trial attorney never advised him that he could appeal his conviction and sentence, causing him to miss the deadline to appeal either. Senior assistant attorney general Dave Delicath argued in court
Cheyenne, Wy – The Meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne says it's been over 25 years since Wyoming had a tornado that killed anyone. Bill Parker says most Wyoming Tornados that touch down occur in remote areas. But Friday's tornado in Wright was obviously different. Parker says what was more surprising is that it occurred in August... a time of year when Tornados generally don't occur.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming says its major fundraising campaign ended well above its goal of 125 million dollars. At a wrap up ceremony, University officials say they raised 204 million dollars. While they did fall short in their goal for academics, all other areas either met or smashed the previous goal.