Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is again one of the worst states in the country for the number of women killed by men. A survey using the latest data from 2002 shows Wyoming women are murdered by men at the fifth highest rate. The report done by the Violence Policy Center shows that guns were used in half of the homicides in Wyoming and over 50 percent nationally. The Center's Marty Langley says another thing they found is that owning a gun does not make a woman safer.
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming district court judge has denied the state's petition that would force Wyoming to prove the new school financing system is constitutional. That ruling means the challenge by a coalition of schools, teachers and school administrators will go forward. That coalition wants a court order directing the state to "make a showing they fixed problems" with the finance system.
Douglas, WY – The uranium mining industry is seeking a resurgence after more than a decade of low uranium prices. Uranium prices are nearly triple what they were four years ago. Wyoming once had eight uranium mining operations. Now, it has one. The Smith Ranch-Highland mine in east-central Wyoming produces yellowcake, which is sent to other plants to be enriched and formed into pellets to fuel nuclear reactors.
Casper, Wy – A U.S. District Judge in Casper heard arguments on a lawsuit filed over voter registration drives in Wyoming. Attorney General Pat Crank argued that prohibiting county clerks from accepting voter registration forms from voter registration drives does not deny anyone in the state the right to vote or right to free association. Casper attorney John Robinson filed the federal lawsuit in which he wrote that the clerks of Converse, Sublette and Lincoln counties turned down requests for multiple registration forms.
Billings, MT – While Governor Freudenthal has stayed away from the presidential race this year, he's gotten involved in Montana's gubernatorial election. Freudenthal was in Billings, Montana Thursday campaigning for Democratic candidate Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer hopes to follow in Freudenthal's footsteps, winning the Governor's mansion as a Democrat in a predominantly Republican state. Freudenthal and Schweitzer also discussed plans to develop small business opportunities in Montana and Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will be focusing on avoiding a letdown Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe. The Pokes are coming off a huge win over Ole Miss, and this weekend they are facing a team that is winless. But Head Coach Joe Glenn says the Indians are a capable team that has lost a ton of close games in the last two years.
Laramie, Wy – Housing Costs in the state continue to increase and the price hikes are starting to spread to new areas of the state. While Teton County continues to have the highest housing costs, the gap between it and some other areas is starting to close. State Senior Economist Justin Ballard says that is not because its getting any cheaper to live in Teton County it is because housing is more expensive across the board. Overall, Teton County remains the most expensive place to live in the state followed by Sublette and Campbell Counties.