Laramie, WY – Wyoming U-S Senator Mike Enzi has released a statement in reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden. Enzi says his prayers are with the families and loved ones of the thousands of people killed in the September 11 attacks and in the global war against terrorism. Enzi said in a quote "The death of Osama bin Laden cannot make up for the loss of life but it can bring hope that freedom will not die and America remains strong." Enzi thanks military men and women who risk their lives to keep America safe.
Cheyenne, WY – A group of Cheyenne-area educators say they'll spend the summer trying to raise $30,000 to help fund a civic education program that fell victim to federal budget cuts. Students participating in We the People: the Citizens and the Constitution program study and debate the U.S. Constitution, other founding documents and many court cases. The nationwide program lost about $22 million in federal funding after it was placed on a list of earmarks, which came under scrutiny during budget talks.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Environmentalists are asking regulators to consider slowing down the pace of gas drilling in western Wyoming after several days of severe ozone pollution last winter.
Ozone levels in the Upper Green River Basin topped the highest levels in Los Angeles all last year. The ozone results from air pollution from gas drilling, which has picked up with the reviving economy.
Laramie, WY – The group Smoke Free Natrona County says that in a countywide study of 15 restaurants where smoking is allowed, they found that 14 were classified as unhealthy using the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality index guidelines.
Laramie, WY – Law enforcement entities throughout the state are urging people to turn in their unused prescription medications in order to help address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Wyoming. Cheyenne FBI agent Jay Erickson says that Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and there will be drop-off sites across the state.
A insurance pool known as the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust may be in bad financial shape.
Wyoming – Internal documents obtained by Wyoming Public Radio show that one of the state's health insurance pools, the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust, may be in bad financial shape. The trust provides insurance plans for more than 4,000 public school teachers and staff across the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.