LARAMIE, wyo – Today is the Great American Smokeout. It's the American Cancer society's longstanding effort to try and get smokers to give up smoking for 24 hours and make a plan to stop entirely. The tobacco cessation coordinator for Wyoming is Kathi Wilson. She says the state offers counseling and other services in an effort to get people to quit smoking But Wilson adds that it is harder to go cold turkey than it used to
CHEYENNE, wyo – The Laramie City Council has given preliminary approval to penalties for drunken drivers that are tougher than state law.
The measure was unanimously approved Tuesday. It would impose a mandatory seven-day jail sentence and a minimum $200 dollar fine on drivers arrested with a high blood alcohol content of point-1-5 or above. A repeat offender would have to serve 30 days in jail and pay a maximum fine of $750 dollars.
Washington D-C – President Obama has nominated Wyoming Director of Homeland Security Joe Moore to serve as U.S. Marshal for the state. Obama announced several marshal appointments on Wednesday, including that of Moore for Wyoming. The U.S. Senate will consider the nominations. Obama says Moore and the others he nominated are all dedicated public servants. Moore is a retired FBI agent and has served as state Homeland Security director since 2003.
LARAMIE, wyo – Southern Wyoming ranchers are praising the Bureau of Land Management's work in a wild horse roundup that concluded last weekend. Over the course of the five-week roundup, a BLM contractor permanently removed 1,950 horses from the Adobe Town and Salt Wells areas - leaving approximately 860, according to B-L-M calculations. John Hay is the President of the Rock Springs Grazing Association. He says that drought and high numbers of wild horses and wildlife have affected local ranchers in recent years
CHEYENNE, wyo – Wyoming's congressional delegation is supporting a legal challenge to the new health care law.
Representative Cynthia Lummis and Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso signed onto a legal brief in support of a case against the law brought by 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Lummis says the new health care law kills jobs, imposes devastating regulations on small businesses, busts the budget and erodes Americans' personal liberty.