Cheyenne, WY – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate in his federal appeal continue to hammer on the Wyoming Public Defender's Office, saying it failed to provide the man an adequate defense at trial. Inmate Dale Eaton is challenging the constitutionality of the state death sentence he received in the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont. Eaton's lawyers this month filed papers with a federal judge in Cheyenne. The lawyers dispute the Wyoming attorney general's
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming public schools are having a much easier time giving this year's statewide student academic exams. State schools superintendent Cindy Hill says she hasn't heard any complaints so far about this year's Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, test. Districts have until the end of the month to finish administering the test to students in grades 3-8 and 11. The test is given to measure public school student performance in English, math, reading and science. Last year's computer-based test was plagued with technical
Cheyenne, WY – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's optimistic the federal government can come to agreement with the state of Wyoming on how to lift federal protections for wolves in the state. The Obama administration last week announced a settlement with environmental groups that could lift federal wolf protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Speaking Tuesday in Cheyenne, Salazar said wolves are now fully recovered in the Northern Rockies. He says he plans to continue talks with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead over transferring wolf management responsibility to the state.