The chairman of the U-S House's Transportation Committee says Wyoming is the best state in the country for putting highway stimulus dollars to work. Federal statistics show that 76 percent of the money this state has received are put out to contract, bid and underway.
A spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Dave Kingham, says this just part of the positive feedback they've received for their efficiency.
Cheyenne, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming needs to look beyond its schools to improve its dropout rate. Freudenthal spoke Thursday at an education summit in Cheyenne. The summit focuses on Wyoming's dropout rate, which has been increasing for a decade. Education Week magazine put Wyoming's graduation rate at 73 percent in 2006. Freudenthal says Wyoming has been pouring money into education at a rate that's the envy of the country. He says the state should be able to maintain that funding despite a recent decline in state
Casper, Wyo. – A Natrona County prosecutor says he's reviewing the cases of two Casper-based state troopers for possible crimes after they were suspended and then left the Wyoming Highway Patrol for undisclosed reasons.
Devan Henderson and Adam Longo left the patrol Tuesday. Patrol administrator Col. Sam Powell says he can't discuss the reasons. Efforts to reach the men have been unsuccessful.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal is among the scheduled speakers at a conference in Cheyenne that is looking at how to improve Wyoming's dropout rate.
The Wyoming Board of Education and Wyoming P-16 Education Council are hosting the education summit Thursday. A recent report ranked Wyoming 23rd in the nation for its high school graduation rate of 73 percent.
Denver, Co – A grand jury in Colorado has indicted 15 people on charges of running a cocaine ring in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The indictments were handed up July 15 but weren't made public until Wednesday. They list 44 charges, including racketeering. Mike Saccone, a spokesman for Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, says eight of the 15 suspects have been arrested. Saccone says the alleged ring operated out of houses in Brighton and Fort Lupton, both northeast of Denver. He says he can't discuss
Laramie, Wy – In Wyoming education is funded with a specific source of revenue from taxes on property and minerals. Current projections show spending on schools outpacing income and if nothing changes there will be a deficit midway through 2010. That is the same year state lawmakers will work on a new funding model. The model is used to determine how much money each school should get. But, the legislature is constrained somewhat by a decision from the state supreme court that says school funding must be equal across the state.