Laramie, WY – A report from Wyoming's Division of Criminal Investigation shows there were nearly 800 incidents of domestic violence reported in the spring quarter. That does not differ much from previous quarters. But Division of Victims Services Director Julie Tennant-Caine says the figure isn't as straight forward as it seems, because it only includes incidents reported to law enforcement.
Tennant-Caine says her agency does help women who choose not to report domestic violence to law enforcement.
St. Paul, MN – The Executive Director of Wyoming's Republican Party says Cynthia Lummis did not address the Republican National Convention today as originally scheduled. Lummis is the GOP nominee for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House. Vice President Dick Cheney and President BUsh have cancelled their plans to speak at the convention, with Hurricane Gustav impacting the Gulf Coast.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Gillette man who ordered the killing of a boy who was to testify against him in a sexual abuse trial. The court on Friday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit,Sr. He had been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. A jury found that he ordered two Gillette teenagers to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers of Gillette.
Laramie, Wy – State health care organizations are hoping that the latest effort to recruit doctors will be successful. Wyoming Health Resources Network Director Pennie Hunt is hopeful that a grant program that will provide up to 80 thousand dollars to local health organizations will bring more doctors to the state. Hunt says other states have had a similar program for years. It's the first time the legislature has agreed to help recruit doctors. The deadline for applications is September 15th. A decision on who gets the grant money by September 30th.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will have a new starting quarterback when it opens its season Saturday against Ohio. Dax Crum is a 6-4 sophomore from Phoenix who will be getting his first major college start. Head Coach Joe Glenn says Crum has been a winner at every level, but adds that he will take some risks and says Crum needs to be careful that those risks don't end up as turnovers. Crum was given the starting nod over last year's starter Karsten Sween. Crum and Cowboys kickoff Saturday at noon.
Laramie, Wy – The state health department has reported seven cases of the West Nile virus so far in 2008. That's a slower pace than previous years. But Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti says there's no clear reason why.
We know some things can be a factor like weather or presence of water, but it's difficult to predict from one season to the next what we might encounter or why that might be.