Wyoming – Census numbers say that less than 1 percent of all Wyomingites are black. The University of Wyoming says than one percent of all its students are black. Which means that less than 1 out of every 100 people you see on the street each day are black. Addie Goss reports on how those statistics shape the lives of black students in Laramie.
Cheyenne, WY – The legislature ended like it began, with an address from Governor Dave Freudenthal.
The governor praised lawmakers for their work to advance the state and for their passage of bills from the capture and storage of carbon dioxide to bills concerning the protection of sensitive species.
Freudenthal told lawmakers that it appears the state will have more money next year and they should have an eye to the future.
Laramie, WY – A settlement agreement has been reached in the litigation between four students and the University of Wyoming regarding an incident last fall involving allegations of hazing.
A UW representative says under the terms of the agreement, the university agreed that student disciplinary procedures were not fully followed and has agreed to pay for attorneys' fees incurred by the students related to those proceedings in the amount of $30,000.
Laramie, WY – Onlookers warmly welcomed President Bill Clinton to Wyoming yesterday. The former president campaigned for Senator Hillary Clinton who is vying for 12 Wyoming delegates at stake in tomorrow's caucuses.
The president outlined his wife's plan to introduce 10 new clean-coal technology projects in the U-S and told a packed arena at the University of Wyoming that her healthcare and education plans were the best option for Americans. Supporters said the visit showed Wyoming's national importance in the race for president.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill Friday that would allow students who lost the Hathaway Scholarship to re-qualify for it.
A joint House and Senate conference committee agreed to delete an amendment that would have made it possible for students to move among scholarships in the Hathaway program.
Representative Sue Wallis was on the committee and supported the amendment. She says keeping the amendment in wasn't worth halting the bill and she hoped to bring the amendment back again next session.
Laramie, WY – More than 1,000 people chanting "yes, we can" greeted Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama this afternoon at a rally on the eve of the Wyoming caucus.
The Illinois senator told the overflow crowd that Americans are hungry for change and that he is the presidential candidate who can provide it. Obama said he would end the war in Iraq next year and would reform the nation's health care system during his first term in the White House.
Sen. Hillary Clinton is also campaigning in Wyoming on Friday, holding events in Cheyenne and Casper.
Laramie, WY – More than three dozen bison were rounded up for slaughter inside Yellowstone National Park today. And that makes 889 bison captured this winter to protect nearby cattle ranches from disease.
Another 156 bison have been killed by state-licensed and tribal hunters.
That brings the total killed or awaiting slaughter this year to 1,045. That is the most in one winter since 1997, when 1,084 bison were killed.