Laramie, WY – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Linda Burt of the Wyoming ACLU will give a talk on the state of civil rights in Wyoming.
She'll speak to the NAACP in Casper on Saturday. Burt says she'll highlight issues her organization thinks need improvement in Wyoming.
"There are some specific areas in Wyoming that are still bringing about some bitter controversy in those areas of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights, as well as the new issues that we have involving immigration and immigrants," Burt said.
Cheyenne, WY – The governor's plan for reducing property taxes for seniors suffered a setback Friday.
The state legislature's revenue committee decided not to sponsor this bill and that greatly reduces the likelihood the tax exemption will go through this year. The Senate chair of the committee Jim Anderson says the proposal lacked support because it would apply to all seniors.
Other members expressed concern because this proposal is coming to them during an election year.
Cheyenne, WY – A lawyer representing a prison inmate serving a sentence of life without parole in the 2004 murder of a nurse at the Wyoming Honor Farm urged the Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant the inmate a new trial.
Inmate Floyd DeWayne Grady was convicted in 2006 of first-degree murder and attempted sexual assault in the death of 39-year-old Tammy Sue Watts.
Cheyenne, WY – The Joint Appropriations committee is trying to decide what to do about a disagreement over how community colleges believe they should be funded.
In his budget recomendation, the Governor denied a 15 million dollar funding request by the colleges that was to go into their new funding model. That model distributes funding to all community colleges.
The Governor was not comfortable with the model and stated that the colleges have plenty of other places to get money.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor's plan for reducing the property tax of the state's elderly population got a chilly reception. The proposal is to reduce property taxes for people 65 and older who have lived in the same home for more than ten years. And the reduction would only apply to half of a homes value up to 200 thousand dollars. The legislature's revenue committee did not seem excited about the idea. Senator Jayne Mockler says she's doesn't want to target only seniors, especially since she says that is the wealthiest generation in the country's history.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold eight meetings on the state's wolf management plan across the state next week. The department expects the federal government to de-list the wolf this winter. Spokesman Eric Keszler says the upcoming meetings will address one part of the state's management plan. Basically, it's a rule that will designate wolves as trophy animals in Northwest Wyoming.
Casper, Wy – A fire at Natrona County High School revealed problems in the school's emergency procedures. No one was hurt in the fire, which is under investigation. History teacher Bruce Berst and R-O-T-C Sergeant Mack Riggs ran into the boys' locker room to put out a flaming bank of lockers. They couldn't find any fire extinguishers, so they tried to fill buckets with water from the sink. But Berst says the buckets wouldn't fit.