Casper, Wy – Wyoming Public Radio, Wyoming Public Television and K-TWO-T-V are giving Wyoming voters a chance to see candidates in the top state races. Tomorrow (Sunday) is the first of three days of live debates. Republican Congresswoman Barbara Cubin will meet Democrat Gary Trauner at seven tomorrow (Sunday) night in a debate carried live on the state's public broadcasting networks. Senator Craig Thomas and Dale Groutage will meet earlier in a debate that will be broadcast after the House debate.
Laramie, Wy – Add school security to the list of issues on which Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal and Republican challenger Ray Hunkins disagree. Hunkins says teachers should be allowed to carry firearms, as long as they're properly trained. The Wheatland attorney says arming teachers would be a good way to make schools safer in the short term, while the Legislature looks at long-term solutions. Freudenthal disagrees. He says teachers shouldn't have to worry about weapons in schools and should be free to concentrate on teaching.
Laramie, Wy – A Wheatland native and University of Northern Colorado backup punter is not accused of attempted first degree murder. Weld County prosecutors filed the formal charge yesterday against 21-year-old Mitchell Cozad. This stems from an alleged stabbing incident of the first string punter on the football team. Cozad is also charged with second-degree assault. District attorney's spokeswoman Jennifer Finch says a warrant has been issued for Cozad's arrest, and bail will be set at 500-thousand dollars.
Laramie, Wy – A Chicago-based company plans to break ground on a new specialty hospital in Casper by the end of the year. That's word from the manager of the business park where this hospital will be built. Guerttman says National Surgical Hospitals Incorporated plans to begin work in the 45-bed facility by the end of this year, and to have the building completed by mid-2008.