Jackson, Wy – Three men from Jackson and another from Victor, Idaho have been charged with operating a prostitution ring in Jackson. Police add that a 13-year-old girl from Mexico was brought to Jackson for use as a prostitute. The men will face a variety of charges including promoting prostitution and sexual exploitation of children. The names of the men and the identity of the Juvenile are currently not being released. Jackson police believe the ring was part of a larger smuggling operation that brought illegal immigrants from Mexico to use as
Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says he wants to improve the state's higher education statistics. In his annual State of the University address, Buchanan said little more than 50 percent of our Wyoming high school graduates go on to some form of post-secondary education.
"And less than 60 percent of those who attend UW leave after six years with a diploma in hand. We must do better," Buchanan said.
Cheyenne, Wy – The federal government has declared Wyoming's cattle herds free of brucellosis. The decision announced today (Tuesday) means costly restrictions placed on the state's producers over the last two-and-a-half years can now be eased. Governor Freduenthal says the welcome news is a tribute to the brucellosis task force and the others who worked to restore the state's brucellosis-free status. Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can cause pregnant bison, cattle and elk to abort their fetuses.
Laramie, Wy – A new report shows that companies have put a lot of high speed internet lines into Wyoming over the last few years. The growth amounts to a 400 percent increase and apparently leads the country. But, a member of the state's Telecommunications Council, Robert Aylward says the state had a lot of room to grow. The report shows that about 80 percent of Wyoming's population has access to high speed internet. Aylward says getting it to the next 20 percent will be difficult because most of those people live in rural areas.
Cheyenne, WY – Like the rest of the United States today (Monday), Wyoming residents are marking the fifth anniversary of the nine-eleven attacks. Governor Freudenthal has asked that flags be flown at half-staff all day. The 90th Space Wing at F-E Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne is holding a Remembrance Ceremony entitled "Stand With Courage." The air base ceremony includes a reading of the nine-eleven timeline and a moment of silence.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state of Wyoming is suing to prevent Montana from implementing water regulations that could impact Wyoming business. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the water standards that Montana is trying to implement could dramatically impact the coalbed methane industry. That is why the state has asked a court to order the environmental protection agency to reject the water regulations. The Governor had asked the E-P-A to mediate the dispute earlier this year. The state claims that Montana is changing existing water standards to a higher level.
Laramie, Wy – The Democrat running for State Auditor says he decided to get into the race because he feels he's a great match for the position. Bill Eikenberry has worked for the federal government, overseeing thousands of people, millions of dollars and millions of acres of land. Plus he was a regional economist. So, he says he'd take that to the Auditor's Office and help supply the governor and legislature with more information to make government more efficient. Eikenberry says he could do the extra analysis without increasing the budget.