Laramie, Wy – A forest supervisor from Colorado plans to lead a review of a prescribed burn that went out of control and destroyed four cabins south of Lander. Pam Wilson is a spokeswoman for the various local, state and federal agencies fighting the fire. She says the review will begin on Monday. Wilson says she isn't sure when the report will be ready but says a public meeting will be held once it's finished. Thirty firefighters remain Friday at the site of the fire, and they're going through the burn area cooling off remaining hot spots.
Laramie, Wy – An Evansville woman who was recently convicted of murdering her husband more than 28 years ago is seeking either acquittal or a new trial. Rita Humphrey's attorney, Michael Krampner, says certain witnesses during the trial "blurted out" improper answers to questioning. Krampner also claims that witnesses testified on subjects about which they had no personal knowledge. Prosecutors dismiss those claims, saying that Krampner's cross-examination was "sarcastic and aggressive."
Laramie, Wy – Tobacco companies sent the states five point eight billion dollars in fiscal year 2005. Out of that Wyoming received nearly 16 million dollars. The money is a result of a settlement between the tobacco companies and the states. Attorney General Pat Crank says Wyoming is expecting more money in 2006, but it's unknown exactly how much that will be because of some legal maneuvering by the tobacco companies.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management is under fire on all sides for its decision to allow more natural gas drilling in the Pinedale area. One group is appealing to the federal government to try and ensure the B-L-M protects air quality. They say right now visibility is limited and human health is in danger. B-L-M spokesperson Stephen Hall responding saying they're already working to prevent any deterioration of public health or quality of life.
Laramie, Wy – Starting this year summer school programs in Wyoming are getting a huge boost. To start with the state legislature doubled the funding for them and created new requirements for the summer school courses. The assistant superintendent of schools in Albany County, Suzanne Perry, says this will allow districts to use innovative techniques to help students learn. And she says that should increase the number of students that take advantage of summer school and entice teachers to come and try out some advance approaches.