Laramie, Wy – Laramie Police are quite sure that the murder that took place this weekend involved a suicide. Commander Dale Stalder says they are now awaiting the results of an autopsy. He says it could confirm their assessment. Beyond that Stalder is not saying much about the crime that left three college students dead. He says that's not because they don't know anything, but rather don't want to make a mistake and release some information now that they shouldn't. Stalder says everyone involved knew each other and they were hanging out together when this started.
Laramie, WY – On July 1st, the interest rate on student loans went up. And a group estimates that in Wyoming this means students and parents will have to pay around $2000 more on their loans. Report author Earl Hadley works for the Campaign for America's Future. He says with more debt, grads will have less disposable income. He says Congress could bring the interest rate down and make college more affordable. Others counter the money is needed to pay down the deficit and that the trend now is for all interest rates to go up.
Laramie, Wy – Inmate Craig Blumhagen filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday. He charges that medical staff at the Rawlins prison refused his requests for treatment of pain and vomiting he suffered over several months in 2003. The 50-year-old Blumhagen says that his weight dropped from 150 pounds to 110 pounds before he was finally taken to the emergency room in Rawlins, where a surgeon found he was suffering from an ulcer. Blumhagen's lawsuit names Doctor John Coyle and Correctional
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming School Boards Association withdrew from a lawsuit against the state this week. The case is over funding of schools and there are still other groups that are going ahead with the suit. But, the head of education, Jim McBride, is pleased with the school boards decision. This year the legislature increased funding for schools significantly. The state is now spending over a billion dollars a year on education.