Laramie, Wy – A police officer in Cheyenne yesterday shot a man brandishing what turned out to be an air pistol. Police say the man, Edward Hoffman, suffered a non-life threatening wound to the abdomen and was taken to the United Medical Center-West for treatment. Police Chief Robert Fecht says officer Dave Padilla fired the shot at Hoffman after responding to reports from citizens of a man with a gun. Padilla has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
Laramie, Wy – A national report on child well-being shows a significant increase in the number of child deaths in Wyoming. The annual Kids Count report release this morning (Tuesday) shows Wyoming with 37 deaths for every 100,000 children between the ages of one and 14 years. Those numbers rely on 2003 data, and that's a big increase from 27 deaths just three years earlier. On that measure, ranks 49th out of 50 states. Marilyn Patton of the Wyoming Department of Family Services says
Cheyenne, Wy – An anti-smoking advocate says a new federal report on the hazards of second-hand smoke should help spur more Wyoming cities and towns to ban smoking in public places. Jan Drury of the American Heart Association in Wyoming says she believes more communities in the state will seek to become smoke-free. The city of Cheyenne recently became the second city in the state to ban smoking in most public places. Opponents of the ordinance are seeking to stop it and put it to a vote in November.
Laramie, Wy – Tuesday has been designated as National H-I-V Testing Day, and the Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging Wyoming residents to get tested for H-I-V. The tests in Wyoming for the virus that causes AIDS is free and available on an anonymous or confidential basis at all public-funded sites. Wyoming residents who test positive for H-I-V can be immediately referred for medical treatment and other essential services.
Laramie, Wy – A prosecutor in Sweetwater County has cleared two Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers in the fatal shooting of a New Mexico man this May. The Sweetwater County attorney issued a press release stating that his office has reviewed a report from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation regarding the shooting of Gary Loyd, 70, of Albuquerque. The release states other motorists had reported that Loyd was ramming his Jeep into other cars and shooting at other motorists while driving the wrong way on Interstate 80.
Green River, WY – While Rock Springs is facing a surge of new residents and an economic boom the community just down the road is facing a different scenario. Aaron Alpern reports on what the situation is like in Green River.
Rock Springs, WY – Rock Springs is moving forward with an Urban Development plan. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck discusses what the community has in mind with the Administrator of the Program Lisa Parady.
Wyoming – An Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council is concerned about the future of wildlife in areas where energy development is occurring. Sharon Buccino tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that more protection needs to be offered.