Laramie, Wy – Traces of chemicals used to clean aircraft parts were found underneath homes north of the Wyoming Air National Guard facility in Cheyenne. But experts say the chemicals probably pose little or no danger to people living in the area. At a meeting Tuesday, Guard, E-P-A and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality officials told residents the level of chemicals are higher than they should be, but should not contaminate water in the area. The Guard plans to test for vapors in the basements of residents homes this summer.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming has terminated its relationship with the company that was building its voter registration database. The company returned all of the money it received from Wyoming. But, this leaves Wyoming to finish the job of getting a statewide database in place before the elections this year. Secretary of State, Joe Meyer, says this company also had problems in other states too. He thinks maybe they bit off more than they could chew given each state needs an individualized system.
Laramie, Wy – Many Wyoming residents joined the nationwide movement to support immigrant workers. Rallies took place in Jackson and Laramie. Several hundred people turned out to the Laramie event, many of them high school students skipping afternoon classes for a rally and march. One of the organizers was Adrian Molina. He's a law school student at the University of Wyoming and says immigrants are contributing to society with their work and by paying sales tax on all their purchases.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming signed an agreement this week with a developer to remake the school's golf course. On top of the golf course the developer will also build up to a thousand homes. U-W Vice President of Administration, Phill Harris, says while this will cost 13 million dollars, the university is not putting up any money and the developer is the one taking the risk, though if there are profits U-W could share in those. The existing university golf course will stay open until the developer finishes building a new 18 holes.
Wyoming – Last week an audit of the Department of Education showed that the agency misspent over 400 thousand dollars of federal grant money. And the Congressional Quarterly is now forecasting that the race for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress is now closer than they previously expected.
Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay discussed these issues with Jessica Lowell from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Chad Baldwin of the Casper Star Tribune on this week's reporters roundtable.
Wyoming – Wyoming has a high number of bankruptcies and the thought is that not enough is being done to train young people about the world of finance. But a group is trying to change that. Diane Stoick heads up the Wyoming Jumpstart coalition for financial literacy