Laramie, WY – Scientists in Texas have come up with a way to test blood for Mad Cow Disease. The same test could be used with human blood to search for the human form of Mad Cow. Dr. Jean Jewell from the state vet lab says a major advantage of this technique is that it could allow people to test live animals. Jewell says the technique could potentially help with research in Wyoming about Chronic Wasting Disease, which affects deer and elk.
Laramie, WY – The Dean of the University of Wyoming's School of Nursing says the nurse shortage in the state is severe and getting worse. Doctor Pamela Clarke says as the population here ages it will strain an already tough situation. She says at the hospital level the shortage can be felt. Clarke says some people say the nursing shortage is the eighth leading cause of death in hospitals. A summit to discuss the shortage and working conditions will take place at the University of Wyoming September 15th and 16th.
Laramie, WY – Some 60 rural development properties in Wyoming will be made available to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Wyoming Rural Development Manager Lola Lucero says many of the newly homeless from the hurricane are being placed in housing across the country and some may need to come to Wyoming. Lucero says some will be eligible for rent assistance.
Laramie, Wy – The days of handshake deals between County Government and some firefighters is over. Because of a recent ruling by the Wyoming Attorney General, counties cannot fund county fire departments that are not part of Government. Fire Districts are part of a county, but many volunteer fire departments in remote areas don't have the tax base to form such a district. Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling says developing a contract between the county and firefighters gets around the problem.