Denver, Co – The state of Wyoming says one of the men serving life sentences for killing gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1999 should not be allowed to appeal his conviction and sentence. Russell Henderson is asking the tenth Circuit U-S Court of Appeals to reinstate his right to appeal. He contends his trial attorney never advised him that he could appeal his conviction and sentence, causing him to miss the deadline to appeal either. Senior assistant attorney general Dave Delicath argued in court
Cheyenne, Wy – The Meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne says it's been over 25 years since Wyoming had a tornado that killed anyone. Bill Parker says most Wyoming Tornados that touch down occur in remote areas. But Friday's tornado in Wright was obviously different. Parker says what was more surprising is that it occurred in August... a time of year when Tornados generally don't occur.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming says its major fundraising campaign ended well above its goal of 125 million dollars. At a wrap up ceremony, University officials say they raised 204 million dollars. While they did fall short in their goal for academics, all other areas either met or smashed the previous goal.
Laramie, Wy – Three days after a tornado hit the town of Wright the extent of the damage is more apparent. Clerk-Treasurer, Valerie Kettery, says two people died and 92 mobile homes were destroyed. "Right now," she says, "most of those families affected are staying with friends or in motels." Kettery says in the long term it is hard to tell what will happen because there is not a lot of available housing.
Laramie – After years of struggling to raise money, the University of Wyoming announced an end to a remarkable five year run of fundraising. U-W fund raisers collected 204 million dollars in their DISTINCTION campaign. The goal was 125 million. The money is being used for special faculty, symposiums and facility upgrades. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that to those involved with the campaign, the success is nothing short of amazing
Laramie, Wy – Thirty-one members of the Wyoming Air National Guard have returned home. The unit spent the last two months in the Middle East --providing airlift support for U-S forces in Iraq. The members got back to Cheyenne Thursday afternoon. Mission Commander Colonel Stephen Anderson says the time spent in Kuwait was taxing with the temperature often around 120 degrees. The unit also had to deal with 40 mile an hour winds.