Laramie, Wy – A national magazine ranks Wyoming's state government among the most business-friendly in the nation. Expansion Management Magazine put Wyoming third in its Legislative Quotient, which looks how state governments impact the business climate. Bob Jensen with the Wyoming Business Council says this ranking is significant because any business reading Expansion Management Magazine is looking to relocate or expand. Various magazines have doled out high marks for Wyoming's business climate recently. Jensen says those positive ranking are helping business recruitment.
Laramie, Wy – A government study shows more people than ever are using A-T-Vs. And at the same time there is a steady rise in the number of children injured while riding all-terrain vehicles. In Wyoming there is no age restriction to use a full sized A-T-V. So, to keep kids safe, the director of the State Trails Program, Tim Puskarich, says parents should ensure children can operate the vehicle safely and take it seriously because it is not a toy.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Education is trying to help the public information learn about student performance and see statistics regarding public schools. The Department of Ed released the report, called the "2005 Wyoming Report Card: Every Student Counts." It is required to do this under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming added 7,500 more jobs in October than it did during October last year. The Wyoming Department of Employment did this study. And it reports the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4-point-1 percent last month. The national unemployment rate last month was 5 percent. Job growth in the Wyoming's energy sector continued to lead the way in the state. Natural resources and mining added 2,000 jobs over the last year.
Laramie, Wy – Passengers and planes are moving like clockwork through Denver International Airport, while traffic is flowing smoothly along Wyoming and Colorado roadways as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend begins. D-I-A spokesman Chuck Cannon says thing's couldn't be better at the region's largest airport, with good weather, on-time departures and fast-moving security lines. Some 150-thousand passengers traveled through the airport Wednesday, but Sunday could be even busier -- with 158-thousand travelers forecast.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge has sentenced the former chief executive officer of the Bank of Jackson Hole to serve nearly four years in prison for fraudulently taking one-point-five million dollars from the bank. U-S District Judge William Downes sentenced 54-year-old Ed Fisher to serve 46 months in prison and pay restitution of more than one-point-five million dollars.
Laramie, Wy – Family, friends and others bid goodbye to a group of Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers being deployed to Iraq. Nearly 160 members of the Guard's 2-300th Field Artillery will be gone for more than a year. The 2-300th is based in Sheridan and also has units in Casper, Cody, Douglas, Gillette, Lander, Lovell, Powell and Worland. Ten of the unit's soldiers are going back to Iraq for the second time in under a year.
Wyoming – Topic: Kristin Espeland speaks with Diane DeLozier, Director of the Food Bank of the Rockies about hunger in the state of Wyoming. Topic: Renny Makcay speaks Suzie Pelican, UW Nutritionist about staying healthy this holiday season. Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Dr. Michael Griffith with the UW Department of Music about the University of Wyoming Annual Holiday Gala Concert.
Jackson, Wy – The Bureau of land management and the U-S Forest service must respond to a call from environmental groups to conduct an environmental review of western elk feeding grounds or face legal action. Lloyd Dorsey represents the Greater Yellowstone Coalition one of the groups behind the legal maneuver. Dorsey says packing elk into winter feeding grounds increases their risk of disease.