Cheyenne, Wy – Another lawsuit against former Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart. The Reverend Joseph Hart spent about 20 years working at parishes throughout greater Kansas City before becoming auxiliary bishop in Cheyenne. A man filing suit as John Doe E-K says he was about 12 years old when Hart began groping and fondling him at St. John Francis Regis Church in Kansas City. Representatives from the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests showed up at the Catholic Church headquarters in Kansas
Laramie, Wy – The city of Laramie should have a new city manager Thursday. The city council has a meeting scheduled to approve a contract for Mark Collins. He is currently the city manager in Gunnison, Colorado. Laramie mayor Jodi Guerin says Collins is experienced, and has good ideas for economic development. Laramie has gone about two and a half years without a consistent city manager. The council will vote on the contract for Mark Collins at 12:15 Thursday. If they approve it, Collins will receive 107 thousand dollars a year.
Wyoming – Across Wyoming law enforcement officials are battling methamphetamine-related crimes and drug treatment counselors are watching meth addicts swell their client rosters. Meth abuse is a growing problem on the state's reservation as well. A problem that tribes and health service providers are just beginning to face. Wyoming Public Radio's Kristin Espeland has more
Laramie, Wy – The man charged with shooting a painter in Laramie earlier this month waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday. The case is now bound over to district court. The suspect Aaron Smith will then enter a plea. Smith is charged with first degree murder for shooting Henry McCone. His ex girlfriend told police he was angry with McCone because the man owed him money.
Laramie, Wy – The state and federal government are putting 42 million dollars towards a program to prepare low income students for college. It's called GEAR UP and will start in 2006. First Lady Nancy Freudenthal announced the program Tuesday. She says the money is not going to scholarships, but rather to lay the groundwork for success as early as the junior high school years. Specifically the money will be used to offer 2000 low income students advice on what courses to take, how to apply for grants and loans, plus it will prepare students for taking the A-C-T test.