Laramie, Wy – Less than 20 days after Trent Blankenship stepped down as the state's top educator, Wyoming has a new Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jim McBride takes over the position after the Republican Party selected him as one of three finalists for the position.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal was interviewing candidates to fill the vacant State Superintendent of Public Instruction's position Wednesday. The Republican State Central Committee sent the governor three names to choose from and he could have a decision as early as this weekend. The chair of the Republican Party, Drake Hill, is disappointed that the governor did not allow reporters to cover the interviews with the candidates. He is concerned that the public won't know the criteria and process the governor is using to make such an important decision.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming chapter of the Red Cross has received enough money to pay for its disaster relief efforts in Wright. The Red Cross is in Campbell County helping residents deal with the aftermath of the tornado that hit last Friday.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's budget surplus is growing - and so is the spending of lobbyists. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity found that special interests spent more than three times as much money on lobbying in 2004 as they did in 2000, when the state still faced budget constraints. Lobbyists reported spending 409-thousand for the budget session in 2004. Leah Rush is director of state projects for the center. She says even those numbers don't tell the whole picture because they don't include salaries and expenses.
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