Cheyenne, Wy – The state Senate rejected a version of the medical review panel Thursday. That came after opponents argued that it looked too much like a trial. The panel is supposed to help weed out medical malpractice lawsuits. But how it does that is the point of contention. Senator Charles Scott argued for a rigorous bill that would help throw out malpractice cases generally. But, Senator Tony Ross argues that years ago the panel was used to just get rid of frivolous cases and if this looks too much like a trial it will drive up costs.
Laramie, Wy – Birders and biologists are trying to confirm two reports of a California condor near Alcova Reservoir. In recent days, two people have reported seeing the giant scavengers near the reservoir. But according ton Bruce Dudley of the Audubon Center at Garden Creek, so far nothing has been confirmed. California condors once numbered in the thousands, but the species is still recovering after their population fell to just a couple dozen in the early 1980s.
Cheyenne – For years, laws that legislators viewed as taking rights from people have had little success. But this year a number of bills ranging from limiting the purchases of cold medications to outlawing open containers on Wyoming Highways are passing. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that times have apparently changed...
Laramie, WY – In Laramie, Wednesday was the second day of a fraud trial against a former state legislator. Jurors heard from several officials of the company Terry Guice allegedly took over $50,000 from. This case involves a 2001 highway project on Wyoming 34, performed by Oftedal Construction. Jolene Schmidt, who handles Oftedal's accounts payable, testified about the eight checks she wrote to a company called TLG Supply. The prosecution says TLG was a sham company Terry Guice created and that the products paid for were never delivered to the construction site.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill to take the term limits law off the books took another step as it makes its way through the House. Representatives have amended the bill to not only include legislators and members of congress, but also the states top five elected officials. The Supreme Court ruled term limits for legislators unconstitutional last year, but did not rule on the top officials, like the Governor. Judiciary Chairman Jack Landon thinks it's the right think to do.
Cheyenne, WY – The Governor has vetoed his first bill of the session. In a letter to the Speaker of the House, Dave Freudenthal said he vetoed a bill that would change the way the Director of the Office of State Lands is selected. Currently the Governor makes the appointment, but the legislature tried to give that duty to all five top elected officials. In his letter, the Governor objected to addressing problems that might have occurred in the past, or could occur in the future.
Laramie, Wy – Authorities in Cheyenne are looking for the driver involved in what looks to be a fatal hit-and-run. According to the Laramie County Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old Dale Capps was taking out his trash Tuesday night, when he was hit by a car and killed. The driver apparently didn't stop, and Capps' body was reported by a passing motorist. So far, no witnesses have come forward, and investigators are still looking for more information on the case.