Saratoga, Wy – A Saratoga man has been acquitted by a judge of child endangerment in the death of his 18-month-old son. The child fell from the family's pickup and was run over last November. Judge Jane Eakin yesterday (Wednesday) granted a defense motion for Hart Jordan's acquittal after county prosecutor David Clark presented two witnesses and rested his case. Cam Jordon died when the pickup's door somehow opened and he fell out at the family's residence. He and his four-year-old sister
Cheyenne, WY – It appears that Wyoming's outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction is already gone. Trent Blankenship's resignation is scheduled to take effect on Monday, even though his contract to start a job in northern Alaska began July 1st. Since the start of this month, Blankenship's schedule shows he has only worked nine of 18 work days for the state of Wyoming. What's more, the last day his schedule showed that he worked as Wyoming superintendent was July 21st. On that day, Blankenship failed to attend a meeting of the University of Wyoming Trustees.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming officials note that more youth in the state are graduating high school, fewer are having babies and fewer live in poverty. But according to the annual Kids Count report, work still needs to be done to help young people in the state. Department of family services Director Roger McDaniel says he is concerned about the increasing number of low birth weight babies. McDaniel says despite some improvements, Wyoming children still continue to struggle with poverty; more than half are born on Medicaid.
Laramie, Wy – A judge in Nebraska has ruled that Union Pacific discriminated against women by not paying for their birth control. The rail company does pay for impotence drugs. A spokesperson for U-P says they will appeal this decision and noted the union representing its employees did not seek to include the cost of contraceptives in the health care package.
Laramie, Wy – Consultants hired by the state to look into the idea of building an executive graduate school in Teton County have listed several problems with the plan. They include a highly competitive market, no outside recognition for business education in Wyoming and the remoteness of Jackson Hole. But consultant Ben Edwards says the school could work if Wyoming attracted high-level faculty or developed a prestigious summit or conference.
Wyoming – This year Wyoming ranks 23rd in the country when it comes to the well being of its youth. The annual Kids Count fact book notes that and that the state saw improvement in five of ten measurement areas. The Cowboy State was also one of only 12 states to improve its child poverty rate. But Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that officials still think there is plenty to improve
Casper, WY – The US Department of Defense is awarding a nearly $100,000 grant to allow a Casper company to research a quick-strike weapons system. Wickman Spacecraft and Propulsion is working on what is called a Small Launch Vehicle. Owner John Wickman says this hypersonic bomber could be launched from the US, and deploy smart weapons anywhere in the world on extremely short notice, as little as 20 to 30 minutes. Wickman this is similar to the current stealth fighters and bombers, but unmanned and much faster. He says it would be perfect for time-sensitive targets.