Cheyenne, WY – The Administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol took over as the Department of Transportation director Thursday. But this comes amidst questions about Colonel John Cox's education. In 1990, Cox received a criminal justice administration degree from The International University, a distance-learning school based in Missouri. A 12-year consultant for the F-B-I's anti-diploma mill program says a degree from that school has no value in the academic world.
Riverton, WY – Riverton and Rawlins are combining their efforts over the medium security prison issue. Both towns are disputing the Department of Corrections recommendation to build the prison in Torrington. City government officials from both Rawlins and Riverton held a press conference Wednesday to make their point that choosing Torrington would not be in the best interests of Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – The couple that helped bring black footed ferrets from the brink of extinction was remembered today. Wildlife researchers Tom Thorne and Beth Williams died in a car accident last week. They worked in Wyoming for a combined five decades; doing advance research on brucellosis and Chronic Wasting Disease as well as working on the black footed ferret recovery project.
Laramie, Wy – A district judge ruled Wednesday that electronic bingo games are illegal in Wyoming. Laramie County District Judge James Burke ruled that electronic bingo machines are gambling devices prohibited under Wyoming law because they do not fit the statute's definition of bingo. Burke also ruled that the sharing of proceeds from electronic bingo operations between non-profit and for-profit entities is in violation of the law because only non-profit entities are allowed to conduct bingo games.
Cheyenne, WY – The Game and Fish Director says wolves are chasing elk from state feedgrounds in western Wyoming. Terry Cleveland says more than three-thousand elk have been dispersed by wolves over the past several weeks causing crop damage and increasing potential for brucellosis transmission to cattle. Cleveland has sent a letter to the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service asking that the agency remove and relocate the so-called Daniel wolf pack.
Laramie, Wy – Researchers with the National Institutes of Health are having lots of success with a vaccine for West Nile Virus. They recently tested a form of it in mice. Wyoming's West Nile Coordinator, Doctor Terry Creekmore, says it is valid and could improve another vaccine that uses the yellow fever virus. But, Creekmore says this new vaccine is not very far along in the process. The Yellow Fever virus vaccine is the furthest along, but it is still two to three years away from coming on the market.