Laramie, Wy – School officials in Teton County decided to stop purchasing over-the-counter medication for nurses' offices. Teton County schools are also going to require permission forms from students to take pain relievers or prescription drugs during school hours. The new policy will go into effect this fall. A local nurse helped draft the new policy. She says the current practices have forced nurses' offices to operate like pharmacies.
Laramie, WY – A recent poll shows that among the nation's 50 governors, Dave Freudenthal owns the third highest approval rating. Survey USA spoke with 600 adults in Wyoming earlier this month and found that 67% of Wyomingites approve of Freudenthal's work. No other Democrat had a higher approval rating, and only North Dakota and South Dakota residents gave higher marks to their governors. Wyoming Republicans say the numbers are only a product of the state's economic prosperity.
Sheridan, WY – Court files have been closed in the case against a Sheridan man accused of brutal murder last summer. But an attorney for the Sheridan Press plans to fight the order. District Judge John Brackley granted a defense motion closing the files to protect Stephen Hyatt's right to a fair trial. Hyatt faces the death penalty for commandeering the car of 18-year-old Kaliegh Ford and shooting her with a shotgun.
Laramie, Wy – There are now about 32 thousand wild horses on public lands in the United States. That is three thousand more than the target population. To deal with this the Bureau of Land Management is now testing a new way to control the number of horses. The B-L-M's Linda Coates Markle says they have tried out a vaccine that prevents pregnancy for one or two years. She says the tests are going very well and could also bring down the cost of managing horses by up to 50 percent. She says so far the shot they give mares has not had any negative affect on the animals.
Washington, D.C. – Earlier this year the state created a law giving people that do not own the minerals under their land more rights. Now Congress is considering a similar national law. This issue comes up when someone wants access to the minerals or oil and gas. Representative Barbara Cubin says she is not in favor of this plan and neither is Senator Craig Thomas. He would prefer this is left to states to work on. The sponsor of this proposal in Congress is Mark Udall from Colorado. He says it might be more efficient for producers if there was a consistent law.
Laramie, Wy – A petition drive to remove the sales tax from groceries will begin by June 1st. That's according to the organizer, Democratic state Representative Ann Robinson of Casper. Wyoming is one of 13 states with no exemption or reduction of the sales tax on food. Robinson says with mineral revenues so high, now is the time to remove the grocery tax. She says it's a straightforward way to distribute some of that mineral wealth directly to the people.
Laramie, Wy – A state trooper is hospitalized after an accident this morning. The trooper was making a U-turn and a tractor-trailer rig hit his vehicle. The man was admitted to St. Johns Hospital in Jackson where he was being treated for broken bones, bruised kidneys and minor cuts and abrasions. The accident happened about four miles southeast of Hoback Junction. The truck driver was not injured and was driving the speed limit at the time of the accident.
Casper, Wy – A longtime Casper educator says Wyoming still has a long ways to go in its efforts to be more diverse. School administrator Mel Hamilton says he has encountered some racial opposition since he was elevated in the district. Hamilton says blacks are fine, until they strat to advance.