Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming officials announced over the weekend that construction will begin next Spring on a nine-point-four million dollar business incubator. U-W President Phil Dubois says it's taken seven years to secure state and federal money for the project along with a one-point-six million dollar gift from the McMurry Foundation. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Wyoming Business Technology Center has been urgently needed since the mid-1980's. He says Wyoming's fiscal picture enables the state to invest in such needed ideas.
Riverton, WY – The mother of a nurse killed at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton is among those opposing a new medium-security prison for that Fremont county city. Prosecutors allege an inmate killed nurse Tammy Watts last April. Linda Hart says if they can't provide security at a minimum-security prison, how are officials going to provide security at a medium-security facility. Riverton is among several cities vying for the new prison.
Laramie, Wy – Although Wyoming's defense played a tremendous game, a trick play put the game out of reach Saturday as the Cowboys beat San Diego State 20-10. The play came in the 4th Quarter when Corey Bramlet flipped the ball behind him to Ivan Harrison who lofted the ball into the endzone to a wide open Dustin Pleasant. Pleasant says it allowed him to redeem himself after a couple of earlier drops. He says it was a play the Cowboys practiced all week.
Laramie, Wy – Democratic U-S House candidate Ted Ladd says he would have advocated a congressional declaration of war after the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. And the Jackson Democrat says he would have sought debate on a war declaration before invading Iraq if he had been in Congress at the time. The issue came up during a candidates' forum yesterday (Friday) in Laramie involving Ladd and Libertarian Lewis Stock. Incumbent Republican Barbara Cubin did not take part in the debate.
Laramie, Wy – The man that led U-W to its only N-C-A-A championship in basketball is back in Laramie this weekend. Kenny Sailors will be the grand marshal of the homecoming parade. Sailors says in 1943 when they won the championship they also played against the winner of the National Invitation Tournament St. Johns University and that team did expect U-W to pull an upset, but they did. Sailors says that championship team was made up of almost all Wyomingites.
Cheyenne, WY – A lawsuit challenging how four constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot next month was called frivolous today by Wyoming's Secretary of State and Attorney General. The goal of the lawsuit is to have the entire text of the proposed amendments appear on the ballot, and not just summaries. Secretary of State Joe Meyer says printing a summary is how amendments have been presented since statehood. One of the four amendments would allow the legislature to cap damages in medical malpractice cases.
Washington, D.C. – Residents of Wyoming and six other states would be able to deduct sales taxes from their federal tax returns following action by the U-S House. Representatives approved a rewrite of corporate tax law on a 280-to-141 vote. The measure now heads to the U-S Senate, where it's expected to be approved before the end of the week.
Laramie, WY – Election year politics and disagreement within the Bush Administration are hampering negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program. That's according to University of Wyoming Political Scientist Jean Garrison. Garrison spent a year as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow. She believes election year politics could create a dangerous situation. Garrison says North Korea believes it will get a better deal if John Kerry is elected President. But she notes President Bush has moved closer to Kerry's stance.
Cheyenne, Wy – It looks like Wyoming has a third Medical Malpractice Insurance Carrier. A few months after the Ohio Insurance Company announced it was leaving the state, Insurance Commissioner Ken Vines says The Medical Protective Company is intending on bringing more competition into the Wyoming market. But Vines is unclear if their presence will immediately have any impact on rates. But he still says the development is a positive step for the state, as it tries to address the high cost of Medical Malpractice insurance costs.