Laramie, Wy – A DEMOCRAT HOPING TO BECOME WYOMING'S NEXT CONGRESSMAN SAYS HE OPPOSES THE FEDERAL INTERVENTION BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE FEDERAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW. TED LADD ADMITS HE LIKES THAT NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND HAS ONCE AGAIN PLACED EDUCATION ON THE NATIONAL STAGE. BUT LADD IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LAW.
Laramie, Wy – Data shows that the Northeast part of the state remained very dry this year, but a swath of counties from Albany, through Fremont and up to Yellowstone National Park saw above average rainfall. State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it will take a few more years to get out of the drought, but he forecasts that precipitation will increase between now and 2008. For the coming year he says there is going to be a weak El Nino, meaning a normal amount of snow and rain.
Laramie, WY – The price of textbooks for college students has gone up 40 percent over the past four years. It has prompted students to look for copies of the books from overseas via the Internet. Some have even made the decision to try to go without some books. University of Wyoming Bookstore Manager Peggy Falgien admits it's a problem. But Falgien says bookstores across the country are not to blame. Falgien is President of the National Association of College Stores.
Dubois, Wy – A man was seriously hurt in a grizzly bear attack yesterday (Sunday) west of Dubois in northwest Wyoming. Authorities say the man, whose name was not released, suffered serious facial injuries and punctures to his side. The man was taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The man was part of a group of four hunters in a heavily timbered area when they came upon the grizzly. The men reported firing several shots to deter the bear and also using pepper spray.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is again one of the worst states in the country for the number of women killed by men. A survey using the latest data from 2002 shows Wyoming women are murdered by men at the fifth highest rate. The report done by the Violence Policy Center shows that guns were used in half of the homicides in Wyoming and over 50 percent nationally. The Center's Marty Langley says another thing they found is that owning a gun does not make a woman safer.
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming district court judge has denied the state's petition that would force Wyoming to prove the new school financing system is constitutional. That ruling means the challenge by a coalition of schools, teachers and school administrators will go forward. That coalition wants a court order directing the state to "make a showing they fixed problems" with the finance system.
Douglas, WY – The uranium mining industry is seeking a resurgence after more than a decade of low uranium prices. Uranium prices are nearly triple what they were four years ago. Wyoming once had eight uranium mining operations. Now, it has one. The Smith Ranch-Highland mine in east-central Wyoming produces yellowcake, which is sent to other plants to be enriched and formed into pellets to fuel nuclear reactors.
Casper, Wy – A U.S. District Judge in Casper heard arguments on a lawsuit filed over voter registration drives in Wyoming. Attorney General Pat Crank argued that prohibiting county clerks from accepting voter registration forms from voter registration drives does not deny anyone in the state the right to vote or right to free association. Casper attorney John Robinson filed the federal lawsuit in which he wrote that the clerks of Converse, Sublette and Lincoln counties turned down requests for multiple registration forms.