Wyoming – Part 2: Scattered across the state, there are a total of 23 rural schools that have only one teacher. The cost of educating students at these schools is up to 10 times higher then the state average, nonetheless there is little opposition to funding them. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay visited a school with just one student and reports on why one room school houses remain part of the state's culture.
Wyoming – Part 1: At this point in history it might seem surprising to hear that there are still one room school houses, but they do exist in Wyoming. There are 23 single-teacher schools operating in isolated areas of the state. The smallest is Cozy Hollow Elementary with just one student. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay visited the school and has this report.
Cheyenne, Wy – Attorneys debated Wyoming's term limits law before a packed state Supreme Court Wednesday. Attorneys argued over a lawsuit challenging the law filed by state Senator Rich Cathcart, state Representative Rodney "Pete" Anderson and two of their constituents. Cathcart and Anderson are among 13 lawmakers subject to term limits. In oral arguments, attorneys for Anderson and Cathcart argued the term limits law strips citizens of their constitutional rights to vote and hold office.
Washington D-C – Lawmakers who oversee the National Park Service are questioning planned cuts in services at several parks. They say the agency first should pare back 44 (m) million dollars in travel -- including more than 215 trips abroad last year.
Worland, Wy – Add Worland to the list of cities that want to be considered as a site for a new medium security prison. Worland's City Council voted for a resolution last week expressing interest in such a facility, joining Casper, Torrington, Rawlins, and Riverton. Worland Mayor LaVertha Gotier says supporters believe it would help create jobs, something she says is badly needed. But Gotier, personally, isn't sure this would be the right type of economic development.
Wilson, WY – A Wilson man is the latest to announce he'll seek the Democratic nomination for Wyoming's lone congressional seat. The 34-year-old Business consultant Ted Ladd says reckless federal policies are hampering the state's efforts to strengthen small business and provide jobs. He believes large corporations should have to play by the same rules as small businesses. Ladd says the un-even playing field hampers Wyoming's efforts to strengthen small businesses and provide jobs. Ladd also believes the federal deficit needs to be addressed.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court hears a case on the constitutionality of term limits Wednesday. The case is being challenged by two citizens and two legislators who would be impacted this year. Term limits were approved by 70 percent of Wyoming voters in 1992. But in the lawsuit the opponents say they are unconstitutional. 16 other states currently have term limits for legislators.
Cheyenne, Wy – James Robert "Bob" Duke is appealing his conviction in the 1996 cliff deaths of his wife and son near Flaming Gorge Reservoir. In Wyoming Supreme Court arguments today (Tuesday), his attorney argued that Duke's lawyers during his 2002 trial were ineffective and that he should be awarded a new one. Public defender Marion Yoder also argued jurors were prejudiced against Duke by a model of the 200-foot cliff in the courtroom -- which prosecutors called the murder weapon -- and because Duke was shackled.