Riverton, Wy – A female employee was found dead this morning(Thursday) at the state minimum security prison in Riverton. The Wyoming Honor Farm has been locked down while police investigate. Riverton Police Chief John Snell described the death as "unexplained." He refused to elaborate other than to say he was treating the death as a homicide. The name of the employee was not immediately released. Snell says another prison employee reported the death at about 6:45 a-m after finding the body inside a prison building. An autopsy will be done.
Laramie, Wy – A University of Wyoming Economist hopes a forum next week will get people thinking more about the future of Wyoming's revenue. Jason Shogren will moderate the annual Stroock Forum on Wyoming Lands and People next Tuesday in Cheyenne. He has invited a number of people representing interest groups, business and state government to discuss the state revenue picture. But Shogren hopes they will spend some time debating the Permanent Mineral Trust fund. He's one who would like to see the state put more of its wealth into the fund.
Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming native and an army pilot serving in Iraq just found out his deployment was extended. That means that instead of going home to his family in Germany he will serve at least another 120 days in Iraq. That's on top of a one year tour he just finished in Baghdad. Matt Hastings, who grew up in Lander, flies Blackhawk helicopters. His wife Whitney is one of many spouses who are very upset about this news. She says military officials should have known that fighting would pick up one year after the war so they should have brought replacements in sooner.
Jackson Hole, Wy – A conservation group has put out its annual list of the nation's most endangered rivers. American Rivers ranks the Colorado River as the most endangered because of radioactive, toxic and human waste. The Snake River, which begins in Wyoming and flows through Idaho, Oregon and Washington, is ranked third. American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder says the country's waters are in danger of returning to where they were in the early 1970's -- when they were the most polluted in history.
Laramie, Wy – A railroad that wants to tap into northeast Wyoming's coal fields received a split decision in a federal appeals court. The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad had gone to court to fight restrictions placed on it by the 1999 South Dakota Legislature. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld some of the state's eminent domain laws and struck down others. Neither the railroad nor the state of South Dakota indicated plans to appeal the ruling.
Topic: Soliders serving in Bagdad just found out that they're not coming home after a year of deployment, one of those is Matt Hastings from Lander, Wyoming; Guest: Whitney Hastings, wife of Matt Hastings living in Germany
Topic: The Wyoming Aids Walk is the largest aids and HIV fund raising event in Wyoming. For more information visit http://www.wyoaidswalk.org/ ; Guest: Bob Hooker and Katie Morgan
Topic: Annual Strook on Wyoming Lands and People will be this weekend; Guest: Jason Shogren
Wyoming – While the 9-11 Commission is finishing up work in Washington D-C a member of another federal commission told an audience in Wyoming that he and colleagues predicted the September 11th attacks. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has more details about a report U-S Senator Gary Hart and the National Security Commission gave to Presidents Clinton and Bush
Jackson, WY – More wildfires could be allowed to burn in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. An amended fire management plan clarifies policies both inside and outside of forest wilderness areas. Currently, forest officials can let wildfires burn in wilderness areas as a resource management tool, but elsewhere, the policies are less clear. The amendment also requires all fires caused by humans to be suppressed. Forest officials say the changes will save money in the long run by managing fires, rather than suppressing all of them.
Laramie, Wy – Congress is getting ready to approve a federal highway bill and send it to the President. The House's plan would mean about 275 billion dollars in spending over six years; the Senate's bill includes 318 billion dollars. The director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Sleeter Dover, says either way the state would see an increase of about 20 thousand jobs over six years, though that is contingent on finding enough skilled people to fill those jobs.
Laramie, Wy – Reducing health care costs is not the only item on John Henley's agenda, but he devoted nearly all of his opening statement to it in announcing a run for Congress today Tuesday). The Casper Democrat also says America needs a strong energy policy and reduction of the federal deficit.