Green River police officers have responded to yet another incident involving a familiar computer scam. A residence on Greasewood reported receiving a call on his computer from a male with a Middle Eastern accent. The caller told the resident he was from Microsoft and instructed the resident on how to run an anti-virus application on his computer.
A leader in the Wyoming State Senate says he killed a bill that sought to exempt the state from any future federal assault weapons ban because of rude pressure tactics from a pro-gun organization. Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Phil Nicholas, a Laramie Republican, controls which bills get a hearing. He didn't bring up the assault weapons bill or a companion gun control bill by Friday's deadline. Nicholas says he believes the bills were intentionally poorly drafted. He says lawmakers who opposed them were targeted for personal criticism by the Wyoming Gun Owners Association, which he said tried raise funds from the controversy. Evansville Republican Rep. Kendell Kroeker sponsored the assault weapons bill. He denies he intended it to raise funds and says he believes Wyoming must support gun rights.
Four current or former provosts of large universities are the finalists for president of the University of Wyoming. The UW Board of Trustees released the names Friday after announcing Thursday it would no longer keep the search secret. A short statement issued by the university said the finalists had agreed to allow their names to be made public. The finalists are: Douglas D. Baker, provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho; Warwick M. Bayly, provost and executive vice president at Washington State University; Robert Sternberg, provost at Oklahoma State University; and Kim Wilcox, former provost and executive vice president at Michigan State University. The trustees will interview each before choosing a successor to Tom Buchanan, who is retiring. UW received more than 80 applicants for the job.