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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Friday, April 8

The Wheatland VFW hosted their third welcome home party for Vietnam veterans recently. According to the Platte County Record Times, the event is meant to honor the veterans who often came back home without any welcome.

A former Sheridan resident has launched the nation's first master's degree program for cardiac function and interventional technology. The Sheridan Press reports Ken Turley saw a need for this program because the current certificate-based programs graduate under half of the annual workforce need. It will launch at Harding University in Arkansas this fall.

The University of Wyoming's IMPACT 307 and Western Wyoming Community College have partnered to launch IMPACT Sweetwater. The Rock Springs Rocket Miner writes the first Sweetwater County Innovation Launchpad will be taking applications from entrepreneurs until May 20. IMPACT Sweetwater will provide mentorship to the finalists, helping them prepare for a Pitch Day Competition in September. The winning finalists will receive seed funding and further guidance to help start their businesses.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. She was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.