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Feb 12, 2014 - The Associated Press

More doing well on advanced exams

CHEYENNE -- The entity which tracks student performance says more Wyoming public school students are succeeding on advanced exams than they were a decade ago.

The College Board says the number of graduates getting college credits for their scores on Advanced Placement exams in high school has risen from 361 to 519 since 2003. The number of students taking the exams has risen from 613 to 884.

The College Board is a not-for-profit organization created to expand access to higher education.

It also makes recommendations to public schools on how to increase student performance.

Ten-year term for hit-run driver

CASPER -- A man who ran over an 11-year-old boy in Evansville last summer, dragging him under his pickup, says he doesn't remember what happened.

Lawrence Martinez was sentenced to between nine and 10 years in prison Tuesday in Casper for the hit-and-run crash that left the boy critically injured.

A tearful Martinez told Judge Thomas Sullins that he didn't remember what happened and he wanted to ask the boy's family for forgiveness.

Martinez told investigators that he had five beers before the Aug. 17 incident.

Investigators say he swerved into oncoming traffic and then onto the sidewalk, where the boy was riding his scooter.

Sullins said the maximum sentence was appropriate given his criminal record, including two driving under the influence convictions.

Park sending bison to slaughter

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Yellowstone National Park administrators say they plan to ship as many as 600 bison to slaughter this winter if harsh conditions inside the park spur a large migration of the animals into Montana.

Only 60 or 70 bison have crossed the park's northern boundary at last count this winter.

A state-federal agreement signed in 2000 requires the bison population to be kept at roughly 3,000 animals. There were about 4,600 as of June 2013.

Park officials say the population needs to be reduced periodically to prevent too many bison from spilling into Montana, where there is limited tolerance for them because of disease concerns.

Meat from slaughtered bison would be distributed to American Indian tribes.

Hunters have killed almost 100 bison this season.

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