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Oct 25, 2013 - The Associated Press
Woman sentenced for shaking baby
LARAMIE -- A Wyoming woman who pleaded guilty to shaking a 15-month-old boy she was babysitting has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Ashley Cope asked an Albany County Court judge for probation at her sentencing hearing last week. She apologized for what she did to the boy.
Judge Jeffrey Donnell told Cope the child's injuries nearly resulted in his death and that Cope's actions deserved prison time. He sentenced her to four to 12 years in prison.
Cope pleaded guilty in August to aggravated child abuse. She was the boy's baby sitter in February.
The boy suffered a traumatic brain injury and could have lifelong disabilities, according to information from last week's hearing.
Grant to train future teachers at UW
The University of Wyoming has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train 70 new math and science teachers.
The money will go toward graduate education for UW students working toward degrees in science, engineering or math who wouldn't otherwise have considered getting a teaching certificate.
The program is called Sustaining Wyoming's Advancing Reach in Mathematics and Science.
Students chosen for the program will have their tuition and fees paid for during their senior year and through a post-baccalaureate teacher-certification program.
Students commit to teaching two years in a high-needs Wyoming school for each year of funding received. The program will fund 14 scholarships a year until 2019.
Poachers kill eight animals
CHEYENNE -- Poachers have killed four elk and four pronghorn in three separate incidents in southern Wyoming over the past month, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
On Oct. 18, two elk -- a cow and a bull -- were shot south of Rock Springs and the meat was left to rot. A shooter also wounded an elk calf that had to be euthanized.
Two nonresident hunters reported finding the elk to Game and Fish.
On Oct. 4, somebody found a dead elk just north of Buford in southeast Wyoming. The head and back straps were removed but the rest of the elk remained intact, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.
Two weeks earlier, on Sept. 20, four dead antelope were found north of Laramie. They'd been shot and their heads and back straps had been removed.
Game and Fish is investigating all three cases.
Killing a game animal and not taking a sufficiently large portion of the meat -- if not the whole animal -- is illegal. In the Buford area, the hunter apparently tried to mark a trail to the elk but did not return to get the rest of the meat.
"This is an obvious waste of game meat. We're hoping someone knows something about these crimes," game warden Kelly Todd said.
In Wyoming, hunters who clean big game in the field must remove at least the meat from the front quarters down to the knees, from the hindquarters as far down as the hocks, and from the backbone from the neck to the hindquarters.