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Study: Later school starts improve student grades

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study says that high schools switching to later start times have seen an improvement in student grades and overall student health.

The study released Wednesday by the University of Minnesota examined data from more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming.

It found that later start times boosted attendance, standardized test scores and academic performance in math, English, science and social studies.

It also found that Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming saw a 70 percent drop in the number of car crashes involving teen drivers when it switched to a later start.

Kyla Wahlstrom is director of the university’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. She says the later starts mean more students get more sleep — an important health benefit.


Ex-wife testifies Castellanos was a devoted father

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ex-wife of a Cheyenne man who faces a possible death sentence in the slaying of two people at his home describes her ex-husband as a devoted father.

A jury in Cheyenne is hearing testimony this week from relatives of 34-year-old Nathaniel Castellanos on whether he should receive the death penalty or life in prison.

The jury last week found Castellanos guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Corey Walker and 25-year-old Megan McIntosh. The jury also found him guilty of attempted first-degree murder against another woman.

The shootings happened at Castellanos’ Cheyenne home in August 2011. He claimed an unknown assailant did the shooting.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports that Castellanos’ ex-wife Nicole Buchholtz testified Wednesday that Castellanos was devoted to their two sons.


Rock Springs man charged with attempted murder

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A Rock Springs man is accused of beating his girlfriend and trying to kill her by speeding toward oncoming traffic.

Fifty-year-old Steven Dean McLaren made his first court appearance by video on Wednesday. Among the offenses he’s been charged with are attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, McLaren was driving with his girlfriend, Jennifer Evans, on Monday when Evans said he began screaming at her. She said he attempted to strike an oncoming pickup truck while going 80 mph and later stopped in the path of oncoming tractor-trailer and told her “they were going to die today.”

McLaren is being held at the Sweetwater County Detention Center. It’s not clear whether he has a lawyer yet.


Jury convicts Gillette man of child sexual abuse

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Campbell County jury has found a Gillette man guilty of five counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

The Gillette News Record reports the verdict came Tuesday after a two-day trial.

Prosecutors charged the man with abusing his girlfriend’s daughter in 2012, when she was 13 and he was in his early 30s. The man faces up to 50 years in prison on each count when sentenced later.

A paternity test showed the man fathered a child with the victim.

The girl’s mother testified she knew her boyfriend was abusing her daughter. The mother is serving a prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual abuse.

The newspaper didn’t identify the man or the mother because releasing their names could identify the victim.


Cowgirls play in semis of Mountain West tourney

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Wyoming Cowgirls have advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West basketball tournament for the third consecutive year.

The Cowgirls will meet top-seed Colorado State on Friday at 1 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Wyoming is 20-10 overall after a 61-56 win over Boise State in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Kayla Woodward leads the Cowgirls with 16.6 points and 7 rebounds a game, followed by Fallon Lewis with 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds.

The Rams are 24-6 overall and the tournament’s top seed. They beat Utah State 72-67 in the quarterfinals.

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