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Jan 14, 2014 - The Associated Press
Soldier killed in Afghanistan
CHEYENNE -- A member of the Wyoming Army National Guard has died while serving in Afghanistan.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday that 27-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams was killed when an MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Afghanistan during a nighttime mission Friday.
Wyoming Military Department spokeswoman Deidre Forster told the newspaper that McAdams was one of three Americans on board but said that details of the crash would be released by the Defense Department.
McAdams is the sixth Wyoming Army National Guard soldier to die in service since the Sept. 11 attacks.
He is a 2004 graduate of Cheyenne's East High School.
Lottery tickets may go on sale by June
CHEYENNE -- The new CEO of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation says tickets could go on sale in the state as early as June.
Jon Clontz told members of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce on Friday the prediction is dependent on how much time is spent on contract negotiations and other factors.
Wyoming residents will be able to buy tickets for two types of multi-state games -- Powerball and Mega Millions -- but not instant-win games like scratch-off tickets.
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is a quasi-government entity that operates as a private business and does not use any state tax money.
Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill last March that cleared the way to start the process of bringing lottery games to Wyoming.
Big jump in Casper air boardings
CASPER -- More than 100,000 passengers used Casper/Natrona County International Airport last year, an 11.9 percent increase over 2012 that has administrators eyeing potential air service and facility expansions.
The airport served 100,124 passengers in 2013, the most since 1987, when the airport served 108,270 passengers. Airport Manager Glenn Januska says with that kind of growth, there's an opportunity for additional flights.
Januska would like to see a currently seasonal flight to Las Vegas through Allegiant Air become a year-round offering, among several other potential new routes. But those decisions ultimately rest with the airlines.
He says the recent increase in passengers is likely the result of an improving economy.
Decapitated man died 48 hours before
CODY -- An autopsy has determined a man whose decapitated body was found in a rural area of northwestern Wyoming likely died two days before his discovery.
The Park County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the identity of the man whose dismembered body was found Thursday by a hunter along the Little Sand Coulee Road, northwest of the town of Powell.
The forensic pathologist estimates the time of death to be Tuesday. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.
A forensic pathologist reports the victim was approximately 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds. The victim was less than 35 year of age and appears to have been an agricultural or ranch worker.
Authorities say the man was of "stocky" build and in good physical condition.
Other states eye Flaming Gorge water
ROCK SPRINGS -- Prolonged drought on the Colorado River system has prompted Wyoming officials to begin planning for the possibility of drawing down water levels in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Officials with the Wyoming State Engineer's Office plan to meet with Sweetwater County commissioners on March 18. They will discuss what could happen if drought conditions continue and it becomes necessary to change reservoir operations.