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Jul 16, 2014 - The Associated Press

Lottery set to begin Aug. 24

CHEYENNE -- With the launch of the Wyoming Lottery just over a month away, the Wyoming Lottery Commission is working on last-minute details.

The commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss policies, marketing and other items.

The state is set to start selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on Aug. 24. It is Wyoming's first foray into the lottery frenzy that has become a fixture in most other states.

The lottery is expected to net about $6 million a year for Wyoming after expenses and prizes. The first $6 million of proceeds will go to local governments.

Anything above that total goes to a school fund.

Climber killed on Grand Teton

JACKSON -- Authorities say a climber has been killed on the Grand Teton in northwestern Wyoming.

Details were sketchy but Grand Teton National Park officials say the woman apparently fell at about 8 a.m. Monday. Her name and hometown weren't immediately released.

The woman was with a guide on the 13,770-foot mountain, the highest in the park and the second-highest in Wyoming.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says a second person suffered serious injuries in a separate incident Monday.

Skaggs said that person slid 150 feet down a slope along the Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon hiking loop. The person's name wasn't immediately released, and it was unclear if it was a climbing or hiking accident.

Crash closes I-80 near border

SALT LAKE CITY -- Authorities say Good Samaritans help pull an injured truck driver to safety after a fiery crash that temporarily closed Interstate 80 near the Utah-Wyoming border.

Tyler Rowser of the North Summit Fire Department tells KSL a semitrailer carrying cleaning chemicals and about 500 car batteries had parked on the shoulder after it blew a tire Wednesday morning. Authorities say another truck hit the back of the stopped trailer at about 5 a.m. and both went up in flames.

Rowser said other motorists who witnessed the crash pulled the driver out of the parked truck. The Salt Lake Tribune reports he was airlifted to University Hospital in critical condition.

New Senator takes office

CHEYENNE -- Dave Kinskey has been sworn in to the Wyoming Senate to replace the late John Schiffer.

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice James Burke administered the oath of office Tuesday morning at the Wyoming Capitol.