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Aug 19, 2014 - The Associated Press

Child falls to death in park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

It identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari of Poway, Calif.

According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.

Her body was retrieved around noon Sunday.

The incident remains under investigation.

State still needs temp offices

CHEYENNE -- Managers in charge of renovating the Wyoming Capitol are reconsidering their plans to move some offices into the adjacent Herschler Building, saying construction work there could make it unsafe.

One alternative is moving the governor, treasurer, auditor and secretary of state into the Jonah Financial Center about three miles east of the Capitol.

Still unresolved is where the Legislature will meet. Officials say a hotel and Laramie County Community College were considered but proved unfeasible.

The two-year, $259 million renovation project is scheduled to start next year. It includes upgrading heating, cooling and fire systems and making structural repairs on the 128-year-old building.

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