BC-NV–Nevada News Coverage Advisory, NV

Good afternoon! Here’s an update on how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Tom Tait in Las Vegas at (702) 382-7440 or ttait@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

RENO COUNCIL-PRAYER

RENO, Nev. — A coalition of multi-faith religious leaders asked Reno Mayor Bob Cashell on Tuesday to resume the practice of opening city council meetings with a prayer, a tradition that has been replaced with a moment of silence in recent years due in part to concerns about the constitutional separation of church and state. Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed and a dozen other leaders of different faiths told Cashell invocations are standard practice at many councils across Nevada, including Sparks, Carson City, Boulder City, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas. Representatives of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Wiccan beliefs also said they believe that by offering prayers that don’t speak to a specific religion, they can pass constitutional muster. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m. PST.

SIERRA-BEAR POACHERS

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe. Authorities say 43-year-old Jason Wilkison of Grass Valley and 54-year-old Christopher Nunley of North San Juan were the targets of a five-month-long poaching investigation. SENT: 415 words.

HEALTH EXCHANGE-NEVADA

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s health insurance exchange has signed up a mere 513 people since it went live Oct. 1, less than one-half percent of the overall enrollment target set for the state-run online insurance market mandated by the federal health care law. By Sandra Chereb. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m. PST.

MEDICARE-NEVADA DEBT

CARSON CITY — Squaring up with the Internal Revenue Service is never pleasant, but a Nevada board Tuesday jumped at the chance to repay $1.7 million in Medicare payroll taxes owed for judges and some other employees that haven’t been paid in more than two decades. By Sandra Chereb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m. PST.

SUNPORT-SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Airport officials are bracing for significant Southwest Airlines flight losses next year when part of a federal law expires that now forces many flights to or from Dallas Love Field to land in Albuquerque. The provision known as the Wright Amendment only allows direct flights to or from Love Field to destinations within Texas and nearby states. It has benefited Albuquerque because Southwest flights headed farther west have needed to land here before sending passengers on to destinations like Los Angeles or Las Vegas. SENT: 350 words.

TOUR BUSES-SEATBELTS

WASHINGTON — After a drunken driver on a California highway slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers. Over the years, the National Transportation Safety Board has repeated its call for seat belts or some other means to keep passengers in their seats during crashes involving the large buses used for tours, charters and intercity passenger service. About half of all such motorcoach fatalities are the result of rollovers, and about 70 percent of those killed in rollover accidents were ejected from the bus. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 1000 words, AP Photo WX107.

TRIBES-PUBLIC SAFETY

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A national panel of judicial and law enforcement experts traveled the country taking comment on public safety issues on American Indian reservations, where federal statistics show the violent crime rates can be 20 times the national average. In Palm Springs, Calif., the Law and Order Commission heard about the patchwork of legal systems imposed on tribal members. In Alaska, commissioners talked with a leader who told them each of the dozens of Native women they had met that day had been raped. In Phoenix, they heard from Navajo police who said drunken drivers often travel onto the vast reservation. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 450 words.

SPORTS:

BKC–UC SANTA BARBARA-UNLV

LAS VEGAS — UNLV hosts UC Santa Barbara at the Thomas & Mack Center. By W.G. Ramirez. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos. Game: 7 p.m. PST.

GLF–3-TOUR CHALLENGE

HENDERSON, Nev. — The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other for bragging rights and a share of a $1 million dollar purse. Jason Day, Billy Horschel, and Boo Weekley will represent the PGA Tour at Rio Secco Golf Club against an LPGA Tour team of Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr, and Natalie Gulbis and a Champions PGA Tour team of Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, and Kenny Perry. By Keith Freeman. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6 p.m. PT.

IN BRIEF:

— SAME-SEX WEDDING-ASSEMBLYMAN — Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin says he married his longtime domestic partner over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

— 11-12-13 WEDDINGS-VEGAS — Las Vegas wedding chapels are seeing a spike in traffic as couples try to land a memorable 11/12/13 wedding date.

— HIKER DEATH — Authorities have identified a 52-year-old man who died during hike on Veterans Day at Red Rock Canyon.

— HEPATITIS EXPOSURE-RELIGION QUESTIONS — A lawyer and a judge have stepped down from a high-profile Las Vegas hepatitis C case after an attorney raised concerns that they were both leaders in the Mormon Church.

— GRAND CANYON FLOODING — The Department of the Interior has started another high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona.

— SIERRA SKI RESORTS — Some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts have been busy making snow and say they don’t plan to delay their scheduled openings despite recent temperatures more favorable for golf than skiing.

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