BC-NV–Nevada News Coverage Advisory, NV

Good morning! 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

CULINARY UNION CONTRACT

LAS VEGAS — Union workers at Las Vegas Strip casinos owned by MGM Resorts International overwhelmingly approved a five-year contract Wednesday that will affect some 26,000 waiters, bartenders, housekeepers and other employees. The agreement, which keeps health benefit costs flat for employees and aims to bring back workers laid off from eateries shuttered in the recession, passed with about 97 percent approval from participating members of Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165. By Michelle Rindels. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon PST.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-NEVADA

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s insurance commissioner and director of health and human services appear before an interim legislative committee Thursday to brief lawmakers on implementation of federal health care reform. One big question that remains unanswered is whether Nevada will allow people who had their insurance policies canceled continue them for another year. By Sandra Chereb. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

INTERSTATE SLOT JACKPOTS

LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators are being asked to let slot makers for the first time widen their prize pools by offering mega-lottery sized jackpots across state lines. The proposal up for approval Thursday by the Nevada Gaming Commission could propel games offered by slot giants like Bally Technologies and IGT into what one analyst called “life-changing jackpot range.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m. PST.

BALLY-SHFL BUYOUT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada regulators are being asked to approve a buyout by Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies Inc. of a rival casino device company formerly known as ShuffleMaster. UPCOMING: 200 words by noon PST.

LATIN GRAMMYS

The 14th annual Latin Grammys will broadcast Thursday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas with a chorus of voices recognizable to both English- and Spanish- speaking music fans. The awards show will be broadcast on Univision and hosted by Mexican singer-actress Lucero. The ceremony will include 48 awards in 19 categories. By Raquel Maria Dillon. SENT: 250 words. Will be updated from show

INTERNET GAMBLING

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For the first time, people in New Jersey will be able to click a mouse or swipe a screen to gamble online. A five-day trial period of Internet gambling begins at 6 p.m. Thursday when players invited by casinos to test their systems make real-money bets online. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 420 words, AP Photos RPWP101, RPWP102, RPWP103.

SPORTS:

ADDS: FBC–UNLV-AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The struggling Air Force Falcons (2-8) host UNLV (5-5) on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game begins at 7:30 p.m. MST.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOLGIRL ATTACK-VEGAS — A Las Vegas judge is scheduled to hear evidence against an ex-convict from California accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl from a school bus stop from raping her at knifepoint.

— CREDIT SCORE SCAM-VEGAS — Authorities in Las Vegas say three men are sought on felony charges alleging they ran an illegal credit repair mill with victims in southern Nevada, the Los Angeles area and New York.

— FOSTER MOM INDICTED — A 36-year-old former Las Vegas foster mother is facing a felony child neglect charge after police say she left a 2-year-old child in the care of a man accused of badly injuring him.

— LAKE MEAD TUNNEL — Las Vegas-area water officials may push back by more than a year the completion date for the so-called “third straw” drinking water intake from Lake Mead.

— PREPAID TUITION — Open enrollment begins Dec. 1 for Nevada’s prepaid tuition program, designed to let parents, grandparents or other family members pay for a child’s future college education at current rates.

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