Good afternoon! Here’s a look at 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.
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SOVEREIGN CITIZENS-POLICE PLOT
LAS VEGAS — A 68-year-old former paralegal who was accused of plotting to kill Las Vegas police officers to advance an anti-government sovereign citizen philosophy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and a judge set her free. Devon Newman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit false imprisonment. Prosecutors in September dropped the two most serious charges — conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping with a weapon. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — Leaders from around the West are meeting to strategize about wildfire management. Governors from several states are expected to discuss ways to prevent and put out wildfires during the annual winter meeting of the Western Governors Association Thursday. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m. PST.
WESTERN GOVERNORS-WILDLIFE HABITAT
RENO, Nev. — The Western Governors’ Association unveils a wildlife habitat mapping project that will make it easier to chart paths across large landscapes where developers can expect the least resistance for highways, power lines, gold mines, wind farms and more. The new database will connect 16 western states from California to Oklahoma. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CARSON CITY — Members of the board overseeing Nevada’s health insurance exchange were surprised and annoyed Thursday to learn of problems still plaguing the state’s online insurance portal. The problems came after one man told the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board that he selected a policy to purchase but repeatedly had his credit card rejected. Christopher Thompson, former administrator for the state Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, said his many attempts to contact someone by phone or email were unsuccessful. “Overall, I called the call center about 100 times in the past 10 days,” Thompson said. When he tried again Wednesday night, he was advised his wait time would be 86 minutes. “I would like to be able to pay my bill today,” he said. “I am totally frustrated at this point.” By Sandra Chereb. SENT 130 words. UPCOMING 420 words by 5 p.m.
LOVELOCK — The last of the six family members who were rescued after two days in subzero temperatures in Nevada’s wilderness left the hospital Thursday with friends and relatives who still can’t believe they survived the ordeal. “The fact they are doing so well and don’t have any frost bite, it’s amazing,” Dr. Douglas Vacek said at Pershing General Hospital in Lovelock. SENT 375 words.
ELEVATOR STABBING-VEGAS HOTEL
LAS VEGAS — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison for stabbing a tourist in a Las Vegas Strip hotel elevator in February. Carlos Heredia apologized to the judge at sentencing Thursday. He previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery causing substantial bodily harm. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2:30 p.m. PST.
LAS VEGAS — A fugitive in the Northern California slaying of his ex-girlfriend told a Las Vegas judge on Thursday that he fears for his safety. But William Carl Gardner III agreed Thursday not to contest his transfer in custody to Yolo County to face murder and probation violation charges. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 250 words, photos.
BOSTON — A lawsuit filed by Caesars Entertainment alleges that Massachusetts Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest in a timely manner and treated the company unfairly during a background check. Las Vegas-based Caesars had been a partner of the Suffolk Downs horse track in a resort casino bid, but it withdrew in October after concerns were raised during the commission’s investigation. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.
The UFC returns to Sacramento on Saturday for an event that might as well be called the Team Alpha Male Invitational. Four fighters from coach Duane Ludwig’s squad are on the card in their hometown, including flyweight title contender Joseph Benavidez and fan favorite Urijah Faber. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. PST.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
LAS VEGAS — Day 8 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas where top cowboys compete for championships in seven different events and $6.25 million in prize money. By Keith Freeman. UPCOMING: 350 words.
— NEVADA JOBLESS — Nevada officials say people receiving federal jobless benefits should keep filing weekly claims in case Congress acts early next year to continue the program.
— BOYFRIEND’S CLOTHES BURNED-VEGAS — A Las Vegas-area home suffered thousands of dollars in damages after a woman apparently set her boyfriend’s clothes on fire in a bathtub after they got in a fight.
— UNT PRESIDENT — The University of North Texas board has officially named the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as its next leader.
— RENO LAWYER-IMMIGRATION — A Reno attorney who helped arrange a marriage for his girlfriend so she could remain in the United States has been sentenced to three years of probation and fined $3,000.
— HOMELESS MAN DEATH — An autopsy is planned on a homeless man in his late 50s who was found dead in a Reno park.
— RENO BURGLARY-CRAIGSLIST — A Reno man has been arrested after a victim saw his stolen items for sale on Craigslist and called police.
— FATAL HIT-RUN-RENO — Reno police say a 35-year-old woman suspected of a hit-and-run turned herself in after seeing reports of the man’s death in the media.
— DOUBLE FATAL-PASSING SEMITRAILER — Authorities say two people died in a head-on crash after a man tried to pass a semitrailer near the Nevada-Idaho border.
— PEDESTRIAN KILLED-VEGAS — Police say a 53-year-old man is dead after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Las Vegas.
— UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-GLANCE — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 last week.
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