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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LAS VEGAS — Clogs at state courthouses have court administrators making a case for Nevada voters to approve a constitutional amendment in 2014 to create a statewide appellate court. “The numbers show the unrelenting demand for court services in Nevada,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering said in a statement accompanying the release on Tuesday of an Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 475 words.
CARSON CITY — Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners discusses a new law requiring the Department of Prisons director to request an autopsy when an inmate dies, provided the family doesn’t object within 72 hours after the death. By Sandra Chereb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m. PST.
CASINO ROOM SLAYING-VEGAS
LAS VEGAS — Police say a 22-year-old self-described exchange student from Latvia is being held on a murder charge after another man was fatally injured in a room at an off-Strip casino. Matejs Balodis told police after his arrest at the South Point Casino that the man found unconscious with bloody face and head injuries had been trying to rob him. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: About 250 words, photo by 4pm Pacific.
DETROIT — Four states will be using new technology this winter that federal officials say they hope will reduce traffic crashes and save on road maintenance costs. Called the Pikalert Enhanced Maintenance Decision Support System, it’s being deployed on highways across Michigan, Minnesota and Nevada, as well as on Long Island, N.Y. If EMDSS passes certain tests, the technology will be transferred to private vendors and become available to additional states in time for next winter. SENT: 360 words.
INMATE PHONE CALLS
CARSON CITY — A new order by federal regulators will make it less expensive for inmates to call family and friends but also leave a $650,000 shortfall in the budget for various inmate programs, the Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners was told Tuesday. By Sandra Chereb. UPCOMING 350 words by 3 p.m.
CARSON CITY — An analysis of Nevada’s mental health system ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval following a series of critical reports about busing mentally ill patients out of state found that a patchwork of services and lack of funding has compounded the state’s mental health system for years. By Sandra Chereb. UPCOMING 350 words by 4 p.m.
SQUAW VALLEY-EXPANSION FIGHT
RENO, Nev. — Squaw Valley ski resort says its scaling back its expansion plans to meet concerns of critics in the Sierra just north of Lake Tahoe. Operators of the mountain resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say they’ve decided to build fewer hotel-condominium units — 750 instead of about 1,100. They’re also cutting plans for new hotel bedrooms from nearly 2,220 to about 1,500. One conservation watchdog said Tuesday he’s encouraged the public’s voice is being heard but that all they’ve seen so far are “some pretty pictures and some colorful claims that promises to make things better than the failed 2011 plan.” By Scott Sonner. SENT: 550 words.
DETROIT — Four states will be using new technology this winter that federal officials say they hope will reduce traffic crashes and save on road maintenance costs. Sensors are going on snowplows in an effort to continually measure road and weather conditions. SENT: 350 words.
— SPARKS NUGGET-GILLEY’S SALOON — The cowboy-themed Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall and BBQ is coming to northern Nevada for the first time.
— TAX CASE-SENTENCE — A former Las Vegas strip club shift manager who was among 16 people to take a plea deal in 2006 to end a federal racketeering investigation has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to properly report personal income.
— POLICE SHOOTING-SUICIDAL MAN — Authorities say a suicidal man is recovering after being shot by officers in Las Vegas.
— GENERIC PAINKILLERS-ABUSE DETERRENT — Nevada’s top prosecutor is joining an effort to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.
— BEATING DEATH-LAUGHLIN STRIP — Police say a man who was found beaten in the casino corridor in Laughlin last week succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
— PEDESTRIAN DEATH-VEGAS — A woman is dead in a freak accident after a van knocked down a light pole that then fell on her.
— TIMESHARE FRAUD — A father and son from Nevada have pleaded guilty in Texas over a nearly $7 million timeshare resale scam that bilked about 1,000 people.
— ELY TIMES-MANAGING EDITOR RESIGNS — Owners of The Ely Times say managing editor Lukas Eggen has resigned his position at the northeast Nevada newspaper to become the sports editor of a paper in Oregon.
— JAG DONATION-AT&T — A program aimed at helping at-risk students stay in school and graduate is receiving a boost in Nevada from AT&T.
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