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Study: COVID-19 test results undercount Nevada case numbers

Jul. 8, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first coronavirus antibody study conducted in Nevada suggests COVID-19 test results dramatically underestimate the number of people who actually have been infected by the disease, health officials said Wednesday. The joint study by the Washoe County Health District and researchers at...

Workers install plastic partitions, with a blue removable protective covering, between desks, Monday, June 15, 2020, on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. The partitions are being installed before the expected return of lawmakers to the Statehouse on Wednesday, June 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Special session raises coronavirus concern in Nevada capital

Jul. 8, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A day before the Nevada Legislature convened for a special budget session, Kelly Crompton, a lobbyist for the city of Las Vegas, boarded a Southwest flight and headed north to Carson City. Air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic felt wrong, Compton wrote in a Twitter post . But as...

Battle lines drawn ahead of special legislative session

Jul. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Brian Rippet, a science teacher from Stateline, is furious that Nevada's legislative building will be closed to the public when lawmakers convene for a special session Wednesday to balance the state's budget amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rippet, who also serves as...

Nevada officials implore mask use in bid to stem coronavirus

Jul. 7, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada state and local officials implored people to heed the governor’s directive to wear masks and keep safe distances apart, while acknowledging they await a possible increase in coronavirus cases following Independence Day revelry. Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn...

Nevada businesses, hospitality got $4B in federal loans

Jul. 7, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada business received more than $4 billion in loans under a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Data released by the U.S. Treasury Department this week showed more than 42,000 loans were issued to businesses in the Silver State, with...

Southern Nevada home prices and sales rebound despite virus

Jul. 7, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern Nevada home prices hit a record mark in June and sales increased dramatically from the previous month even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a trade organization report said. The report by the Las Vegas Realtors trade association indicated that fewer homes sold compared to...

Nevada court considering Wynn defamation claim against AP

Jul. 6, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court was asked Monday to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press and an AP reporter based on a story about accounts to Las Vegas police from two women who alleged sexual misconduct by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. In oral arguments, a lawyer for...

McCarran International Airport to get $17 million from feds

Jul. 6, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport will receive federal funding to help with improvements. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Sunday that the nation's eighth busiest airport will get $17 million in grant money for upgrades. It's part of $800 million in infrastructure spending...

Fireworks cause fires; Nevada authorities threaten arrests

Jul. 5, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nye County officials are threatening citations and arrests for illegal fireworks that led to some fires across metro Las Vegas. The county Sheriff’s Office made an online plea Saturday night for people to stop using aerial fireworks. Pahrump Valley firefighters had to respond to...

Lightning strikes rarely kill, but change victims' lives

Jul. 5, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Gauger can remember almost everything from the day that changed his life. He was on a family fishing trip near Woods Canyon Lake in Arizona in August 2014 when lightning struck his back, propelling him 50 feet (15 meters) sideways until he landed face-first in a pile of rocks. The...