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No pardons issued yet for low-level marijuana convictions

Jul. 8, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three weeks after Nevada announced the state would unconditionally pardon people who were convicted of possessing a small amount of pot, no pardons have been issued. Denise Davis, the executive secretary of the State Board of Pardons Commissions, said Wednesday that the forms people can...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony FauciĀ speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Fauci cautiously optimistic on COVID vaccine

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The leading U.S. infectious disease expert says he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine with some degree of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a U.N. event Wednesday that Moderna’s...

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...

Reno council ends live public comment at virtual meetings

Jul. 8, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno City Council will no longer allow live public comment during virtual city council meetings after five people used the forum to make vulgar or racist comments or bomb threats during a June meeting. City spokesman Jon Humbert told the Reno Gazette Journal that members of the public...

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...

This undated photo provided by the Nevada Highway Patrol shows Sgt. Ben Jenkins, 47, a medal of valor winner who was shot and killed by a motorist early Friday, March 27, 2020, on U.S. 93 near Ely, Nevada. (Nevada Highway Patrol via AP)

Flags at half-staff to honor slain Highway Patrol sergeant

Jul. 8, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered that flags at state buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of a Highway Patrol sergeant killed in March in the line of duty. Sisolak said in a statement that he ordered the honor “as a mark of solemn respect and...

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

Evacuation notices issued due to Nevada wildfire now lifted

Jul. 8, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Nevada's Douglas County have lifted evacuation notices that were prompted by a wildfire southeast of Lake Tahoe near the California line. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the fire had grown to 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) with containment...

1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Lake Tahoe

Jul. 7, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A small plane crashed Tuesday near South Lake Tahoe, killing one person on board and leaving another with major injuries, authorities said. The single-engine Cessna crashed shortly before 3:30 p.m. in a wooded area in uninincorporated Meyers about two miles southwest of Lake...

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...

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

Wildfire near border more than triples; homes threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada wildfire burning out of control near the California line more than tripled in size on Tuesday, closing a U.S. highway, forcing evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the flames from the air and on the ground. The fire that broke...