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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a series of greenhouses are pictured at the University of Nevada, Reno, where a rare desert wildflower is growing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there's enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada's desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as U.S. endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

AP Exclusive: Mine consultant agreed Nevada plant in danger

Aug. 4, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that new documents show could jeopardize the project. The unusually...

Nevada football star, coach, AD Dick Trachock dies at age 94

Aug. 3, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Dick Trachok, whose athletic career at the University of Nevada, Reno spanned parts of nine decades as a star running back, coach and athletic director, has died. He was 94. Trachock died Sunday at his daughter’s Reno home, his son, Rick Trachock, said. The U.S. Army Air Corps...

Critics want racist senator's name stripped from Reno park

Aug. 2, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Residents have launched an effort to rename a southwest Reno park honoring a U.S. senator from Nevada best known as the father of the first major irrigation project in the West in the early 1900s but who — unbeknownst to most — also believed Black people shouldn’t be...

A member of the Nevada National Guard performs a temperature check during the second day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 in Carson City, Nev.. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada passes policing bills, including a ban on chokeholds

Aug. 2, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada took its first steps toward joining the growing number of state Legislatures throughout the United States that have revisited laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck. The state...

Remains of WWII pilot returned to family in northern Nevada

Aug. 1, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The remains of a World War II pilot whose aircraft was shot down over Italy have been returned to his family in northern Nevada. Italian citizens near the town of Bolzano later came across the plane wreckage and the apparent gravesite. The remains were recovered in 2017 and identified...

Trial set for man charged in fatal beating at Reno casino

Aug. 1, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man accused of killing a woman at hotel and casino in Reno last year is scheduled for trial in March 2021. Tevin Johnson, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder during a virtual arraignment hearing at the Second Judicial District Court earlier this week, the Reno Gazette Journal...

This photo taken July 13, 2020 at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park shows a stretch of the lake's northeast shore looking north from Sand Harbor toward Incline Village, Nev.  Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity took a dive last year, worsening by about 8 feet during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continue to pose restoration challenges. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity worsens amid wet winter

Jul. 31, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe’s fluctuating clarity got worse last year during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continued to pose restoration challenges for the famed clear water of the mountain lake straddling the California-Nevada line. The...

Reno-Sparks schools to reopen Aug. 17; health boss fearful

Jul. 29, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick said Wednesday he’s concerned and disappointed that the county school board has decided to stick with plans to reopen school classrooms for in-person learning Aug. 17 in the face of new record levels of coronavirus cases in Reno and...

Washoe County mulls delaying classroom teaching

Jul. 28, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County School Board began approving money on Tuesday it will need to reopen schools for students in the Reno-Sparks area and safely instruct them in the months ahead amid growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The panel also signed off on the county’s...

Sheriff threatens library that drafted diversity statement

Jul. 28, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

RENO, Nevada (AP) — A Nevada sheriff posted a letter on his office's website telling his county's library to not bother calling 911 for help anymore after the library considered supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley posted the letter after the Douglas County...