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Excessive heat warning in Vegas; record highs at Reno, Tahoe

May. 27, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A heat wave is continuing across the entire state of Nevada, where new record highs have been set at Lake Tahoe and Reno and more records are in jeopardy through Friday from Las Vegas to Elko. Dangerously hot conditions for late May have triggered an excessive heat warning effective...

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, Norma Urrabazo prays while wearing a facemask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas. The Trump administration is warning Nevada's Democratic governor that his plan for reopening the state during recovery from the coronavirus fails to treat religious and secular gatherings equally. In a letter sent Monday, May 25, 2020, to Gov. Steve Sisolak, the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division took issue with the first phase of Sisolak's guidelines for restarting economic and social activity in the state. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

May. 27, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming tourists to return to the glitzy gambling mecca of Las Vegas. “We welcome the visitors from across the country to come here, to have a good time, no different than they did...

Nevada launches system to accept gig workers' weekly claims

May. 23, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has launched a system to accept weekly claims from non-traditional workers for unemployment benefits authorized by the federal government. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced late Saturday morning that residents eligible for the...

AP Exchange: Virus makes Nevadans trip to Peru a wild ride

May. 23, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — When Barbara Land and Tia Flores ventured into Peru’s Amazon rainforest on March 13, they had grand plans to help the people living in the little remote river village of Ayacucho. Land, founder and executive director of the Nevada Building Hope Foundation, and her team of...

FILE - In this March 21, 2020, file photo, a man walks along a usually busy Fremont Street after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly brutal to the tourism-dependent economies of Nevada and Hawaii, lifting the unemployment rate in both states to about one-quarter of the workforce. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada's 28% joblessness is worst in US and in state history

May. 22, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than one-fourth of Nevada’s workers don't have jobs after the state's unemployment rate hit 28.2% in April — the highest in the U.S. and the worst joblessness showing in Nevada history. It's the worst any state has seen since the national jobless rate was estimated at...

This Friday, May 15, 2020, photo provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation shows earthquake damage that has closed U.S. Highway 95 for repairs after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake near Tonopah, Nev. (Nevada Department of Transportation via AP)

Governor declares emergency after big Nevada quake May 15

May. 21, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Seve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency after Nevada's biggest earthquake in 65 years caused significant damage last week to three U.S. highways, including the major route connecting Reno to Las Vegas. Sisolak said his declaration late Thursday will make the state eligible for...

Nevada News Digest

May. 20, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

Good afternoon. Here’s a new, updated 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 the Las Vegas bureau at (702) 382-7440 or A reminder this information is not for publication or...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

Earthquake shakes remote area of western Nevada

May. 20, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) — An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.0 shook a remote area of western Nevada Wednesday morning where a stronger temblor occurred last week. Nye County sheriff's Capt. David Boruchowitz said there were no immediate reports of damage and that the quake was barely felt. The U.S....

Cold rain, snow in northern Nevada before warm, dry weekend

May. 19, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Strong gusty winds, snow in the mountains and rain in the valleys remain in the forecast for most of northern Nevada into Wednesday morning from Lake Tahoe to the Utah line before drier warmer weather returns for the weekend. A winter weather advisory expired at midday Tuesday for much of...