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Nevada plans no immediate changes as COVID-19 cases spike

Oct. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s rate of coronavirus infections is steadily rising again. But state officials are reluctant to blame relaxed guidelines and say there is no reason yet to consider stricter measures. “We’re not at that point now,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said Tuesday....

Nevada's early voting numbers suggest shift to mail votes

Oct. 19, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With more than two weeks until the election, more than twice as many Nevada voters have returned ballots by mail than in the entire 2016 election. Nearly 176,000 voters have returned ballots mailed to them in early October, election officials reported Monday. In 2016, less than...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, file photo a poll worker displays

Despite past Democratic wins, Trump making a play for Nevada

Oct. 18, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats have kept Nevada in their column in every presidential election since 2004. In the 2018 midterm election, Democrats delivered a “blue wave,” flipping a U.S. Senate seat and bolstering their dominance of the congressional delegation and Legislature. But this year,...

October rise in Nevada COVID positivity after 2-month drop

Oct. 16, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 has continued to rise following a steady two-month decline after Gov. Steve Sisolak raised the size limit for public gatherings. The 14-day rolling average for the positivity rate — which measures community transmission of the...

Governor's staff returns to work after virus quarantines

Oct. 15, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — All staff members who came in contact with a colleague in Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office who tested positive for COVID-19 have completed quarantines and returned to work, aides to the governor said Thursday. None of the other staffers tested positive during the quarantines that began...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020, photo taken through a tinted car window, a technician takes a nasal swab for a new coronavirus detection test at a drive-thru testing facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. U.S. diplomats and security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and Chinese government involvement, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

US warned Nevada not to use Chinese COVID tests from UAE

Oct. 15, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. diplomats and security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and Chinese government involvement, documents obtained by The...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks wearing a face mask themed after the Vegas Golden Knights' mascot Chance the Golden Gila Monster during a news conference in Las Vegas. Trick-or-treating has been canceled this year at the Nevada governor's mansion due to the coronavirus pandemic, and state health officials are advising people marking Halloween and El Día de los Muertos to avoid large gatherings. Sisolak said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, the mansion will be decorated but the annual festivities will not take place to keep staff and visitors safe. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, Pool, File)

Halloween canceled at Nevada governor's mansion over virus

Oct. 14, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Trick-or-treating at the Nevada governor’s mansion has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, and state health officials are advising people marking Halloween and Día de los Muertos to avoid large gatherings. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday that his...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nevada is paying another $2.85 million to Woods, who spent almost 34 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence, the state attorney general announced Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Woods, now 70, also received a Certificate of Innocence in the 1976 murder of a University of Nevada, Reno student, Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Nevada pays $2.85M to woman wrongly imprisoned for decades

Oct. 12, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is paying another $2.85 million to a woman who spent almost 34 years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence, the state attorney general announced Monday. Cathy Woods, now 70, also received a Certificate of Innocence in the 1976...

Harry Reid endorses Ozzie Fumo in Nevada Supreme Court race

Oct. 12, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is endorsing a state Assembly member against a longtime state court judge in their race for an open seat on the Nevada Supreme Court. Ozzie Fumo announced Monday he received Reid’s backing in the race against Clark County...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage listens during a press conference with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak at the state Capitol in Carson City, Nev. Nevada's COVID-19 response director has said that he had tested positive for the virus last week after developing flu-like symptoms during the prior weekend. After Cage got the test result, employees in the governor's office started working from home. People who came into contact with Cage were also tested, including Gov. Steve Sisolak. The governor and the others tested negative. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool, File)

Nevada COVID-19 director confirms he tested positive

Oct. 12, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Caleb Cage, Nevada's pandemic response director, said Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 last week after developing flu-like symptoms during the prior weekend. “I share my story with all of you now in hopes to remind Nevadans that the mitigation measures can work....