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Nevada county health officer against eased cap on gatherings

Sep. 30, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after Gov. Steve Sisolak authorized relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings statewide, Washoe County health officials urged local leaders Wednesday to postpone any changes because of a dramatic spike in new daily cases in Reno-Sparks the last two weeks. Sisolak...

In this Sept. 12, 2020, photo provided by the Center For Biological Diversity, is the scene where thousands of rare desert wildflowers have been dug up at Rhyolite Ridge, about 200 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Federal officials are investigating the destruction of a significant portion of the remaining population of an extremely rare desert wildflower that's being considered for endangered species protection and could jeopardize plans to build a lithium mine in Nevada, the Associated Press has learned.  (Patrick Donnelly/Center For Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit seeks emergency listing of rare Nevada wildflower

Sep. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to try to force the emergency listing of a rare wildflower as an endangered species after much of its population was destroyed at the site of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. The federal lawsuit the Center for Biological...

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak arrives for a news conference at the Grant Sawyer State Building in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The governor provided updates on Nevada's COVID-19 response efforts and adjustments to current capacity limits on gatherings. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, Pool)

Nevada to loosen cap on conventions, concerts and churches

Sep. 29, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is lifting a 50-person cap on public and private gatherings, in a step toward kick-starting conventions, concerts, sports events and trade shows that power the state’s economy, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday. “This is not the end. This is the first step toward...

Renown, Tesla, Panasonic top county list of virus job sites

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Tesla battery factory where Tesla and Panasonic employees work east of Reno, and Renown Regional Medical Center are the job sites where the most coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Washoe County since June, health officials said Monday. Meanwhile, Nevada’s COVID-19...

911 service outages reported in parts of Arizona and Nevada

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities said 911 service was down throughout parts of northern and southern Arizona and Nevada for a brief time Monday night and the cause wasn't immediately clear. In Nevada, Reno police said the cause of the outages was under investigation after 911 was down in the Washoe County, Reno...

Donald Trump Jr. to campaign in Sparks on Wednesday

Sep. 26, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. plans to stump for his father's re-election in northern Nevada next week. President Donald Trump's campaign says his son plans an appearance in Sparks Wednesday at Peterbilt Truck Parts & Equipment. The president drew large crowds in Nevada earlier this month during...

Nevada woman accused of bitcoin murder-for-hire plot

Sep. 26, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal grand jury in California has indicted a Nevada woman accused of trying to hire a hit man on the internet for $5,000 in bitcoin to kill her ex-husband. Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon, is accused of communicating with someone in 2016 on a website that purported to offer...

This photo taken Sept. 20, 2020 shows volunteers with the Reno Burrito Project fashioning burritos for free distribution at spots around Reno. Thirty to 35 pounds of ground beef are used a week to make about 200 burritos. (Andrew Mendez/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

AP Exchange: Homeless food project started with 4 burritos

Sep. 26, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a handful of spots around Reno where homeless folks gather — the old bus station, City Plaza, David Taylor Park, along the Truckee River — free burritos are creating community. The wraps sheathed in foil come courtesy of the Reno Burrito Project, a group founded by Blaize...

This photo by Yasmina Chavez of the Las Vegas Sun, of vehicles lined up to enter the snow-covered Red Rock Canyon following some cold and rainy weather on Dec. 27, 2019, won Photo of the Year honors from the Nevada Press Association Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Las Vegas Review-Journal wins NPA’s general excellence award

Sep. 25, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Press Association released its complete list of 2020 award winners on Thursday and the Las Vegas Review-Journal won the General Excellence Award in the urban category. Review-Journal reporter Arthur Kane won outstanding journalist and photographer L.E. Baskow won visual...

Reno police shooting of armed man in 2019 ruled justified

Sep. 25, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A prosecutor in Nevada has ruled a shooting by a Reno police officer of a repeat felon who ran from a stolen vehicle, fell to the ground and pointed a stolen gun at the officer in 2019 a justified use of deadly force. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks on Friday cleared Officer...