Nevada judge refuses to toss ‘Shovel Brigade’ deal
LAS VEGAS — A federal judge on Monday refused to grant a request by environmentalists to throw out a settlement agreement between the federal government and local officials in Elko County that would legitimize the existence of a controversial road in northern Nevada. The decision by U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt means the 13-year-old case is likely to grind on for some time yet unless those involved reach a new agreement. Hunt encouraged a...
Taking care of our own
A 36-star American flag, signifying Nevada’s declaration of statehood, hangs widespread in a glass display case at the back of the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. The 36th star was sewn on the flag in 1865, one year after Nevada’s admittance to the union, and its faded colors and tattered edges prove its timeworn fashion.
Murder suspect’s lawyer opposes police videos
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have taken down an online video they made in which an officer calls a murder suspect an “animal.” They did so after attorney Alzora Jackson complained to a judge. Jackson represents 65-year-old Nathan Burkett, who is accused in two cold-case slayings. Jackson filed a motion in an arraignment hearing Thursday seeking to require police to take down two videos. Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman didn’t rule on t...
Reno air race gets longer name in nod to sponsors
RENO (AP) — The Reno Air Races competition is getting a longer name in a nod to sponsors donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the event alive. The Nevada Commission on Tourism on Wednesday christened the race “TravelNevada.com Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show Presented by Breitling.” The change comes after the tourism commission offered up a three-year, $600,000 sponsorship that will be paid by surplus room tax mo...
CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C
ATLANTA (AP) — All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday. It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don’t know they’re harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans. More than 15,000 Americans die each year from hepati...
Wash. residents worry and wait as wildfire burns
YAKIMA, Wash. — Some residents forced to flee a large central Washington fire were allowed to return to their homes Thursday, while firefighters in rural Idaho protected two threatened towns and thousands of crew members worked wildfires across California. The Taylor Bridge Fire about 75 miles east of Seattle has burned across an estimated 22,000 acres, roughly 35 square miles, of diverse terrain, ranging from dry grasses to sagebrush and thic...
Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes
GREER, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that he has never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade. But he declined anew to release the records that would prove it. “I did go back and look at my taxes and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So I paid taxes every single year,” Romney told reporters ...
Biden vs Ryan: No. 2s key in White House campaign
DENVER — Paul Ryan likes exercise, budget charts and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Biden likes train rides, foreign policy and talking — a lot. In some ways, these presidential ticket No. 2s could not be more different. They are separated in age by nearly three decades, were born to families in different regions of the country and have views on opposite ends of the political spectrum. But in other ways, the 42-year-old Republican congressman and ...
Debate joined on Medicare; Romney, Obama go at it
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama in person and in TV advertising Tuesday of cutting Medicare “to pay for Obamacare,” launching a strong counterattack to Democratic charges that he and running mate Paul Ryan would radically remake the popular health care program that serves tens of millions of seniors. The charge drew a blistering response from Obama’s campaign, which labeled the ad dishonest and hypocritical. Obama “has ...