Region In Brief
Nevada Democrats top GOP in August registrations
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada Democrats increased a voter registration lead over Republicans in August. Figures released Tuesday by the secretary of state's office show Democrats registered 12,163 voters last month, compared with 5,042 voters who registered Republican. Another 6,575 voters registered as non-partisan. The latest numbers give Democrats a 55,716 statewide voter registration advantage over the GOP with two months until the November el...
Radon Education Program hosts info booth Saturday
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program will host a booth at the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 2012 Valley Road Field Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1000 Valley Rd.
Ex-foster dad due in court in Vegas-area case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man once honored for his work as a foster parent is due Friday in a North Las Vegas court to face charges that he sexually abused at least one teenager in his care, authorities said. Marvie Hill, 37, agreed through his attorney to surrender before a justice of the peace on a warrant accusing him of 19 lewdness and one child abuse charge, North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said Thursday. Hill was expected to be booked an...
NV to get $600k in e-book price fixing settlement
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors claiming there was a conspiracy to fix prices of electronic books say Nevada consumers will get up to $600,000 as part of a nationwide settlement. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and her counterparts from 54 other jurisdictions say they’ve come to a $69 million settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Shuster. Officials say the money will be paid to consumers who bought electron...
Foreclosures are 43 percent of NV home sales in Q2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Foreclosure sales accounted for 43 percent of all home sales in Nevada in the second quarter, tying Georgia for the highest percentage in the nation. The findings released Thursday by RealtyTrac come even though Nevada is seeing a drop in overall foreclosure activity. Nevada saw almost 9,700 foreclosed homes sell between April and June, which is down about 25 percent from the first three months of the year and down almost 33 p...
Committee backs higher ed funding boosting south
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legislative committee is supporting a Board of Regents-sponsored college funding plan that would shift money from northern Nevada schools south. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the committee decided to back the proposal Wednesday. The measure will be forwarded to the full Legislature for the 2013 session. The two-year proposal would be based on the number of students who complete courses, rather than the number of stude...
Truck runs over worker’s legs on I-80 near Elko
ELKO (AP) — A truck ran over a worker’s legs in a work zone on Interstate 80 in the Elko area. The accident happened Monday morning while 50-year-old Billi Jo Smith was moving a traffic cone. The Nevada Highway patrol says Smith appeared to fall under a truck trailer that was involved in the road work. The Elko Daily Free Press reports the truck was driving slowly, just 5 mph. Smith was flown to University of Utah Hospital for surgery on her a...
Washington woman dead in northern Nevada crash
CARSON CITY (AP) — A 65-year-old woman from Washington is dead after a rollover crash in the Washoe Valley north of Carson City. Nevada Highway Patrol officials say the woman was killed in the crash about 6 p.m. Monday on alternate U.S. Route 395, near Bowers Mansion. Her name hasn’t yet been released. Trooper Barbara Stapleton says the woman was driving a Volkswagen Jetta south when it crossed over the median, overcorrected and struck an emba...
Authorities ID 5 victims of Tahoe plane crash
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the five victims of a single-engine plane crash near South Lake Tahoe include a Fresno trucking company owner and a 6-year-old girl. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday that dental records helped identify the two couples and the child killed in the late Saturday crash. They were 60-year-old Harold Cardwell, 41-year-old Kin Cardwell, 43-year-old Francisco De La Mora, 39-year-old Lore...