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 By Scott Sonner    Regional    May 31, 2020

Bid to halt Nevada oil drilling in sage grouse habitat

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say the Trump administration's approval of exploratory drilling for oil in sage grouse habitat on federal land in eastern Nevada violates its own protection guidelines and ignores concerns raised by scientists abo...

 
 By Scott Sonner    Regional    May 10, 2020

Biggest US solar project approved in Nevada despite critics

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of...

 

No one to vote? Nevada Democrats puzzle over empty precinct

RENO, Nev. (AP) — What if a neighborhood precinct was voting in Nevada's presidential caucuses and nobody came? Democrats in one county were left scratching their heads about the possibility they had stumbled onto a phantom precinct during the part...

 

New deal with mining company to protect rare Nevada plant

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere...

 

Trump's pick for energy boss answers Nevada's nuke concerns

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to become the next U.S. energy secretary pledged Thursday to uphold his predecessor’s promise to begin removing weapons-grade plutonium the government secretly shipped last year to a security site...

 

Scientists monitoring swarm of 60 small quakes north of Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists are keeping a close eye on a swarm of dozens of small earthquakes that have been recorded in recent days in Sun Valley north of Reno, along with a larger quake earlier this month south of Reno. A sequence of 60...

 

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to...

 

Genealogy site, DNA used to help solve decades-old murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help identify a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer who confessed to three other murders, investigators said...

 

Nevada woman is the 6th to accuse Arias of sexual misconduct

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The longtime director of the international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct. Carina Black said in...

 

US secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Wednesday that it secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada months ago despite the state's protests. The Justice Department notified...

 

Single operator runs multiple drones in Reno for first time

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The city of Reno confirmed the first successful deliveries by multiple drones steered by a single operator under a federal program fast-tracking regulatory approval for unmanned aerial vehicles nationwide. City officials...

 

Defamation lawsuit over alleged fake Western painting tossed

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit a Western art collector filed against a prestigious auction house and the owner of a Reno gallery who claimed an early 20th century cowboy painting he sold for $750,000 was a...

 

Ex-Tesla worker accused of hacking seeks $1M in counterclaim

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former Tesla Inc. employee at the electric car maker's battery plant in Nevada is seeking at least $1 million in defamation damages after it accused him of sabotage, hacking into computers and stealing confidential information...

 

Crews gain more control over Nevada fire visible from space

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lighter winds brought some relief Wednesday to crews working to contain a wildfire in northern Nevada that is so big it can be seen from space. The flames were nearly halfway contained and no populated areas were threatened, the N...

 

AP Exclusive: Water delivery suspended in Nevada mine battle

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It was an uncharacteristically urgent demand at a U.S. Superfund site where the cleanup of an abandoned World War II-era mine has dragged on for two decades and progress is measured, at best, in years. Atlantic Richfield, owner...

 

Bundy: Judge did US government a favor by throwing out case

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Southern Nevada rancher and state's rights activist Cliven Bundy said Friday a judge in Las Vegas did the U.S. government a favor last month when she threw out his criminal case stemming from an armed standoff with federal agent...

 

Shoes, bags, even dentures lost at Burning Man await owners

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lindsay Weiss once lost her cellphone and got it back, so she and a friend knew what they had to do when they discovered a camera during the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert — even though it meant giving up their covete...

 

AP Exclusive: Training on vet suicides set at Nevada prisons

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Four months after he enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18, John Morse IV was on the front lines in Iraq training the sights of laser range finders on combat targets to be shelled. For the next four years, the fire-support specialist wa...

 

Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given northern Nevada's largest public transit system the green light to begin recording audio along with video surveillance on city buses despite objections from the bus drivers' union that it's an illegal inv...

 

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage....

 

Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the...

 

Critics: Utah horse meeting is secretive 'slaughter summit'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swollen populations of federally-protected wild horses roaming 10 Western states are starved and damaging rangelands, Utah and U.S. government officials said at a conference Wednesday, an invitation-only meeting that...

 

O.J. Simpson will get his freedom, but then what?

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — When O.J. Simpson gets out of prison in October for his first taste of freedom in nine years, he will have the mementos he was convicted of stealing in a Las Vegas heist, his guaranteed NFL pension and, with any luck, certain...

 
 By Scott Sonner    Regional    July 14, 2017

Nevada adopts emergency rules to combat pot bottleneck

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada moved Thursday to reduce supply problems at recreational marijuana stores that have faced overwhelming demand for newly legal pot and the possibility of their shelves going empty. Regulators approved emergency rules...

 
 By Scott Sonner    Regional    May 26, 2017

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for...

 

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