Bail reduction sought in Sparks trespass slaying

A 73-year-old former schoolteacher accused of killing an unarmed trespasser in Northern Nevada should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said.

Reid, Heller talk immigration in joint interview

CARSON CITY – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller said in a joint interview that the nation would not have the current crisis with the flood of people crossing the border from Mexico and Central America if the House had passed the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill.

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State ACT scores rise above national average

Nevada public schools have at last risen above the lowest-performing states, according to a national report on ACT scores that also puts Nevada’s 2014 class above the national average. But the accolades come with a caveat included in the ACT report released Wednesday.




Beer tastings become the toast of Downtown Container Park

The third and final installment of Motley Brews’ Open Container summer beer tasting series is scheduled for 9 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St., and organizers are hoping locals will check out the shopping venue and the wide variety of craft brews.