Hispanic stepfather testifies for defendant in skinhead murder case

The Hispanic stepfather of murder defendant Leland Jones testified Wednesday that the two had a close relationship. “We kept getting closer through the years,” John Sanchez said. Federal prosecutors claim Jones, 33, and co-defendant Ross Hack, 42, were associated with racist skinhead groups when they participated in the deadly shootings of two Las Vegas men in the early morning hours of July 4, 1998.

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Looming highway construction instills commuter dread

Workers won’t put a shovel in the ground for more than a year, but residents and business people who live and work in the neighborhoods around the Spaghetti Bowl already are growing concerned about the state’s Project Neon transportation improvement project. More than 100 people received an update from the Nevada Transportation Department Wednesday on the 3.7-mile, $1.5 billion project that is expected to take at least 20 years to complete.

Psychiatric reimbursement rate increase approved for Nevada hospitals

Nevada officials on Wednesday received the green light from federal officials on a crucial part of the plan to reduce the number of mentally ill patients seeking treatment at valley emergency rooms. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved an increase in the daily psychiatric reimbursement rate from $460 a day to $944 a day, said Dr. Tracey Green, the state’s chief medical officer. The increase is retroactive to July 1.

Man accused of threatening Las Vegas officers on Facebook

A man accused of threatening two Las Vegas Metro officers on Facebook was ordered held on $500,000 bail Wednesday. DeAndre Allen, whom prosecutors said was affiliated with several gangs, was indicted on two counts of aggravated stalking, two counts of stalking with the use of a computer, one count of intimidating a public officer, and two counts of publishing matter inciting breach of peace.

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Utah judge rules in favor of ‘Sister Wives’

A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”

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