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Severity of Southern Nevada flu season unclear

Southern Nevadans are only at the beginning of the influenza season with no indication of how severe the season might become, a public health spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Justices order study of Nevada prison diets

A panel of the Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower district court and ordered it to compel the state’s chief medical officer to examine and report on the nutritional adequacy of the diet of prison inmates as required by state law.

Nevada justices side with patients in hepatitis outbreak

Patients who were exposed to unsafe injection practices at some health care facilities in Southern Nevada can make a claim for negligence even though they have so far tested negative for hepatitis C or other illnesses, the Nevada Supreme Court said Wednesday.

Reno wins Supreme Court ruling in firefighter layoffs

The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a victory to the city of Reno in its decision in May to lay off 32 firefighters after federal funding that supported their positions ran out.

Washoe County fills vacated Nevada Assembly seat

Amber Joiner, who formerly worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services as a deputy director, was named Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the state Assembly. The Democrat will represent District 24 in Reno.

Work to change historic Nevada prison to museum is going slow

Rusty gates that used to clang shut behind inmates sentenced to serve time at what was one of the West’s oldest territorial prisons might one day swing open for visitors and history buffs at the Nevada State Prison.

Ousted legislator happy to spread some holiday cheer

Ousted Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks, the first person ever expelled from the Legislature, was the man behind the hundreds of trees made available on the morning of Christmas Eve and he was happy to do it.

Tourism group turned to world-class composer with Nevada roots

Eric Whitacre is a world-class, Grammy Award-winning music composer who grew up in rural Nevada, went to school at UNLV and makes about a dozen speaking appearances a year. He also recently appeared before the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Desert tortoise troubles blamed on ravens, other large birds

A former Nevada wildlife panelist says a case can be made that desert tortoises might not have been as threatened by human activities, such as development and livestock grazing, as biologists once thought. Instead, the real culprits appear to be ravens, magpies and large birds of prey.

Southbound I-15 backing up as travelers leave Las Vegas

The Nevada Highway Patrol is alerting drivers to expect long delays and traffic cameras show bumper to bumper traffic near Primm on southbound I-15.

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