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IN BRIEF

FIRST-EVER STEP

Live broadcasts set for state’s high court

The Nevada Supreme Court will make history today when it allows the live broadcast and Internet webcast of a session on last-minute challenges to Nevada term limits, tax initiatives and election cases.

Chief Justice Mark Gibbons is calling the unprecedented hearings a case management session.

He says justices are only going to set a schedule to hear and decide cases that could affect upcoming elections.

Underlying issues won’t be argued, except to help the justices decide how to go forward.

He says the court took the first-ever step of televising the hearings because justices recognize the intense public interest in the cases.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court hearing room on the 17th floor the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.

The webcast will be on the Supreme Court’s Web site: www.nvsupremecourt.us.

The broadcast will be live in Las Vegas over Las Vegas One, Channel 19.

BOY IDENTIFIED

Toddler dies after fall into swimming pool

The 2-year-old boy who had to be hospitalized after falling into the family pool on Saturday died on Sunday.

The boy, identified as Matthew Hall of Las Vegas, drowned, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Las Vegas police responded to a call about 4:45 p.m. at 7650 Descanso Lane, near Warm Springs Road and Spencer Street, that the boy had fallen into the pool and wasn’t breathing.

The child was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus in critical condition, police said.

Police said the boy was taking a nap when he woke up and wandered into the backyard and fell into the pool.

NORTH OF LAS VEGAS

Bodies of two men found in refuge

The bodies of two men were found early Thursday morning in the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the deaths, which were reported by a passerby, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the refuge.

The names of the two men were not available.

NAME NOT RELEASED

Man hit, killed by car while crossing I-15

A man was struck by a car and killed Wednesday night while walking across Interstate 15 just south of Flamingo Road.

The man was walking in the northbound lanes for an unknown reason just before 10 p.m. when a woman driving a maroon Scion sedan hit him, Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Honea said.

The man’s name was not available Thursday.

Honea said the woman did not flee the scene, and witnesses saw the man walking across the highway. He said there was no indication drugs or alcohol was involved in the incident.

BORDER PATROL AID

National Guard to end Mexican border duty

The last National Guard soldiers assigned to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border are scheduled to arrive in Arizona next week and leave by July 15 in the final act of a two-year mission to make the border more secure.

Operation Jump Start began in June 2006 and was designed to give the Border Patrol some breathing room until it could hire thousands of additional agents and build miles of border fence.

Since the program began, about 4,500 border agents have been hired and 182 miles of fencing or vehicle barriers have been built.

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