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Doctors undecided on when governor can leave hospital

A spokesman for Gov. Jim Gibbons says doctors haven’t decided when he’ll be released from the hospital following surgery for a broken pelvis suffered in a fall from a horse.

But spokesman Dan Burns said Friday the governor has been moved from the intensive care unit to another ward at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Gibbons underwent surgery Wednesday, a day after he was thrown from a horse at a private ranch north of Pyramid Lake. He broke his pelvis in two places.

Burns says the governor’s condition is improving, but he’s still in considerable pain. He says staff is briefing him on state matters.

Doctors have said Gibbons should make a full recovery, though rehabilitation could take months and his mobility during that time will be limited.


Ventriloquist to welcome Opportunity Village donations

Opportunity Village’s thrift store will start moving into its temporary location next week and plans to open to the public Oct. 11, three months to the day after a fire destroyed the well-known downtown location.

Ventriloquist and Mirage headliner Terry Fator will be on hand this Wednesday to welcome the first truck of donations.

The temporary store at 4600 Meadow Lane was approved by the Las Vegas Planning Commission Thursday night. It is expected to operate for two years while the permanent location at 921 S. Main St. is rebuilt.

An investigation did not find a cause for the July 11 fire, which destroyed the building and its contents. Since then, community members have replenished the charity’s lost stock with more donations, which have been stored in a warehouse awaiting the move to the stopgap location.


Coroner identifies body found after gasoline station blast

The body of a man found at a vacant gasoline station after it exploded and caught fire Sunday was identified as Brandon Davis, 26, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Davis’ body was discovered Monday by fire investigators searching the debris. The station, located near Craig and Pecos roads, had recently gone out of business, North Las Vegas police said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Davis was inside the building at the time of the explosion. Cause of death was pending as of Friday.


New York couple killed in collision near Laughlin

A driver who failed to yield the right of way collided with oncoming traffic, killing himself and a passenger Monday near Laughlin, the Nevada Highway Patrol said Thursday.

The highway patrol said the collision occurred at 12:55 p.m. when a Hyundai Sonata driven by Joseph Segall, 84, of Swan Lake, N.Y., was traveling north on Needles Highway approaching the intersection with state Route 163. Segall failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of a GMC Yukon driven by William F. Dischbein Jr. Dischbein, 71, was traveling east on state Route 163.

The highway patrol said Dischbein’s Yukon struck the left side of the Hyundai.

Segall was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Marilyn, 85, was transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Dischbein was treated for minor injuries at the medical center and was released, the highway patrol said.


State high court sides with newspaper in records case

The Nevada Supreme Court said this week that a Reno judge erred when he denied a newspaper’s public records petition against Washoe County health officials without requiring them to show why the records sought were confidential.

The Reno Gazette-Journal filed a petition after the Washoe County Health Department in 2009 reported its first human case of swine flu.

Officials identified the victim as a 2-year-old girl who attended a day care center. They would not disclose the name of the child care facility.

Washoe District Judge Steven Elliott rejected the newspaper’s petition, and the newspaper appealed.

On Thursday, justices unanimously sided with the newspaper, saying Elliott should have required health officials to answer the petition and provide evidence why the information sought was confidential.


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