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Ballots for the June 2 Las Vegas city election are already being printed, but a fight over including two measures on those ballots is still going on.

On Friday, the Culinary union appealed a ruling keeping the measures off the ballot and asked for a fast-track hearing by the Nevada Supreme Court, since early voting starts May 16.

The state Supreme Court also could order a special election that is solely about the two measures, the filing adds.

This week is expected to bring a flurry of activity in the case.

Angry over plans to build a new Las Vegas City Hall, Culinary Local 226 leaders headed up a petition drive to put two measures before Las Vegas voters.

The City Council voted not to put the measures on the ballot, and a District Court judge recently agreed with the city’s decision.

MONDAY

NEWS IN THE NEWS

The Las Vegas Sun won journalism’s top award for its series of stories about construction deaths on the Strip.

Pulitzer Prize judges noted reporter Alexandra Berzon’s “courageous reporting” in exposing lax enforcement of safety regulations at work sites during an unprecedented resort building boom.

The Review-Journal won recognition of its own two days later with a Best of the West first-place award for its ongoing overage of the hepatitis C outbreak.

TUESDAY

PARTNERSHIPS PASS

In a 12-9 vote, the state Senate passed a bill to allow domestic partners, gay and straight, most of the same rights as married couples.

If the bill is approved, Nevada would become the 10th state with a domestic partnership law.

The 12 votes for the bill are less than the 14 required to override a veto promised by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

WEDNESDAY

THAT’S BILLION WITH A 3

Lawmakers said the hole in Nevada’s budget has grown by another $100 million, bringing the projected shortfall closer to $3 billion to maintain current service levels in the next two years.

Leaders from both the Assembly and state Senate held a closed-door meeting with business leaders to discuss the dire economic situation and to look for solutions to the state’s financial crisis.

THURSDAY

RESORT SUES TOP BANKS

The under-construction Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort on the Strip filed a $3 billion lawsuit against a group of major national lenders, claiming they reneged on loan agreements.

Without continued funding, completion of the 3,815-room project could be jeopardized.

FRIDAY

OFFICERS CLEARED

A coroner’s inquest jury cleared two Henderson police officers in a fatal shooting last month in the emergency room at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus.

The panel found justifiable the actions of John Bozarth, a three-year veteran, and Randy Dotson, a four-year veteran of the department.

Police said 48-year-old Charles Bradley was suicidal and raised a gun at officers. That’s when they shot him.

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