WEEK IN REVIEW: Top news

The firestorm over alleged patient dumping by Nevada’s mental health system grew last week, as federal officials issued a stern warning about the state’s discharge practices and the city attorney for San Francisco launched an investigation into the matter.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Monday that he wants all records associated with the transport of more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of Nevada, including about 500 sent to California.

On Thursday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Nevada 10 days to correct “serious deficiencies” in its discharge policies or face a loss of federal funding.

After strongly disputing the dumping allegations, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced that from now on Nevada will require escorts for patients who are bused out of state.

Monday

Marriage measure

A measure that would legalize gay marriage in Nevada if voters approve passed the Senate after an emotional, hourlong debate.

Senate Joint Resolution 13 would remove a constitutional provision declaring that marriage is only between a man and a woman and add new language requiring recognition of gay marriages.

There was passionate testimony on both sides.

Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, spoke in favor of letting voters revisit the issue. At the same time, he announced that he is gay.

Tuesday

New low for scores

More than two-thirds of Clark County School District sophomores failed the state’s math proficiency exam this year, a new low for first-time test-takers in recent history.

About 15,000 of 22,100 sophomores, or 68 percent, were informed of their failure on the March test, which they must pass to earn a diploma in Nevada. They can retake the tests as juniors and seniors.

Wednesday

Drive through church

A Las Vegas man, 51, was arrested after he intentionally plowed through the front doors and drove his car around inside a Henderson megachurch, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage but no injuries.

Henderson police said Kevin Wilson showed up at Central Christian Church on Tuesday and demanded to meet with church officials, but he became angry when he was told to make an appointment .

Thursday

In the cross hairs

Las Vegas is a likely target for a terrorist attack, according to panelists at the 20th Annual International Tourism Safety Conference in Las Vegas.

Adam Walker, an analyst with the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, said it’s “not a question of ‘if,’ it’s a question of ‘when’ ” something happens on the Strip.

The dire prediction — which was criticized as inaccurate by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie and a top tourism official on Friday — came as Clark County appeals the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent move to drop the community’s national risk ranking, a change that could cost Las Vegas all of its $1.8 million in federal anti-terrorism funding.

Friday

‘Problematic’ money

As U.S. Sen. Harry Reid was weighing Las Vegas attorney Jennifer Dorsey for a federal judgeship in May, two senior partners at her law firm made $150,000 in contributions to a political action committee associated with the Nevada senator, records show.

While apparently legal, the donations were called “problematic” by a legal expert, who said they could hurt Dorsey’s confirmation pending before the Senate.

Dorsey also made a personal contribution of $2,500 to Reid in March 2012, but Reid returned that contribution a month later, as he proceeded to check out her credentials and experience as a litigator.

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