“When I am president, Yucca Mountain will be off the table forever. … This is not just ‘We’re in Nevada, so we’ll talk about an issue Nevadans care about. This is an American issue.”

Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, stumping for Nevada votes in an appearance before the national press Wednesday. At the same briefing, Las Vegas-based transportation consultant Fred Dilger said that as spent waste moves through Las Vegas on its way to the repository, “All of the casinos on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard would be bathed in gamma radiation.”

“The lenders said we’d be able to refinance, but now no one will. Nobody ever told me I had an interest-only loan.”

Carpenter Butch Bugarin of Henderson, who bought his home with an adjustable-rate, no money down, interest-only mortgage, and has seen his monthly payments rise from $1,500 to $2,500 to $3,500 per month.

“Defendants … did next to nothing to ensure the jail was secure and the plaintiff could not escape.”

Lawsuit filed by Colorado State Penitentiary inmate Scott Anthony Gomez Jr. against Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor and his jail. On two occasions, Gomez pushed up ceiling tiles, crawled through ventilation shafts and rappelled down the side of the 85-foot southern Colorado building. The second time he fell 40 feet and was seriously injured. Now serving his sentence for escape in the Colorado State Pen — known as the system’s most secure lockup — Gomez’s lawsuit contends the sheriff is responsible for his injuries, because the design of the county jail “gave plaintiff an open invitation to escape.” Sheriff Taylor says he has since spent $1.2 million to improve security — including welding shut all the ceiling panels.

“I told him there was a possibility he would look like a sociopath if he testified.”

Davis Chesnoff, former defense attorney for Darren Mack, who pleaded guilty to killing his wife and shooting the judge who was handling his divorce case in Reno last year, but then withdrew his plea. Mr. Chesnoff testified Wednesday at a court hearing to determine whether Mack will be allowed to withdraw that guilty plea. Chesnoff argues Mack was interested in the plea if it could mean less time behind bars, but later had “buyer’s remorse” about his decision.

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