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Winter First Blast Hits Northern Nevada

Winter Storm

Updated: 10/31/2003 - Summer-like temperatures beat a hasty retreat as a cold blast invaded northern Nevada on Friday with the season's first assault of wintry weather.

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Poll: Nevadans Oppose Limiting Officerholders, Split on Taxes

Updated: 10/31/2003 - Nevadans were split on a proposed initiative to roll back most of the $836 million in tax increases approved by the Legislature, and a majority of the state's residents oppose an initiative to ban public employees from holding elected office, a new poll shows.

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Ten Big Rigs Jackknife On Sierra Pass

Updated: 10/31/2003 - Interstate 80 over the Sierra Nevada range was closed early Friday after ten big rigs jackknifed or spun out on the snow-covered highway west of Truckee.

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Air Woes From Fires Plague Las Vegas

Updated: 10/29/2003 - A smoky haze descended on the Las Vegas area Wednesday after winds blew smoke from several Southern California wildfires east, prompting officials to urge some residents to stay indoors.

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Court Asked to Reserve Tax-Vote Ruling

Nevada Legislature 2003

Updated: 10/30/2003 - A group of antitax Republican state lawmakers says there's a "reasonable likelihood" that the Nevada Legislature in the future will pass new or increased taxes without a constitutionally required two-thirds vote.

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Nevada School Districts Check Bus Defect

Updated: 10/29/2003 - Nevada school districts are inspecting buses for defective welds that safety officials say could lead to serious injuries if there is an accident.

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California Fires Threaten To Merge

Updated: 10/28/2003 - Firefighters beat back flames on Los Angeles' doorstep Tuesday, saving hundreds of homes in the city's San Fernando Valley. But exhausted crews were pulled back in San Diego County even though two devastating blazes threatened to merge into a super fire.

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Decision Could Further Delay Yucca Work

Yucca Mountain

Updated: 10/28/2003 - A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday could delay the Energy Department's plan to open the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump after conflict of interest charges were leveled at the law firm that worked on the government's permit application.

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Family Settles With Sparks Over Son's Death

City of Sparks, Nevada

Updated: 10/28/2003 - The Sparks City Council has approved a $50,000 settlement with the family of a man who was shot and killed as he sped away from Sparks Municipal Court.

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Reno Man Pleads Guilty To Jail Break

Updated: 10/28/2003 - A man accused of escaping from the Washoe County jail pleaded guilty to the charge moments before his trial was to begin.

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Federal Help Sought in Deadly Fires

Updated: 10/28/2003 - Gov. Gray Davis asked President Bush to declare Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties disaster areas to qualify them for federal aid.

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Nevada Helps Southern California Firefighters

Updated: 10/27/2003 - Scores of Nevada firefighters headed for Southern California on Monday to help battle fires that have destroyed at least 1,100 homes and killed at least 13 people.

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Nevada Welfare Rolls Hit Two-Year Low

Updated: 10/27/2003 - The number of families getting cash assistance from Nevada has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two years, and Gov. Kenny Guinn says that's "good news" for Nevada if the trend continues.

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Schwarzenegger Meets With Nevada Representatives

Updated: 10/27/2003 - California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and key staffers met over the weekend with Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn's chief of staff to talk about the economy, Indian gambling, energy, Lake Tahoe and other "border" issues that link the neighboring states.

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Small Plane Mishap Closes Reno Runway

Updated: 10/27/2003 - A small plane crash at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport shut down the airport's largest runway for two hours.

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California Fires Delaying Travelers in Reno

Air Travel

Updated: 10/27/2003 - Hundreds of passengers, mostly Southwest Airlines passengers, were stranded at Reno/Tahoe International Airport waiting to re-book cancelled flights and board delayed planes.

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California Wildfires Out of Control

Updated: 10/27/2003 - Untamed flames powered by ferocious winds are racing through parts of Southern California, scorching more than 277,000 acres.

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Governor Supports Removal Of Slain Girl's Marker

Governor Kenny Guinn

Updated: 10/26/2003 - Gov. Kenny Guinn supports the removal of a roadside memorial for a slain South Lake Tahoe, Calif., girl, but wants to find a better location for it, his press secretary said.

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California Recall Hurting Nevada Effort

Updated: 10/27/2003 - A recall drive against Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn is sputtering because of a lack of funding and a circus atmosphere that surrounded the California recall election, its leaders said.

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Legislative Pay Dispute Stirs Ethics Controversy

Nevada Legislature 2003

Updated: 10/26/2003 - UNLV ethics professor Craig Walton has a word of advice for legislators who contemplate accepting pay from their local government employers at the same time they draw legislative salaries: Don't.

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Tahoe Resort Development Approved

Updated: 10/25/2003 - Northstar-at-Tahoe can proceed with a major redevelopment project designed to make it a year-round resort, Placer County supervisors decided.

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