Nevada gets $5M as part of settlements with Volkswagen

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada expects to get $5.3 million from Volkswagen to settle allegations that the carmaker cheated on emissions tests and put highly polluting cars on the road.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced the deal on Tuesday, the same day as news broke that Volkswagen could pay up to $15 billion in settlements to consumers and governmental agencies.

Volkswagen has admitted that some of its cars were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road.

Consumers who have one of the 475,000 affected vehicles will get a restitution payment and can sell their cars back to the company.

The money coming to Nevada is separate from the consumer buyback program. Settlements are spent after legislative approval on causes that benefit the state.

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