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BC-NV--Nevada Coverage Advisory, NV

February 20, 2019

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada.

Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Las Vegas bureau at (702) 382-7440 or aplasvegas@ap.org

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-NEVADA

LAS VEGAS _ Two Democratic state lawmakers are pointing to costly appeals and the inability of state prison officials to carry out a lethal injection sentence before a death-row inmate killed himself as they propose ending capital punishment in Nevada. “It’s a burden to taxpayers,” said state Sen. James Ohrenschall, who backed a similar measure in the 2017 Legislature that died in committee. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

MILITARY-COLD WEATHER TRAINING

MARINE MOUNTAIN WAREFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. _ After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the U.S. military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. High up in the California mountains, Marines undergoing advanced cold-weather training are learning how to battle future enemies and the unforgiving environment. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated. The Associated Press found that the toxic torrent is killing aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

ALSO:

_ CAESERS ENTERTAINMENT: Caesars Entertainment says it’s held discussions with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who began pushing for fundamental changes this week after revealing a 10 percent stake in casino and resort.

SPORTS:

BKC--NEVADA-SAN DIEGO STATE

SAN DIEGO _ Nevada plays San Diego State at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.

HKN--BRUINS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The Boston Bruins visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

HKN--AROUND THE NFL

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek reflects back on the three times he’s been dealt at the NHL’s trade deadline, and doesn’t entirely rule out another move this year. Though talented players are available, the trade market is moving slowly in the week leading up to the deadline on Monday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

ESPORTS-BREAKOUT GAME

Royale rumble: For the first time since its meteoric rise, “Fortnite” may have a challenger atop the video game industry. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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