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Anxious politicians and volunteers make final election push
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Campaigns are cranking up their efforts on the final anxious weekend before the 2018 midterms, and each side is warning of dire consequences if it fails.
President Donald Trump is crisscrossing the country stumping for the GOP. Democrats are relying on former President Barack Obama and entertainers like Jimmy Buffett in Florida.
Candidates and volunteers are knocking on doors, holding rallies and phone-banking desperately as dozens of races around the country go down to the wire.
Democrats are counting on wresting control of the U.S. House from Republicans and hoping for a longshot series of wins to win back the Senate as well. But Republicans are optimistic they can gain seats in a Senate map heavy on red states and haven’t given up on holding the House.
Flows to increase through the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — More water will be flowing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon than normal.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it will release torrents of water from the Glen Canyon Dam starting Monday morning. The high-flow experiment will run for 60 hours.
The increase is meant to mimic natural flooding, as well as rebuild sandbars and beaches to benefit fish and archaeological sites.
The releases are timed with buildups of sediment from Colorado River tributaries.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service say river rafters should be cautious. The water can take a couple of days to recede after the high-flow experiment begins.
The bureau says the higher releases won’t change the total annual amount of water released from Lake Powell to Lake Mead.
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The Latest: Giuliani stumps for GOP’s Tarkanian in Las Vegas
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the latest big name helping boost Nevada Republicans in the battleground western state.
Giuliani planned an appearance late Saturday afternoon at the Las Vegas field office of GOP congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian.
Tarkanian is in a tight race with Democrat Susie Lee in the 3rd District, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is trying to unseat GOP Sen. Dean Heller.
Lee hosted a health care round-table Saturday with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at a Las Vegas diner.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak plans to appear in Reno Sunday at a coffee shop with Mayor Hillary Schieve (SHE’-vee), followed by a luncheon with O’Malley in Sparks and an appearance at Washoe County Democratic headquarters.
He’s running against Republican Adam Laxalt to replace the popular outgoing GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Pilot injured in crash of small plane in northwestern Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a small plane was injured when it crashed in the desert about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Reno.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies, search and rescue volunteers and firefighters responded to the crash Saturday in the Fish Springs area.
The pilot’s identity and injury information wasn’t released.
KOLO-TV reports that the crash site is between the north end of Pyramid Lake and the California-Nevada line.
Long lines in Las Vegas area as early voting period ended
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lines of waiting voters kept early polling locations across the Las Vegas area open past their posted closing times as Nevada’s two-week early voting period for Tuesday’s general election ended Friday.
KSNV-TV reports that the number of early voters statewide topped 628,000, well above the over 552,000 who cast early ballots in the 2014 midterm election.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that that some Clark County voters had to wait more than an hour in some locations.
Some voters stuck around to avoid the possibility of even longer waits on Tuesday, while bailed in favor of casting their ballots on Election Day.
Nevada’s ballot includes hotly contested races for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office, both now held by Republicans.
Governor’s race could flip power or continue Nevada dynasty
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Republican from a political dynasty and a powerful Las Vegas-area politician hoping to become Nevada’s first Democratic governor in two decades are in a tight race for the state’s top office Tuesday.
Like many races in the battleground state of 3 million people, the contest between Republican Adam Laxalt and Democrat Steve Sisolak is close, and the stakes are higher in this election.
The next governor will shape Nevada’s political landscape for a decade, having veto power over the next legislative and congressional maps drawn after the 2020 Census.
Former President Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder have both made visits to tout Sisolak’s candidacy, while Laxalt has strong backing from President Donald Trump. Billionaires like California liberal Tom Steyer, Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and the conservative Koch brothers have all picked a side.
For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics
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The Latest: Kimmel roasts Heller, Trump at Las Vegas rally
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Late night host Jimmy Kimmel is praising Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen of Nevada while roasting President Donald Trump and Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller at a get-out-the-vote rally in Las Vegas.
Kimmel, Rosen and other Democrats spoke at a downtown Las Vegas art walk amid the final hours of early voting in the state’s razor-thin U.S. Senate race.
Kimmel and Rosen highlighted Heller’s support for GOP plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and Kimmel called Heller a “pre-existing condition that Nevada can no longer afford.”
Rosen called Heller’s eventual support for repeal plans the “biggest broken promise in modern Nevada history.”
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No charges in fatal wreck involving school bus, motorcycle
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County authorities say no charges are being sought in an Aug. 27 fatal collision in which a 68-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a school bus.
The Sheriff’s Office says neither motorcyclist Robert Martin of Sparks nor the school bus driver were able to see the other vehicle in time to take avoid the collision that occurred as the bus made a left turn onto a street from a business driveway.
No children were on the bus at the time.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation included a re-enactment of the wreck along with witness interviews.