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BC-NV--Nevada News Digest , NV

April 5, 2019

Good afternoon. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

HARRY REID-INJURY LAWSUIT

LAS VEGAS _ A jury is expected to decide if an exercise band maker is to blame for the partial blindness and facial injuries former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid suffered when the stretchy device slipped from his hand and he fell in January 2015. Closing arguments are due Friday in Reid’s civil damages lawsuit in Nevada state court against Ohio-based TheraBand maker Hygenic Corp. The Democratic party leader, 79, has s used a wheelchair throughout the two-week trial following treatment for pancreatic cancer and back surgery. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 550 words, AP Photos by 6pm PDT.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

RENO, NEV. _ Nevada’s demand for the U.S. government to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly trucked to a site north of Las Vegas last year contradicts its claim that moving radioactive material is dangerous, according to lawyers for South Carolina, where the shipment originated. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 570 words.

CINEMACOM-WRAP-UP

LAS VEGAS— The movie industry has returned to their day jobs Friday after four days of schmoozing, deal-making and watching movie studios and stars sell the best of what’s to come to theaters at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 880 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ALLEGIANT-SAVANNAH BASE: Allegiant Travel Company is establishing a new operations base at a Georgia airport.

_HENDERSON POLICE CHIEF: The police chief in Nevada’s second-largest city is on unpaid leave, amid reports that she balked at signing a separation contract that would have her resign in May and agree not to disparage the city.

_2011 DISAPPEARANCE-SON CHARGE: A lawyer for a 46-year-old man charged with murder eight years after the disappearance of his 70-year-old mother in northwestern Indiana says the case so far is circumstantial.

_ BONNIE SPRINGS RANCH: A replica “Old Nevada” mining town outside Las Vegas that started as a wagon train pit stop in 1843 is under new ownership.

SPORTS:

BKC--FINAL FOUR-DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable _ it was already happening. America’s favorite sports had turned into video games, where 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-flying offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games like your grandfather watched were a thing of the past. Then, the Super Bowl happened. And March Madness. And now, America’s sports fans are faced with what seems again like a novel concept: Defense wins championships. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words. AP Photos.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST.

MINNEAPOLIS _ Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four’s second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS _ Top-seeded Virginia faces Auburn in the Final Four Saturday in classic matchup of slow versus fast. The Cavaliers play a methodical brand of basketball. The Tigers are frenetic. The winner will play for the NCAA tournament championship. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

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