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AP-NV--Nevada News Coverage Advisory, NV

August 2, 2018

Good morning. Here’s an early 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEVADA SENATE-HEALTH OVERHAUL

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s sliding positions last year on a long-held GOP promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act are providing plenty of fodder for Democrats and activists hoping to stymie his re-election. By Michelle Price. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words.

NEVADA MARIJUANA-FIRST YEAR

RENO, Nev. — Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent with a month of numbers still outstanding. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 980 words.

ILLUSIONIST-VEGAS PORN CHARGES

LAS VEGAS — Former Las Vegas Strip headliner Jan Rouven Fuechtener faces at least 24 years in federal prison at sentencing in a federal child pornography case involving thousands of videos and images, including come depicting sex acts involving kindergarten-age boys. Fuechtener is a 40-year-old German citizen who performed as Jan Rouven at the Tropicana hotel-casino. His show closed following his arrest in March 2016. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 400 words.

LAS VEGAS POLICE-RESTRAINT DEATH

LAS VEGAS — Prosecutors in Las Vegas are dismissing charges including involuntary manslaughter against a former Las Vegas police officer after a grand jury refused to indict him for using an unapproved chokehold in the death of an unarmed man last year. The district attorney says that will let him air evidence in the case in a public forum. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 2 p.m. PDT.

DEMOCRATS-CORPORATE MONEY

WASHINGTON — Money in politics is emerging as a new test for Democratic candidates, with scores of politicians pledging to reject corporate PAC donations. One group seeking changes, End Citizens United, says more than 170 candidates say they’re not accepting corporate PAC donations. Their ranks include a handful of Democrats widely rumored to be exploring presidential bids. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Just a month into the budget year, fire-ravaged California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual firefighting budget, at least $125 million, officials say. By Jane Hair and Brian Skoloff. SENT: 510 words, photos, videos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration, under court order, must submit a plan to reunify hundreds of children who remain separated from the parents after being split apart by immigration authorities along the U.S. border with Mexico. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 500 words.

BRIEFS:

— VOTER REGISTRATION: The number of registered voters increased slightly last month as political parties and activists on the left and right work to boost their numbers ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULT: A 44-year-old Nevada man has been ordered to spend 105 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole after he was found guilty of child sexual assault and lewdness involving a young relative.

— MOTHER KILLED-SONS ARRESTED: Nye County authorities say two 17-year-old Pahrump boys are accused of fatally stabbing their mother.

SPORTS:

BBO--FREE AGENT RENTALS

NEW YORK — A segment of baseball’s trade market is the sports version of Airbnb: Stars check in for short-term stays before moving on to permanent homes. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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