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BC-NV--Nevada News Digest, NV

March 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O-ROURKE

LAS VEGAS _ A little more than a week after jumping into the presidential race, Democrat Beto O’Rourke brings his marathon tour of early voting and swing states to Nevada on Saturday, where the former Texas congressman meets voters at a house party in Las Vegas. By Michelle L. Price. UPCOMING: 500 words developing from 7 p.m. event.

With:

_ ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Beto O’Rourke leaves room for voters to decide for themselves what he is and what he could be. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 990 words, photos.

NUKE REPOSITORY-ANNIVERSARY

CARLSBAD, N.M. _ In a remote stretch of desert in southeastern New Mexico, the U.S. government set in motion an experiment that would evolve into the United States’ only underground nuclear waste repository. Twenty years and more than 12,330 shipments later, tons of Cold War-era radioactive waste from decades of bomb-making and research have been stashed in the salt caverns that make up the underground facility _ and not without issues. A 2014 radiation leak forced an expensive, nearly three-year closure, and with some areas permanently sealed off, more mining will have to be done to expand capacity. And now, pressure is mounting for it to be a dumping ground for weapons-grade plutonium and other high-level waste. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

With:

_ NUKE REPOSITORY-ANNIVERSARY-Q&A: It wasn’t long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was being generated by defense-related nuclear research and bomb-making that would continue through the Cold War — and indefinitely. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 840 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-TOP TALENT

The NCAA Tournament’s 64-team bracket has been cut in half, and from Zion Williamson to Ja Morant to RJ Barrett, no fewer than a dozen potential lottery picks are still in the tournament, only one win away from the Sweet 16. If even half of them make it, they’ll way outshine some classes from recent years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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