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Nevada Plans First Execution in 15 Years

State plans to use 3 or 4 drugs to execute mass shooter Zane Michael Floyd

(Newser) - Nevada prison officials disclosed Thursday that they want to use a never-before-tried combination of drugs for the state’s first lethal injection in 15 years, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, the sedative ketamine, and a heart-stopping salt, potassium chloride. Deputy federal public defenders representing convicted murderer Zane Michael Floyd promised...

Jordan Alexander Barson Sentenced in Crash That Killed 5 Cyclists

Arizona man gets 16 years in horrific Nevada crash

(Newser) - An Arizona box truck driver who plowed into bicyclists on a stretch of Nevada highway last December, killing five and injuring four, was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 16 years in Nevada state prison for driving under the influence of methamphetamine causing death, the AP reports. Jordan Alexander Barson,...

'Something Went Horribly Wrong' in Case of Murdered Boy

Mom accused of murder claimed she would find new home 'for Liam and I'

(Newser) - The father of a boy found dead near a Las Vegas-area trailhead last month contacted police without knowing his son was dead—an encounter that would ultimately lead to the identification of 7-year-old Liam Husted . On June 1, Liam's father informed police in San Jose, Calif., that he'd...

Mother of Boy Found Dead on Hiking Trail Arrested

Samantha Moreno Rodriguez will face murder charge in Nevada

(Newser) - A mother from San Jose, California, was arrested Tuesday in Colorado less than 12 hours after she was identified by Las Vegas police as the suspect in the death of her 7-year-old son, whose body was found by hikers in Nevada more than 10 days ago. An FBI task force...

Boy Found Dead Near Trailhead Identified as Liam Husted, 7

Police are looking for his mother

(Newser) - The body of a boy found by a hiker near a Las Vegas-area trailhead has been identified as Liam Husted, age 7, of San Jose, Calif. The child's mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, is now wanted on charges of open murder, Fox 5 Vegas reports. A family friend identified the...

Parts of Nevada Banning 'Non-Functional' Grass

Nevada is first state to permanently ban lawns in certain areas

(Newser) - Grass that's just sitting around, serving no purpose, will soon be prohibited in the Las Vegas Valley. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed legislation banning "non-functional turf" starting in 2027, the AP reports. Backyards and front lawns aren't going anywhere—single-family homes are exempt from the...

Bottled Water Entrepreneurs Must Destroy Their Product

Real Water brand linked to hepatitis cases

(Newser) - The owners of a bottled water company in Nevada are barred from producing any food or beverage without first notifying the FDA after one person who drank the water died. The Southern Nevada Health District has identified 16 probable cases of acute non-viral hepatitis tied to consumption of the bottled...

Convicted Killer Wants Firing Squad Considered

Nevada inmate's lawyers say 3-drug combo state wants to use is cruel and unusual

(Newser) - A convicted killer who is fighting a possible June execution date that would make him the first person put to death in Nevada in 15 years is calling for the state to consider the firing squad as an option, a rare method in the United States. Attorneys for Zane Michael...

Teens Charged After Cops Find Bloody Saw With Human Flesh

Daughter, boyfriend allegedly killed dad who foiled their plan to run away

(Newser) - Police say the ex-husband of a former state senator in Nevada was stabbed to death by his daughter and her boyfriend after he foiled their plans to run away together. The burned remains of Daniel Halseth, 45, were found by a landlord in a Las Vegas garage last Friday, reports...

This Is the Least Stressed-Out State in America

South Dakota is chill, but Nevada needs to start meditating

(Newser) - We don't know if we'd believe anyone who said they hadn't felt some level of stress over the past year, all things considered. Money issues and the pandemic are the top two things Americans are anxious about right now, per WalletHub , which notes that some states are...

The Greediest, Angriest, Most Jealous States in America

WalletHub takes note of our sins and ranks us

(Newser) - The first day of Lent is Wednesday, and for Christians who follow the observance, it's often a time to give up a bad habit for the six weeks that follow. That may be harder for people in some parts of the country, per WalletHub , which has ranked US states...

Charges Filed in Horrific Nevada Crash

Driver who allegedly killed 5 cyclists charged with DUI

(Newser) - Charges have been filed in the devastating Nevada crash that left five cyclists dead last week. Jordan Barson was charged Tuesday with five counts of DUI resulting in death, six counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm, and one count of DUI resulting in substantial bodily...

'Everybody Is Super Upset and Distraught'

5 dead cyclists were all seasoned riders. How could this have happened?

(Newser) - The five cyclists who died in a horrific Nevada crash this week were no novices—far from it, in fact. The Las Vegas Review-Journal describes them as "seasoned bicyclists and dedicated athletes" who were key to Southern Nevada's cycling community. "All of them were in the top...

'It's Just the Worst Thing I Could Ever See'

5 dead, 4 injured after truck hits Nevada cyclists

(Newser) - Almost 20 cyclists were traveling through Nevada's open desert on Thursday when they were involved in the deadliest vehicle-cyclist crash in the state in at least 16 years. Around 9:40am a box truck plowed into the group along Highway 95 north of Searchlight, where the speed limit is...

Cops Got a Call on a 7-Eleven Shooting. Then, More Calls

1 dead, 4 injured on Thanksgiving in apparent 'random' Nev. shootings; suspects nabbed in Ariz.

(Newser) - Thanksgiving got off with a bang in Henderson, Nev., where police say a couple was driving around early Thursday "randomly shooting at citizens with no apparent motive." A 22-year-old man was killed and four other people were wounded at various locations in the area, Henderson police said in...

They Resisted COVID Measures, Until Now

Some governors are relenting as numbers rise

(Newser) - Coronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem won't issue a mask mandate but suggests smaller gatherings "may be smarter this year." Some governors who for months echoed President Trump's criticism of...

Another Governor Tests Positive
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Another Governor Tests Positive

Steve Sisolak of Nevada says he hasn't had any symptoms, other than feeling rundown

(Newser) - Yet another US governor has tested positive for COVID-19, this time in Nevada. Steve Sisolak made the announcement Friday, adding that he's asymptomatic except for feeling a bit fatigued earlier in the week, though he thinks that was more due to his "demanding schedule," reports KLAS . The...

Mom Accused of Killing Her Girls: Organs Are 'Worth a Lot'

Amanda Sharp-Jefferson has been arrested on 2 counts of murder

(Newser) - A Las Vegas woman is accused of killing her own babies and saying the children's body parts were "worth a lot of money," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Amanda Sharp-Jefferson, 26, was arrested Friday and attended an arraignment hearing Tuesday on two counts of murder. Police said...

Cops: Man Gunned Down Teen Worker at McDonald's Drive-Thru

Justin Michael Mullis, 24, charged after apparently random shooting of Kylee Leniz, 16, in Nevada

(Newser) - In what appears to be a random crime, a Nevada man is in custody and accused of fatally shooting a teen worker at McDonald's over the weekend. Police say that 16-year-old Kylee Leniz died after being shot at the restaurant in Elko on Sunday night, and 24-year-old Justin Michael...

Pastor to Trump: 'the Lord' Told Me Who Will Win

The president and Joe Biden campaign in states they hope to flip

(Newser) - President Trump and Joe Biden went on offense Sunday, with each campaigning in states they are trying to flip during the Nov. 3 election that is just over two weeks away, the AP reports. Trump began his day in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before a fundraiser and...

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