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Local news: What to know in Las Vegas on Nov. 2, 2022


Geese found with avian flu at Sunset Park

Domestic and wild geese at Sunset Park in Las Vegas have been found to have highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Nevada Department of Wildlife said birds have shown symptoms of the disease and two Canadian geese found dead tested positive. Clark County said avian flu poses little risk to humans, but warned dog owners that dogs can get the virus if they eat a dead bird which has it.

Clark County Parks and Recreation will patrol the Sunset Park pond area and remove dead geese and power wash walkways to prevent the spread of the disease. The county asked park visitors to not feed the birds there.

VGK extend winning streak

Shea Theodore scored in overtime last night, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals; extending their winning streak to five games. The Knights’ road trip continues Thursday night in Ottawa.

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Break out the scarves: it's getting cold!

A potent cold front from the Gulf of Alaska is heading into California, and forecasters predict widespread rain, mountain snow, gusty winds and unusually low temperatures in much of the state. With the calendar still saying autumn, winter storm warnings have gone into effect today in much of the Sierra Nevada.

Authorities advise against mountain travel due to expected deteriorating conditions from the first significant snow of the season. The precipitation is much-needed but the National Weather Service said it will not make much of a dent in the extreme-to-exceptional drought.

2022 election latest

The majority of candidates running this year for the state posts that oversee elections oppose the idea of hand counting ballots. The laborious and error-prone process has gained favor among Republicans who have been inundated with unfounded conspiracy theories surrounding voting machines.

But an Associated Press survey of major-party secretary of state candidates in the 24 states found broad skepticism about hand counting. Of 23 Republicans who responded to the survey, 13 clearly said they opposed implementing a statewide hand count of ballots. However, GOP secretary of state candidates in two politically pivotal states — Arizona and New Mexico — want to shift to hand counting.

Suspect in Las Vegas officer killing in court

A man accused of killing a veteran Las Vegas police officer stood silently in court in a case that prosecutors have said might bring the death penalty. Tyson Hampton's public defenders on Tuesday waived the reading of 27 felony charges including murder and attempted murder in the early Oct. 13 shooting that killed Officer Truong Thai and wounded Hampton’s mother-in-law. The 24-year-old Hampton hasn't entered a plea. The courtroom was full of off-duty police officers and union leaders as the judge scheduled a Jan. 11 preliminary hearing. Prosecutors might seek a grand jury indictment before then. Police say Thai and another officer responded to a street side domestic dispute before Hampton opened fire with a high-powered pistol while driving away.

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Obama visits North Las Vegas

With less than a week to go before election day, get out the vote rallies are bringing out the big guns. Last night, former President Barack Obama was in North Las Vegas helping to boost the Democratic ticket. 

Former President Donald Trump has made two stops in Nevada supporting Republican candidates.

In response to Obama’s visit, RNC spokesperson Hallie Balch said in a statement: “Democrats are desperate when they bring out former President Obama to campaign for them this late in the game.”

Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program open enrollment

Open enrollment for the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program opened today and runs through April 15. Plans are available for newborns through ninth grade students, with rates beginning at $39 a month, the Nevada treasurer’s office said in a news release. By enrolling in a plan, families can lock in the current in-state tuition rate for future use at the state’s public universities. Some out-of-state and private schools are also part of the program.

Yvette Fernandez is the regional reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau. She joined Nevada Public Radio in September 2021.
KNPR’s Morning Edition Host, Rick Andrews, joined Nevada Public Radio as an announcer in 2003, shortly after we split into two stations.
Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.