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NEVADA NEWS DIGEST

The state at 6 p.m.

All times Pacific.

The supervisor is news editor Tom Tait in Las Vegas at 702-382-7440. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For reruns, contact the AP Service Desk at (877) 836-9477.

OJ SIMPSON

LAS VEGAS — weary-looking O.J. Simpson weighed down by shackles and more than four years in prison shuffled into a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday hoping to eventually walk out a free man. His arrival in court to ask for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008 for up to 33 years could be heard before he was seen — as a loud rattling of the chains that bound his hands to his waist and restrained his feet.

By Ken Ritter and Linda Deutsch.

AP Photos by Julie Jacobsen

With:

— OJ SIMPSON-5 THINGS TO KNOW — Why is O.J. Simpson in court? By Ken Ritter.

VEGAS SHOOTING-CRASH

LAS VEGAS — A 27-year-old self-described pimp accused of killing three people in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip has been arraigned on 11 counts against him. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris appeared Monday in Clark County District Court on murder and attempted murder charges in the Feb. 21 shooting and crash. By Michelle Rindels.

AP Photo LA101.

LAS VEGAS SANDS-LAWSUIT

LAS VEGAS —A Las Vegas jury is still weighing whether it will award Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen a judgment against Las Vegas Sands Corp., the casino giant run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson. By Hannah Dreier.

FIRE DANGER

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday. Another dry year is creating the potential for another extreme summer of forest and range fires, Jewell said after spending the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said a 7.5 percent cut to the 2013 U.S. Forest Service budget means 500 fewer firefighters on the ground this year. By John Miller.

AP Photos CASRP106, CASRP107.CASRP106, CASRP107

SCHOOL CHOICE

CARSON CITY — Administration officials Monday pitched a bill sought by Gov. Brian Sandoval to give tax breaks to companies that donate to school choice scholarship funds. School choice is a priority of the Republican governor who is midway through his first term. By Sandra Chereb.

AP Photo.

SENATE DEMOCRATS-TAX PLAN

CARSON CITY — Nevada Senate Democrats introduced a plan Monday to raise the state payroll tax on major employers as a stop-gap measure to raise $255 million for K-12 education priorities in the upcoming biennium. Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, said another proposal still to come would focus on long-term changes to Nevada's tax structure. But with only three weeks to go in the 2013 session, passage is questionable. By Sandra Chereb.

AP photo.

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JACKSON-AEG SUIT

LOS ANGELES — An associate choreographer who worked on Michael Jackson's planned series of comeback concerts has told a jury she never saw signs the singer was ill or might die. Stacy Walker is testifying for AEG Live LLC, the promoter of Jackson's "This Is It" shows planned for 2009. She says that while she was frustrated the singer missed numerous rehearsals, she was convinced after seeing his final preparations that he could perform 50 shows in London. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.

AP Photo CAPH925.

SPORTS

BBM-LAS VEGAS 51s-SOLD

LAS VEGAS — The Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club backed by the Howard Hughes Corp. has completed the purchase of the Las Vegas 51s and plans to move the Triple-A Pacific Coast League team from an outdated downtown stadium to a new park to be built in Summerlin.

ALSO:

— TAX ABATEMENT AUDITS — A Nevada lawmaker is pushing a bill that would insert a accountability to the state's tax abatement programs and help lawmakers make budget decisions.

— MISSING WOMAN-RENO — Northern California deputies say they've found the vehicle of a woman who had been reported missing from Reno, and an unidentified body nearby.

— LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police say a woman has turned herself in after a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend.

— SOLAR POWER-NEVADA GRANT — The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to Nevada's higher education system to help make large-scale solar power plants more practical and efficient on arid desert lands.

— HOMELESS KILLING-VEGAS — Police say the suspected killer of a homeless man in Las Vegas over the weekend was seen fleeing the area on a silver BMX-style bicycle.

— PHONE SCAM-WENDOVER — Police are warning residents in the Wendover area about a telephone sweepstakes scam aimed at bilking victims out of hundreds of dollars with bargain offers to purchase prepaid credit cards.

—WASHOE SCHOOL TAX — Washoe County school tax bill in limbo.

— CARSON ARSON — Carson City sheriff's deputies say they intend to bring arson charges against a man accused of setting his home on fire.

— NEVADA APPEALS COURT — Nevada Supreme Court justices are hoping voters next year approve SJR14, a constitutional amendment creating an appellate court in Nevada.

— DRI-WOOSTER TEACHER — A science teacher at Reno's Wooster High School is being honored by the Desert Research Institute.

UPCOMING TUESDAY:

— DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS — Jury selection begins Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Reno for former developer and high-powered lobbyist Harvey Whittemore on charges he illegally funneled nearly $150,000 to Reid's re-election campaign in 2007.

— OJ SIMPSON — Hearing seeking a new trial continues in Las Vegas. AP Photos.

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