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NEVADA ELECTIONS

Nevada election season kicks off in earnest Monday

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Candidates for Nevada political offices have been raising money and campaigning for months but the 2014 election cycle is about to kick into higher gear.

Candidate filing begins Monday and runs through March 14. Then it's on to Nevada's June 10 primary and the Nov. 4 general election

Six constitutional offices — governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and controller — will be on the November ballot. All the incumbents except Gov. Brian Sandoval, a first-term Republican, are termed out. Sandoval has yet to draw any serious opposition from either within the GOP or the Democratic Party.

All 42 Nevada Assembly seats are up for grabs but Democratic control is not in question.

The drama comes in the Nevada Senate, where Republicans hope to retake the majority.

FIGHTER JET CRASH

Navy: Fighter jet in Nevada crash 'total loss'

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — The Navy says a fighter jet that crashed during a training exercise in western Nevada is a total loss.

Lt. Reagan Lauritzen of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Sunday that the pilot's condition is unknown.

It took rescue crews several hours to reach the wreckage of the F/A-18C jet on a Navy range training complex about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon.

Lauritzen says the name of the pilot will be withheld for 24 hours.

The jet crashed around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Helicopters and ground crews had difficulty reaching the crash site because of the mountainous terrain and remote location and a snow storm that hindered efforts.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

PICKUP INTO GROCERY STORE

NV store reopens, day after pickup drives into it

(Information in the following story is from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas grocery store reopened Sunday morning, a day after a woman in her 80s drove her pickup into it, sending nine people to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the 2:50 p.m. accident at a crowded Food 4 Less store that caused another 17 people to be treated at the scene for cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Police Lt. Ken Romane told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there were no life-threatening injuries.

He says the woman was driving through the parking lot when "for some unknown reason" her pickup went through the front door and ended up in the rear of the store.

He says the accident caused "significant property damage."

The driver, whose name wasn't released, stood outside the store afterward. She didn't suffer any visible injuries and she wasn't taken into custody.

UNR EARTHQUAKE LAB-EXPANSION

Expanded UNR Earthquake Lab 2nd biggest in world

(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — There's a whole lot of shakin' going on at the University of Nevada, Reno.

UNR's seismic simulation facility became the largest in the United States and second largest in the world this week with an expansion that included moving three new 27-ton shake table tops into the school's new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory.

UNR civil engineering professor David Sanders tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that it will allow them to test things they haven't been able to test before.

The shake table tops, called platens, are very large and strong surfaces onto which structures are attached and then shaken to determine their ability to withstand damage from earthquakes. Among other things, scientists use them to test new techniques for building safer bridges, highways and housing.

NEVADA SPELLING BEE

Private school student wins Nevada spelling bee

(Information in the following story is from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An eighth-grader at a private school in Las Vegas has won the Nevada State Spelling Bee for a second straight year.

Amna Raza of the Omar Haikal Islamic Academy defeated 28 other competitors to win the competition sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

She won by correctly spelling the word "paraphrasia," which is a speech defect characterized by incoherence in the arrangement of words.

She'll represent Nevada at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 25-31.

Second runner-up was Eshaan Vakil, a sixth-grader at Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas.

Raza's parents attributed their daughter's success to hard work, her teachers and Allah.

According to its website, the academy she attends has an enrollment of 190 students who have a love of Islam, a record of proven intellectual ability and a drive for academic success.

TAHOE OLYMPIANS-HOMECOMING

Squaw Valley honors Reno-Tahoe Olympians March 21

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, including three who brought home gold.

The Friday night event at the resort that hosted the 1960 Olympics coincides with the U.S. Alpine Championships being held there that weekend.

Dubbed a "Welcome Home Celebration," Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth says it will include an athlete parade, video presentations, fireworks, live music and autograph sessions.

Freestyle skiers David Wise of Reno and Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe snowboarder Jamie Anderson all won gold medals.

Squaw Valley's own Julia Mancuso won a bronze to go with the gold she won in 2006 and two silvers in 2010.

WHITE HOUSE INTERNS-NEVADA

2 students from NV chosen as White House interns

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two college students from Las Vegas have been selected as White House interns.

Lance Arberry of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Marylee Keller of Whitworth University in Washington state will serve as interns for the spring semester.

Interns will work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of the First Lady and the Office of the Vice President.

The program's mission is to make the White House accessible for future leaders across the country and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership positions.

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