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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The amount of revenue Nevada draws from taxes is growing at a much slower pace than it did decades ago, and a new report says income inequality is partly to blame. A report by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's found that stagnant wages among the masses have dampened consumer spending, which in turn affects state revenues. It especially affects states like Nevada that depend heavily on sales tax and don't tax income.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two northern Nevada fire chiefs have asked the Public Utilities Commission to investigate the safety of NV Energy's residential "smart" meters, saying they believe the meters have sparked fires. The Reno Gazette Journal reports Fire Chiefs Michael Hernandez of Reno and Tom Garrison of Sparks say four fires in Reno and five blazes in Sparks have been linked to smart meters since 2012.

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — Police are searching for burglars who broke into the home of a Churchill County sheriff's deputy and made off with his pistol, badge and police equipment. Fallon police say a police radio taken from the home has been recovered, but the deputy's department-issued pistol, badge and other equipment are missing.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Pia Zadora is said to be resting comfortably at a Las Vegas hospital with serious injuries after a fall from a golf cart near her home. Spokeswoman Eileen Koch says Zadora suffered a head injury and a compound ankle fracture in a fall from a golf cart driven by her teenage son near their Las Vegas home on Thursday evening.

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