ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately. The state Supreme Court twice upheld Kelly Rhyne's conviction. But, an Elko County judge overturned it ruling Rhyne was mentally incompetent at his first trial and his lawyers were unqualified to handle a death penalty case.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A defense lawyer says the unarmed trespasser Wayne Burgarello shot and killed in his vacant Sparks duplex once was a suspect in a murder, and the woman he wounded had conspired to steal items from the residence. Burgarello claims he acted in self-defense in the February shooting. Prosecutors say the killing was revenge.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City. Dignitaries, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, were present today when the orange aircraft dubbed Magpie was launched by hand, flew about 10 feet and then went down nose-first into the desert floor.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas educator who worked with Fortune 500 companies for 13 years before switching course and becoming an English teacher has been named Nevada's 2015 Teacher of the Year. Top state education officials honored Ian Sulzman at a ceremony today at Spring Valley High School. Sulzman teaches junior and seniors, and also works with the Model United Nations team.
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