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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Unions that fought against an overhaul of the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System earlier in the legislative session are getting behind another bill they say is more reasonable. The bill is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, who said it will save the retirement system $1 billion every 10 years.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a proposed law that would create a felony-level offense for multiple graffiti convictions. Supporters said the measure would help combat repeat offenders who create significant costs for graffiti repair. Opponents said the measure created too strict a punishment for a non-violent crime.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded a natural disaster declaration to include several additional counties suffering from drought in Nevada and Utah. Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Nevada's White Pine County and Utah's Sanpete County have been designated primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the lingering drought.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A real estate broker representing the owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel says the near-Strip property has sold for about $70 million to a New York-based hotel investment company. Michael Parks with CBRE Group in Las Vegas says the purchase price for the nearly 700-room hotel includes the $53.8 million paid for real estate in addition to the personal property attached to it including furniture and fixtures inside.

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