SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A high-tech engineering and manufacturing corporation in Sparks has secured a NASA contract for an unmanned shuttle. KOLO-TV in Reno reports that Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded the contract Thursday for its Dream Chaser shuttle. Company spokeswoman Brooke Salkoff says the contract will open the door for Sierra Nevada to do more commercial initiatives. The Dream Chaser is a folding-wing aircraft that will transport cargo to and from the International Space Station starting in 2019. The aircraft will be built in Colorado.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials are looking at the light rail as the best type of transit to link the airport, the Strip and downtown Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reports a light rail system that would require billions of dollars to build and operate is not yet reflected in the Transportation Investment Business plan, projected to cost as much as $12 billion. Regional Transportation Commission senior director of engineering and technology David Swallow told the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board that of multiple technology systems, the light rail can be easily expanded while attracting a different type of rider.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A fifth man has been arrested in connection with a drug-related shooting death in Carson City. KOLO-TV in Reno reported Friday that the Carson City Sheriff's Office arrested an 18-year-old man for accessory to murder and other charges. He was initially taken into custody Wednesday on a juvenile warrant. Authorities previously arrested 21-year-old Reed Skenandore and a 19-year-old man in the death of 18-year-old Grant Watkins.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say burglary suspects trying to elude an officer in their vehicle, leading to a pedestrian and several others getting injured. KLAS-TV reports that the incident took place Friday after police received calls about several males carrying items out of a home. Officers responded to a home on Compass Rose Way near Rainbow Boulevard. An officer saw a vehicle fitting the description of the suspects' vehicle nearby and attempted to make a traffic stop. Police say the vehicle fled and then hit another car.