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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Washoe County School Board has voted to offer School Superintendent Pedro Martinez $25,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed in the wake of his sudden firing and subsequent rehiring last month. District officials say they only placed Martinez on administrative leave and didn't formally fire him.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas attorney is invoking events in Ferguson, Missouri, in a call for federal prosecutors in Nevada to take over the investigation of the February slaying of a 20-year-old man by Bureau of Land Management rangers. Jacob Hafter, representing the family of D'Andre Berghardt Jr., said that Clark County's District Attorney doesn't have jurisdiction in the case because it involves federal agents.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Reno city parks officials are blaming degraded water quality due to the drought for the deaths of dozens of ducks at a pair of urban lakes. Parks manager Jeff Mann told the Reno Gazette-Journal they likely suffered from avian botulism as a result of low water and oxygen levels. Lakes and ponds in all of Reno's parks are fed by Truckee River water and it's been weeks since any fresh water has entered the system.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 31-year-old woman who was found dead in her Washoe County jail cell over the weekend. Washoe County deputies say there were no signs of foul play in the death of Reno resident Kerry Roop. The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to determine why she died.

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