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Man pleads guilty in beating death of NV official

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the April 2013 beating death of Nevada's chief insurance examiner.

Raul Garcia Jr. awaits sentencing Oct. 27 after entering the plea Friday in Carson District Court.

Garcia said he and the other defendants went to the Carson City apartment of 62-year-old William McCune to rob him because they believed he had a lot of money.

The Nevada Appeal reports he told District Judge James Wilson he was present at the time of the murder so he's "just as guilty as everyone else."

Last October, three other defendants entered plea agreements with prosecutors in the case.

All four defendants, who are in their early 20s, were arrested after McCune's body was found in the Carson River wrapped in a blanket and duct tape.


Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California.

The man born Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was booked into Clark County jail Saturday after he said in a Ventura County, California, courtroom last week that he wouldn't contest his return to Nevada.

Koppenhaver, 32, a former porn actor, is accused of beating adult film actress Christy Mack and her male friend at a Las Vegas home on Aug. 8 before fleeing to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, where he was arrested a week later.

Prosecutors have filed multiple felony battery, assault and coercion charges that could get Koppenhaver a total of more than 25 years in prison if he is convicted.


Commission adopts fracking regulations for Nevada

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies' use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada.

The Commission on Mineral Resources' unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who say fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity.

But supporters say the concerns are exaggerated, and oil and gas development resulting from fracking will provide a boost to Nevada's economy.

The 2013 Legislature passed legislation requiring adoption of fracking regulations by January 2015.

Noble Energy Inc., which is searching for oil in northeastern Nevada, calls the regulations "tough but workable."

But Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada says the governor-appointed commission was stacked with people with ties to "extractive industries" such as oil and mining.


Minor injuries in small plane crash near Granby

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say two people suffered only minor injuries when the small plane they were in crashed near Granby Airport.

The Denver Post reports the plane had been flying from Nevada when it stalled and crashed at about 12:40 p.m. Friday. The Grand County Sheriff's Office has not released the names of the two people on board or said why the plane stalled.

Granby is about 60 miles northwest of Denver.


Assemblyman Hogan in hospital after massive stroke

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An aide to retiring Assemblyman Joe Hogan says the Nevada lawmaker is in the hospital after suffering a massive stroke.

Legislative attache Gregory Martin tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Democrat legislator had a stroke Tuesday while house-hunting in the Washington, D.C. area.

Hogan was in intensive care Friday at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. Martin says Hogan has been "unresponsive" since he was admitted.

Martin says the 77-year-old lawmaker had recently had heart surgery and had two smaller strokes several years ago.

Hogan was first elected in 2004 but decided not to run for re-election this year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

His assembly district includes a portion of Clark County.


McFarland appeals Nevada conviction in NV-UT spree

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A man facing murder charges in the 2011 shooting deaths of a Utah couple in a two-state crime spree that already has him serving up to 56 years in a Nevada prison is appealing his conviction for kidnapping during a botched carjacking at a Wendover casino.

Utah prosecutors filed murder charges against 26-year-old Logan McFarland in Sanpete County in May after he was sent to the Ely State Prison for six felonies including kidnapping, robbery and car theft.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports McFarland's appeal filed this week with the Nevada Supreme Court seeks to overturn his convictions for first-degree kidnapping and committing an offense in a stolen vehicle.


Utah university removes Reid's name from center

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledges he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but insists politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so.

The Nevada Democrat's name was removed from the school's Outdoor Engagement Center in Cedar City, Utah, last week.

Wyatt said Friday the school's 2011 naming of the center for the alumnus generated no donations to the center and created confusion about the center's purpose because nobody associated Reid with the outdoors.

The center caters to students seeking outdoor careers.

Reid issued a statement Friday saying there was no agreement to have him raise funds for the center and he's "not going to raise money to have (his) name placed on anything."

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