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VOTER FRAUD

Woman arrested for Nevada voter fraud

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Secretary of State Ross Miller says a woman has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ballots in Nevada elections.

Miller late Friday announced the arrest of Ortencia Segura in California.

A complaint filed by the attorney general's office says Segura registered to vote in Washoe County in August 2008 and provided identification with the name of Marisela Reyna. Authorities confirmed she voted in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Authorities say information from the Justice Department show Segura was arrested in 2012 and deported for filing a false statement on a passport application. They say she also had a false Nevada driver's license, prompting the investigation.

Miller says Segura was arrested Thursday for entering the country illegally.

NEVADA ATHLETIC COMMISSION

Boxing judge gets Nevada athletic commission post

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada State Athletic Commission has named a veteran boxing judge with a background as a retired FBI supervisory agent and U.S. Marine Corps captain as its new executive director.

Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar announced Friday that Robert Bennett has been hired for the position formerly held by Keith Kizer.

Bennett was picked by the five-member commission from among three finalists to head the state office regulating boxing and mixed martial arts.

Aguilar says Bennett has experience in unarmed combat within Nevada and has judged nearly 70 professional fights.

Bennett served as security director at the Clark County District Court, where he was responsible for managing a more than $10 million capital budget.

Kizer stepped down from the $95,000 commission executive director job Jan. 10 after eight years.

GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION-VEGAS

RNC team examines Las Vegas as convention site

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Republican National Committee team has paid a visit to Las Vegas to explore the logistics for staging the GOP's 2016 national convention.

The RNC technical site selection committee met Thursday with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority chief Rossi Ralenkotter and members of the GOP team putting together the city's bid.

Former Gov. Bob List, a senior adviser to the Las Vegas effort, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the team looked over the Las Vegas Convention Center, the proposed site of the 2016 convention.

Las Vegas is one of six finalists vying to host the convention. The other cities being visited by the team this week and next are Denver, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Kansas City.

PROFICIENCY TESTS-NEVADA

Classes of 2017, 2018 get proficiency tests break

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A state Board of Education decision says that passing math and English classes with a D and simply taking the proficiency test will be all that Nevada high school freshmen and sophomores need to do in 2014 and 2015 to meet future graduation requirements.

Trustees took what schools chief Dale Erquiaga called a simple solution to a difficult problem stemming from a change to new standardized math and English proficiency exams for freshmen and sophomores.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the board decided Thursday that the first two classes taking the exams will need to simply earn a passing grade in the correlating classes.

Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement Steve Canavero says the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 will still take the end-of-course exams in math and English. Their scores will provide a baseline for the state to set passing scores for students in the class of 2019.

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