- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

Good afternoon! Here’s an updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada.

Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Tom Tait in Las Vegas, 702-382-7440.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

SAUDI SERGEANT-RAPE CHARGE

LAS VEGAS - A Nevada judge heard arguments Friday but didn’t immediately decide whether a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant deserves a new trial after his conviction in the rape of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Clark County District Judge Stefany Miley told prosecutors and attorneys for Mazen Alotaibi that she’ll either schedule another trial or set a date for sentencing in the coming days. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TESLA-Q&A;

SPARKS, Nev. - Tesla Motors is building a $5 billion lithium battery expected to open east of Sparks in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable electric cars. Here’s some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the California-based company and the gigafactory” expected to have a capacity that exceeds all the other existing lithium battery plants in the world. By Scott Sonner. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 3 p.m., with AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION-DEPORTATIONS DOWN

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Associated Press analyzed figures from the Homeland Security Department and found the agency is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007. By Alicia A. Caldwell. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos NVCA101, NVCA102, NVCA103, NVCA104, NVCA105, NVCA106, NVCA107, NVCA108, NVCA109, NVCA110, NVCA111, NVCA126, NVCA125, NVCA124, NVCA123, NVCA122.WX107, WX105, WX106.

SPORTS:

FBC—NEVADA-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona’s non-conference schedule has been sort of like a preseason, a chance to figure out what the team’s strengths and weaknesses are. The Wildcats won both games and have one more test, against Nevada, before starting Pac-12 play. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon PDT.

IN BRIEF:

- RECALL-ELY CITY COUNCIL - A recall drive has been launched against all five Ely City Council members amid controversy over their handling of a financial audit of the Nevada Northern Railway tourist attraction.

- VETERANS HEALTH CARE-NEW MEXICO - The chief medical officer for the Veterans Affairs’ health care network in Southern California and southern Nevada has been tapped to oversee operations in New Mexico.

- SOUTHWEST FLOODING-INTERSTATE REPAIR - A $5 million quick fix could have a washed-out stretch of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City reopened on Friday. AP Photos NVJL104, NVJL101, NVJL114.

- MEXICAN HOLIDAY-VEGAS AIRPORT - A live mariachi is scheduled to welcome some of the nearly 6,000 visitors expected to fly from Mexico to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

- LOTTERY TICKETS-THEFT - A south-central Idaho man accused of stealing about $60,000 in lottery tickets from his employer and then cashing them to gamble on slot machines and card tables in Jackpot, Nevada, is facing charges.

- LIBRARY CLOSING-NORTH VEGAS - North Las Vegas is closing one of its three municipal library branches ahead of a plan to open another branch at a yet-to-be announced site.

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