Bullet-Maker Takes Plea in Vegas Shooting Case

A man whose home-loaded bullets were found in a suite where a gunman unleashed the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally manufacturing ammunition.

Douglas Haig admitted Tuesday that he made tracer and armor-piercing bullets at home in Mesa, Arizona, and sold them under a business called Specialized Military Ammunition.

The 57-year-old aerospace engineer wasn’t accused of a direct role in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds at an open-air music festival.

Haig’s plea avoided a trial. He is free pending sentencing Feb. 19. He could get probation or up to about two years in federal prison.

Defense attorney Marc Victor maintained that Haig couldn’t get a fair trial before a jury in trauma-scarred Las Vegas.

Woman: Sister Injured in 2017 Las Vegas Shooting has Died

The sister of a woman injured in the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas Strip hotel says the woman has died.

KPTV reports that Kim Gervais was left paralyzed by bullets Oct. 1, 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds.

Dena Sarvela of Vancouver, Washington, says her sister, Gervais, died Friday night in California.

Unvaccinated Students Unenroll from School Due to Outbreak

RENO — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough.

Unenrolling during the disease’s 21- day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as chronically absent.

The 19 affected students claimed a religious exemption from the vaccine for whooping cough. The Washoe County Health Department says they should avoid going to school until 21 days after the last student was diagnosed.

A school district official tells the Reno Gazette Journal that the students will be in touch with their teachers and won’t be held back. She says absences because of a lack of vaccination can’t be excused under federal law.

Three students at the school have been diagnosed with whooping cough.

Early Enrollment in Nevada Insurance Marketplace Tops 60,000

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s new health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 60,000 people in a health plan during the first third of the 45-day enrollment period. Nevada Health Link said Friday that many of the 65,000 people with existing coverage were automatically re-enrolled for 2020.

Nevada Health Link sells insurance to people who buy their own policy rather than getting health coverage from their employer, Medicare or Medicaid. It is the only place where consumers can qualify for subsidies under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act.

Nevada is running its own insurance marketplace for the first time this year after breaking from a system run by the federal government.

Consumers in Nevada have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage during 2020.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens off I-15 in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Electric vehicle owners have a new place to charge batteries on the heavily-traveled freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

State and local officials on Thursday marked the start of use of two rapid chargers at a Terrible’s Road House service station in Jean.

That’s off Interstate 15, about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) south of Las Vegas.

It’s the first of its kind on I-15 in Nevada and the fifth site in the state under a program launched in 2016 by the Governor’s Office of Energy, Nevada utilities and local businesses.

The aim is to put charging stations at strategic locations around the state.

Other charging stations are on U.S. 95 in Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Beatty (BAE’-tee).

Officials say one is scheduled to open in Indian Springs in February.