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Watching Weather Patterns Could Squash West Nile Virus

LAS VEGAS -- A fifth case of West Nile Virus was reported in Las Vegas Monday in a 50-year-old.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists might have a way to catch the virus before it spreads.

They do it by monitoring weather patterns, mosquito surveillance and collecting data on re-occurring hotspots.

Studies show that Dallas County, Texas, had some of the worst cases of West Nile last year with nearly 400 cases.

Scientists believe in places such as Dallas County that had warmer than average winters with no freeze, produced more mosquitoes and cases of West Nile.

Chris Bramley with Clark County Vector Control, said taking the weather monitoring approach will give his officers an advantage.

"By doing these studies and monitoring patterns, you know where to be before these mosquitoes hatch out as adults," Bramley said. "So you're ahead of the game."

New West Nile Virus Case Reported

LAS VEGAS -- Another person in southern Nevada has contracted the West Nile virus, the Southern Nevada Health District reported Monday morning.

The only information released about the person is that he or she is more than 50 years old. The case is believed to be the more serious neuroinvasive form of the virus. Five people now have contracted the virus in southern Nevada this year, including one person who died.

The health district also reports that mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in the 89122 ZIP code in the east valley. The mosquitoes previously had been spotted in the 89014 area of Henderson.

Two People Hospitalized with West Nile Virus

LAS VEGAS -- An elderly man and woman in southern Nevada have been hospitalized with the more serious form of the West Nile virus, the Southern Nevada Health District reported Wednesday.

A 77-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman recently contracted the neuroinvasive form of the mosquito-borne virus. West Nile virus has affected four people in southern Nevada this year, including two reported cases from last week.

One of the four people has died, but health district officials declined to identify which person is deceased. It is the fifth West Nile-related death in Clark County since 2003.

Immigration Reform Supporters Visit Rep. Heck's Office

Immigration Reform Supporters Visit Rep. Heck's Office

People supporting immigration reform rallied in front of Republican Representative for Nevada's 3rd District Joe Heck's office Tuesday morning.

The Nevada State AFL-CIO, PLAN, Mi Familia Vota, Dream Big Vegas and others delivered petition cards signed by people living in Heck's constituency in support of the immigration reform bill already passed by the U.S. Senate.

"We're dropping off petition cards from constituents that say their personal story of why they support immigration reform. They urge him to act as a leader within his own party, especially when the GOP meets tomorrow to discuss immigration reform," state coordinator for Mi Familia Vota Marisol Montoya Herrera said.

The legislation is now set to go before the U.S. House. The bill would increase border security, track people overstaying their visas, and crack down on employers hiring undocumented workers.

Monsoon Rain Hits Green Valley

Monsoon Rain Hits Green Valley

Monsoon rain hit the Henderson area Sunday afternoon. 

Heavily-Armed Man Arrested in Seattle From Henderson

SEATTLE (AP) — Police in Seattle are investigating a Henderson man arrested near the University of Washington in a stolen pickup truck filled with weapons, body armor and suspected explosive devices.

University of Washington police chief John Vinson the man, later identified as Justin Jasper, 21, was driving a truck stolen from Montana and had with him a scoped rifle, shotgun and fewer than 10 Molotov cocktails.

Jasper was booked into the King County Jail.

The university police contacted Seattle police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after searching the vehicle and finding the suspected bombs.

Vinson said Jasper was not cooperating with police, but said there did not appear to be any threat to the university campus.