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Inmate, 86, dies at prison in Carson City

(AP) — An 86-year-old inmate serving 20 years to life for sexual assault has died at Carson City’s prison.

The Nevada Department of Corrections says Foster Gordon died Sunday in the regional medical facility at Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Officials say Gordon had been in the prison medical facility for an extended period and died of complications from a medical condition.

Gordon was convicted in Washoe County and incarcerated in that case since 2008.

An autopsy will be conducted, officials say.

Gordon is at least the seventh inmate to die at the prison since October.

Railroad firms hiding evidence, lawyers say

RENO (AP) — Lawyers for a trucking company are accusing two railroad companies of tampering with evidence about a June 2011 collision between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train that killed six people in Northern Nevada.

Lawyers for John Davis Trucking Co. say they have evidence the companies tampered with a video of the crash and are hiding or have destroyed the crossing gate arm.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the lawyers claim video from the train’s camera was altered to make it look like the gate was working and say the gate arm has vanished.

Union Pacific denies the allegations and says it plans to vigorously defend itself in state and federal courts. Amtrak declined to comment.

Mother sues over school uniform policy

(AP) — The mother of two students once threatened with suspension for not wearing uniforms mandated by a Reno elementary school has taken her fight to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Mary Frudden told justices Monday that the 2011 policy implemented by a parent-faculty association and the school principal violates state law. She argues that only the Washoe County school board has authority to impose such a requirement.

Frudden also claims that the association was required to comply with open-meeting law.

School district lawyer Randy Drake counters that state law is permissive and gives principals authority to impose uniforms. About 30 schools in Washoe County have uniform policies.

A uniform policy was proposed at Carson High School last year, but the plan was tabled amid protest.

Cigarette may have sparked deadly Reno fire

RENO (AP) — Investigators say a fire at a Reno apartment that killed 78-year-old woman may have been sparked by a cigarette.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that neighbors were trying to put out the fire with extinguishers when firefighters arrived at the scene about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Battalion Chief Rik Kajans said the woman was flown to the burn center at UC Davis Medical Center, where she died.

He added that the apartment complex manager was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment of smoke inhalation.

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