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Assisted-living facility in Carson fined

(AP) " State regulators say a Carson City assisted-living facility has been fined $1,000 after a March inspection found numerous problems with food storage and preparation.

The Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance imposed the fine on the Sierra Place Retirement Community on West College Parkway.

The facility, which did not contest the penalty, is licensed to care for 76 elderly and disabled clients.

Bureau officials say the multiple violations of food safety requirements coincided with a significant increase in incidents of gastrointestinal illness among residents.

A later inspection showed full compliance by the facility.

CA lawmakers hold hearing in Reno on jobs, business

RENO (AP) " More than a dozen California Republican legislators held a hearing today in Reno to consider ways to prevent their state's businesses from moving to Nevada.

Business representatives testified that over-regulation, taxes and the cost of doing business drove them from California to Nevada in recent years.

California Assemblyman Dan Logue, who chaired the event, says the goal of the hearing was to address his state's job crisis and come up with measures to create a friendlier business climate.

The forum drew representatives of more than a dozen businesses that have either already relocated to Nevada or are considering the move.

In the past year, Nevada spent about $1.5 million on ads designed to persuade California businesses to move out of the Golden State.

Tropicana closes rooms that failed inspection

LAS VEGAS (AP) " The Tropicana hotel-casino has closed 560 hotel rooms because they failed an inspection.

A statement released by the Las Vegas Strip casino operator says a room renovation violated building codes. It described the closures in the Paradise Tower as temporary.

Tropicana Las Vegas President Ron Thacker says the hotel is working with local authorities to bring the rooms into compliance.

Thacker says the problem is related to plumbing fixtures installed during a renovation completed in 1990. He says the issue had gone unnoticed until an inspection this week.

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