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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's state superintendent says children are the victims in a cheating scandal uncovered at a Las Vegas elementary school. Superintendent Dale Erquiaga said it was unfortunate that 2011-12 test scores for students at Matt Kelly Elementary School would be invalidated. A report concluded at least one adult altered standardized test answer sheets in Spring 2012, leading to a dramatic increase in test scores at the traditionally low-performing school.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Residents of a northwest Reno neighborhood are launching an ambitious effort to turn an abandoned golf course into a park. The links-style Northgate Golf Club has sat vacant since it closed in 2009. Homeowner Linda James is among those who want to convert the old cart paths into hiking and biking trails and turn the old clubhouse into a community gathering place.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Legal officials from seven Latin American countries visited Nevada's busiest courthouse to learn about specialty court programs. The visitors from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela were getting information about alternative court programs that focus on resolving business, juvenile, mental health and complex litigation.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas City Council has cleared the way for horse-drawn carriages to return to some parts of the city for the first time in nearly 30 years. The city banned the carriages in 1985 after a spooked horse ran out of control on Las Vegas Boulevard. The prohibition later was rescinded and the council approved a series of routes.

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