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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledges he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but insists politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so. The Nevada Democrat's name was removed from the school's Outdoor Engagement Center in Cedar City, Utah, last week. Wyatt said yesterday the school's 2011 naming of the center for the alumnus generated no donations to the center and created confusion about the center's purpose because nobody associated Reid with the outdoors.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An aide to retiring Assemblyman Joe Hogan says the Nevada lawmaker is in the hospital after suffering a massive stroke. Legislative attache Gregory Martin tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Democrat legislator had a stroke Tuesday while house-hunting in the Washington, D.C. area. Hogan was in intensive care yesterday at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. Martin says Hogan has been "unresponsive" since he was admitted.

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A man facing murder charges in the 2011 shooting deaths of a Utah couple in a two-state crime spree that already has him serving up to 56 years in a Nevada prison is appealing his conviction for kidnapping during a botched carjacking at a Wendover casino. Utah prosecutors filed murder charges against 26-year-old Logan McFarland in Sanpete County in May after he was sent to the Ely State Prison for six felonies including kidnapping, robbery and car theft.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials with Cirque du Soleil say a performer who was injured during a show in Las Vegas this week has been released from the hospital and is doing well. The accident happened Wednesday, during the Russian Swing act in the production of water-based "O." Cirque officials say the artist was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, then released on Thursday. The Russian Swing is a swiveling platform that launches performers into the air, where they twist and spin before landing in the water of the stage.

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