Las Vegas, Nevada - In its annual Top Picks list, Consumer Reports has crowned four new vehicles the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Highlander with the top honor in each of their respective categories. Domestic automakers picked up two new spots.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Former Clark County Family Court Judge Steven E. Jones was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey to 26 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay approximately $2.9 million in restitution for participating in an investment fraud that bilked over 50 investor victims out of millions in cash for almost a decade, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada and Laura Bucheit, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI for Nevada.

Carson City, Nevada - Health professional shortages have been a challenge in Nevada for decades.  The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has increased health care access to hundreds of thousands of Nevadans, creating even higher demand for health care professionals.  In anticipation of this increase, the NV Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) facilitated a pipeline mapping project to identify challenges across multiple sectors, and to make recommendations for bringing more health professionals to Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Maybe, but not by much. Recent research suggests that some echinacea supplements may shorten the duration of a cold by about half a day and may slightly reduce symptom severity. But these results were too minor to be deemed significant.

Las Vegas, Nevada - GMO Free Las Vegas will host a FREE Movie Night at Beauty Bar on Sunday, March 8, presented by sponsor El Dorado Cantina, an upscale authentic organic and GMO-free Mexican restaurant rated the 41st U.S. top restaurant by Yelp this year.  Free screenings of Jeremy Seifert’s hit documentary, “GMO OMG” is at 7 p.m. and “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” at 9 p.m. at Beauty Bar’s popular outdoor courtyard in the historic Fremont East District in Downtown Las Vegas. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Beauty Bar, located at 517 E. Fremont Street, and all guests must be 21 years or older.

Henderson, Nevada - Southern Nevada residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic “telestroke” program that is now available at all three campuses of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican (Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín). A recent agreement between St. Rose and Mayo Clinic in Arizona means the service featuring a portable, self-propelled robot has begun in southern Nevada. This service will compliment and augment the already robust certified stroke centers at all three campuses and Dignity Health is the first to partner with Mayo on this project in Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada - A former senior vice president of Bank of America (BOA) in Las Vegas pleaded guilty today to misapplication of bank funds in a scheme that led to over $6.4 million in losses to BOA on two business-related loans.

Washington, DC - A former military contractor who ran two Kuwaiti companies during the Iraq War pleaded guilty today for paying a $15,000 bribe to an Army National Guard officer in exchange for the award of a contract to provide buses to the United States Army, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Las Vegas, Nevada - With improved reliability scores for its lineup, Buick has become the first domestic brand to earn a place among the top 10 in Consumer Reports Annual Car Brand Report Cards since its inception three years ago.  The findings were presented today before the Washington Automotive Press Association at the National Press Club.

Salt Lake City, Utah - A Midvale, Utah, man and a Henderson, Nevada, woman were convicted by a jury yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City of tax crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen of the District of Utah and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.