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Whiffing Las Vegas: Odor ordinance would crack down on unsavory smells

February 27th, 2017

Las Vegans battling olfactory offenses in their neighborhoods may soon have an ally in the the Nasal Ranger.The $2,000 device could help enforce a proposed ordinance that would set standards aimed at curtailing nuisance smells and identifying odors from potentially harmful substances. It is slated to be discussed by the City Council on March 15.“It comes up with a scientific reading, so i...Read More >>

Nevada students could test out of subjects under proposed bill

February 27th, 2017

A student who can show mastery of a lower-level subject — like, say, Algebra 1 — through a test or other assessment could advance to the next level under a “competency-based education” pilot program introduced Monday in a Nevada Assembly education committee.Assembly Bill 110 was introduced by Brian Mitchell, the director of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Office of Science, ...Read More >>

Bill would have public schools serve as evacuation site for charter schools in Nevada

February 27th, 2017

Nearby public schools would be required to provide a safe space for charter schools evacuating campus in an emergency situation under a proposal presented to the Nevada Assembly education committee.Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, D-Las Vegas, introduced the bill alongside Craig Stevens, the Clark County School District’s director of intergovernmental relations.The bill was met with...Read More >>

With new vigor, schools strengthen technical training

February 27th, 2017

Woodshop. Metalshop. Drafting. I planned to go to college, but vocational skills were a routine part of my high school education in the early 1960s, as they had been for decades for students nationwide.But then, the education establishment decided college-bound students, those judged suitable for higher education, should take rigorous academic courses, but no vocational training.Students not he...Read More >>

Las Vegas senator wants to measure schoolchildren for obesity — POLL

February 27th, 2017

A Nevada senator thinks it’s time the state fights its fat problem.Senate Bill 165 would define obesity as a chronic disease under Nevada law and require some school districts to help track obesity levels among Nevada’s youth. State Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, introduced SB 165 to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday afternoon.In addition to conducting vision, heari...Read More >>

Boulder City legislator suggests letting some older inmates out of prison

February 27th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Older inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses could be released on parole if they meet certain criteria under a bill considered Monday by the Senate Committee on Judiciary.Senate Bill 140, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, would authorize the Department of Corrections to assign an inmate 65 years old or older to the Division of Parole and Probation for resi...Read More >>

‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,’ Trump tells governors

February 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors Monday that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated” as Republicans in Congress and the administration continued to grapple with repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.Trump met with the governors on the final day of their three-day annual conference amid concerns that states could be stu...Read More >>

Henderson police warn of NV Energy scam

February 27th, 2017

The Henderson Police Department issued a warning Monday about a scam in which suspects pose as NV Energy representatives and try to collect payments.The suspects will call the victim and demand that outstanding balances be paid to prevent the victim’s power from being shut off, police said in a statement. Scammers have also programmed their phones to appear as NV Energy in the caller ID. ...Read More >>

Nevada Senate debates bills to expand privacy for some government workers

February 27th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Bills that would expand privacy protections and broaden the scope of government information that can be kept confidential for judges and other specified public employee groups were endorsed Monday in a Senate hearing by a long list of speakers.But the bills did draw opposition in the hearing before the Senate Government Affairs Committee, which did not take immediate action ...Read More >>

Jurors in Dylann Roof case worshipped at church where 9 people were killed

February 27th, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The jurors who sentenced Dylann Roof to death for the racist massacre of nine black church members quietly visited the Charleston house of worship weeks later for a Sunday service.In a newspaper opinion piece, the 18 jurors and alternates said Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Eric Manning identified them only as “civil servants” at the Feb. 5 service.After the se...Read More >>

SpaceX booked to fly 2 people to the moon in 2018

February 27th, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year.Company chief Elon Musk announced the surprising news Monday.Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon. Musk won’t identify the pair or the price tag. He says they’ve already paid a “significant” deposit.Musk says...Read More >>

Families tackle tasks at STEM night at Woolley Elementary

February 27th, 2017

Nearly 300 students and parents attempted engineering challenges during the first Family Engagement STEM Night recently at Woolley Elementary School.Among their tasks: building a tower to support a 12-ounce bottle of water using three pieces of paper and a few inches of tape.“We couldn’t get the water tower to stand,” said Diana Ganzon, the mother of kindergarten student Chris...Read More >>

Proposal would prohibit Nevada agencies from doing immigration enforcement

February 27th, 2017

CARSON CITY — A bill introduced Monday in the Nevada Senate would prohibit state and local law agencies from conducting immigration enforcement operations.Senate Bill 223, sponsored by state Sen. Yvanna Cancela and a host of other Democratic lawmakers, comes amid stepped up immigration enforcement under the administration of Republican President Donald Trump.The bill would prohibit police...Read More >>

Nonprofit offers free ‘recreational therapy’ for veterans, first-responders

February 27th, 2017

To mark its fourth anniversary, the nonprofit Horses4Heroes will hold a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Floyd Lamb Park at which veterans, caregivers and first-responders can participate in both unmounted exercises with horses and horseback rides for stress relief.Veterans or anyone with military identification receive free admission to the Las Vegas park, 9200 Tule Springs R...Read More >>

Nevada assemblywoman wants to save money on window replacement

February 27th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Assemblywoman Heidi Swank says Nevada could save money by considering alternatives before replacing windows in state buildings.Swank, D-Las Vegas, told members of the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs that retrofitting options can save money over new window replacement, be just as energy efficient, and provide a greater return on investment for taxpayers.“The bi...Read More >>

Getting name change after marriage could become easier in Nevada

February 27th, 2017

CARSON CITY — It may be easier for someone who gets hitched in Nevada to get a name change.Assembly Bill 204 would require that the new name a bride or groom plan to use after getting married be listed on the marriage license and certificate.The bill allows a newly married person to change their middle and or last names. For example, someone could change their middle name to their former ...Read More >>

Car in which Tupac Shakur was shot, killed in Las Vegas is for sale for $1.5M

February 27th, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot is for sale, with an asking price of $1.5 million.California memorabilia dealer Moments in Time has listed the 1996 BMW 750iL that once belonged to Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight on its website . Shakur was riding with Knight in the car when he was shot during a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in September 1996. He...Read More >>

Swaziland water project among WCTA student’s commitments

February 27th, 2017

Kristen de Guzman wants to help ensure those who live a world away have water to drink.The senior at West Career and Technical Academy, 11945 W. Charleston Blvd., has long been involved in community projects. Her volunteerism has benefited Three Square Food Bank, various projects through St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church and Las Vegas-based Clean the World, and she has participated ...Read More >>

Pennsylvania judge will allow jury outside the area for Bill Cosby’s trial

February 27th, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury from outside the Philadelphia suburbs will be brought in to decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial itself because of worldwide media reports that brand the actor a “serial rapist.”Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said jurors will remain sequestered during Cosby&...Read More >>

Clark High’s debate coach honored for success

February 27th, 2017

Clark High School teacher Robin Brown can make a pretty strong case when it comes to her expertise as a speech and debate coach.Brown has been leading Clark’s speech and debate team for seven of her eight years teaching at the school, and this year she is one of 10 coaches nationwide being honored with her first Diamond Award by the National Speech & Debate Association. She is the onl...Read More >>

3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 22

February 27th, 2017

It’s already Day 22 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Time flies when lawmakers are trying to raise your taxes and take away your freedoms.Here’s what to watch for.1. A weighty proposal.SB165, sponsored by Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, and up at 3:30 p.m. in Senate Health and Human Services, would define obesity as a chronic disease. It also would require Clark and Washoe county school...Read More >>

Ex-President George W. Bush talks about Trump, Russia

February 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush said Monday “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government, and he defended the media’s role in keeping world leaders in check.In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Bush said he would trust Senate Intelligence panel Chairman Richard Burr ...Read More >>

Warren Buffett taking a bigger bite of Apple, people are listening

February 27th, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett says he’s investing heavily in Apple, believing that once consumers begin using the company’s products they aren’t likely to stop.The billionaire investor said on CNBC Monday that Berkshire Hathaway now holds about 133 million shares of Apple after buying yet more of the company’s stock this year. That’s more than double stake tha...Read More >>

California dam’s outflow to be stopped to clear debris

February 27th, 2017

OROVILLE, Calif. — California water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam’s crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday.The Department of Water Resources said it will start gradually reducing outflows from the Northern California dam beginning Monday morning and completely halt them by the a...Read More >>

Money being raised to restore vandalized Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

February 27th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.A man visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery on Sunday called police to report that three of his relatives’ headstones had been knocked over and damaged. The discovery came less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri.Police say approximately ...Read More >>

Pediatricians warn against allowing kids smoke pot

February 27th, 2017

CHICAGO — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman.The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of...Read More >>

Former CCSD cop hopes his case prompts transgender protections

February 26th, 2017

Former Clark County School District police officer Bradley Roberts loved his job, but when the transgender man was told he couldn’t use most of the district’s restrooms, he started getting stomachaches.He stopped drinking water at work. He couldn’t sleep. He dreaded going to work in the morning and grew paranoid that district staffers were watching him to see which restroom he...Read More >>

School for low-income students eager for ESAs

February 26th, 2017

A different kind of private school is looking to come to Las Vegas. If your family makes too much money, your children won’t be accepted.That’s just one of the things that make schools in the Cristo Rey Network unique.John Foley, a Catholic priest in Chicago, founded the first Cristo Rey School in 1996. To cover the costs of a college-preparatory education in his low-income and pred...Read More >>

More than 100 Jewish cemetery headstones damaged in Pennsylvania

February 26th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said.A man visiting the cemetery called police at 9:40 a.m. Sunday to report that three of his relatives’ headstones had been knocked over and damaged.“The cemetery was inspected and approximately...Read More >>

Bergdahl lawyers to ask for case dismissal due to Trump comments

February 26th, 2017

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl said Sunday they will ask an Army appeals court to dismiss charges against him in the belief that President Donald Trump’s repeatedly calling him a “traitor” during the election campaign make it impossible for him to get a fair trial.Bergdahl’s defense team plans to make the request Monday at the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Ap...Read More >>

UNLV med school may help erase Nevada’s ‘shocking’ shortage of female doctors

February 26th, 2017

With five months remaining until the new UNLV School of Medicine officially welcomes its first class, the university has offered admission to 40 prospective students – half of them women.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that women make up nearly half of Nevada’s population. But it’s an anomaly in a state that ranks near the bottom nationally in terms of physician gen...Read More >>

First trial in Bunkerville standoff case presents paradox

February 25th, 2017

Cliven Bundy’s armed stand against the federal government has landed him in a prison cell, but some of the rancher’s positions on public lands could be enacted into federal law in the new political frontier of President Donald Trump’s Washington.The first trial in the case against Bundy and his supporters coincides with a new political regime. The timing has presented a parado...Read More >>

Oscars prediction: Litany of anti-Trump lectures will rule the night

February 25th, 2017

WASHINGTON — Meryl Streep set the stage for a very political Academy Awards ceremony when she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Now the question is whether President Donald Trump will watch what likely will be a four-hour verbal pounding of his person and policies Sunday.Streep indirectly panned Trump’s immigration policies last month. She also delivered a ...Read More >>

Some roads in Mojave National Preserve set to close during railroad work in March

February 25th, 2017

Several roads in Mojave National Preserve will be closed intermittently in March to accommodate work on railroad crossings in the California park about 90 miles southwest of Las Vegas.The track upgrades by Union Pacific Railroad will interrupt traffic on Kelbaker Road, Cedar Canyon/Mojave Road, Ivanpah Road and the unpaved portion of Cima Road.The crossings on those roads will be closed general...Read More >>

Demand for lithium a potential boon for Nevada

February 25th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Deep within the bowels of Nevada, a mineral found in the underground brines represents a potential growth industry for the Silver State.Lithium, used in car batteries, ceramics and even anti-depressant medications, is mined in one place in the U.S.: Nevada.State mining regulators are working on Assembly Bill 52, which would create a framework for lithium mining and explorati...Read More >>

School funding, guns, nursing mothers and more highlight busy week four of Nevada Legislature

February 25th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Week four of the Nevada Legislature will include hearings that run the gamut from mandating employer accommodations for nursing mothers to abolishing both the controller and treasurer offices to establishing an Asian Culture Day.It also marks a milestone of sorts: There are fewer than 100 days left until the session’s scheduled end date of June 5.The week kicks off wit...Read More >>

Trump says he won’t attend White House correspondents dinner

February 25th, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.The annual fundraiser for college scholarships and venue for reporting awards mixes politicians, journalists an...Read More >>

Democrats select Tom Perez as national chairman

February 25th, 2017

ATLANTA — Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.Perez, the first Latino to hold the post, edged Rep. Keith Ellison in the second round of voting...Read More >>

Sign spinners show their stuff during Fremont Street Experience competition

February 25th, 2017

Away from the crowd’s roar and spectacle of men and women spinning and tossing arrow-shaped advertising signs, Elijah Scholz practiced and listened for his name.The 18-year-old Californian from the Sacramento area spun his own black-and-orange sign over his head and gave it a flip in the air.“My brother got me into it,” Scholz said. “I also do some dancing, parkour. I do...Read More >>

Truck slams into parade crowd in New Orleans, 28 injured

February 25th, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said.Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn’t sa...Read More >>