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3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 57

April 3rd, 2017

It’s Day 57 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Here’s what to watch for.1. Money for Planned Parenthood. Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, wants to create an account in the state budget to give money to groups, including Planned Parenthood, for family planning services. SB122 is up in Senate Finance at 8 a.m.2. Insurance mandates.SB436 would restrict how insurance companies could stru...Read More >>

Legislative session a 120-day infomercial for Laxalt’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign

April 3rd, 2017

There’s one Republican elected official who should be thrilled with the far-left proposals coming from legislative Democrats: Attorney General Adam Laxalt.It’s an open secret that Laxalt will run for governor in 2018. His fundraising, grass-roots outreach and work as attorney general already have scared off Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller as Republican challengers....Read More >>

Donations to Badlands-focused PAC near $50,000

April 2nd, 2017

A new political action committee responsible for mailers hammering Las Vegas City Council candidates has pulled in $48,000 since it was formed in February.In the nearly three-week reporting period from March 11 to March 31, Citizens for Better Neighborhoods drew $33,000, on top of the $15,000 received in the prior month. The PAC spent $21,275 in that time, including more than $15,000 on printin...Read More >>

Gridlock remains as CCSD reorganization chugs along

April 2nd, 2017

A copy of a $3.4 million budget rested on a table at the Roger Bryan Elementary library last Tuesday as a team of staff members and parents sorted through its final details.The budget process is part of a reorganization plan that shifts more authority to individual schools. But the breakup of the Clark County School District has been anything but smooth, adding even more pressure to organizatio...Read More >>

Lee Canyon resort celebrates end of’ ‘great winter season’ — PHOTOS

April 2nd, 2017

Skiers had their last hurrah of the season at Lee Canyon on Sunday, a day that featured giveaways, live music and the annual pond-skim competition open to skiers and boarders of all ages.Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort promised to donate $5 from the price of each $25 daily lift ticket sold to the nonprofit High Fives Foundation, which offers financial help to injured mountain sport athletes...Read More >>

Mexican newspaper shuts down, citing journalist danger

April 2nd, 2017

MEXICO CITY — A newspaper in the Mexican border city of Juarez announced Sunday that it is shutting down because the rampant, unpunished killings of journalists in the country have made it too dangerous to go on.Norte executive Oscar Cantu Murguia informed readers of his decision in a farewell letter titled “Adios!” that was published on the paper’s front page and online...Read More >>

Sen. Rand Paul joins Trump for golf

April 2nd, 2017

POTOMAC FALLS, Virginia — President Donald Trump brought Sen. Rand Paul to his Virginia golf course on Sunday, where the two planned to discuss health care as they hit the fairways.The outing to Trump National Golf Club came hours after Trump tweeted that: “Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopeful...Read More >>

Las Vegas News for Sunday, April 2nd — VIDEO

April 2nd, 2017

Here are your Sunday morning headlines.1. The RTC is reviewing their policies on giant bus advertisements, after Las Vegas police operated blind during the Strip standoff last Saturday. Officers reached out to RTC Saturday when they could not see the suspect inside the bus due to a vinyl ad. Police asked for a live feed inside the bus, but cameras on all buses are not equipped for real-time fee...Read More >>

Analysis: A filibuster over Gorsuch’s nomination is bad for Democrats and the country

April 2nd, 2017

WASHINGTON — A favorite truism in Washington these days is: “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” It tells the cautionary tale of how Republicans who wanted to run Washington got what they wanted and now must govern.Here’s another quote for the swamp to consider: “Be careful what you scorn, you may someday become it.”It has been a favorite pastime o...Read More >>

Supreme Court nomination of Gorsuch expected to advance, setting up showdown

April 1st, 2017

WASHINGTON — Judiciary Committee Republicans are expected to vote Monday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate, setting up a showdown this week with Democrats threatening to block his confirmation.Republicans hold an 11-9 majority on the committee. The vote by the panel follows four days of testimony by Gorsuch, 49, who currently sits on the Denv...Read More >>

A century later, remembering Nevada’s ‘Wild West’ division in World War I

April 1st, 2017

The stories of the Calac cousins and other Nevadans who fought in World War I echo very faintly today.Only shorthand accounts of their heroism, sacrifice and accomplishments are etched in stone or handed down in family stories from generation to generation.But approaching the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the “war to end all wars,” the improbable tale of the Calacs and th...Read More >>

Badlands controversy fuels debate in Las Vegas Ward 2 race

April 1st, 2017

Ward 2 challengers aim to make it a battle for Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers to claim another four-year term.Real estate agent Christina Roush, retired Air Force Col. Steve Seroka and Summerlin resident Laura Feher are all vying for the Ward 2 job.Much of the campaign rhetoric has revolved around the controversial plan to put residences on the Badlands golf course. A political action comm...Read More >>

Native Americans fight bill that would cut funding of Nevada’s historic Stewart school

April 1st, 2017

CARSON CITY — Native Americans oppose a bill in the Nevada Legislature that would divert funds earmarked for the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian boarding school in the capital.Assembly Bill 285 would change the law that requires 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale of two state-owned parcels of land in Carson City to be used for the preservation of the buildings and grounds...Read More >>

Death penalty, bill deadline and teamwork fill eighth week of Nevada Legislature

April 1st, 2017

CITY — Marathon bill introductions, passionate debate on the death penalty and bipartisan agreement on the breakup of the Clark County School District highlighted a busy eighth week of the Nevada Legislature.DEADLINESLawmakers pushed the clock near midnight Monday to beat a deadline to introduce their bills. The daylong bill blast included measures proposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to imple...Read More >>

Furious pace on tap as midway point of Nevada Legislature looms

April 1st, 2017

CARSON CITY — As lawmakers rush to get bills heard by a looming drop-dead date, a milestone will be reached Thursday when the 2017 session hits the halfway point.It’s downhill after that for the 120-day session that must conclude on June 5.The halfway point of the session is significant for another reason. Lawmakers no longer get their roughly $150 a day in pay, though they will con...Read More >>

The D dealing tickets; ‘Mayor of the Strip’ amasses followers

April 1st, 2017

The Kats! Bureau at this writing is the second-floor Vue Bar at the D Las Vegas, named such because there is a high-up view of the Fremont Street Experience from the deck outside.Below, we see many buskers, such as little Mr. T., two guys dressed as Chippendales dancers and three women in kitty attire. They are cavorting in Circle No. 19, certainly on the fast track to fame.Hotel owner Derek St...Read More >>

Future of Sam Boyd Stadium up in the air with Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas

April 1st, 2017

By the time Sam Boyd Stadium reaches its 50th birthday in 2021, the bleachers, parking lots and football field might not be there.That’s because UNLV officials are considering several options — including the sale of the site — because of the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to their new home in Las Vegas.“One option is that we would sell it and see what funds we could g...Read More >>

Man charged with arson for Atlanta bridge fire

April 1st, 2017

ATLANTA — A man accused of starting a raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta was charged with arson Saturday.The first-degree arson charge was added to a first-degree criminal damage to property charge Basil Eleby already faced in connection with the fire Thursday evening that caused a heavily traveled overpass to disintegrate. Total bo...Read More >>

Creator of gay rights rainbow flag dies at 65

April 1st, 2017

Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65, his longtime friend announced on social media on Friday.“My dearest friend in the world is gone. Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of love and friendship,” Cleve Jones said on Twitter.No details were i...Read More >>

More than 100 killed after Colombia rivers overflow

April 1st, 2017

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos says at least 112 people have been killed after intense rains triggered an avalanche of mud and water from overflowing rivers that swept through a small city.Santos arrived at the disaster zone Saturday, warning the death toll could rise as the search for survivors continues.The incident happened around midnight in Mocoa, a city of ...Read More >>

Las Vegas news for Saturday, April 1st —VIDEO

April 1st, 2017

Here are your headlines for your Saturday morning:1. Cleanup efforts continue around the valley after heavy winds brought down signs, trees, and power on Thursday afternoon. NV Energy utility workers worked Friday to clear debris from power lines and repair seven fallen poles along Koval and Harmon. According to NV Energy, there are still almost 400 customers without power as of this morning.2....Read More >>

Mammoth dig by UNLV unearths ice age bones in Nevada’s Nye County

March 31st, 2017

AMARGOSA VALLEY — On a chalky, windblown mound about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, researchers brush and chisel away dirt surrounding a pair of curved tusks sticking straight down into the ground.As mammoth discoveries go, this one is pretty big.“The tusks are huge, so it was a full grown animal, and it was a male,” said paleontologist Steve Rowland.The longtime UNLV geolo...Read More >>

Clark County Family Court judge faces ethics charges

March 31st, 2017

Family Court Judge William Potter is facing ethics charges that include improperly having a lawyer handcuffed in his courtroom, failing to allow another attorney to be heard and commenting on pending cases during his re-election bid.The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline filed the charges against Potter on Wednesday.In January 2015, Potter raised his voice while demanding “yes or no...Read More >>

Nevada lawmaker wants change in civil forfeiture rules

March 31st, 2017

CARSON CITY — A Nevada lawmaker said the state’s civil forfeiture system needs an overhaul to stop innocent people from losing property.But law enforcement officials oppose the measure, saying it is unnecessary and that current checks and balances allow people to reclaim seized property.Senate Bill 358, sponsored by Sen. Don Gustavson, would make the civil forfeiture system part of ...Read More >>

Bill would allow Nevada nurses to sign health-related forms

March 31st, 2017

CARSON CITY — Advanced practice registered nurses would be authorized to sign myriad health-related forms under a bill heard Friday by a Senate committee, but concerns were raised over allowing them to sign off on a defendant’s competency to stand trial.Senate Bill 277, sponsored by Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, said the goal of the bill is to expand the authorization of advanced nurses tra...Read More >>

Nevada’s minimum wage to remain unchanged, officials announce

March 31st, 2017

Nevada will leave the state’s minimum hourly wage unchanged when the new fiscal year starts July 1, the Office of the Labor Commissioner said in a statement.The minimum wage for employees who are offered qualified health benefits from their employers will remain at $7.25 per hour, according to the statement. The minimum wage for employees who are not offered health benefits will remain at...Read More >>

Judges OKs $25M settlement over Trump University

March 31st, 2017

SAN DIEGO — A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ruling settles two class-action lawsuits and a civil l...Read More >>

Clark County pays overtime to crack down on short-term rentals

March 31st, 2017

Airbnb hosts beware, Clark County is cracking down on short-term rentals.Rentals for fewer than 30 days have been forbidden in residential areas of the unincorporated county since 1998, and code enforcement officers are now working voluntary overtime to catch offenders.The officers are investigating complaints on holiday weekends to improve their chances of finding properties in violation of th...Read More >>

Nevada coalition wants drugmakers to reimburse diabetics

March 31st, 2017

CARSON CITY — Nevadans dismayed by soaring drug prices told lawmakers Wednesday the state should take unprecedented action to curb costs.A coalition of hotel and casino owners, union leaders and Democratic lawmakers are attempting to mandate pharmaceutical companies refund people for overpriced American insulin.The bill targets diabetes medications, which regulate glucose and insulin leve...Read More >>

Las Vegas news for Friday, March 31st —VIDEO

March 31st, 2017

Here are your Friday morning headlines:1. Windy weather hit Las Vegas last night, taking with it signs, trees and power. The National Weather Service said wind gusts were between 60 and 70 mph, with the highest recorded gust coming in at 84 mph. Breezy conditions are expected through the weekend, though gusts on Friday will hit up to 40 mph.2. A local high school volleyball coach is accused of ...Read More >>

Crayola retires dandelion yellow for a new blue color

March 31st, 2017

EASTON, Pa. — Dandelion yellow has reason to be blue.Crayola announced Friday, National Crayon Day, that it’s replacing the color dandelion in its 24-pack with a crayon in “the blue family.”The company says it will leave it to fans to come up with a name for the replacement color.It’s only the third time in Crayola’s long history that it has retired one or mo...Read More >>

American Airlines co-pilot dies during landing

March 31st, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An American Airlines pilot died after becoming ill just before his plane landed in Albuquerque.During the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, the captain declared an emergency and landed the plane at Albuquerque International Sunport on Wednesday night.The plane taxied to a gate and was met by paramedics, who were unable to save William “Mike” Grubbs, 58, a Dall...Read More >>

Successful recycled rocket launch ‘blows’ Elon Musk’s mind

March 31st, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission. He was at a loss for words after the Falcon 9 core landed on the bull’s-e...Read More >>

I-85 collapses in Atlanta after massive fire burns under highway

March 31st, 2017

ATLANTA — A major effect on traffic in a city already known for gridlock is expected after a massive fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta.Georgia’s top transportation official said there’s no way to tell when the highway, which carries 250,000 cars a day, can be safely reopened to traffic in either direction following the collapse, which happened Thursd...Read More >>

Super bloom attracts thousands to the Southern California desert

March 31st, 2017

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. — Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California’s desert sands after lying dormant for years — producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs.An estimated 150,000 people in the past month have converged on this town of about 3,500, roughly 85 miles northeast of San Diego, for t...Read More >>

3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 54

March 31st, 2017

Here are three things to watch on Day 54 of the 2017 legislative session:1. Civil asset forfeiture. Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, seeks to protect property rights by reforming civil asset forfeiture. SB358, which has a bipartisan list of sponsors, is up in Senate Judiciary at 1 p.m.2. Red Rock restrictions. AB277, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, would prohibit local governme...Read More >>

Burning candle started deadly fire in Oakland, officials say

March 30th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — A burning candle started a building fire that killed four people and displaced dozens more in Oakland, officials said Thursday.The disclosure ruled out arson as the cause of the Monday blaze in the three-story building for recovering addicts and people who had been homeless.Erica Terry Derryck, a spokeswoman for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, declined further comment.An inves...Read More >>

Ford’s flip-flop kills ‘sanctuary state’ bill

March 30th, 2017

The proposal to make Nevada a “sanctuary state” is dead. And there was much rejoicing.I told you two weeks ago that law-enforcement opposition to the proposal would ensure its doom, but how it happened reveals a split Senate Democrat caucus and a politician looking towards 2018.Senate Judiciary Chairman Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, had scheduled Senate Bill 223, the sanctuary state ...Read More >>

Desert winds often make Las Vegas headlines — a brief history

March 30th, 2017

Havoc from the desert wind is a familiar story in Las Vegas, where gusts occasionally split palo verde trees and send garbage cans scooting down the street. More serious damage to buildings and property is not unusual.Power outages that snarl traffic and leave residents in the dark are frequently tied to windstorms.Thursday’s storm, which ignited a rare dust storm warning, was the latest ...Read More >>

Women push Legislature to help end ‘pink tax’ in Nevada

March 30th, 2017

CARSON CITY — Women of all ages turned out Thursday to support a bill eliminating Nevada’s so-called “pink tax” on feminine hygiene products.Senate Bill 415, sponsored by Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, and Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, would establish a legislative finding that removal of the tax is warranted, thereby sending it to voters on the 2018 ballot.Becau...Read More >>