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State wants suit against Labor Commission dismissed (1)

July 24, 2014 — 

The state has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the Labor Commissioner of letting employers cheat minimum wage workers. The suit filed June 6 by Las Vegas lawyers …

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Fire alarm evacuates Capitol (2)

July 24, 2014 — 

Employees working in the Capitol got an unexpected 15-minute break Wednesday afternoon when a fire alarm went off just before 2 p.m. The alarm was not a test and forced …

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Washoe schools superintendent fired unexpectedly (3)

July 23, 2014 — 

RENO — The Washoe County School District has fired Superintendent Pedro Martinez with little explanation — and much to the surprise of Reno city officials who embraced his hiring two …

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Wiretapping more likely in Nevada (4)

July 22, 2014 — 

A study by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts shows Nevadans are more than three times as likely as residents in other states to be wiretapped. According to the …

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Hearing on gun background check petition set (5)

July 19, 2014 — 

Carson District Judge James Wilson has set an Aug. 1 hearing on the challenge seeking to block the petition that would mandate background checks for almost all gun sales. The …

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Wiretapping more likely in Nevada (6)

July 18, 2014 — 

A study by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts shows Nevadans are more than three times as likely as residents in other states to be wiretapped. According to the …

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New bridge design survives earthquake tests at UNR (7)

July 16, 2014 — 

RENO — A 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment at the University of Nevada’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab in Reno. The 70-foot …

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Land may be listed as vital blue butterfly habitat (8)

July 15, 2014 — 

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to designate about 5,600 acres on southern Nevada’s Mount Charleston as critical habitat for an endangered blue butterfly. The proposed …

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Rep. Steven Horsford moves to protect rural broadband grant (9)

July 14, 2014 — 

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., has brokered a deal to protect a grant needed by Nevada’s rural hospitals. The $19.6 million grant was awarded to the Nevada Hospital Association to provide …

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8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas (10)

July 14, 2014 — 

LAS VEGAS — Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring from exclusive high-roller villas at a Las Vegas Strip …

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BLM to remove fewer mustangs across West (11)

July 14, 2014 — 

RENO — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will remove fewer wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and …

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State education tax battle to heat up this summer (12)

July 13, 2014 — 

A low-key but high-stakes campaign is underway to win the hearts and minds of Nevada voters ahead of the general election and a crucial vote on a margins tax to …

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Effort to bring internet to rural areas continues (13)

July 12, 2014 — 

Connect Nevada, the group working to expand the availability of high-speed Internet in Nevada, says more than 95 percent of the state’s households now have access to broadband service. Although …

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Drought drawing bears near people at Lake Tahoe (14)

July 11, 2014 — 

RENO — Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re …

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Crony capitalist-opoly stacked against Dotty’s (15)

July 11, 2014 — 

The beloved board game Monopoly has spawned all manner of themed spinoffs. There’s Dog-opoly, Chocolate-opoly, KISS-opoly, Muppet-opoly, Elvis-opoly and even Las Vegas-opoly. There isn’t yet a Nevada-opoly, but if there …

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Bruce Gilbert selected to run Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (16)

July 10, 2014 — 

Bruce Gilbert of Addison, Texas, was selected as the director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Thursday afternoon. The Board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange completed final …

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The new Battleship Nevada (17)

July 10, 2014 — 

The “Eagle” is in receipt, from Senator Newlands, of the above cut and the following descriptive matter of the new Battleship Nevada: Length on designer’s water line, 575 feet; breadth, …

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Amodei praises passage of job training bill (18)

July 10, 2014 — 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) Wednesday praised final passage of the conference report for the bipartisan H.R. 803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which would eliminate and streamline …

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Report: Bundy battle spurs extreme right (19)

July 10, 2014 — 

RENO — The victory a Nevada rancher claimed in a government standoff with armed militiamen has served to embolden right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists across the country, an organization that …

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Medical Marijuana: Up to 1 million square feet sought for pot (20)

July 10, 2014 — 

Up to a million square feet in Nevada cultivation facility space to supply medical marijuana demand may be necessary, a state advisory subcommittee was told Wednesday. The Advisory Commission on …

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