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Lake Tahoe funding included in Interior bill, says Nevada Sen. Dean Heller

November 21, 2017 — Sen. Dean Heller says critical funding to protect Lake Tahoe and detect wildfires in the basin is included in the Interior Department's appropriations bill. Heller, R-Nev., said the legislation includes language directing the U.S. Forest Service to implement the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act he sponsored

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Lawsuit against Nevada state senator dismissed

November 21, 2017 — The Nevada Supreme Court this week dismissed the lawsuit seeking to force Sen. Heidi Gansert from her position as executive director of external relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. The suit listed Douglas French as plaintiff and charged Gansert was violating Nevada's constitutional separation

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Nevada senators back bill to fix gun background check law

November 17, 2017 — Nevada's U.S. senators have issued statements backing a new bill to fix flaws in the existing firearms background checks law. Republican Sen. Dean Heller said the National Instant Criminal Background Check System will require state and federal agencies to quickly and accurately report criminal history

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House OKs tax bill; Amodei votes yes

November 16, 2017 — WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more. The

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Nevada’s public retirement system unfunded liability falls again

November 16, 2017 — Climbing back financially from the impact of the recession, the Public Employees Retirement System has reduced its unfunded liability to just 25.6 percent. That number is the shortfall PERS would face if the system was dissolved and it had to pay retirement to every covered

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$10 million more for medicaid eligibility contract in Nevada

November 14, 2017 — The Board of Examiners voted Tuesday to add another $10 million to the contract to develop and implement the Health Care Reform Eligibility Engine. Steve Fisher, head of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, told the board this is the final phase of the

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Sierra Nevada Corp tests Dream Chaser spacecraft

November 13, 2017 — EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A test version of the Dream Chaser, a reusable spacecraft that resembles a small space shuttle, made a successful free flight and landing in California after being hoisted by helicopter high over the Mojave Desert, officials of Sierra Nevada

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Reno physician running for Amodei’s seat

November 7, 2017 — Reno doctor Vance Alm has announced his candidacy for the congressional seat held by Republican Mark Amodei. Alm, a Democrat, is a retired Air Force navigation officer currently working as a family practice physician. He described himself as a moderate who wants to improve the

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Carson City officials call Washington, D.C. trip a success

November 7, 2017 — Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell and Supervisor Lori Bagwell both described their recent trip to Washington, D.C., as a success. The pair represented Carson City at the White House Nevada Elected Officials Convention on Nov. 3, where they met with Vice President Mike Pence, White

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Vandals damage headstones at historic Reno cemetery

November 6, 2017 — RENO, — Reno police are investigating damage to several headstones in an apparent attack of vandalism at an historic cemetery near the University of Nevada campus. Police say at least four headstones at Hillside Cemetery were damaged late Saturday or early Sunday. The markers date

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Claudia Vecchio resigns as Nevada tourism director

November 2, 2017 — Nevada Tourism Director Claudia Vecchio has resigned that position to take the job as head of Sonoma County Tourism. Vecchio has been head of Nevada's Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs since 2011. That department includes tourism, museums and history and the Nevada Indian Commission

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Laxalt announces run for governor

November 1, 2017 — SPARKS — Attorney General Adam Laxalt on Wednesday made official the worst-kept political secret in Nevada: he's running for governor. Laxalt, 39, made the announcement at a press conference in Las Vegas kicking off a seven-day tour of the state in which he said he

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Crowell, Bagwell to attend White House Convention

October 30, 2017 — The Board of Supervisors will be reduced to three members this week as Mayor Bob Crowell and Supervisor Lori Bagwell head to Washington, D.C. to attend the Nevada Local Elected Officials' White House Convention. "The purpose of this event is to develop a working relationship

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Controller Knecht running again

October 30, 2017 — State controller Ron Knecht has formally announced he will run for a second term in that office. He said he has kept his original campaign promise to cut costs and save taxpayer money, cutting spending and, in his first two years, returning more than $1

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Most of the Nevada DACA participants renew their status

October 30, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — Most of the 2,140 eligible Nevada participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program renewed their status, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. About 1,660 people filed their paperwork for renewal by the Oct. 5 deadline, and only about 100

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P. Mark Ghan named acting president of Western Nevada College

October 19, 2017 — The Board of Regents has officially appointed P. Mark Ghan as acting president of Western Nevada College. The board made the decision Thursday, simultaneously deciding to conduct a national search for the college's next president. That decision effectively means Ghan will not be in the

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Laxalt to lanch ‘The Laxalt 17’ Tour of Nevada

October 19, 2017 — Adam Laxalt will launch "The Laxalt 17" tour in Las Vegas on Nov. 1. The tour will then take him to all 17 of Nevada's counties over a one-week span. Laxalt will offer remarks and speak with local residents at each stop, sharing his vision

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Nevada senators seek more funds in wake of Las Vegas shootings

October 18, 2017 — Nevada Sens. Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto joined this week to ask the Justice Department for more money to help cover overtime costs resulting from the Las Vegas shooting. They made the request in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying the $1

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Coordinator hired to battle opioid crisis

October 16, 2017 — Attorney General Adam Laxalt has hired an ex-FBI agent to coordinate the state's efforts to battle the opioid epidemic. Terry Kerns is also a registered nurse. He said she will work to bridge the gap between law enforcement and state victims' service providers. In addition,

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Most Nevadans won’t be affected by healthcare subsidies cuts

October 13, 2017 — The head of the Silver State Health Exchange says President Trump's decision to cancel Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies to insurance companies will impact few Nevadans who get insurance through the exchange. "It will take time," said Heather Korbulac. "Those likely will not have an impact

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