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Nevada not among 21 states notified of election hacking

September 22, 2017 — The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to […]

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GOP health bill all but dead

September 22, 2017 — WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program. It was the second time […]

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Sandoval calls for Nevada gaming, opioid task force meetings

September 20, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval has issued orders calling for meetings by two task forces. He has set dates to convene his task force on opioid drug abuse as well as the state Gaming Policy Committee. The opioid taskforce will meet Sept. 25 to hear updates form […]

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Cortez Masto amendment for non-citizen soldiers approved

September 19, 2017 — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., said Tuesday the amendment to prevent the military from ousting non-citizen soldiers from the U.S. military has been adopted as part of the Defense Authorization Act. The Military Accessions vital to National Interest program allows immigrants with vital skills to […]

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Nevada’s Sandoval prefers governors’ healthcare plan over Heller’s bill

September 19, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement Tuesday saying while he's working with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on healthcare, he prefers the bipartisan approach offered by the governors association. The bill authored by Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy would distribute federal […]

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GOP hopes again for Obamacare repeal; Sandoval against bill, Heller supports it

September 19, 2017 — WASHINGTON — Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health […]

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Lawsuit seeks to stop fracking

September 18, 2017 — RENO — Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration. The […]

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Senate passes bills to stop human trafficking; Nevada’s Heller a co-sponsor

September 15, 2017 — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Friday praised the Senate votes passing two bills designed to stop human trafficking. Heller co-sponsored both the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act and the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and both were approved this week with […]

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Kate Marshall running for lieutenant governor

September 13, 2017 — Former state treasurer Kate Marshall has announced she will run for lieutenant governor, replacing Mark Hutchison who decided not to seek re-election. She received immediate endorsements from a long list of Democratic notables including former Sen. Harry Reid, current Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Reps. Dina […]

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Nevada Senate majority leader to run for Attorney General

September 12, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — The top Democrat in the Nevada Legislature says he's running for state attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford said in a campaign website posting on Tuesday that he wants to keep state residents safe, strengthen the middle class and protect families. […]

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Nevada prison director says he’s working to reduce overtime costs

September 12, 2017 — Director of Corrections James Dzurenda told the Board of Examiners on Tuesday he's working on several strategies to get department overtime costs under control. He said one key is the ability to send some bad actors out of state. Prison overtime has grown from just […]

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Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau says law doesn’t prohibit special events where pot can be smoked

September 12, 2017 — The Legislative Counsel Bureau's office has issued an advisory opinion saying nothing in Nevada law prohibits permitting a business to offer customers a special venue to enjoy marijuana at a special event or to have a "pot lounge" for patrons. The opinion was requested by […]

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Nevada’s prison overtime balloons despite added positions

September 9, 2017 — In 2015, the governor and the Legislature voted to pump more than $7.6 million into the prison system budget to hire 100 more correctional officers. Then-Director Greg Cox told lawmakers at the time the added guards were critically needed to man existing posts and reduce […]

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Nevada wants out of Superfund listing at Yerington mine

September 7, 2017 — RENO — Nevada wants to back out of an agreement to designate a toxic mine a priority U.S. Superfund site — a move critics warn could leave state taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions dollars in cleanup costs, according to documents obtained by […]

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Nevada’s Amodei calls on Congress to reform immigration

September 6, 2017 — Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., on Wednesday called on Congress to do its constitutional duty and reform U.S. immigration law. "Since I've been here, I've called on congressional leadership to act on immigration reform," he said. He said now Congress has been given six months to […]

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Schwartz announces run for governor

September 5, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — A Nevada businessman who became state treasurer two years ago said Tuesday he'll seek the Republican nomination for governor. Dan Schwartz, who made his announcement at a golf course in Las Vegas, focused in a statement on schools, the state economy, U.S. […]

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State pays $10 million a year in credit card fees

September 4, 2017 — It costs the state of Nevada more than $10 million a year to let people pay licenses, fees and other charges using their credit cards. And as more and more agencies permit people to pay what they owe online, those credit card fees are rising […]

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Heller announces $11.1 million in security grants for Nevada

September 1, 2017 — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Friday announced the award of more than $11.1 million in homeland security grants for Nevada. The total includes $2.84 million in the Las Vegas area under the Urban Area Security Initiative. Heller said that's especially important in light of threats […]

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Investigation of Nevada senator cost $65,000-plus

August 31, 2017 — The investigation that resulted in Sen. Mark Manendo's resignation from office amid charges of sexual harassment cost the state more than $65,000. Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs said Thursday he has received the final and authorized payment of the final bill from the firm […]

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Nevada Gov. Sandoval backing Sen. Heller for re-election

August 30, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday he's supporting Dean Heller's bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. "I think he's done a great job," said Sandoval, adding that includes Heller's service in the House, as Secretary of State and in the Nevada Assembly. "I'm going to […]

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