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Unemployment 4.8 percent in Carson City

November 21, 2017 — There are now more than 1.35 million people employed in Nevada, the highest number ever. Employers have added more than 240,000 jobs since the depth of the recession in 2010. While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent in October,

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National search to be conducted for Western Nevada College president

November 21, 2017 — The committee charged with finding a new president for Western Nevada College decided on Tuesday to hire a national search firm to find the best candidates. Chancellor Thom Reilly said the decision to bring in a search firm was based in part on the need

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Nevada DMV says don’t visit in the next week

November 20, 2017 — If you can wait, this week and especially next Monday are not the time to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Nevada DMV officials say the Monday following Thanksgiving — they call it Black Monday — is the busiest day of the year at

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Reno cop killer moves step closer to parole

November 20, 2017 — One of the four men imprisoned for murdering a police officer has moved a step closer to potential freedom. David Lani, now 54, has been granted parole from his sentence for the use of a deadly weapon in the death of Reno undercover narcotics officer

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Carson Nugget preparing for free Thanksgiving feast

November 17, 2017 — In the Nugget kitchen, preparations for the annual Thanksgiving feed are well under way with 12-16 turkeys at a time roasting in their ovens. Executive Chef David Sellars and Sou Chef Scott Brown are roasting about 30 turkeys a day to get ready for what

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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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Advocate says deregulating Nevada energy market will benefit even small customers

November 15, 2017 — Despite fears to the contrary, the head of the group pushing for final passage of the Energy Choice initiative said not just big business but residential customers and small businesses will benefit from an open and competitive retail electricity market. Jon Wellinghoff of Policy/DER (for

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Board approves funds for identification for inmates released from Nevada prisons

November 14, 2017 — The Board of Examiners on Tuesday voted to approve more than $609,000 to cover costs of issuing inmates photo identification cards when they're released. The IDs were mandated by SB268, approved by the 2017 Legislature. But prison officials say they don't have the staff to

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Carson City, Washoe schools get money for funding error

November 14, 2017 — The Board of Examiners on Tuesday voted to use $1.679 million from the Interim Finance Contingency Fund to make Washoe and Carson City school districts whole, fixing an error Gov. Brian Sandoval said was the state's fault and shorted those school districts per pupil money

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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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NDOT approves traffic project on U.S. 395 in Douglas

November 13, 2017 — A traffic signal at Airport Road and Highway 395 north of Minden is another step closer to reality after the Nevada Department of Transportation Board approved a $1.8 million contract on Monday that also includes work at Stephanie Way and Johnson Lane. Work will include

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Demolition of Carson City’s Kinkead building proceeds

November 10, 2017 — Crews from Advance Installations and Las Vegas Demo worked through the Veterans Day holiday gutting the old Kinkead Building in preparation for tearing down the concrete and steel frame. Workmen are using Bobcats hoisted to each successive floor to tear out the walls, wiring and

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Environmentalists, mining company sign deal to protect sage grouse

November 9, 2017 — Eric Holst of the Environmental Defense Fund said Thursday the deal with Kinross Gold to offset impacts to the sage grouse by protecting nearly 10,000 acres of habitat couldn't have come at a better time. He said the Interior Department has set Nov. 27 as

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Taxable sales up 9 percent in Carson City

November 7, 2017 — Statewide taxable sales notched a 3.3 percent increase in August over the same month of 2016, a total of $4.77 billion. Churchill County had a banner month, growing total sales 17.2 percent to $25.9 million. The big increases there were in the Utilities category where

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Carson City gaming win up 4th straight month

November 7, 2017 — Churchill County was hit by a decrease in game and table win in September. That category fell 20.69 percent but table games make up just a tiny part of Churchill's overall gaming win. Slot win totaled $1.59 million compared to just $63,000 from the tables.

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In Carson City, Adam Laxalt says Nevada is headed in right direction

November 7, 2017 — Attorney General Adam Laxalt said Monday he believes Nevada is headed in the right direction in economic development and reforms to education. And he gave Gov. Brian Sandoval credit saying he has "done a good job for Nevada." He made the comments following a stump

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Nevada brothel owner backs federal court case to legalize prostitution

November 3, 2017 — Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof says he fully supports the 9th Circuit Court case challenging California's prostitution law. In that case, the lawyer for a sex workers' advocacy organization is seeking to throw out the 145-year-old law making prostitution illegal in that state. The judges

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Adam Laxalt stumps in Fallon on Saturday

November 2, 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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ACLU sues Nevada over rural public defense

November 2, 2017 — The American Civil Liberties Union has charged Nevada routinely violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants in 11 rural counties by not providing them with adequate legal representation. The class action suit filed in Carson District court charges Nevada is failing to meet its constitutional

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Nevada Supreme Court gives good time credits in 16 cases

November 2, 2017 — The Nevada Supreme Court's October ruling applying good time credits to the minimum sentence in a DUI case has now been applied to at least 16 additional inmate cases. The Oct. 5 opinion in the conviction of Jessica Williams for hitting and killing six while

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