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Nevada pot industry growing much faster than expected

June 20, 2018 — After being told the medical/recreational marijuana program is growing far faster than expected, the Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday approved adding $1.5 million to the Department of Taxation budget to add more security guards, convert eight temporary posts to permanent jobs and add another eight

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Reno DMV building cost increases by $8M

June 20, 2018 — Lawmakers were told Wednesday the cost of the new Department of Motor Vehicles building in south Reno is rising rapidly because of inflation and a booming construction market. Ward Patrick, administrator of state Public Works, said the 2017 Legislature approved $42 million to build the

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Safe schools call center funding hiked by Nevada lawmakers

June 20, 2018 — Lawmakers Wednesday voted to add nearly $700,000 to the Safe Voice Call Center program after one of the center supervisors told them Safe Voice has saved a number of young people's lives. Safe Voice is the program that provides a 24/7 phone line and a

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Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years

June 20, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Nevada will carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection. Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to die July 11,

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Nevada’s prison overtime down 69 percent in last quarter

June 19, 2018 — With prison wardens taking a much more active role in managing overtime, the budget shortfall in Nevada is now down to $3.1 million. That's far less than the $22 million total corrections officials were reporting just a few months ago. Gov. Brian Sandoval complimented Corrections

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Carson City primary vote certified by supervisors

June 19, 2018 — Carson City supervisors on Tuesday certified the primary vote in the capital, a process called canvassing the vote to make the results official before shipping them to the Secretary of State's office. All 17 Nevada counties are doing the same thing ahead of the official

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Number of sex offenders who must report to dramatically increase

June 18, 2018 — The much litigated law toughening Nevada's sex offender registration law will go into effect October 1, dramatically increasing the number of convicted offenders who have to show up at their local law enforcement and register. Julie Butler, who manages the system for the Department of

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Politicians exempt from ‘Do Not Call’ law

June 15, 2018 — Now that we're past the primary, politicians for every open office are in full attack mode. And that means your phone just won't stop ringing. A number of people have asked whether Nevada's Do Not Call law can stop at least some of those calls.

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Nevada’s primary voting highest since 2010

June 15, 2018 — The 2018 primary posted a higher percentage turnout than any primary since 2010. Overall, the Secretary of State's office reports 22.83 percent of Nevada voters went to the polls Tuesday — a total of 329,372. Elections Division Deputy Wayne Thorley said that's exceeded only by

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Heller announces $12 million for Tahoe Restoration Act

June 15, 2018 — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Friday announced there will be $12 million in federal funding for fire detection cameras and the battle against invasive species. Heller said earlier this month he urged the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service to fund and support wildfire prevention

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High salaries at Nevada boards criticized in audit

June 14, 2018 — Executive branch auditors issued a report Thursday critical of numerous boards and commissions they say are paying directors more even than the governor makes. The audit issued by Audit Manager Warren Lowman and Auditor Mark Richards says that 12 percent of the boards reviewed were

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Lawmakers told Lovelock prison unsuited for juvenile inmates

June 13, 2018 — Prison officials and the ACLU told lawmakers on Wednesday that Lovelock State Prison isn't the place juvenile inmates should be. Holly Welborn of the American Civil Liberties Union told the legislative study committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice those teenaged offenders can't access programming

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Douglas County Commission chairman ousted

June 13, 2018 — While not the closest race, Commission Chairman Steve Thaler's defeat at the hands of District 2 challenger John Engels was the Election Day upset on Tuesday night. Engels won the Republican primary, 4,445 to 4,011, or by just over 5 percent of the vote. "I'm

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Kieckhefer tops Schmidt in state Senate race

June 13, 2018 — State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer grabbed another primary victory over Gary Schmidt in the Republican primary for State Senate District 16 on Tuesday. With all returns in, Kieckhefer topped Schmidt by 12 percentage points (6,518 votes to 5,076). In Carson City, Kieckhefer garnered 2,606 votes to

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Wes Duncan and Aaron Ford to face off for Nevada attorney general

June 12, 2018 — A Republican former assistant state attorney general will vie against the Democratic state Senate leader for the top state law enforcement position in Nevada in November. Wes Duncan advanced in the GOP primary for state attorney general with a Tuesday win over Las Vegas lawyer

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Adam Laxalt, Steve Sisolak to face off in November’s race for Nevada governor

June 12, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Democrats settled a bruising primary for Nevada governor on Tuesday, nominating Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak to take on the state's Republican attorney general in November — one of two close races expected in the battleground state this year. Sisolak, who

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Nevada Republican Dean Heller will face U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen in November

June 12, 2018 — As expected, with Danny Tarkanian out of the race, incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller advanced to the November general election on Tuesday. And, also as expected, a well-funded Rep. Jacky Rosen was dramatically ahead in the Democratic primary. Both, in fact, had more than 70

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U.S. Rep. Amodei easily advances; Koble likely opponent

June 12, 2018 — Mark Amodei was headed for an overwhelming victory in the Republican primary in Congressional District 2 on Tuesday, handing Sharron Angle yet another defeat. With admittedly just early returns posted on the Secretary of State's website, Amodei was leading Angle by more than 72 to

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It’s official: Carson City officials elected during the primary

June 12, 2018 — Carson City's local primary held no suspense Tuesday. Six candidates were on the ballot unopposed. Justice of the Peace Department 1 Tom Armstrong, Ward 3 Supervisor Lori Bagwell, Assessor David Dawley, Treasurer Gayle Robertson, and District Attorney Jason Woodbury were all re-elected. Aubrey Rowlatt, chief

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Washoe Family Court Judge David Humke suspended and fined for neglect of duties

June 12, 2018 — Washoe Family Court Judge David Humke, a former state Assemblyman and County Commissioner, was suspended without pay for three months and fined $1,000 for neglecting his judicial duties by failing to handle child support cases and other work. The state Commission on Judicial Discipline Monday

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