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Nevada U.S. Senate candidates schedule debate

September 24, 2018 — Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Democrat U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen have finally agreed to a debate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. But the two are still wrangling over details of a possible debate in Reno as the race for Heller's Senate seat

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Most of expected growth in Nevada revenue already spent

September 21, 2018 — The leading candidates to become Gov. Brian Sandoval's successor are locked in a dispute over who will do the most to improve funding for K-12 education in Nevada. Republican Adam Laxalt says he'll pump $500 million in new money generated by the state's rebounding economy

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Nevada seeks again to overturn FEMA denial of wildfire aid

September 21, 2018 — RENO — The state of Nevada and members of Congress are again appealing to the U.S. government to reverse an earlier decision to deny disaster assistance to a remote rural area ravaged by a huge wildfire near the Idaho line. Kacey KC, Nevada's state forester

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Tribes awarded $3 million for anti-violence programs

September 21, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has announced the Justice Department is awarding more than $3 million in grants to American Indian tribes in Nevada. "This announcement comes amid DOJ efforts to combat the disproportionate levels of violent crime and domestic violence in American Indian

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Trump stumping for Sen. Dean Heller in Las Vegas

September 20, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — His own political fortunes intrinsically linked to his party holding control of Congress, President Donald Trump on Thursday offered full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican senator, while unleashing a torrent of grievances against Democrats and the news media and claiming

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Nevada judge wants more briefs in drugs-for-execution case

September 20, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge is focusing on whether federal product recall laws apply in a bid by drugmakers to block use of their products for a twice-postponed execution. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez in Las Vegas issued an order Wednesday after the state Supreme Court

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Backers of gun measure want it before Supreme Court

September 20, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Backers of a voter-approved gun buyer screening initiative that passed in 2016 but was never enacted want the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge who decided the measure was fatally flawed and couldn't be enforced. Their attorney, Tami Cowden, said Thursday

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Heller on the election: ‘I’ll win’

September 20, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Republicans' chances of keeping their majority in the U.S. Senate have become shakier as races in red states like Texas have tightened, but the party's most vulnerable member insists he's bullish about his re-election. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller has faced tight

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Nevada’s newest state park opens near Yerington

September 19, 2018 — Saying, "welcome to a slice of Nevada heaven," Gov Brian Sandoval on Wednesday christened Nevada's newest state park, the Walker River Recreation Area outside of Yerington. The park is being built on the 12,000 acres of land that was formerly three historic ranches, the Pitchfork,

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Nevada high court cancels execution case arguments

September 19, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Supreme Court has canceled plans for oral arguments this week on a state request to quickly decide whether a twice-delayed execution of a condemned inmate should go forward despite drugmakers' protests. Chief Justice Michael Douglas' four-sentence order canceling Friday's arguments

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Women’s empowerment workshop in Carson City

September 18, 2018 — The Nevada Commission for Women has set an empowerment workshop for Sept. 28. The event will be held in the legislative building and is designed to encourage women to apply for and serve on government boards and commissions. A spokesman said only 40 percent of

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Las Vegas shooting victims have two weeks to file claims

September 18, 2018 — Victims of the Oct. 1 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival have just two weeks to file a claim with the Nevada Victims of Crime program. The deadline is one year after the shooting and Gov. Brian Sandoval pointed out Oct. 1 this year

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Artists create 58 portraits of Las Vegas shooting victims

September 17, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Portraits of the 58 people killed in last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas went on display Monday after artists from around the world donated their time to memorialize the victims. "I want people to know these individuals," Mary Jo von Tillow

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Nevada high court taking up execution drug supply question

September 17, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — A judge in Las Vegas who heard more than three days of testimony about how Nevada obtained drugs for a twice-postponed execution said Monday she will need a few days to decide whether three drugmakers can block use of their products in

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League of Women Voters forums set in Carson City

September 17, 2018 — The League of Women Voters is hosting four free election forums in Carson City. The forums, co-sponsored by Sierra Nevada Forums, AAUW, PFLAG, Partnership Carson City and the Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition, will be at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W.

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Nevada’s Rosen backs rape kit backlog bill

September 14, 2018 — Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has signed on to legislation that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and extend programs aimed at eliminating the nationwide rape kit backlog. That act is set to expire at the end of this month. "Violence Against Women Act funds

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Laxalt seeks real-time overdose reporting

September 13, 2018 — Attorney General Adam Laxalt has filed a bill draft request he said is designed to help first responders and law enforcement more rapidly address reports of drug overdoses. The legislation would authorize first responders to report suspected overdoses in real time using the Overdose Detection

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Rosen introduces Cybersecurity Workforce Act

September 13, 2018 — Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced legislation creating a grant program in the Labor Department to support creation, implementation and expansion of apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity. She said the bill is modeled after Nevada's cybersecurity apprenticeship program approved by the state Apprenticeship Council in May.

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Heller: I’ll bet $100 Kavanaugh’s confirmed

September 13, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Nevada Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller said Wednesday he's willing to bet $100 that the Senate will confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by the end of the month. But if there's any delay, he's confident the nominee will be confirmed before

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Nevada prison rate 15 percent higher than national average

September 12, 2018 — The Crime and Justice Institute presented a report on Wednesday that says Nevada's imprisonment rate is 15 percent higher than the national average and growing. Institute analyst Alison Silveira told the Commission on the Administration of Justice that Nevada incarcerates 468 people per 100,000 residents

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