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Nevada Supreme Court: Defense entitled to jury criminal histories

December 9, 2018 — The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled defense teams are entitled to criminal history information prosecutors get from sources the defense doesn't have access to. The issue was raised in discovery hearings before the murder trial of Francisco Ojeda in Washoe County when defense counsel asked

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Prosecution’s sentencing veto unconstitutional, Nevada Supreme Court says

December 8, 2018 — The Nevada Supreme Court says the statute giving the prosecution the power to prevent a district judge from assigning a potentially violent offender to veteran's court is unconstitutional. Five members of the high court agreed with District judge Connie Steinheimer the statute gives the prosecution

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Nevada voter registration climbs after election, sets record

December 6, 2018 — The number of registered Nevada voters has continued to increase even after the Nov. 6 General Election. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said the active voter rolls grew by 25,067 to a record 1,585,995 between the close of registration Oct. 18 and the end of

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Nevada PERS renews fight to keep records private

December 6, 2018 — The Public Employees Retirement System has again petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court to block the release of retiree payment records. The petition asks for a rehearing of the high court's October decision ordering PERS to provide names to match the records of how much individual

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Nevada courts see more than 384,000 cases in year

December 5, 2018 — Nevada's Supreme Court and Appellate Court had a total of 2,935 case filings in fiscal 2018 and, according to its annual report, disposed of 2,695 of those cases. The seven members of the Supreme Court handled 1,613 of them referring the remaining 1,322 to the

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Nevada State Historical Society to move from UNR to downtown Reno

December 5, 2018 — The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved a land deal that will move the Nevada State Historical Society to downtown Reno into what was originally the Reno Gazette Journal building on Second Street. "It's going to be fabulous to have a museum in downtown Reno,"

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Carson City taxable sales increase by 5.8 percent

December 5, 2018 — September's taxable sales increased 2.5 percent to a total of $5.07 billion. Taxation Director Bill Anderson said that's the 99th consecutive month of increases over the same month a year ago. Carson City reported a 5.8 percent increase — more than double that of the

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Board projects 7 percent rise in general fund revenue

December 3, 2018 — The governor and legislature will have $8,843,915,028 in General Fund cash to spend in the upcoming two-year budget. The Economic Forum approved that total after a four-hour hearing Monday. It represents an increase of $590.7 million over the current budget. The forum took a relatively

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Nevada Supreme Court dismisses marijuana distribution case

November 30, 2018 — The Nevada Supreme Court has finally put an end to the battle over who is legally allowed to distribute marijuana, saying the issue is now moot. The original ballot initiative legalizing recreational pot specified that the only businesses that could be licensed to distribute the

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Nevada gaming win tops $1 billion in October

November 29, 2018 — Despite a bad month for Baccarat, total gaming win in October topped $1 billion for the fifth time this calendar year. Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton said the last time that happened was in 2007 in the peak before the recession. He said total

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Simple drug possession shouldn’t be felony, Nevada justice panel says

November 29, 2018 — Lawmakers are likely to see a recommendation they reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs to a misdemeanor. Led by the two judges and one cop on the panel, members of the Commission on the Administration of Justice made clear Thursday

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Nevada budget gets boost as Tesla tax credits expire

November 28, 2018 — The Economic Forum will be told next week the General Fund will get a $138.1 million boost in the upcoming budget cycle as the tax credits now going primarily to Tesla expire. Legislative Counsel Bureau Economist Russell Guindon told the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to

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Nevada’s marijuana tax collections rise 77 percent

November 28, 2018 — Marijuana tax collections are up 77 percent for the first quarter of this fiscal year. Through September, which added $7.49 million in revenue, total collections were $23.48 million. The wholesale marijuana tax generated nearly $11 million of that amount, more than double collections for the

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Carson City to target bad drivers and pedestrians

November 28, 2018 — Sheriff Ken Furlong says pedestrians and drivers are both in for a rude awakening. Saying the situation is out of control in Carson City, he promised a plan is in the works that will crack down on both groups. "It's not just who has the

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Nevada Supreme Court officially certifies election results

November 27, 2018 — Members of the Nevada Supreme Court met Tuesday to officially certify the results of the 2018 elections. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske conducted the process, called the canvass. According to the statistics, 975,980 of Nevada's 1,564,066 registered voters cast ballots in the General Election —

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20 vehicles hit in Carson City burglary spree

November 27, 2018 — Carson sheriff's deputies are looking for the person or persons responsible for a series of more than 20 vehicle burglaries and damage that happened early Black Friday morning. Sheriff Ken Furlong said windows of most of the cars were smashed in over the course of

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Repairs to Carson City Battle Born Memorial will cost $45,000

November 21, 2018 — Fixing damage caused to the Battle Born Memorial by four teens will cost upward of $45,000. Director of Administration Patrick Cates said Tuesday the cracks to three of the black granite slabs and damage to the edges resulting from them riding their Razor Scooters and

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Carson City jobless rate falls to 4 percent

November 20, 2018 — Nevada's raw jobless rate fell another two tenths in October to just 4.2 percent statewide. The seasonally adjusted rate, however, was a bit higher, 4.4 percent, but that's still down from 4.5 percent in September. Dave Schmidt, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training

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Carson Nugget, FISH preparing for Community Thanksgiving Feast

November 19, 2018 — Carson Nugget officials and FISH are well under way preparing for the annual Community Thanksgiving Feast as staff roasts and prepares turkeys and side dishes. Dean DiLullo, CEO of the Carson Nugget, said they expect to serve upward of 800 meals on Thanksgiving. But FISH

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Ignition interlock now required for all Nevada DUI arrests

November 18, 2018 — If you've been charged with drunk driving, there's a new sheriff in town. And it's electronic — a mandatory ignition interlock device on your vehicle that checks your sobriety every time you start the car. Under the law passed by the 2017 Legislature, a vehicle

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