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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’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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Crews fighting to prevent Washoe Dam collapse

June 18, 2018 — Emergency crews from the Division of Water Resources are fighting to plug a leak in the 100-year-old Washoe Dam. State Engineer Jason King said a routine inspection today discovered the earth and rock dam is leaking at its base beneath the spillway from Little Washoe

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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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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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Nevada celebrates Flag Day as U.S. Army reaches 243rd birthday

June 14, 2018 — Nevada celebrated Flag Day on Thursday, the 243rd anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Army, with remarks from decorated Army Col. Cory Schulz and Iraq veteran and head of Nevada's Department of Emergency Management Caleb Cage. Schulz referred to the current acrimony surrounding the

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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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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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Sentencing set for 2014 Carson City murder

June 12, 2018 — Judge James Wilson on Tuesday set Leonardo Cardoza's sentencing hearing for July 27. But before that can happen, Wilson must resolve the motion by attorney Allison Joffee to remove him from the sentencing. Under a Nevada Supreme Court case decided years ago, the judge who

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It’s primary election day

June 12, 2018 — Voters across Nevada go to the polls today to pick who will face off in the November General Elections. Polls are open form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all those who failed to take advantage of two weeks of early voting. In Carson City,

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Tesla credits will take most of excess revenue for Nevada

June 8, 2018 — The Economic Forum was told Friday that even though state revenues are more than $60 million ahead of forecasts year-to-date, most of that excess will disappear by the time the new budget is built. Legislative economist Michael Nakamoto told forum members General Fund revenues so

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Congress could fund Yucca restart next year

June 7, 2018 — The head of Nevada's Nuclear Projects Office said Thursday he doesn't expect Congress to approve funding to re-start licensing of Yucca Mountain this year. But Bob Halstead told the Commission on Nuclear Projects after the first of the year, there's a 90 percent chance of

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Taxable sales up 10.1 percent in Carson City

June 7, 2018 — Taxable sales totaled $5.41 billion in March. While that's an increase over March 2017, it's only by four-tenths of a percent. Taxation Director Bill Anderson said the numbers would've been significantly better except two categories were facing an extremely difficult comparison. Scientific and Technical Services

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Nevada AG candidate: Office investigating Storey County sheriff

June 6, 2018 — Republican Attorney General candidate Wes Duncan said Wednesday the attacks on himself and Attorney General Adam Laxalt over the endoresement by Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro are purely political. He said the Attorney General's office has an ongoing criminal investigation of Antinoro's alleged sexual misconduct

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Marlette Water System: $25 million for upgraded dams

June 5, 2018 — Lawmakers were told on Tuesday the Marlette Water System that supplies water to Carson City and Storey County needs upgrades and maintenance that will cost millions of dollars. System Manager Jerry Walker told the Tahoe/Marlette study committee repairing and upgrading the dams at Marlette Lake

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