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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’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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Women Transforming Nevada exhibit christened at Capitol in Carson City

September 14, 2018 — Four years after Gov. Brian Sandoval brought the long dormant Nevada Commission for Women back to life, members christened their first major exhibit on Friday. Silver State Sisters: Women Transforming Nevada, was presented to a group of about 100 mostly women in the second floor

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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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Electronic patient information transfer funding approved

September 11, 2018 — The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved $1.2 million to HealtHIE Nevada to expand the electronic data system that will allow secure transmission of patient information among providers. Valerie Hoffman told the board the funding "is going to go a long way to help provide

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Nevada public safety radio system gets OK

September 10, 2018 — The Nevada transportation board chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday approved an agreement with Harris Communications to build the long-awaited statewide shared radio system. The 800 mega-Herz radio system is designed to allow law enforcement, public safety workers, utility workers and others to communicate

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Committee: No oil, gas drilling in Ruby Mountains

September 7, 2018 — The legislative committee on Public Lands voted Friday to send federal officials a letter opposing the plan to allow oil and gas drilling in the Ruby Mountains of Elko. The plan was strongly opposed by a dozen sportsmen's and environmental groups as well as a

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Nevada Public Works board picks maintenance over new buildings

September 6, 2018 — The Public Works Board voted on Thursday to recommend a total of $507.8 million in capital improvement projects for the coming two years. That is about half what agencies and the university system requested. The proposed budget will now be forwarded to the governor and

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Legislative panel OKs $35M bond for TRIC pipeline

September 5, 2018 — The legislative Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday approved $35 million in state backed bonds to construct a pipeline that will supply water to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. The bonds will be paid back by assessments on those companies including Tesla, Switch and Google over

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Carson City tops $1 billion in taxable sales

September 5, 2018 — Carson City closed out the fiscal year with an 8.5 percent increase in taxable sales that pushed the capital over the $1 billion mark for the first time. Taxable sales for June were $106.15 million, bringing the 12-month total to $1.055 billion. Auto sales drove

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Sandoval on Yucca fight: ‘Pop them between the eyes’

September 4, 2018 — Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada must become the aggressor in the fight over the Yucca Mountain nuclear dump. He told Bob Halstead, head of the agency for Nuclear Projects, he expects backers of the project to renew their push to restart the licensing in January.

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Obama endorses Sisolak for Nevada governor

August 31, 2018 — Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democratic nominee for governor Steve Sisolak. "Steve Sisolak will fight for justice, equality and opportunity for all Nevadans and I'm proud to endorse his candidacy for governor," said Obama in a statement released Friday. "Raised in a working family

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Independent American Party activist John Wagner dies at 83

August 30, 2018 — Veteran Independent American Party activist John Wagner recently died of a heart attack. Wagner, of Carson City, was one of the driving forces behind the IAP for more than a decade. He chaired the party for nearly eight years and was a candidate for office

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July gaming win flat in Nevada, Carson Valley but Tahoe up over 25 percent

August 30, 2018 — While most reporting areas saw gaming win change by just a fraction in July, South Shore casinos at Lake Tahoe enjoyed a 25.5 percent increase to a hair under $30 million. By comparison, the Carson Valley Area, and Washoe County casinos were up by just

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Permanent Nevada Sentencing Commission proposed

August 30, 2018 — The commission created to look into issues surrounding criminal sentencing in Nevada would become a permanent, independent body to analyze and oversee sentencing and other criminal justice issues under a plan approved Wednesday. The multi-member body headed by Supreme Court Justice Jim Hardesty voted to

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6 arrested in Carson City meth case

August 29, 2018 — Six people face felony drug charges after Carson City deputies responded to the Brown Street area on a tip people were selling drugs out of two vehicles in the neighborhood. After everything was totaled up in the series of arrests, the report states a total

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Lawmakers back Marlette water system repairs

August 29, 2018 — The legislature's Tahoe-Marlette Lake oversight committee on Tuesday approved a series of letters and bill draft requests to support projects in the basin, including efforts to get funding to improve and repair the Marlette Lake water system and Hobart Reservoir Dam. The water system dates

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Nevada collects $69.8 million in pot taxes in one year

August 28, 2018 — The first full fiscal year of legal marijuana sales generated $69.8 million in tax revenue for Nevada. That is well above the $50.3 million state officials predicted pot sales would generate with the last four months of collections all more than $6.5 million. June tax

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Legal opinion protects Carson City tax revenue

August 11, 2018 — The attorney general's office has issued an opinion that, indirectly at least, protects a key piece of Carson City's monthly sales tax revenues. The opinion says the Department of Taxation can legally use a different method of distributing tax revenue for the Basic City-County Relief

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Virtual reality comes to Nevada libraries

August 9, 2018 — Libraries across Nevada have embarked on a program to provide students and others with hands on experience in a wide variety of subjects — without ever actually putting hands on. Virtual Reality systems — which digitally create a three-dimensional experience — have been installed in

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