Colleagues Remember Sen. Raggio

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Colleagues Remember Sen. Raggio

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Late State Senator Bill Raggio. (Image Courtesy Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Colleagues and friends are remembering long-time Nevada State Senator Bill Raggio, who has died at age 85.

Raggio was Nevada's longest-serving Senator, having served in the legislature 38 years, when he stepped down just before the 2011 legislative session.

Reports indicate Raggio died late Thursday night of a respiratory illness while on vacation in Sydney, Australia.

Raggio is well known for his time in the Senate, for being Reno's tough-nosed District Attorney -- having a notorious brothel burned to the ground in 1959 -- and for helping establish the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

Governor Brian Sandoval has ordered flags flown at half staff in Raggio's honor.

KUNR's Michael Hagerty brings us stories from those who knew Raggio, including State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer who recalls Raggio's brash warning to Kieckhefer to quit smoking.