Paul Boger

News Reporter

Paul grew up in Phoenix and earned his B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University in Alabama where he worked as a producer, editor and local host for Troy Public Radio. Paul then spent several years at Mississippi Public Broadcasting as the legislative and education reporter. His work there was featured on several NPR newscasts, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, PBS Newshour and the BBC.

He’s also collaborated with the NPR Ed and the Southern Education Desks on stories that have aired across the Southeast. That work has earned Paul several Mississippi AP Broadcasters Association Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Paul is looking forward to calling Reno his new home. When he’s not working you can find him and his wife, Lynsey, playing with their dog, Hank. He also enjoys reading, running, hiking, camping, playing board games, collecting postcards, road tripping and, of course, listening to public radio and podcasts.

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A Northern Nevada lawmaker says he may file an ethics complaint against a fellow legislator who was recently outed as a foreign agent for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

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State Leaders are pushing back against a proposal that would reopen the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Southern Nevada. 

According to the White House’s budget blueprint released Thursday, President Donald Trump is asking Congress to approve 120 million dollars to restart the repository’s operations.

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Sanctuary State...it’s a term that’s cropped up in the months since President Donald Trump took office. With promises from the administration to ramp up deportations, some states hope to protect their undocumented residents by prohibiting their local law enforcement from working with federal immigration officials, and Nevada could become one of the first states to pass such a law.

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A voter initiative may soon change how Nevadans register to vote.

 


IP-1 would create a process in which Nevada residents will automatically be registered to vote or have their information updated whenever they go to the DMV.  If voters do not wish to participate in the process, they will have to opt-out.

The 2017 Legislative Session is entering its second month. In the past weeks, lawmakers have debated legislation that would ratify the equal rights amendment, make changes to the enforcement of immigration laws as well as increase the development of renewable energy around the state. Reno Public Radio’s Paul Boger checked in with Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford of Las Vegas. He says Democrats are moving forward with their plan known as the blueprint. 

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow local governments to decide whether adults will be able to use recreational marijuana in public places.

Nevada could soon become the first state to legalize the consumption of marijuana in public places. Senate Bill 236 would allow city and county officials to decide to permit short or long-term pot consumption at casinos, bars, outdoor events and other public places as long as they are not within 1000 feet of a school or community facility.

A bill making substantial changes in how Reno residents elect city council members is making its way through the legislature.

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State leaders, law enforcement and representatives from the state’s medical marijuana industry are working to create a set of recommendations on how to best regulate recreational marijuana.

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Nevada could soon become the first state in 35 years to vote in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment – a measure that would place legal protections for women in the U-S constitution. 

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Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrators.

Assembly Bill 145 would give residents 20 years after they turn 18 to seek restitution from a person who sexually assaulted them. Under the state's current statute of limitations, victims have until they are 28.

The bi-partisan legislation was introduced into the Assembly by Democrat Irene Bustamante-Adams of Las Vegas and Republican Lisa Krasner of Reno.

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Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate the offices of State Controller and Treasurer. 

 

AJR6 would for all intents and purposes do away with the offices as elected positions and would instead make them appointees by the governor.

The measure’s primary sponsor is Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson of Las Vegas. 

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Correction: When this story originally aired, it incorrectly stated that the student who was recently shot by a campus police officer at Hug High was killed. The version below has been corrected.

Students at Hug High School in Reno are asking city leaders for help in making positive changes in their community. They say seemingly small improvements, like adding more street lighting and placing recycling bins at bus stops, will increase safety and pride in and around the school.

Nevada's two Congressional Republicans have been confronted by protestors seeking answers on where they stand on a variety of issues, but most especially the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP has vowed to repeal. However, Nevada's Second District Congressman Mark Amodei says lawmakers need to examine the health care law piece-by-piece and evaluate each issue independently. 

"Wiping the whole thing out and starting over again invites that whole roll-out disaster that we had with the ACA, websties are crashing and all that other sort of stuff," says Amodei.

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With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, lawmakers are working to tackle a variety of issues. Democrats are presenting a united front to ease access to the polls, increase the minimum wage and protect heath care. For Republicans, the goal seems to be to protect and enhance the reforms made during last session.

Nevada lawmakers have been working for about three weeks now, and as bills make their way through the committee process, legislative priorities are becoming clear.

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With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, lawmakers are working to tackle a variety of issues. Democrats are presenting a united front to ease access to the polls, increase the minimum wage and protect heath care. For Republicans, the goal seems to be to protect and enhance the reforms made during last session.

Nevada lawmakers have been working for about three weeks now, and as bills make their way through the committee process, legislative priorities are becoming clear.

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Protesters are confronting Republican members of Congress across the country this week as they return home for a recess, probing to see if lawmakers veer from President Donald Trump's more controversial actions or increase their public availability. Northern Nevada is no different.

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Nevada lawmakers are gearing up for what could be a long, partisan battle over increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

If enacted, Assembly Bill 175 would increase the state’s minimum wage by $1.25 a year. That's until it topped out at $14 an hour for workers with employer-offered health care and $15 an hour for individuals without the benefit.

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Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature are wasting no time in setting a progressive agenda. 

Typically, lawmakers use the start of a new session to be sworn-in, take photos with family and pleasantly reacquaint themselves with fellow legislators. Partisanship is usually checked at the front door for the first day. 

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A new report shows student growth and achievement are not necessary for Nevada's teachers to be rated as effective.

Nevada is one of 30 states that require student growth factors to be a portion of a teacher's evaluation. Growth is measured as the academic progress a student makes between two points in time, typically year over year.

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For the first time since record-keeping began, Nevada is no longer among the top ten states with the highest suicide rates.

In 2015, 558 people in the Silver State took their lives. Historically, Nevada has had some of the highest suicide rates in the nation. But according to the latest data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, Nevada is seeing improvement. Misty Vaughn Allen is with the state Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Suicide Prevention. She spoke with Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger.

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