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Huge Stadium Deal Passes State Senate

Oct 11, 2016
Alexa Ard

A bill to raise hotel taxes to fund an NFL stadium and a convention center expansion has crossed its first hurdle in the Nevada Legislature.

The Nevada Senate voted 16-5 Tuesday to approve the measure. Democratic opponents have said they oppose putting public funds to a project backed by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, while Republican opponents are against raising taxes.

State Sen. Ruben Kihuen, a Democrat from Las Vegas who is running for Congress, voted against the measure and spoke out against it Tuesday.

Lawmakers Question The Economics Of Stadium Deal

Oct 10, 2016
Alexa Ard

Lawmakers are in Carson City right now as part of a special session. It's to determine whether or not hotel taxes along the Las Vegas Strip should be increased to raise money for a football stadium in Southern Nevada, as well as to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center. With more, here's Casey Morell from our sister station KNPR in Las Vegas.

The tax increase would break down like this: half a percentage point would go the new convention center expansion and .88 percent would go to the football stadium.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

A tribute video for the slain police officers in Dallas has gone viral. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports that it features a poem performed by a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Let's take a listen.

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This fall, Nevada residents will vote on whether or not to allow marijuana for recreational use, and Wednesday, the University of Nevada School of Medicine is hosting a Marijuana Summit. But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the conference has drawn some criticism.

The summit, which is being billed as a marijuana education event, does not include speakers who support marijuana legalization and is being funded with a federal grant.

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The student newspaper for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says it will change its name by next spring amid claims that the school's "Rebel" moniker is racist since it refers to Confederate soldiers.

So Apparently Nevadans Aren't Great With Money

Apr 8, 2016
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Nevadans were ranked as some of the least financially savvy people nationwide. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explains why.

While the recession may have hit the Silver State hard, it's not the only reason it came in third as one of least financially literate states. The study by WalletHub, a financial site, found that many Nevadans lacked a rainy day fund and good credit scores. 

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Last year, motor vehicle deaths were up 8 percent nationwide. The National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people died on U.S. roads and 4.4 million were injured. In Nevada, roadway deaths were up 14 percent in 2015 compared to the year before.

Deborah Hersman is president of the council. She told our partner KNPR in Las Vegas that there’s no single theory on why deaths have gone up, but the strongest correlation may be with the economy.

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A recent Reno Gazette-Journal investigation revealed that 23 of Nevada’s public water systems are non-compliant for safety standards, including three in Washoe County.

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In Nevada, pedestrian deaths have now outpaced deaths from breast cancer and the flu. Preliminary reports show that 19 people died on Nevada roads in just January and February. That's a 46 percent increase over the same timeframe last year. 

This November, Nevadans will vote whether to expand background checks to private gun sales. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports the National Rifle Association opposes the ballot initiative arguing that’s not how criminals are getting their weapons.

Background checks are not required in unlicensed gun sales or at gun shows in Nevada. This ballot measure would shut that loophole.

Nevada Treasurer Talks Faraday Finances In China

Feb 5, 2016
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Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz is in China to discuss finances with the owners of Faraday Future. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

On a personal trip to China, Treasurer Schwartz will meet with Faraday Future’s parent company, Leshi.

Late last year state officials approved the construction of Faraday Future’s car factory in North Las Vegas with the promise of a $1 billion investment from Leshi’s owner, Jia Yueting. Schwartz was prepared to sign off on $175 million in bonds to finance the factory.

Breaking Down The Tesla Effect

Jan 26, 2016
Alexa Ard

Since Tesla announced its gigafactory in Northern Nevada, many businesses have followed suit, including Switch and a major retailer headed for downtown Reno. Some are going as far as calling this trend the Tesla Effect. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez breaks down what that means.

When Apple brought its data center to the area two years ago, Mehmet Tosun, who chairs UNR’s economics department, knew that things would not suddenly change with just one company, but now Apple is not alone.

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was revealed Wednesday as casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The news came after widespread complaints about the paper's lack of transparency in not initially disclosing its ownership.

Adelson bought the organization for $140 million as print media revenue and circulation continue to decline, but why?

David Folkenflik, NPR's Media Correspondent, talked to our public radio partner KNPR in Las Vegas, noting that the purchase wasn't about turning a profit.

Faraday Future Would Be "Bigger Deal Than Tesla"

Nov 23, 2015
faradayfuture.com

Nevada state officials are working on a deal to bring the electric car startup Faraday Future to North Las Vegas. Some say that deal could potentially bring in more money than northern Nevada’s Tesla. Marcus Lavergne reports.

Officials with the Governor's Office of Economic Development have been tight-lipped for months, while the department has been trying to attract the company's proposed $1 billion plant and 4,500 jobs.

Both Obesity And Malnourishment On Rise For Nevada Kindergartners

Oct 13, 2015

A report looking at the health of kindergartners in Nevada says that rates for both overweight and underweight children are rising in the Silver State.

The Great Nevada Earthquake 100 Years Later

Oct 1, 2015
Carl Stoddard / University of Nevada, Reno

Friday, October 2 marks the 100th anniversary of the biggest earthquake in Nevada’s history.

The Great Nevada Earthquake of 1915 registered a 7.3 in magnitude. It was centered in the Pleasant Valley area, about 50 miles south of Winnemucca in the northern part of the state.  Dave Becker with our public radio partner KNPR in Las Vegas spoke with historian Alan Wallace to look back at the 7.3 magnitude temblor that hit rural Nevada one century ago. 

Testing Rape Kit Backlog Just The First Step

Sep 21, 2015
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Earlier this month, we learned that Nevada is getting more than $5 million to test its backlog of 7,500 rape kits. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports this is just the first step in a much bigger process.

Testing just one rape kit can cost up to $1,500. That's why so many have been piling up in Nevada for decades. The state now has the money to get rid of its backlog and, once the results are in, law enforcement agencies can start checking that DNA evidence to see if it matches anyone already in their system.

High-tech industries moving to Nevada demand a skilled workforce. That’s why Governor Brian Sandoval’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology is back up and running again to address the state’s job market needs. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has the details.

Festival Changes Bug Some Burners

Sep 2, 2015
KNPR

Burning Man's in full force in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that this year there are some significant changes on the playa:

Two big festival changes include the addition of CrowdRx as Burning Man’s new health care provider and the reduction of drone permits from 200 last year to just 30.  

Jenny Kane is the Reno Gazette Journal’s Burning Man Reporter. She says the change that has sparked the most controversy among some “burners” is a new dance music area that has been pushed to the outskirts of Black Rock City. 

Tesla, Now Faraday?

Aug 18, 2015
faradayfuture.com

Tesla, the electric car company, is building a massive battery factory in Northern Nevada. State lawmakers promised it some billion dollars in tax incentives to get it here.

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