Nevada Lawmakers Greenlight Raiders Stadium Deal

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Alexa Ard

The Nevada Assembly approved the bill to spend $750 million in public taxpayer money on an NFL stadium on Friday afternoon. With more from NPR member station KNPR, here's Casey Morell.

The Assembly sent the measure to Governor Brian Sandoval's desk after a long day of testimony Thursday that bled into Friday morning.

Lawmakers found out late in the night nearly $900 million in infrastructure spending would be needed for roadways leading to and from the stadium, if it gets built – and that money will have to be diverted from other projects already on the table.

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The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is on the scene battling the Little Valley Fire. Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray checks in with Erin Holland who is with the agency and stationed at the command center to get an update.

The Little Valley Fire, which started around 2 a.m., is burning quickly through Washoe Valley. Officials have closed I-580 and US-395 through Washoe Valley as north as Mount Rose Highway, and are urging residents to be on standby in case of quickly changing conditions.

Public Information Officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Bob Harmon says officials are working to figure out total size at this point, but as of now, there is no containment.

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In a state of emergency, first responders and doctors are the ones on the scene to provide help. Earlier this week, the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center held a drill to train providers for a potential crisis. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has the details.

In this particular drill, the Tribal Health Center simulated a flu pandemic. Stacey Montooth with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony says this training helps providers prepare for variety of emergencies.

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.

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Because medical marijuana is not federally approved, access for veterans is an issue nationwide, including in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

As it stands, veterans getting care at VA facilities are unable to discuss medical marijuana treatment with their doctors, even in states where it’s legal. If interested, they must go outside the VA system.

This issue was looked at by Congress this year but ultimately nothing was passed.

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The two candidates running for Congressional District 2 in Northern Nevada are clashing over how to manage public lands.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Republican Mark Amodei and Democratic challenger Chip Evans are facing off for a chance to represent Northern Nevada in the U.S. House of Representatives.

One important issue facing Nevada's 2nd Congressional District is who should be in charge of its public lands.

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Western Nevada College is restoring nursing classes at its Fallon campus. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly has more.

A partnership between Churchill County, the U.S. Department of Labor and the college is making this change possible by allowing WNC to use a large laboratory space located one mile from the Fallon campus.

Affordable Senior Housing Breaks Ground In South Reno

Oct 11, 2016
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A new affordable housing project for seniors broke ground in Reno this week. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

Vintage Housing and GreenStreet Companies held a ground-breaking ceremony for Vintage at The Crossings, a 230-unit senior apartment complex. The project marks the first large-scale affordable housing project to break ground in a decade.

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.