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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.

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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.

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