Nevada

Public Memorial Announced For State Sen. Debbie Smith

Feb 22, 2016
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  Funeral services have been announced for Nevada Sen. Debbie Smith, who died yesterday at the age of 60.

A public memorial will be held this Sunday, Feb. 28, at noon at Sparks High School. The family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation for brain cancer research.

The Sparks lawmaker was first elected to the state Assembly in 2000 and won a seat in the Senate in 2012. She won several lawmaker of the year awards and was the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Judge Halts Nevada's School Choice Program

Jan 11, 2016
Alexa Ard

A judge has ordered a halt to Nevada's Education Savings Account program, just weeks before the state was to begin issuing money to families.

Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson granted a preliminary injunction on Monday that orders the state treasurer to stop implementing the accounts pending further court review. 

The Republican-backed program allows parents to claim more than $5,000 in state funds each year and use it for qualified education expenses, including religious-based private schools. 

Julia Ritchey

Christmas came early for electric carmaker Faraday Future after Nevada lawmakers approved a $335-million incentive package over the weekend.  The deal is meant to breathe life into a recession-battered part of Southern Nevada.

The package clears the way for Faraday Future to begin work on a $1 billion manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, an area Mayor John Lee says has been starved for development.

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State officials are working to keep horses off roadways in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno.

Earlier this month, a driver was injured and two horses were killed after colliding at the intersection of old 395 and Rawhide Drive. 

"Feral horses have been coming down there fairly recently quite a bit," said Flint Wright with the state department of agriculture. " They're crossing the road there because they're looking for access to feed and water on the opposite side."

Are Cryotherapy Treatments Too Dangerous?

Nov 6, 2015
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Cryotherapy is under new scrutiny in the state after a Las Vegas spa employee was found dead last month in a chamber chilled by liquid nitrogen. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that Nevada officials are expanding their oversight of the industry.

The controversial treatment involves entering a chamber and spending two to four minutes in temperatures ranging from minus-166 to minus -319 degrees Fahrenheit. Supporters say the procedure can treat pain, inflammation, blood flow, weight loss and even ward off aging and depression.

Nevada Tribe To Enter Medical Cannabis Industry

Oct 28, 2015
Alexa Ard

  One of Nevada's tribal reservations is diving into the state’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

The Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe of Nevada and Oregon are planning to open a medical cannabis cultivation facility, and there’s only one reason why…

“Jobs…”

That’s tribal chairman Tildon Smart.

“…to bring our people out of poverty, to create the jobs that we can better our community. And the profits would be used for helping out with programs.”

Rules Amended For State's School Choice Program

Oct 20, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Parents waiting for funding from the state’s new Education Savings Account program got good news today. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has the details.

Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz says those accounts will start receiving payments from the his department in February instead of April, pending lawmaker approval.

The state legislature passed a bill on party lines this spring creating the accounts, which allow parents to claim most of their child's state education funding to use toward private or homeschooling.

Grant Hewitt is Treasury spokesman.

Coyote Derby Renews Debate Over Competitive Hunting

Oct 16, 2015

  Coyote hunting competitions are a regular occurrence in many parts of rural Nevada, but the controversial practice has animal rights activists renewing efforts to ban them. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A flyer for a coyote derby in Austin, Nevada, this weekend advertises prizes and awards for hunters grouped into two- and three-person teams.

Phil Marshall is one of the organizers of the event. He says there are two benefits; the first is driving economic activity to a remote part of the state.

Dem Debate To Showcase Substance Over Style

Oct 12, 2015
Michelle Bliss

The first Democratic presidential debate will be held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with local professor Fred Lokken, who frequently joins us to chat about politics. 

Hillary Clinton is considered the frontrunner going into the debate, but her vulnerabilities are many, according to Lokken. 

"Unfortunately, that's all we've dealt with for the last six to eight week," he says. "We know way too much about servers and email accounts; we know too much about Benghazi still, churning along as a political issue."

Nevada Tourism Campaign Aimed At Millennials

Sep 30, 2015
Sydney Martinez / Travel Nevada

Nevada is launching a fresh tourism campaign focused on attracting Millennials to the state. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has more.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism has approved a new fall and winter advertising blitz, including two commercials that will run in Nevada and neighboring states.

The spots feature travelers who make friends with a wide array of memorable Nevada characters, including bikers, famous chefs and cowboys. They close with the tagline, "Go home with more stories than souvenirs."

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