In his State of the State address, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval promised bold action for Nevada’s struggling education system and outdated tax structure:
“We live in a state that is transforming before our eyes – with 21st Century companies, jobs and technologies that place us at the forefront of innovation and the new economy. Yet we still operate with decades-old funding systems and an education structure that will eventually grind us to an inevitable halt.”
Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.
From the very first minutes, Governor Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.
On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.
The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."
The head of a northern Nevada civil rights group says the incoming state Legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use instead of leaving the question up to voters in November 2016.
In September, Jeffrey Blanck, president of the Reno/Sparks chapter of the NAACP, sent a letter to legislators that highlighted an ACLU study finding blacks are more likely than whites to face arrest and prosecution for marijuana possession.
As he wraps up his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is celebrating the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills that will create a national monument for the fossil beds at Tule Springs. In this photo, Eric Scott, the curator of paleontology for San Bernardino County Museum in California, describes a seven-foot tusk found at the Tule Springs site in North Las Vegas. The tusk belonged to a Colombian Mammoth, one of the many animals that roamed the Nevada desert thousands of years ago.
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After six years as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is leaving that post, now that Republicans control that chamber. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell will soon step into that role while Reid transitions to leading the minority. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with Reid just after the Senate wrapped up its session this week to look back on his tenure, including the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills.
From a pool of 74 applicants, the Reno City Council chose David Bobzien as its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with the former state assemblyman to learn about his immediate priorities for the post, which include bolstering the city's role in improving public education.
Members of the Reno City Council have unanimously selected Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien as their newest member, filling the at-large seat left vacant when Hillary Schieve was elected mayor last month.
They made the decision Wednesday night after spending several hours interviewing their top six candidates. The original pool of applicants topped seventy people.
Bobzien has represented Assembly District 24 since 2006. That district covers downtown Reno, along with several other sections of the city.
The Reno City Council could decide Wednesday on its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the group is interviewing candidates for the at-large council seat recently vacated by Hillary Schieve, who was elected mayor last month.
The council will interview 13 candidates who were selected as finalists from an original pool of more than seventy applicants.
The number of unauthorized immigrants in Nevada has dropped by roughly 20,000 people between 2009 and 2012. That's according to a new study just released from the Pew Research Center. Despite that decline, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Nevada still has the highest percentage of this population nationwide.
More than 7 percent of Nevada residents, or about 210,000 people, are in the country illegally. Other states with a large share of unauthorized immigrants include California, Arizona, and Texas.