Politics and Policy

Alexa Ard

Nevada lawmakers are gearing up for what could be a long, partisan battle over increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

If enacted, Assembly Bill 175 would increase the state’s minimum wage by one dollar and twenty-five cents a year. That's until it topped out at 14 dollars an hour for workers with employer-offered health care and 15 dollars an hour for individuals without the benefit.

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Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature are wasting no time in setting a progressive agenda. 

Typically, lawmakers use the start of a new session to be sworn-in, take photos with family and pleasantly reacquaint themselves with fellow legislators. Partisanship is usually checked at the front door for the first day. 

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The City of Reno is proceeding with a proposal to start developing dozens of acres of property in south Reno for a sports and recreation complex. Our reporter Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

Five city-owned parcels totaling more than 100 acres are proposed to be turned into a recreational complex that would include a golf course and baseball fields.

The city is looking for a company to propose designs for the fields.

Washoe County Sued Over Bill Draft Request

Feb 1, 2017
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Washoe County is being sued by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board over the county’s proposed legislation to gain more representation on that board. Our reporter Bob Conrad, of ThisisReno.com, has the story.

The planning board has 10 members -- four from the city of Reno, three from Sparks and three appointed by the county. The bill draft request to the legislature, approved by the commissioners, would change that composition.

Waste Management

Washoe County has been inundated with complaints about its new agreement with Waste Management and the company's difficulty serving customers during winter weather. Our reporter Bob Conrad, of ThisisReno.com, has the details.

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Reno leaders are hoping a positive message will help move the city past some of the turmoil caused by the sexual harassment allegations against former city manager Andrew Clinger.

Mayor Hillary Schieve spoke to a crowd of about 500 people Thursday evening, during her annual State of the City address.

In the hour-long speech, Schieve touted the city's accomplishments including removing blight from downtown, increasing funding for helping the homeless. She also mentioned the city's growing law enforcement with the addition of 19 new officers.

Paul Boger

Just one day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, thousands of demonstrators from Northern Nevada and Eastern California took to the streets of Reno calling for solidarity against the new administration. As Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger reports, protestors say they will fight for equal rights, income equality and the environment. 

 

Marching down Virginia Street, peaceful protestors held signs with messages like "love trumps hate," "my body, my choice" and "women's rights are human rights."

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Follow the inaugural address from President Donald Trump live, with footnotes from NPR.

Live: NPR Coverage Of Donald Trump's Inauguration

Jan 20, 2017
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Follow all the news and events live, beginning at 4 a.m., from NPR reporters and member stations in Washington covering the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Friday, Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States, and he'll be taking office with some of the lowest approval numbers in recent history. But how are Nevadans feeling about Trump's inauguration? Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger has more.

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