Politics and Policy

Maria Toca, Reno resident and the first person nationwide to be granted DACA status.
Andrea Jimenez

The White House has stated that President Trump will announce his decision about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday and Nevadans are reacting. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more. 

Those with DACA lived in the U.S. illegally when they were young, and the program protects them from deportation. Maria Toca entered the U.S. on a visa, but it expired before she gained legal status. She was the first person in the nation to receive DACA. Today in a Facebook video, she voiced her concern about the possible end to the program.

Paul Boger

President Donald Trump made quick work of his most recent trip to Reno, staying for only an hour and 23 minutes. But in that time, the president delivered a rather sedate message to veterans of the American Legion. 

In a speech that lasted less than a half hour, President Trump called Congress to take greater steps to improve services and support for veterans and their families. 

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The Reno City Council agreed yesterday to consider a five-acre parcel of land on Sage Street located just off Fourth Street for a new overflow homeless shelter. The building will house individuals overnight when other shelters in the area are full.

The move comes after two years of discussion and debate on where to put the new facility. Previous attempts to pick a site have fallen through, and city leaders have been wary of relying on private land.

And while the vote was unanimous, council members Jenny Brekhus and Oscar Delgado expressed concerns.

Paul Boger

Political campaign paraphernalia is often seen as trash after an election, but for certain collectors, the memorabilia is a lifelong passion. Some believe political items like campaign buttons and bumper stickers are actually tangible pieces of both American history and culture. Our reporter Paul Boger, spoke with Adam Gottlieb from American Political Items Collectors about the hobby and why it's an important part of preserving the nation’s history.

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UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval is directing leaders of the Nevada National Guard to make no modifications to the state's policy regarding whether transgender soldiers and airmen can openly serve.

Acting as commander-in-chief of the state guard, Sandoval says he has requested information on what protections the state can put into place to support individuals already serving.

Nevada currently has one openly transgender service member.

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Nevada's Republican Senator, Dean Heller, is defending his vote to begin debate on the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

In a statement sent after Tuesday's vote, Heller told constituents that his decision to support the procedural motion is because the current law -- otherwise known as Obamacare -- is unworkable and that doing nothing was not the answer.

However, Heller went on to say that he would not vote in favor of the final health care bill if it "isn't improved for Nevada.” 

Washoe County

So far, Washoe County has spent just over $3 million to clean up after historic flooding during the winter, and another $6 million in repair and capital improvement costs still remain to be covered. Our News Director Michelle Billman breaks down the situation with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.

Recreational marijuana dispensaries around Nevada raked in an estimated $3-5 million in sales over the recent Independence Day weekend. But less than two weeks after kicking off, retailers are running out of stock.

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One bill signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval during the recent legislative session will help preserve the Hillside Cemetery in Reno and all historic cemeteries. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more. 

The law (AB203) restores local government oversight of cemeteries, and it requires a government entity “to make determinations before a cemetery authority may order the disinterment and removal of human remains.”

Rosen's Twitter Page - @RosenforNevada

Republican Senator Dean Heller will face a challenge from Democrat Jacky Rosen in the 2018 general election.

In an email to reporters, Nevada's 3rd District Congresswoman says she is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senator in next year's election. She went on to say that an official announcement would come soon.

Considered a political outsider, Rosen worked as a computer programmer, software designer and president of a synagogue in Henderson until seeking office last year. She only narrowly defeated her opponent, perennial Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian.

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