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Follow the Money: Ahead of legislative session, sitting lawmakers report raising more than $10.6 million in combined big-money donations

ByJacob Solis

About a quarter of prison employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as virus takes heavy toll behind bars

January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
The rate of cases and deaths among inmates is more than triple that in the general population in Nevada, according to a tracker of prison COVID cases maintained by The Marshall Project.

Business leaders look to pent-up demand, vaccine, new attractions to fuel Vegas’ recovery in 2021

A crowd of people walking down Las Vegas Boulevard
January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
At the rate vaccines are rolling out, people will likely feel more comfortable traveling by the second quarter of 2021.

Pandemic budget woes dim optimism about major funding infusion for K-12 education

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the pandemic hit, schooling changed, businesses temporarily closed and state revenue cratered. In the process, the school funding discussions adopted a more measured tone. Now, restoring and preserving funding has emerged as the immediate concern.

Vaccines arrive in Indian Country, but are met with hesitancy from some tribal members

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
As COVID-19 disproportionately affects Native people across the state and country, Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute tribal member Lynn John knew she needed to act quickly when a mere 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the tribal health center.

Indy DC Download: Freshly inaugurated, Biden calls for unity, but Trump’s Senate impeachment trial strikes discordant note

The U.S. Capitol
January 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Despite former President Donald Trump’s Senate looming Feb. 8 impeachment trial, President Joe Biden’s inauguration sought to try to begin to stitch the nation back together following a bitter election cycle, with members of the state’s congressional delegation in attendance.

The fifth annual Women’s March will shift online amid the pandemic, organizers aim to foster healing and strength

January 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
As the fifth march kicks off virtually this weekend, Nevada organizers are reflecting on what the event means to them amid the pandemic and which issues they are tackling this year, as a new White House administration leads the country.

Welfare division requests more staff to help with ‘overwhelming’ number of applications for public assistance

Nevada state seal
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:16pm
Increased caseloads prompted the state's division of welfare to petition for an additional 226 staffing positions to the field services section in the upcoming biennium. The new additions are projected to cost about $25 million over the biennium, according to the governor’s proposed budget.

IndyTalks: Top lawmakers won’t back teacher union tax proposals; redistricting likely in special session

January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The lawmakers touched on a wide range of topics, including the recent news that the Legislature will be largely closed to the public at the start of session, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposed $8.68 billion budget, major planned changes to K-12 education funding, the redistricting process and taxes — including the proposed initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association.

Amazon surpasses Walmart for most Nevada employees and dependents on Medicaid

A sign for an Amazon distribution center, including the company's logo
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The number of Nevada Amazon employees and dependents on Medicaid nearly doubled year over year, increasing from 4,040 to 7,892, despite statements on the company’s website that they offer medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage to all of their employees, regardless of their level or position.

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Waiver for Biden’s defense secretary nominee splits Nevada’s congressional Democrats

Humberto Sanchez
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am

Nevada’s congressional Democrats split Thursday over whether to give Gen. Lloyd Austin, President Joe Biden’s nominee for defense secretary, a waiver from the law that requires the Pentagon’s chief be at least seven years past active duty.

Legislative building will be closed to public at start of session, is expected to open more after vaccinations

Michelle Rindels
January 21st, 2021 - 4:57pm

Members of the public can watch hearings through the legislative website and through livestreams on YouTube, and those who want to participate in hearings will do so by reservation and through Zoom. Public comment can be made by phone, or through videoconference at designated sites that are being developed in locations across the state.

Unemployment in Nevada drops below 10 percent, but more workers withdrawing from labor force

Michelle Rindels
January 21st, 2021 - 1:55pm

The reported rate reflects people who don’t have a job but are looking for one, but does not include those who have withdrawn from the labor force, perhaps because they are discouraged or are focusing on caregiver duties. It also does not include those who are working part-time but would rather be working full-time.

The Indy Explains: How the governor’s proposed budget compares to the one he put forward two years ago

Tabitha Mueller and Megan Messerly
January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a two-year budget this week that restores significant cuts lawmakers made to the state’s budget over the summer as tax revenues plummeted and the state struggled to stay financially afloat amid the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Southern Nevada apartment rents up, vacancies down in 2020, despite economic toll of pandemic

Sean Golonka
January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am

Southern Nevada apartment rents increased significantly in the last quarter of 2020, rebounding from a decline earlier in the year and surpassing pre-pandemic highs, according to a new report from the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA).

Price tag for state collective bargaining agreements likely to come after session starts

Riley Snyder
January 21st, 2021 - 10:00am

During a Wednesday meeting of the legislative budget subcommittee, state Department of Administration Director Laura Freed said the agency was still in the process of negotiating with the seven bargaining units (represented by four employee unions) who had organized to collectively bargain with their employer — the state.

Nevada is looking at more lithium mining. An industry executive talks about a market driven by electric vehicles

Daniel Rothberg
January 21st, 2021 - 8:00am

This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at the potential for lithium mining in Nevada as Gov. Steve Sisolak focuses on encouraging the “new energy economy.” Lithium is an essential ingredient for electric vehicles, but it can be challenging to bring projects online.

Gun safety group lawsuit against ATF seeks to revoke license of Henderson gun manufacturer

Jannelle Calderon
January 20th, 2021 - 2:38pm

The lawsuit urges the ATF to take accountability and revoke the firearms license it awarded JA Industries, formerly Jimenez Arms, which was sued last year on allegations of breaking federal firearms law and repeated violations of the Gun Control Act.

Nevada Democrats praise Biden executive orders on mask mandate, DACA and climate action

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez
January 20th, 2021 - 5:28pm

President Biden set the pace for his administration with executive orders that include cutting the funding for the construction of the border wall with Mexico and re-enlisting the U.S. in the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization, garnering praise from Nevada Democrats and progressives.