Election 2018
Finance reports reveal aggressive spending in the gubernatorial race, big money for the Energy Choice Initiative
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Megan Messerly
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Riley Snyder
Election 2018

At youth-focused forum, 4th District candidates weigh in on universal health care and their favorite Starbucks drinks

Michelle Rindels
May 23rd, 2018 - 2:00am
But their differences didn’t stop with their answers to the lighthearted questions that kicked off a youth-focused candidate forum Tuesday hosted by progressive advocacy group NextGen America, which was founded by California billionaire Tom Steyer. The five took different tacks on Medicare for All, labor unions and accepting corporate donations, eliciting some loud cheers and occasional heckling at the forum, which was held at the Three Square food bank site in North Las Vegas.
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Business

Culinary Union votes to authorize citywide strike if no contract by June 1

Megan Messerly
May 22nd, 2018 - 9:47pm
Guest room attendants, bartenders, cooks and other hotel workers voted Tuesday to authorize a strike that could paralyze resorts up and down the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas as negotiations between their union and casino companies have stalled ahead of next week’s deadline to renew their contracts.
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Government

Republican congressional candidates draw lines on immigration, gun violence at debate

Megan Messerly
May 22nd, 2018 - 2:10am
The Republican candidates vying for the chance to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the November election drew lines in the sand on a number of issues at a debate Monday afternoon on issues ranging from whether they would support a path to citizenship for all unauthorized immigrants to what the country should do about gun violence.
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Government

Correctional officers say more robust staffing might have prevented inmate's killing in Carson City

Michelle Rindels
May 21st, 2018 - 12:02pm
“That particular unit is legislatively approved for two officers that time of the day when this happened,” Eugene Columbus, a retired correctional officer and president of the Nevada Corrections Association, told The Nevada Independent in an interview. “Because of money restraints placed by the governor and politicians downtown, there was only one.”
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Government

Rural counties fear speculation as company files to control as much water as Nevada gets from the Colorado River every year

Daniel Rothberg
May 21st, 2018 - 2:05am
An investment vehicle for a New York hedge fund filed an application late last year with Nevada’s top water official to stake a large claim for the last available rights to one of the state’s most contested waterways. In the months since its application, Nevada’s wildlife department and four rural counties — Elko, Lander, Humboldt and Pershing — have filed protests.
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