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Community forum tackles problem taking more than 300 lives each year: deadly traffic collisions
Trey Arline
June 21st, 2019 - 2:00am
In the wake of rising traffic fatalities in the valley, Clark County officials held a Traffic Safety Forum at UNLV on Thursday to discuss new ways of keeping both drivers and pedestrians safer. The number of Nevada’s traffic fatalities continue to rise, exceeding more than 300 for the past four years.
Indy Environment: Burning Man gets updated decision from the BLM; NV Energy considers wildfire risks
Daniel Rothberg
June 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at the disagreement between Burning Man's organizers and the Bureau of Land Management, which released its final environmental impact statement for the annual event. It also looked at Truckee River restoration and NV Energy's decision to temporarily cut power when there is high-risk of wildfires.
Q&A: Sen. Scott Hammond on being in the minority and sending public funds to non-public schools
Luz Gray
June 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
Between casting votes and attending committee meetings, GOP state Sen. Scott Hammond offered his perspective as a member of the Republican minority — and the reason for his staunch opposition to extending the payroll tax rate. As the sponsor of the bill in 2015 that created the Education Savings Account, he also discussed his support of the Opportunity Scholarship program — another school choice initiative — and other topics.
Clark County commissioners approve millions in spending to reduce homelessness
Michaela Chesin
June 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
Clark County commissioners approved $6.1 million on Tuesday for programs that would help homeless people transition into permanent housing and heard a presentation about 1,200 new affordable housing units that will debut in several months.
How Sisolak's campaign, State of the State promises fared at end of legislative session
Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
June 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
For the first time in a decade, Nevada’s minimum wage will increase; state workers will soon have the right to collectively bargain; oversight boards of legal marijuana and health care have been established; funds for teacher raises were secured, and the state is closer than ever to updating its long-criticized 52-year-old funding formula for K-12 education.
NV Energy withdraws, plans to re-file program offering special lower rates for large customers
Riley Snyder
June 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
In a filing last week, NV Energy attorneys withdrew the utility’s pending application for its Optional Pricing Program Rate (OPPR), stopping regulatory approval on an alternative pricing mechanism proposed by the utility last year as a way to keep multiple large businesses from filing or continuing with applications to leave the utility.
Traci Davis, Washoe County School District superintendent, takes indefinite leave of absence
Daniel Rothberg and Jackie Valley
June 18th, 2019 - 11:31am
The Washoe County School District announced Tuesday that superintendent Traci Davis was taking an indefinite leave of absence “due to personal reasons,” according to a statement from the school district. Deputy Superintendent Kristen McNeill will serve as superintendent during Davis’ leave.
Regents ask colleges to find money to fully fund raises after Legislature allocates $6.4 million less than enough
Michelle Rindels
June 18th, 2019 - 10:38am
The fact that the Nevada System of Higher Education had a shortfall in the money needed to enact raises promised to state employees by Gov. Steve Sisolak came to light on the final night of the legislative session, but it was never addressed.
Flores: Ignorance, fear caused demise of immigration bills
Luz Gray
June 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
A lack of understanding within both parties on issues surrounding immigration and concerns that they could affect lawmakers’ political futures played a decisive role in the fate of some bills during the Legislature, a key proponent of the measures argued in an exclusive interview.
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