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Honors College aims to give high-achieving UNLV students an education that rivals most prestigious schools
Luz Gray
February 14th, 2019 - 2:00am
A program that started in Las Vegas a little more than three decades ago continues to pursue its goal: Ensure the valley’s highest achieving high schoolers attend college in Nevada, get a top-flight education and don’t take their talents elsewhere. It’s called the UNLV Honors College, and new enrollment has tripled in the past six years.
Senate approves gun background check bill amid fierce debate
Riley Snyder
February 13th, 2019 - 2:58pm
Emotional testimony from nearly two-thirds of the 21 senators dominated debate on Wednesday, with at least two senators saying close family members had been killed by gun violence. But Republicans and Democrats staunchly disagreed over whether the legislation would fulfill the will of voters who approved a substantially similar 2016 ballot initiative or create arbitrary and unneeded restrictions for gun owners.
Farmers, ranchers appeal Diamond Valley ruling to create a water market
Daniel Rothberg
February 13th, 2019 - 2:15am
Farmers and ranchers in Diamond Valley, which sits on an overstressed aquifer outside the town of Eureka, are appealing a decision by state regulators to create a groundwater market whereby rights to water could be bought, sold and traded.
2-Minute Preview: Legislature still dealing with gun background checks, but voting rights and antlers, too
Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder
February 13th, 2019 - 2:10am
After a marathon day in which lawmakers did little more than hear hours of impassioned testimony about a gun background checks bill, the Legislature is broadening its policy focus on Wednesday.
Specialty charter school takes in at-risk students who might not otherwise graduate
Jackie Valley
February 13th, 2019 - 2:00am
Beacon Academy stands as a last chance of sorts for students who are severely credit deficient, under court supervision or on a special education plan. The charter school, which has hopes to expand, currently serves 430 students and has a waitlist of 25 students.
Democrats, Republicans split over whether new gun background check bill carries out will of the people
Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly
February 12th, 2019 - 12:07pm
An emotionally charged hearing over a proposal to require background checks on private gun sales and transfers marked the first pitched partisan battle of the 2019 legislative session, with lawmakers split on whether the bill would carry out the will of the voters or create barriers to legal gun ownership.
The Indy Explains: The seven-year battle to implement background checks on private gun sales
Riley Snyder
February 12th, 2019 - 2:30am
Legislative Democrats on Monday introduced a bill designed to finally implement the 2016 ballot initiative requiring background checks on most private gun sales and transfers — a topic that’s become a mainstay in the last two election cycles and the subject of political barbs delivered by Democratic and Republican candidates alike.
Study: Nevada's Day Reporting Centers showing early signs of helping parolees stay out of trouble
Michelle Rindels
February 12th, 2019 - 2:20am
An independent study by UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy researchers on the state’s new Day Reporting Centers shows participants in the program generally had more success landing housing, holding a job and staying out of trouble than a control group.
Indy Video: How Nevada got its female majority legislature
Joey Lovato, Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
February 12th, 2019 - 2:15am
Nevada is the first state to have a female majority legislature. But the historic milestone didn't come overnight —  it's a combination of a state that already had high levels of female representation and a few strategic and appointments after Election Day. Michelle Rindels explains the math.