Education town hall shines light on daily struggles facing educators, students and parents
April 16th, 2019 - 2:30am
Jacob Solis and Jackie Valley
Large class sizes, not enough mental health workers, transportation headaches and inadequate funding emerged as some of the primary concerns among educators, students and parents who participated in a town hall-style discussion about Nevada’s K-12 education system on Saturday.
Advocates want to open up Nevada Promise Scholarship to undocumented students, who face big hurdles to aid
April 16th, 2019 - 2:20am
The need-based Nevada Promise Scholarship requires students to fill out the FAFSA and seek out federal aid before the state funds kick in. That can be daunting for undocumented students who don’t have a Social Security number and don’t want to reveal too much information to a federal government that also has the power to enforce immigration laws against them.
2-Minute Preview: 100 bills slated for votes in Senate, Assembly
April 16th, 2019 - 2:15am
Michelle Rindels and Megan Messerly
Lawmakers have a long list of votes on their agenda Tuesday, including measures to freeze the growth of the Opportunity Scholarship and prevent police from detaining a person on an immigration hold unless there’s an underlying crime.
Swalwell touts millennial-centric policy plan during town hall at UNLV
April 16th, 2019 - 2:05am
California Rep. Eric Swalwell — one of the latest Democrats to enter the crowded presidential race — cast himself as a frustrated millennial ready to take on national matters such as student debt, health care and gun violence during a town hall Monday at UNLV.
NV Energy exceeds RPS requirement for 9th year, warns of possible noncompliance ahead of major solar projects
April 16th, 2019 - 2:00am
According to the utility’s 2018 Portfolio Standard Annual Report, NV Energy reported a 24.2 percent compliance with the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), well above the required 20 percent set in state law. The utility reported a 24 percent clean energy portfolio in 2017 and has met renewable standards set under state law over the last nine years.
Ford implements progressive, criminal justice reform-focused outline for attorney general's office
April 15th, 2019 - 2:05am
In a six-page internal memorandum, which was sent to staff of the attorney general’s office last week and shared with The Nevada Independent, Ford and his staff outlined a number of ambitious recommendations and policy goals aimed at addressing the premise that just locking people up isn’t working.
2-Minute Preview: After hectic deadline week, lawmakers plan hearings on school gardens, health care
April 15th, 2019 - 2:00am
Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly
Only four committees are scheduled to meet on Monday, and another eight have canceled their regularly scheduled meetings. The committees that are scheduled to meet will hear details on bills funding school gardens, improving public notices during government meetings and expanding the scope of what advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants can do.
How Nevada lost millions in federal grant dollars from a lawsuit over a software contract
April 14th, 2019 - 2:10am
Riley Snyder and Jacob Solis
Although state lawmakers in 2017 approved $200,000 a year in new funding for a grant management software program — a system backers said could result in up to tens of millions of dollars in untapped federal funds — a lawsuit filed by a company that sought but didn’t receive the contract has stalled implementation of the system for the foreseeable future.
Follow the Money: NV Energy dominated energy industry campaign spending on 2018 legislative elections
April 14th, 2019 - 2:05am
It’s no secret that Nevada energy companies — especially the state’s largest utility, NV Energy — are ready and willing to spend their money on state elections. The 2018 midterms were no different, as 36 companies and individuals combined to spend more than $497,000 on 59 state lawmakers.