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Indoor farm hopes to bring locally grown produce, technological innovation to Las Vegas food market

In a brightly lit room, workers donning head-to-toe protective clothing — white jumpsuits, blue bouffant caps, surgical masks, booties and gloves — huddle over tables lined with trays. The environment could pass as a research lab or sterile-processing center deep inside a bustling hospital, but it’s neither. The trays contain the mission behind this quiet room: Seeds.
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Pro-brothel group urges Nye County not to sign petition, all in the name of freedom

A group called Nye County Freedom has launched a website, Twitter page and Facebook page encouraging residents not to sign the petition and giving advice on how people can remove their names if they have already signed it. A video set to earnest instrumental music features testimonials from Nye County residents appealing to the region’s libertarian streak and urging voters to preserve the legality of brothels — something beyond what even other Nevada counties have.
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After scooping up 67,000 acres of land, Blockchains, LLC unveils its offices at Northern Nevada industrial park

After purchasing about 67,000 acres of land in Northern Nevada last year, a little-known blockchain company pledged Wednesday to hire 1,000 new employees by 2021 during a tour of its initial offices. The company, known as Blockchains, LLC, has been the subject of intense speculation and remains quiet about what it plans to do with enough land to build a small town.
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Golden Knights fever sweeps through Vegas’ Hispanic community

Juan José Ordóñez emigrated from Venezuela in 2002, and even though he confesses to being a baseball fan – considered the national sport in his country – he decided to give hockey a chance after receiving two tickets to attend a Golden Knights game.
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Application release offers a glimpse into Southern Nevada's failed strategy to attract Amazon headquarters

The downtown property was one of two free land offers made in a 146-page application — released publicly on Thursday — that Southern Nevada submitted to the online commerce behemoth in October before the Las Vegas area was eliminated from a highly competitive contest. The other free site was about 100 vacant acres owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation in Summerlin just west of the 215 Beltway.
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Former prostitutes allege unwelcome sexual contact from brothel owner Dennis Hof

Life as the most famous operator of the brothels legal only in Nevada hasn’t always been winks and laughs. Police and court records show Dennis Hof has faced serious allegations from former employees in the years since he first bought the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Northern Nevada in 1992, although he has not been convicted of any crimes or charged for the alleged conduct.
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The Indy Explains: How legal prostitution works in Nevada

Nevada’s unique status as the only state in the union with legalized prostitution has once again come into focus as efforts to ban brothels in certain counties crop up. But tourists seeking to take advantage of all the state’s vices should beware: There are strict limits to where sex can be sold, and even people who have worked in the brothels are divided on whether Nevada’s model is a good one.
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Culinary Union votes to authorize citywide strike if no contract by June 1

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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About Last Week: Marijuana tax collections surpass expectations; Assembly Democrats endorse Ethiopian refugee for open seat

Seven days. Never enough hours. Stacks of paperwork at the office and piles of laundry at home. It’s a never-ending cycle, which makes it difficult to stay on top of the endless news nuggets flowing from the White House, state capital, local government and business community. We get it — and we’re in the news business.
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Indy Q&A: Former Denver Post pot editor on the future of public marijuana consumption in Nevada

“I think Vegas has the opportunity to completely turn this on its head,” Ricardo Baca said in a recent interview with The Nevada Independent. “I wouldn’t be surprised if three years from now we can order a 10 mg shot of CBD in our Jamba Juice or if we have pre-rolls in the mini bar waiting for us in a nice glass tube. I think that the possibilities are endless.”
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Nevada leaders cautiously optimistic after Colorado senator announces agreement with Trump on marijuana-legal states

Gardner, who represents a state with legalized recreational marijuana, had vowed in January to block all of Trump’s nominations to the Department of Justice after Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo — Obama-era guidance that gave states some comfort that federal prosecutors wouldn’t target state-legal marijuana industries. In a statement, Gardner announced he was lifting that blockade — a significant impediment in a Senate where Republicans hold a thin 51-49 majority — because Trump told him Colorado would be spared.
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