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Business leaders look to pent-up demand, vaccine, new attractions to fuel Vegas’ recovery in 2021

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January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
At the rate vaccines are rolling out, people will likely feel more comfortable traveling by the second quarter of 2021.

Amazon surpasses Walmart for most Nevada employees and dependents on Medicaid

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January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The number of Nevada Amazon employees and dependents on Medicaid nearly doubled year over year, increasing from 4,040 to 7,892, despite statements on the company’s website that they offer medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage to all of their employees, regardless of their level or position.

Unemployment in Nevada drops below 10 percent, but more workers withdrawing from labor force

January 21st, 2021 - 1:55pm
The reported rate reflects people who don’t have a job but are looking for one, but does not include those who have withdrawn from the labor force, perhaps because they are discouraged or are focusing on caregiver duties. It also does not include those who are working part-time but would rather be working full-time.

Southern Nevada apartment rents up, vacancies down in 2020, despite economic toll of pandemic

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January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Southern Nevada apartment rents increased significantly in the last quarter of 2020, rebounding from a decline earlier in the year and surpassing pre-pandemic highs, according to a new report from the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA).

Gun safety group lawsuit against ATF seeks to revoke license of Henderson gun manufacturer

January 20th, 2021 - 2:38pm
The lawsuit urges the ATF to take accountability and revoke the firearms license it awarded JA Industries, formerly Jimenez Arms, which was sued last year on allegations of breaking federal firearms law and repeated violations of the Gun Control Act.

Confronting a rise in youth vaping, experts strategize on actions for prevention

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January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Public health officials have set their sights on raising the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21, providing clearer labeling for cannabis products, improving youth education on cannabis and vaping and gathering more data on cannabis use.

Las Vegas Sands' future rests with Miriam Adelson and her nearly 57 percent ownership

January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Long before the passing of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, the casino company he founded and commanded with his overwhelming presence for more than 32 years, was going through a transformation.

Adelson, gaming and political force, dies at 87

January 12th, 2021 - 6:04am
Sheldon Adelson, the son of a Boston cabbie who became a billionaire and left an indelible mark on the worlds of gaming and politics, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 87.

Court rules against petition to reopen brothels, which have been shut down for nearly 10 months

January 8th, 2021 - 3:26pm
In a setback for efforts to open the doors to Nevada brothels, a Lyon County judge denied Bunny Ranch sex worker Alice Little’s petition in her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Sisolak’s closure order.

DETR: Unemployment claimants may start seeing $300-per-week bump as early as this week

January 7th, 2021 - 9:39am
The agency is still waiting for final rules from the Department of Labor, and said the full slate of anticipated changes are expected to be implemented within four weeks.

Tax amnesty program waives penalties to encourage taxpayers to submit overdue money

January 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Department of Taxation this week announced the details for the program, which will run from Feb. 1 to May 1. Businesses or individuals may pay the overdue tax online or by mail. Penalties and interest will be waived when owed tax is paid in full within the three-month timeframe.

Judge: DETR no longer in contempt of court over unemployment payment stoppages

December 31st, 2020 - 12:02pm
The state reported it has restarted 5,758 claims, believes 1,122 are fraudulent and says 3,037 were already being paid — often through a different benefits program — and didn’t need to be restarted.

Lawmakers grant final approval to payday lending database plans, over industry concerns

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December 28th, 2020 - 5:14pm
Members of the Legislative Commission — composed of state lawmakers who give final approval to state agency regulations — met Monday to approve the regulations submitted by the state’s Financial Institutions Division (FID), which will oversee and manage operations of the database. The majority-Democratic committee voted along party lines, 7-5, to approve the regulations.

DETR: Claimants likely to see gap in unemployment benefits as state implements stimulus bill

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December 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Barbara Buckley said Congress’ procrastination has not allowed enough time for state officials all across the country to understand the bill, reprogram computer systems and continue payments uninterrupted. That could have “really, really devastating” effects for claimants who have already burned through their savings.

Utility regulators may be next to help DETR; state now borrowing from feds to pay unemployment

December 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
Officials said it has been difficult to keep up because 1.5 million initial claims for unemployment have been filed since mid-March — the equivalent of every single person in the Nevada’s civilian workforce applying for benefits.

Eviction mediation program seeing some success, but common ground still elusive in many cases

December 17th, 2020 - 12:51pm
While many cases are pending, there have been 111 mediations that ended in an agreement between the landlord and tenant and 214 that ended without an agreement. Fifteen cases were withdrawn, and 31 never led to a mediation session because the landlord and/or the tenant did not respond.

Sales, gaming tax proposals backed by CCEA headed to Legislature after clearing signature thresholds

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December 15th, 2020 - 12:16pm
County officials verified 148,605 of the 201,935 submitted signatures for the gaming tax increase petition, or about 73.6 percent, and 137,791 of the 190,192 submitted signatures for the sales tax increase petition, about 72.4 percent. The county-level signature verification process is one of the last stops before initiative petitions are deemed successful or unsuccessful. The secretary of state’s office will next certify the results and transfer them to the Legislature, assuming no legal challenges are filed.

Evictions proceed apace on eve of new moratorium, county commission scrutiny

December 14th, 2020 - 8:37pm
While Gov. Steve Sisolak previously said a federal eviction moratorium would serve as a safety net when the state-level protections lapsed, it has proved to be quite a porous one. He said his advisers encouraged him to implement one again to prevent thousands of people from ending up on the streets or in crowded living conditions just as the state experiences its worst COVID-19 transmission levels to date.

DETR’s latest mass denial of PUA applications will affect about a quarter of claims ever filed in program

December 10th, 2020 - 4:33pm
The rejections are out of 718,250 PUA initial claims filed in Nevada through Dec. 3. That’s about three times the maximum size of the pool of workers that DETR economists believe are potentially eligible for the program for gig workers and the self-employed; the agency says it’s the target of widespread presumed fraud.

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