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Jeniffer Solis

Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

Cortez Masto says reconciliation bill ‘is our opportunity’ for immigration reform 

By: - July 30, 2021

Immigration reforms, including a path to citizenship, should be included in the sweeping agenda Democrats are about to consider in a reconciliation bill that will circumvent a Republican filibuster, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and several other Senate Democrats told President Joe Biden Thursday. Cortez Masto was among a group of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members […]

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Southern Nevada needs half a million trees to reach ‘tree equity’

By: - July 27, 2021

Nevada saw record high temperatures in July as part of a historic heat wave across the west, and a new study reveals how unevenly protective tree shade is distributed in Nevada’s cities, and how tree inequity disadvantages communities of color and the poor. The study by American Forests examined 3,810 municipalities, including 150,000 neighborhoods in […]

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Wildfire smoke likely increased risk of Covid in Nevada, study finds

By: - July 16, 2021

In 2020, California endured the worst fire season in its history as three of the four largest fires ever recorded burned through the state. Now researchers are learning how those fires may have contributed to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Nevada. New research published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology suggests  long-term […]

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Lawmakers named to ‘innovation zones’ study committee

By: - July 16, 2021

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced appointments for a joint special committee meant to analyze and review the concept of allowing private companies to effectively establish their own government in undeveloped areas of Nevada. In May, the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 to create a committee meant to examine the “innovation […]

Broad coalition blasts ‘wasteful’ Colorado River pipeline proposal

By: - July 16, 2021

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River, hit record-low water levels last month. Now business leaders, farmers, conservation groups and elected leaders are asking the federal government to place a moratorium on new dams and other water diversions on the river.  An unlikely coalition of organizations from across the Colorado River Basin gathered […]

On the hook

Survey finds continued payment pause critical for NV student loan borrowers

By: - July 15, 2021

The Department of Education has cancelled nearly $3 billion of student loans for more than 130,000 student loan borrowers, but thousands of other student loan borrowers are in danger of defaulting if payment resume later this year. A national survey of nearly 23,000 student loan borrowers in all 50 states from June 17 to June […]

lots of water

Residential use drives overall increase in water consumption during pandemic

By: - July 14, 2021

Residential water consumption in Southern Nevada spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Looking at water billing and usage from the Henderson Water District covering all users, the study identified a number of trends and shifts in habits around water usage, including that […]

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State asks public how to spend $107M in education funding

By: - July 13, 2021

The Nevada Department of Education is calling for feedback on how to spend more than $107 million in stimulus money. These funds will go to the Nevada Department of Education which is required to ask students, educators, parents, organizations and community members for input before submitting spending plans in August. School officials are now asking […]

In Nevada, Vilsack says he’s ‘encouraged’ by talk with Manchin on reconciliation bill

By: - July 9, 2021

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited an elementary school in Southern Nevada to round up support for parts of the sweeping program to invest in education, health, child care, and numerous other services that aren’t included in the infrastructure framework many Republicans have agreed to support. And Vilsack said he was “encouraged” by conversations […]

Labor organizers seek deferred action to stem abuse of undocumented workers

By: - July 8, 2021

Employers often take advantage of the dysfunctional immigration system in the U.S. to intimidate undocumented workers who try to obtain better working conditions, say labor organizers, but organizers are now looking to use deferred action protections to protect workers in labor disputes. “The immigrant workforce being exploited has pretty much been a part of 70 […]

Food insecurity among seniors is overlooked, ‘very hidden’

By: - July 7, 2021

In the past two decades, food insecurity has doubled among older adults, and the pandemic only complicated low-income seniors’ access to food. Hunger, inadequate housing, social isolation, and poverty are linked to poor health, especially as we age.  And the scale of food insecurity among the elderly in the U.S. is often ignored, said Jocelyn […]

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Citing Delta variant and rising cases, state asks for federal help

By: - July 2, 2021

With more than 1.3 million people fully vaccinated in Nevada, the state is asking for help from the federal government to help speed the process for more residents. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that Nevada will request assistance from the federal government in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the growing presence of the […]