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U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would require federal agencies to monitor domestic terrorism incidents, including those potentially related to white supremacy. The failure of the Senate procedural vote showed again how difficult it is for Congress to agree on any response to U.S. gun violence. It followed a racist […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday.  Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

Nevada Supreme Court

Report names Nevada among 20 states without a person of color on the Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

Though Nevada’s population is surging with people of color, that is not reflected in the state’s highest court, according to a new analysis.  The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law found the state is one of 20 with zero justices of color on its Supreme Court. The State Supreme […]

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.  Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

Gas appliances cost Nevadans money and clean air, study says

BY: - May 23, 2022

A sustainability group is now pushing for Nevada to embrace cleaner, more efficient alternatives as natural gas price in the state hit a 12-year high. Fully electric heat pumps can deliver more affordable home heating and cooling in Nevada and other Southwest states, according to a new study by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

Majority of Nevadans with mortgages are equity rich

BY: - May 17, 2022

More than half of Nevada homeowners with mortgages are considered “equity rich” according to real estate data analyst ATTOM, meaning they owe less than 50% of their property’s market value.  Some 625,164 residential properties in Nevada have mortgages. Of those 331,768 or 53.1%, are equity rich, up from 49.8% in the last quarter of 2021.  […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

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McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

Lawmakers earmark $30m for child care, approve $5m in technology and staff at state agencies

BY: - May 5, 2022

Nevada’s plan to boost its beleaguered child care industry took another step forward Thursday as state lawmakers officially set aside $30 million for grant funding to support the expansion or building of new licensed child care facilities across the state. The Interim Finance Committee, which approves major state spending when the full Legislature is not […]