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LV health officials to the vaxed: Mask up in crowded indoor places

BY: - July 16, 2021

You’re vaxed and ready to go. But don’t toss those face masks just yet.  With cases of COVID-19 once again on the rise in Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District is recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in crowded indoor places.   Nevada registered 938 new cases on Thursday, the most since February. The […]

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FBI reviewing ‘copious amounts’ of info on Fiore provided by opponent

BY: - July 15, 2021

FBI agents are already combing through correspondence provided by Las Vegas City Council candidate Sarah Ashton-Cirillo regarding her opponent, Councilwoman Michele Fiore, according to Ashton-Cirillo, who says she’s had “multiple contacts, over the course of several days” with the FBI.   Ashton-Cirillo says her interview with agents scheduled for Thursday was postponed to allow her campaign’s […]

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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 […]

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Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]

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Does McConnell’s salvo mean BLM director nomination is moving forward?

BY: - July 13, 2021

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday joined the ranks of GOP senators opposing the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning, the president’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, possibly signaling the confirmation could soon move beyond the Energy Committee. The strongly critical statement from McConnell, of Kentucky, was not a surprise, but the […]

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Anti-poverty advocates urge Biden to take filibuster fight to AZ, WV

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the People Act,” an […]

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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 […]

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State resumes weekly briefings as cases rise and feds send help to boost vaccinations

BY: - July 8, 2021

Additional federal resources to boost Nevada’s vaccination rates and reverse a surge in covid-19 cases will arrive next week, according to state officials. The announcement was made Thursday as Nevada Health Response, the group set up by the governor to coordinate and disseminate information on covid mitigation efforts, resumed weekly calls to provide the public […]

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GOP has slight edge among older voters; Dems have huge edge among younger ones

BY: - July 7, 2021

Independent voter registration has been climbing nationwide for decades. In Nevada, independent voters outnumber Republicans among voters under age 55. Of voters under age 35, independents dramatically outnumber Republicans in Nevada, roughly 182,000 to 103,000, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s June voter registration report. In total, Democrats had 649,101 voters, Republicans had 566,916, […]

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Las Vegas MSA’s splashy employment increase still 200K short of pre-pandemic

BY: - July 6, 2021

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday reported the Las Vegas metropolitan statistical area had the nation’s highest year-over-year rate of employment increase of any large MSA, rising from 774,900 in May 2020 to 940,700 in May 2021, an increase of 165,800 jobs, or 21.4%. The nation’s highest percentage gain notwithstanding, employment in the Las Vegas […]

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White House to issue executive order on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The EO directs USDA to […]

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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 […]