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Feds’ cash stream supports Colorado River conservation — but the money will dry up

BY: - September 22, 2023

Despite a megadrought, states in the West have been able to avoid drastic cuts to their allocations of Colorado River water this year not only because of surprising storms but also thanks to generous financial incentives from all levels of government that have encouraged people to conserve. The temporary Colorado River water-sharing agreement that Arizona, […]

Shutdown inches closer as U.S. House GOP fails to pass defense bill, lawmakers exit D.C.

BY: - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans were unable for a third time Thursday to begin debate on the Defense funding bill, throwing another wrench into Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership tenure. The 212-216 vote that rejected the rule for the $826 billion Defense spending measure was unexpected, coming less than a day after House GOP lawmakers gathered […]

Southwest Gas seeks record general rate hike request 

BY: - September 21, 2023

Southwest Gas Corp. is asking the Public Utilities Commission to approve a rate increase of just under $70 million, the largest in its history, according to available records.  Southwest Gas says the increase is necessary to maintain its 7.27% rate of return, and to  “maintain and provide safe and reliable service to its customers.”   The […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with how to ensure access to water amid Western drought

BY: - September 21, 2023

Decades of drought in the West has made water quality and quantity a major issue requiring government funding and innovation to fix, members of a U.S. Senate panel said Wednesday. Demand for water in growing municipalities is stretching agricultural and tribal communities, while shrinking availability is leading to higher water prices, witnesses told the Senate […]


State announces updated COVID-19 vaccines now available 

BY: - September 20, 2023

Nevadans can now get the updated COVID-19 vaccines to protect against the new strains of the disease, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.  The Updated COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are available and recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older after approval by the  U.S. Food and Drug […]

A ‘disaster’ nears: Millions of federal workers’ paychecks would be on hold in a shutdown

BY: - September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 3.5 million federal employees and military personnel — many in the Washington, D.C., area but also scattered across the states and around the globe — are bracing for another partial government shutdown, as U.S. House Republicans struggle to produce a short-term plan to fund the government past the end of the […]

‘Still a ways to go’ but indigent defense is improving in Nevada’s rural counties

BY: - September 20, 2023

Progress on correcting systemic issues with the delivery of indigent defense in Nevada’s rural counties has sped up in recent years, but the state is still out of compliance with standards set in a legal agreement it entered three years ago. Nevada’s Department of Indigent Defense Services (DIDS) was established by state lawmakers in 2019 […]

U.S. House GOP spending bills falter as Congress struggles to avoid a shutdown

BY: and - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing their own short-term spending bill that they believe will garner bipartisan support, a decision that could stave off a partial government shutdown — and as House Republicans failed to advance two spending bills. The Senate move would work as long as the House votes to […]

NV Energy exec: Meeting renewable portfolio standard to be challenging and costly for ratepayers

BY: - September 19, 2023

An NV Energy executive told Clark County commissioners Tuesday that a legislative mandate to ensure half of its energy is from renewable sources by 2030 “is going to be a challenge.”   “I’ll be honest,” said Jimmy Daghlian, vice president of renewable energy, during an update on the utility’s efforts to transition away from fossil fuels..“We’re […]

Michigan congresswoman pushes ‘Restaurant Workers Bill of Rights’

BY: - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, re-introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at improving the lives of U.S. restaurant workers. The “Restaurant Workers Bill of Rights” would raise wages and improve work conditions for restaurant staff. Tlaib, who also pushed this legislation last year, held a press conference Tuesday alongside U.S. House colleagues and […]

Homeless outreach teams connect unhoused to resources ahead of encampment removals

BY: - September 19, 2023

When homeless outreach workers and social service providers, led by HELP of Southern Nevada, posted up at the base of an encampment just outside the tunnels near the New Orleans hotel one late August morning, they weren’t certain how many people reside in the encampment, or how many of them would seek HELP’s help. But […]

Nevada just outlawed a predatory title scheme, but not before 800+ homeowners fell for it

BY: - September 19, 2023

It works like this: Someone thinking about selling their home heads to the internet to look for some info. They see an advertisement offering a free market analysis — actually, it’s better than free, because this company is offering to pay the homeowner now, a show of how seriously they want to build a relationship […]