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U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), had to use […]

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Following updated CDC guidance, Nevada re-ups indoor mask mandate in most counties

BY: - July 27, 2021

As of midnight Thursday, most of Nevada, including Clark and Washoe counties, will again have a mask mandate. The state announced the resumption of the mandate in keeping with Tuesday’s updated federal recommendations urging Americans in counties with high surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings […]

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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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ACLU, NV Press Association sue to assure NDOC transparency at execution

BY: - July 26, 2021

The ACLU of Nevada filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Nevada Press Association against the state to assure Zane Floyd’s pending execution is conducted in a transparent manner. The complaint, Nevada Press Association v. Sisolak, scrutinizes limitations on witnesses, specifically members of the press, observing the execution, saying that the state’s  “procedures violate […]

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Public health officials urge people missing 2nd dose of vaccine to catch up

BY: - July 26, 2021

New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue. It’s a worrisome component of the state’s overall vaccination effort, which has slowed over time despite rising case numbers and the emergence […]

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Sisolak’s COVID advisor wants mask mandate at UNLV, colleges in Southern Nevada

BY: - July 23, 2021

A member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team says Clark County’s mask mandate for employees but not the public won’t stop the spread of the more virulent Delta variant and is calling for mandatory masks at state colleges and universities in Southern Nevada.  Brian Labus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor at […]

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Long housing voucher wait lists prompt calls for action in reconciliation bill

BY: - July 23, 2021

Nevadans wait an average of 38 months, more than three years, to receive housing vouchers, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  And unless the federal government expands and intensifies its meager housing voucher program, those wait times won’t be getting any shorter, the report concludes. The group […]

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Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to full Senate

BY: - July 22, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of Stone-Manning, aNational Wildlife Federation senior adviser whose career has […]

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Nevada awarded $441k by CDC to study maternal mortality

BY: - July 22, 2021

Nevada’s maternal mortality review committee will receive more than $441,000 over the next three years to improve birth outcomes among pregnant women. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the award Thursday. The funds are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE […]

Officials defend mask mandate for workers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Local and state officials are defending a partial mask mandate that appears rooted more in economics than science.  “While it won’t protect visitors from other visitors, the new mask mandate should provide protection for visitors when they have contact with casino employees,” UNLV Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Labus, a member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s […]

House launches probe of moratorium-defying evictions at weekly apartments

BY: - July 22, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, legal groups, housing justice organizers and tenants have warned that weekly stay apartments have been ousting renters despite federal and local protections.  Bailey Bortolin, the statewide advocacy, outreach and policy director for the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers, likened actions taken by some corporate landlords to circumvent eviction moratoria as “driving […]

Vegas rideshare strike doesn’t yet have momentum, but driver frustrations are real

BY: - July 22, 2021

Rideshare driver Hope Nicole Marion is fed up. She started driving for Uber in 2015 when the San Francisco-based company first launched in Las Vegas. Back then, the money was good. The ride-hailing platform was being touted as a much-needed disruptor to the powerful taxicab industry and a way to “be your own boss.” Marion […]