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Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% in 2020, state says

BY: - October 12, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to impact Nevada, underscoring the need for an updated state response that will be funded by settlement money from the pharmaceutical companies that started the public health crisis. Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% last year, according to the Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). In 2019, 510 people […]

Little housing stock, high rents in Nevada create a homeless bottleneck

BY: - October 11, 2021

On the days she couldn’t find a place to stay for the night, Tayanna Herrell and her four children would camp out on top of a playground area at Doolittle Park or other nearby neighborhood parks.  Herrell, her two 5 year olds, a 4 year old and a 2 year old began experiencing homelessness when […]

Tribal leaders praise restoration of Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears monuments

BY: - October 9, 2021

Tribal leaders in the Southwest and across the country are ecstatic at the news that President Joe Biden signed proclamations fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous administration by nearly 2 million acres total. “The president’s protection of these three national monuments is among a […]

Kieckhefer, Togliatti appointed to Gaming Commission

BY: - October 8, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday appointed retired Clark County Judge Jennifer Togliatti as the first woman to chair the Nevada Gaming Commission. She’ll be joined on the commission by state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, a Republican, who announced Friday morning that he would be resigning from the state Senate.    Togliatti and Kieckhefer “are highly qualified appointments […]

Congressional, state redistricting gets underway. Sort of.

BY: - October 8, 2021

A legislative committee focused on political redistricting convened for the first time Thursday in what is expected to be the first of several public meetings where the public is invited to learn about and weigh in on the process. Democratic Assemblywoman Brittney Miller was selected to chair the six-member interim committee. She said the committee […]

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Sisolak hails effort to vaccinate economically and socially vulnerable

BY: - October 7, 2021

A state and federal endeavor that relied on community groups to pinpoint and encourage socially and economically vulnerable Las Vegans to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is being lauded by Gov. Steve Sisolak, who detailed the effort’s results at a news conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. In July, the state reached out to the Federal […]

Scam online pharmacies selling fake, dangerous pills find opportunity in the pandemic

BY: - October 7, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has kick-started a host of online and remote services, but not all of them are as useful as expansions to telemedicine or having groceries ordered online and delivered to your doorstep: Fake online pharmacies have also proliferated during COVID-19, putting their customers at serious risk. “Criminals will use any emergency or crisis […]

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Drought conditions, climate crisis spur calls for more efficient water infrastructure

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Experts in government, agriculture, water management and the environment stressed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday the danger that droughts fueled by climate change pose in the West, including the Colorado River Basin. During a hearing before an Energy and Natural Resources Committee panel, witnesses said long-term solutions and an investment in […]

Nevada to create labor board to address issues within home care industry

BY: - October 6, 2021

A booming industry infamous for paying workers low wages may soon answer to a new labor board — one that may have actual teeth behind it. On Tuesday, a few dozen home care workers represented by SEIU Local 1107 gathered at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services office to hand deliver a petition […]

Report tallies number of days with elevated air pollution in Nevada

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Las Vegas metropolitan area experienced 96 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a report from the Environment Nevada Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group, and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. In the report, “Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathed Polluted Air in 2020,” researchers reviewed Environmental Protection Agency records […]

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Federal mineral royalty would be ‘unfair’ to Nevada mining, Cortez Masto says

BY: - October 5, 2021

U.S. senators of both parties at a hearing Tuesday rejected House Democrats’ plans to impose billions of dollars in royalties and other fees on companies that mine for gold, copper, lithium and other minerals on federal lands. Among the opponents was Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who said she objected to the House proposal because […]

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FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]