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Presidential candidates promise higher wages, stronger unions at Las Vegas forum

BY: - April 27, 2019

Restaurant worker and Fight for $15 organizer Terrence Wise said between the struggle to increase wages and lawmakers strangling efforts for people to join unions, workers face a broken system. “Companies like McDonald’s pay us so little, that we have to rely on government assistance just to get by,” Wise said. “That ain’t right. They […]

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MGM layoffs “a bloodbath,” not confined to management

BY: - April 26, 2019

Contrary to widespread news reports, the 254 employees who lost their jobs with MGM Resorts International Thursday were not confined to management, but rather extended to entry-level workers. “It was a bloodbath,” says one terminated employee who asked not to be identified.  “I waited six hours to find out I’d been fired. They walked around […]

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How climate change is hitting communities of color the hardest

BY: - April 26, 2019

Researchers have long noted disparities in pollution impacts: climate change hits people of color the hardest. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto met with Chispa Nevada and activists this week to hear from, and highlight, voices who have traditionally been left behind in climate change politics and policy. The socioeconomically disproportionate impacts of pollution have driven environmental […]

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Lawmakers must rush to meet maternal mortality grant deadline

BY: - April 26, 2019

The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world. If legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Committee is signed into law in early May, Nevada would join 44 other states that are eligible for federal grant money to collect data and take other steps to reduce pregnancy-related deaths. States have […]

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Las Vegas does not love Starbucks as much as you think

BY: - April 25, 2019

Thanks a latte, bad data! If you think that pun is cringeworthy, don’t blame the Nevada Current. Blame ApartmentGuide for forcing us to write that sentence. Earlier this week, the listing website turned fly-by-night research firm dubbed Las Vegas the “Best City for Starbucks Lovers” based off the number of Starbucks that exist per capita. […]

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“Vast majority” of MGM layoffs are in Las Vegas

BY: - April 25, 2019

Just days after touting his company’s workforce development efforts, MGM International Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren announced 254 employees would be informed Thursday they’ll lose their jobs, “and in a few weeks, we will have one more round of position eliminations,” he wrote in a letter to all employees.     “These impacts are being […]

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Universal basic income, robots, and Yang

BY: - April 25, 2019

Andrew Yang is worried about robot bartenders, self-driving freight trucks, and “worship of the almighty dollar.” With the field of Democratic presidential candidates nearing two dozen people, the New York entrepreneur is attempting to set himself apart with a decidedly different platform: one that focuses on apprehensions about tech automation and an economic overhaul usually […]

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Labor coalition defends lobbyist, fears chilling effect

BY: - April 25, 2019

A complaint filed with the state against a legislative lobbyist for her interpretation of a court order could prevent others from speaking their minds before lawmakers for fear of retaliation, according to a coalition of labor lobbyists. The complaint, filed last week with the Attorney General and the Legislative Counsel Bureau by Robert Fellner of […]

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Sisolak donates salary to schools, as promised

BY: - April 24, 2019

Following up on a campaign promise, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday he is donating his salary to Nevada’s schools. In a letter to the Nevada State Board of Education, Sisolak said he was committed to donating his net salary on a quarterly basis to the Nevada Department of Education Gift Fund, to be distributed to […]

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Horsford promotes Democratic bill to reform Social Security

BY: - April 24, 2019

The first meaningful reforms of Social Security since 1983 would increase benefits, reduce taxes for millions of Social Security beneficiaries, set new minimum benefit levels to protect low-income workers, and make the wealthy pay into the program at the same rate as everyone else. The proposal would also gradually increase payroll taxes so that by […]

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Las Vegas is getting hotter faster than any other city in country

BY: - April 23, 2019

Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the country, according to the research group Climate Central. According to the new report, released Monday on Earth Day, Las Vegas has warmed 5.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1970. That’s more than any other city in the United States. Rounding out the top five fastest-warming cities were El Paso […]

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AG’s former law firm to represent state against opioid industry

BY: - April 23, 2019

Attorney General Aaron Ford’s former law firm will represent the state in its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, marketers and sales outlets.   Eglet Prince, the firm Ford worked at before becoming Attorney General, is taking the case on contingency, statutorily capped at 25 percent. The firm is currently representing Clark County in similar litigation.  […]