Panel OKs foreclosure settlement assistance funds
CARSON CITY — A state legislative panel has approved using $11.7 million to set up a resource network for Nevadans trying to access $25 billion available nationwide for mortgage assistance. Funding will be used for public outreach and to provide struggling homeowners with access to counselors and legal aide support, state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto told the Interim Finance Committee on Thursday. Money for the program comes from $5...
Report says how to avoid sage grouse protections
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Conservation groups are welcoming a federal report spelling out how sage grouse should be managed in 11 Western states to avoid new federal protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft report issued Thursday advises states and federal land management agencies to act immediately to “stop the bleeding of continuing habitat and population losses.” The report is certain to command attention in Western states where listi...
2 killed, 9 wounded outside Empire State Building
NEW YORK — A laid-off worker fatally shot an executive at his former company outside the Empire State Building on Friday, setting off a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world’s best-known landmarks. Officers killed the gunman and at least nine others were wounded, some by stray police gunfire, authorities said. The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the building at around 9 a.m., when pedestrians on their way to w...
Applications for US unemployment aid up slightly
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose a slight 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, evidence that the job market’s recovery remains modest and uneven. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,750 to 368,000. Applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. When they fall consistently below 375,000, it generally suggests hiri...
Tribune photo/Garrett Valenzuela Students and parents carry their loads of clothes, appliances and supplies into the residence halls at the University of Nevada, Reno on Thursday during Dorm Storm 2012. The annual event sees thousands of students check into their dorm rooms on the eve of Welcome Week, a weeklong schedule of events for students and faculty, which begins Saturday.
Tax petition backers dismiss new legal challenge
CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Education Association says the latest legal challenge to its proposed business tax initiative is without merit and signature gathering will continue. NSEA Executive Director Gary Peck says the teachers union is confident the reworded petition will meet legal muster. The pro-business group Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs filed a new lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the latest language is still misleading because the m...
Obama stumps in Reno
RENO — President Barack Obama accused rival Mitt Romney of being oblivious to the burdens of paying for college on Tuesday, telling young voters that his opponent’s education policies amount to nothing more than encouraging them to tap their parents for money or “shop around” for the best deal.
Loose screws focus of Reno air race crash probe
RENO — Federal safety regulators are focusing on loose screws in the tail of a World War II-era fighter plane modified to race faster than 500 mph (800 kph) as a likely cause of the horrific crash that killed the pilot and 10 others during air races at the Reno National Championship Air Races last September.
GOP seeks to boot ‘none’ off Nevada ballot
RENO — In a high stakes election that could help determine the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, attention in Nevada is turning this week to one option on the ballot with no shot of winning: None of these candidates.
Calif. squeeze pushes pot grows to other states
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Law enforcement crackdowns on illegal marijuana groves on California’s public lands appear to be pushing some growers into other states, federal authorities said Tuesday, prompting a multi-agency effort across the West this summer. There has been a decrease in the number of marijuana plants seized in California in recent years, though the state still accounts for the bulk of the illegal pot harvest. There has been an incre...
USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply
FRESNO, Calif. — Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating Tuesday whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption. The investigation will determine whether sick cows...
At the bottom of the Prater Pit
NV Energy supervisor Scott Kay holds a line used to purge gas from a main that’s being replaced at the corner of Stanford Way and Prater Way. At the bottom of the pit,Troy Callahan grinds excess metal from the new line. The project, to replace 1950s-era lines, is ongoing, but the crew is planning to finish this particular section by Wednesday. Granite Construction will then repave the street with the goal of finishing this week before school b...
Fires wreak havoc on Nev. antelope hunter access
CARSON CITY — Nevada wildlife officials say antelope hunters who drew tags in three prime areas ravaged by fires can return their tags and retain their bonus points for next year. But the tags must be returned in person to a Nevada Department of Wildlife office, no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday. Pronghorn antelope rifle season opens Wednesday. Wildlife officials say fires are limiting access to three hunting areas in northern Nevada — areas 031, 0...