Town hall addresses education funding
Emotions ran high Wednesday evening at Reed High School as parents, educators, students and legislators came together for a town hall meeting to discuss the state of education in Nevada.
City of Sparks lays off 6 workers
The city eliminated six positions in the public works, community development and information technology departments on Wednesday in response to a $4.6 million budget deficit faced for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Reno firefighters approve concessions
RENO — More than $150,000 in employee concessions approved by the Reno Fire Fighters IAFF Local 731 union on Tuesday will allow for the immediate rehiring of four laid off members through the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The Reno City Council previously approved the agreement. “In a successful effort to return laid-off firefighters to protecting and serving our citizens, the membership of the Reno Firefighters Association has overwhelmingl...
Bill raises a stink over what’s stinky
CARSON CITY — Critics say a Nevada bill banning air fresheners and candles in public places would lead to stinky rooms and prohibit priests from using candles in Mass. Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Paul Aizley on Monday presented AB234, which sets restrictions on pesticides, fragrances and candles to accommodate people with chemical sensitivities. Proponents said air fresheners give them migraines or asthma attacks and prevent them from goi...
Bill would authorize a domestic violence task force in the s...
CARSON CITY — Sorority sisters of a slain Las Vegas woman joined law enforcement officials Monday in backing a bill that would empower Nevada's attorney general to create task forces to examine fatal domestic violence cases — and try to figure out where the system failed to prevent deaths in the future. Dressed in the crimson and cream colors of Delta Sigma Theta, Verna Stringer and other members of the Las Vegas alumnae chapter said they were...
Nevada lawmakers kick into high gear in week 6
CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers are stepping up the pace as they begin the sixth week of their 120-day legislative session Monday, with more budgeting hearings and several committees holding work sessions to vote on bills. On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee will review the Nevada Plan — the complicated funding formula for the state’s K-12 education system. The Assembly Education Committee will hear presentations on substance abuse and teen...
Openness in state gov't? AP survey shows obstacles
NEW YORK — More openness in government. Lawmakers across the country, including the Republicans who took control in many states this year, say they want it. But a survey of all 50 states by The Associated Press has found that efforts to boost openness often are being thwarted by old patterns of secrecy. The survey did find signs of progress in a number of states, especially in technological efforts to make much more information available onlin...