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...
NV regents take closures off table
CARSON CITY — Regents took some of the most distasteful budget cuts off the table Friday when they voted 8-5 not to close or merge any institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education, though some say it’s a feel-good measure that ignores the gravity of the system’s budget crisis. The split decision came after college and university presidents pleaded with regents not to pursue several proposed cost-cutting options, including folding the ...
Mourners pay respects to last known U.S. WWI veteran
WASHINGTON — Wearing a black POW-MIA beret and a vest emblazoned with “Vietnam Veteran,” Charles D. White stood and saluted the flag-draped casket holding the body of Frank Buckles, the last known American veteran of World War I. White, who walks with a cane, then turned around stiffly and marched away. Buckles will be buried Tuesday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Visitations were being held Sunday and Monday at Jose...
Retrofit projects force road closures
Area residents traveling through downtown Reno today and Sunday might see large cranes at work and several road closures as construction crews replace chillers, boilers and mechanical equipment, some of it in place since the 1960s, at City Hall.
Legislation would set online poker regulations
CARSON CITY — State lawmakers want Nevada to take the lead on regulating Internet poker, a move several legislatures are making after federal efforts to regulate the multibillion-dollar industry fell flat at the end of last year. Assembly members introduced a bill Thursday that calls on Nevada gambling regulators to create rules for Internet poker operators and companies that make related equipment. It prohibits the Nevada Gaming Commission fr...
Funds for Nev. job training in danger
Funding for job training programs in Nevada would be zeroed-out for the coming program year by a U.S. House of Representatives spending bill passed in February, possibly resulting in program eliminations and even staff layoffs, according to a report from the National Association of Workforce Boards and echoed by state employment officials.