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Electric highway will link state with charging stations

RGJ.com
by Jessica Garcia
July 13, 2015

Businesses or government entities along U.S. 95 between Las Vegas and Reno have the opportunity to participate in electrifying Nevada’s highways. NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy are looking for partners in key communities to provide electric vehicle owners the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between Reno and Las Vegas. This effort will include “fast-charge” technology, which is important for long-distance travel.

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SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD STATEMENT ON 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

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July 8, 2015

 

SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD STATEMENT ON 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding the race for the 3rd Congressional District.

“I would like to thank the many people who encouraged me to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. While I deeply appreciate the support, I can best serve my friends, neighbors, and fellow Nevadans by running for reelection in Senate District 11. Raising four boys, I know how important it is that Nevada’s state senators focus on the kitchen-table economic issues that families all across the state deal with every day.

Unfortunately, Republican leadership killed important bills in the 2015 Session that would have guaranteed a parent time off work to care for a sick child, helped our graduates refinance their student loans, and ensured that women earned equal pay for equal work. I’m committed to helping my party retake the State Senate majority in 2016 so that we can renew our focus on the issues that will help grow Nevada’s middle class.”

Sen. Ford was elected to represent Nevada Senate District 11 in 2012. He has served as Senate Democratic Leader since December 2014.

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State issues guidelines for private school scholarships

ReviewJournal.com
by Neal Morton
June 29, 2015

The Nevada Department of Education avoided angering the private school community on Monday when it issued temporary regulations to establish a new scholarship program for students to attend private schools.

Private school operators previously criticized draft regulations which would have granted priority access to the scholarships for students currently attending a public school, which they viewed as a disadvantage to private school students from low-income households.

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Licensing open to Uber, others, but hailing a ride months away

ReviewJournal.com
by Richard N. Velotta
June 29, 2015

Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies can now apply for licensing through the state, thanks to action taken Monday by the Nevada Transportation Authority.

But don’t expect to be hailing a ride with those companies with an app any time soon. There’s still a lot of work to do before that happens.

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Pahrump pets need new home as shelter’s funding dries up

LasVegasSun.com
by Katie Visconti
June 29, 2015

Dozens of dogs, cats and other pets are seeking new owners after Pahrump's only animal shelter, Tails End, closes Tuesday.

Tails End, an animal welfare organization, opened 15 months ago under the supervision of Nye County and with $140,000 in funding. Susan Cronin, director, and her team of mostly volunteer staff worked to keep the shelter going, bringing their own supplies and working six days a week.

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STATEMENT OF SENATORS PARKS, SPEARMAN, AND ATKINSON ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULING

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June 26, 2015

 

STATEMENT OF SENATORS PARKS, SPEARMAN, AND ATKINSON ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULING

 LAS VEGAS - Today, Sen. David Parks, Sen. Pat Spearman, and Sen. Kelvin Atkinson released the following statement with regard to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court ruled that under the 14th amendment states may not deny marriage rights to same-gender couples.  

“As members of Nevada’s LGBT community, we are overjoyed that all of our fellow citizens across the country will finally enjoy the same marriage rights that we recently won in Nevada. The road to marriage equality has been long, but through the courage of so many activists from diverse and faith-based communities, civic leaders, and ordinary citizens, we have achieved this historic victory. We hope that all Nevadans and all Americans will join us today in celebrating equality.”

 

In 2013, the Nevada Senate Democrats voted unanimously in favor of SJR13, a resolution that would have put marriage equality on the ballot. In 2014, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals legalized same-gender marriage in Nevada.

 

Senate Democrats continued fighting for LGBT Nevadans in the 2015 Legislative Session, including with legislation introduced by Sen. Parks to expand Nevada’s anti-discrimination protections and to ban conversion therapy for minors.

 

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2-year northwest Las Vegas flood control project is done

ReviewJournal.com
by Knowles Adkisson
June 24, 2015

Las Vegas, Clark County and Nevada officials on Wednesday lauded the completion of a two-year project to improve flash flood control in the northwest valley, plus a law intended to deter drivers from braving floodwaters.

The Kyle Canyon Detention Basin, overwhelmed by flash floods in 2013 following the Carpenter 1 wildfire on Mount Charleston, has been connected to an expanded network of underground channels at an estimated cost of nearly $17 million.

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Conservatives Are Upset With Nevada Republicans For Failing To Pass A Voter ID Bill

HuffingtonPost.com
By Samantha Lachman
June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Nevada conservatives are disheartened that another attempt to pass a voter identification measure out of the legislature failed this session, even though the GOP has full control of the state government for the first time since 1929.

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Campaign to fund scholarships for UNLV medical school raises twice its goal

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
June 17, 2015

The campaign to raise $6 million in scholarships for the first class of students at the proposed UNLV medical school was supposed to last the rest of the year.

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Las Vegas wants that new hockey team smell

ReviewJournal.com
By Ed Graney
June 16, 2015

You often hear first about the smell, a releasing into the air of those organic compounds from different adhesives and sealers.

There is something special about a new car, something magical about those plastic-softening chemicals that evaporate over time.

Bill Foley wants to give Las Vegas the sort of fresh ride it has never called its own, the first major league sports franchise in the form of a National Hockey League team whose eventual existence here is far closer to foregone conclusion than not.

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Sandoval announces electric car chargers between Las Vegas, Reno

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
June 16, 2015

CARSON CITY — Hoping to attract millennials and eco-conscious tourists to rural parts of Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval is announcing a plan to install electric car charging stations at regular intervals on the lonely stretch of road between Las Vegas and Reno.

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Sandoval endorses online university startup in Nevada

ReviewJournal.com
by Sandra Chereb
June 16, 2015

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a proclamation Tuesday endorsing Western Governors University Nevada, a nonprofit online institution that offers undergraduate and advance college degrees in business, teaching, information technology and health professions.

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Kirk Kerkorian remembered as visionary businessman, philanthropist, loyal friend

LasVegasSun.com
By Sun Staff
June 16, 2015

Friends and business associates of billionaire builder and philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian talked today about the man who helped shape Las Vegas. Kerkorian, who built or owned some of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, died Monday at age 98 of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

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How to pay for campus expansion among decisions ahead for UNLV

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
June 15, 2015

UNLV’s efforts to purchase 42 acres just west of the Thomas & Mack Center have been ongoing since March, but officials will have to decide soon exactly what they want to do with the land.

The deadline to draw up a plan for the property is December, when higher education officials are scheduled to decide whether to move forward with the purchase.

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CCSD career fair among several opportunities for valley job seekers this week

VegasInc.com
By Adelaide Chen
June 15, 2015

The largest employer in Clark County held a career fair Monday as part of several hiring events open to the public. The 200 jobs posted by the Clark County School District on Monday included teachers, substitutes, paraprofessionals, transportation and school police.

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