Updates

UNLV waives extra fees for active military

ReviewJournal.com
By Keith Rogers
June 11, 2015

Men and women on active duty in the U.S. military who are stationed in Nevada will no longer have to pay extra fees to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Sandoval to sign "Breakfast After the Bell" bill

MyNews4.com
By Associated Press
June 11, 2015

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is all set to sign a bill that will require some schools to serve breakfast after the bell sounds.

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New medical school is money well-spent for Las Vegas

ReviewJournal.com
by Steve Sebelius
June 12, 2015

When Gov. Brian Sandoval put his pen to the jacket covering Senate Bill 514 on Thursday at UNLV, it was the end of a remarkably rapid journey and the start of a brand-new one.

Although the idea of starting a medical school at UNLV has been around for decades, a push in earnest for the project began less than two years ago. Las Vegas Regents James Dean Leavitt and Mark Doubrava sparked that discussion.

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Washoe schools seek new taxes to renovate, build

RGJ.com
By Trevon Milliard
June 10, 2015

Washoe County voters could soon be asked to increase all kinds of local taxes to fund school renovations and construction.

Car registration fees.

Sales tax.

Property taxes.

Hotel room taxes.

A fee charged every time real estate changes hands.

They're all on the table, according to a new law granting school districts the power to seek such tax increases.

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UNLV comes in eighth in international robotics competition

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
June 9, 2015

UNLV made a strong showing at the world’s most advanced robotics competition over the weekend.

Unmanned systems professor Paul Oh and his team of 15 UNLV engineering students secured eighth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, held in Pomona, Calif.

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Pre-owned home prices up 8.3 percent in May from 2014

VegasInc.com
By Eli Segall
June 9, 2015

Las Vegas pre-owned home prices dipped in May from the previous month but were higher than the same time a year ago, a new report shows.

The median sales price of single-family homes in Southern Nevada last month was $211,250, down 0.6 percent from April but up 8.3 percent from May 2014, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

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Road projects boost Reno-Sparks' economic development

RGJ.com
By Mark Robison
June 8, 2015

Transportation infrastructure — the very phrase might make you want to fall asleep.

But if roads are well-built and maintained, they strengthen a region's economy and bring short- and long-term jobs. They can also improve your life because less time will be required to get places so you can spend more time doing what you want.

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Construction underway at Switch data center site near Reno

RGJ.com
By Jason Hidalgo
June 9, 2015

The first phase in a $1 billion data center just east of Reno-Sparks is underway.

A permit filed with the Storey County Building Department shows that excavation and grading is ongoing for the Switch SUPERNAP colocation data center at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

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Nevada ranked fourth highest for U.S. gasoline prices by AAA

ReviewJournal.com
By Chase Stevens, Associated Press
June 9, 2015

Nevada’s slightly higher gasoline prices aren’t likely to stall Fourth of July holiday travel plans — even as the state ranks fourth highest among U.S. gasoline prices, AAA said on Tuesday.

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Child sex assault case highlights CCSD use of cameras on buses

ReviewJournal.com
By Wesley Juhl
June 9, 2015

The arrest of a veteran school bus driver in connection with the sexual assault of small children on his route raised questions about the safety of the roughly 90,000 Clark County School District students who ride the bus twice a day.

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Henderson residents can now text 911 in an emergency

LasVegasSun.com
By Brianna Santiago
June 9, 2015

Earlier this year a story went viral about a woman in a hostage situation who sent a secret plea for help in an online pizza order.

The Henderson Police Department might have an even better solution: Earlier this month it launched a service giving residents the ability to text 911 rather than call in emergency situations.

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RELEASE: Nevada Senate Democrats Announce Executive Director Transition

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June 2, 2015

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TRANSITION

CARSON CITY - Today, the Nevada Senate Democrats announced changes in caucus staff for the 2016 election cycle. Effective June 15, 2015 Executive Director Michelle White will transition to her new role as State Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for Nevada campaign. Peter Koltak, who currently serves as the Communications Director for the Nevada Senate Democrats, will serve as Executive Director. 

Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement:

“Michelle is one of the finest political operatives in Nevada. While we are sad that she will no longer be with our caucus, we are excited to support her in her new role with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I am confident that Peter’s extensive battleground state experience and his stellar performance as Communications Director during the legislative session make him the right person to help lead the caucus for the upcoming election cycle.”

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RELEASE: SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HISTORIC EDUCATION FUNDING PACKAGE

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June 1, 2015

SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HISTORIC EDUCATION FUNDING PACKAGE

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democrats voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 483, a historic revenue package that will dramatically improve education in Nevada.

Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement:

“This is a historic day for the people of Nevada, and the Senate Democrats are proud to have done our part to finally fund education in our state. Today, we are one critical step closer to funding the programs and initiatives that my Democratic colleagues have championed for years. On behalf of the Senate Democrats, I want to thank Governor Sandoval and our Republican colleagues who came together to make today a victory for Nevada’s kids.”

 

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NEVADA SENATE CONCURS WITH ANIMAL ADOPTION BILL, SENDS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

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May 27, 2015

 

NEVADA SENATE CONCURS WITH ANIMAL ADOPTION BILL, SENDS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

CARSON CITY - Today, the Nevada Senate concurred on SB 261, a bipartisan bill that requires that dogs and cats from research facilities to be made available for adoption upon completion of their experimentation.

The law is named in honor of Calvin, a beagle that was rescued from a research facility in California, rehabilitated and placed in a caring home.  The bill will now be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk for his signature.

Democratic Senator Mark Manendo (District21-Las Vegas) is proud of the colleagues from both parties in supporting this bill which is one of the strongest in the nation.

“Animals have endured a lifetime of pain in order serve society,” said Senator Mark Manendo. “They deserve a loving home where they can live out their lives.”

Beagle dogs are the choice for all testing facilities as they are docile and easy to handle.

Charles River Labs, a large testing facility with a location in Northern Nevada, supports SB 261 and agreed to release their dogs to Nevada rescue organizations such as the Nevada Humane Society and Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary.

Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman (District 31 – Sparks), a strong animal lover, was glad to see the Senate concur to an Assembly amendment that requires animal to be given the chance to be adopted.

“I was proud to support this bill and make sure that people have an opportunity to adopt these precious animals,” Dickman said. “Everyone deserves a chance to be loved.”

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[RELEASE] Senate Democratic Statement on "Teach Nevada" Scholarship Program

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May 27, 2015

SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON “TEACH NEVADA” SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement on Senate Bill 511, the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program. SB 511 is a bipartisan bill that is co-sponsored by the leaders of each legislative caucus. 

“Nevada’s teacher shortage is a statewide crisis, which is why Senate Democrats are proud to support Senate Bill 511,” said Sen. Aaron D. Ford. “We know that dedicated educators can enrich students’ lives, particularly in at-risk and underserved communities. This bill will put more Nevada students on the path to meeting their future goals and will help create a culture of appreciation for our educators.”

Nevada’s teacher shortage has reached a crisis level. In Clark County alone, the school district estimates having 2,600 fewer teachers than necessary in the 2015-2016 school year. The Teach Nevada program will provide scholarships to incentivize Nevadans to earn the necessary accreditation to become a licensed teacher. The program will also provide districts with funding to create a hiring incentive for up to 1,000 new teachers per year in at-risk communities.

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