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Special session ends, legislative and congressional maps approved

On a party line vote, the Nevada Legislature approved legislative and congressional district maps.

Special Session: Assembly committee approves amendment to redistricting maps

Hispanics still unhappy with district

The Senate late Sunday passed the redistricting bill designating congressional, state Senate and Assembly. Senate Bill 1 was approved 12-9 on a party line vote and immediately transmitted to the Assembly.

Bail remains high for driver in fatal Carson City wreck

Roney Ronaldo Gonzalez-Otazo, 25, will likely remain in jail while the case against him proceeds.

Special Session: Amendments slow the pace of redistricting while the GOP says their plan treats all better

The special session was stalled Sunday as staff worked to draft amendments called for during a daylong hearing on the Democratic majority’s maps.

Special Session: Redistricting clears Senate Committee but some amendments expected

Democratic lawmakers made it clear Saturday evening they intend to push their redistricting maps through despite strong opposition not only from Republican lawmakers but county officials, Hispanics and Nevada Indian tribes.

Special Session: Senate and Assembly leaders introduce redistricting plans

Legislative Democrats introduced their redistricting plans for the coming decade Friday as the 33rd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature opened for business. And Republicans in the minority cried foul saying it’s the most partisan set of maps ever, a plan designed to ensure a Democratic super majority through 2030.

Guzman expected to plead guilty to all Carson City charges Nov. 23

Wilber Martinez-Guzman, 22, will be arraigned on Carson City charges Nov. 23 before Carson City District Judge James Wilson.

Sisolak calls special session Friday for reapportionment

He gave one day’s notice with the special session to begin Friday at 1 p.m.

Sisolak administration rejects Employment Security Council tax rate plan

That tax funds the Trust Fund that pays unemployment benefits to workers.

Democrats release proposed Nevada redistricting maps

For the Carson City, Douglas and Storey districts, the changes don’t appear to be dramatic.

Contract funds preliminary work on Nevada Capitol repairs

The project was postponed twice because of the state’s fiscal problems.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong will seek reelection

Ken Furlong announced Friday he will run for reelection as Carson City sheriff in 2022.

Nevada Supreme Court chief justice won’t seek re-election

Chief Justice Jim Hardesty announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election.

Nevada voter registration increases 16,000 in October

Democrats still hold a huge edge in total registration — 718,705 to 620,633.

Amodei sees opportunity if GOP takes House of Representatives

He said a Republican House would put him in an excellent position to take a key role.

Despite $1 billion month, Tahoe casinos struggle due to fires

While Nevada casinos recorded their seventh consecutive month of over $1 billion in win, the joy was not universal.

GOED Director says agency has never been busier, but challenges are huge

Michael Brown, head of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says the agency is very busy. “We have never been busier in GOED with the number of companies calling us,” he told the audience at the Northern Nevada Development Authority’s annual economic report on Wednesday.

Jobless rate drops statewide in September

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports Nevada’s unemployment rate decreased statewide in September.

IFC approves $400 million in federal education funds

The vast majority of the money is a direct pass-through to Nevada’s 17 local school districts and public charter schools.

Capitol in Carson City reopens to the public

After being locked down for a year and a half, the Nevada Capitol is once again open to the public.

Nevada COVID numbers improving but still high in rural areas

Capacity in the 13 small hospitals is strained and impacts their ability to admit non-COVID patients.

EPA opens public comment on Carson River mercury cleanup

The comment period will be open for 30 days.

Defendant gets new sentencing in DUI reckless driving conviction

The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man convicted of reckless driving in a crash that left two dead.

Capping tax credits doesn’t require 2/3 majorities, Nevada Supreme Court rules

A legislative decision capping tax credits for low income education scholarships did not violate the state constitution.

Nevada, Nevadans get over $38 billion in federal pandemic money

The committee is charged with figuring out how to spend the portion of the cash that they have some control over.

Nevada council recommends raising unemployment tax for 2022

The current tax level 1.65%; businesses paid 2.65 percent during the great recession.

New cases and hospitalizations from COVID falling in Nevada

Health officials say the number of new cases of COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations is falling in Nevada.

Court rules Guzman will face separate murder trials in Washoe and Douglas

Court orders two trials for Douglas County, Reno murders

Nevada gaming win tops $1 billion for sixth straight month

The $1.16 billion reported by licensees was 57 percent higher than the same month in 2020 when win totaled $742.9 million.

Las Vegas man faces added charges in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Nathaniel DeGrave, 32, of Las Vegas is charged with federal offenses including conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.

Innovation Zone plan runs into protests from Storey County

Storey County officials described the proposed legislation as deeply flawed and completely unnecessary.

Heller announces run for governor

Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller announced Monday he is running for governor.

Nevada adds 11,900 jobs in August

Nevada added back 11,900 jobs in August as the state continued to recover from the economic damage of the pandemic.

COVID cases rise in Washoe and rural counties

Nevada health officials say while COVID cases are down 4.5 percent over the past two weeks in Clark County.

Nevada roadway deaths up 26 percent through August

As of the end of August, 243 people have died on Nevada’s roadways in 2021.

Carson City businessman Garth Richards dies at 85

Garth Richards was the developer of the Silver Oak project and the Silver Oak Golf Course.

Nevada health board mandates vaccinations for those who work with vulnerable populations

The state Board of Health voted Friday to require vaccinations for those who work with vulnerable populations.

Wildlife officials warn of increasing bear sightings in Carson, Douglas

Wildlife officials are urging people in the Carson-Douglas area to be “bear aware”

Sisolak, emergency officials say Nevada using all available resources to fight fire

“We are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” said Jon Bakkedahl of the Division of Emergency Management.

District judge awards nearly $170,000 to pay lawyers in GOP tax case

District Judge Todd Russell on Monday awarded almost $170,000 in fees to the attorneys

Sisolak declares state of emergency over Caldor Fire

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday declared a state of emergency as the Caldor Fire reached the edge of the Tahoe Basin.

Carson City vacancy study released by NAI Alliance

A commercial real estate study conducted by the NAI Alliance has concluded that the Carson City economy is thriving.

Nevada’s daily COVID vaccinations rising

The 14-day rolling average number of people getting shots is now up to 6,400, an increase of 200 from the week before.

Nevada gaming win sets all-time record in July

Nevada casinos set an all-time record in July, raking in $1.36 billion.

Gaming Control files complaint against Carson City bar over masks

The Gaming Control Board has filed a new complaint against a Carson City bar, The Timbers, charging violation of the mandatory mask and social distancing requirements.

Seven Nevada counties now off list of elevated COVID-19 risk

The number of Nevada counties not flagged for high risk of virus transmission has now grown to seven from a low of five.

COVID shots required for Nevada college students

Beginning with the spring semester, all students attending in person classes at the Nevada System of Higher Education must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Realtors: Eviction moratorium hurting ‘mom and pop’ landlords most

Research indicates that 56 percent of those landlords are dealing with delinquent renters.

Nevada lawmakers told ransomware attacks spiking state insurance costs

The number of ransomware attacks in the U.S. have caused a major increase in the cost of cyber-security insurance.