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Mohegan Gaming pays Nevada’s largest single-property fine for running afoul of COVID-19 protocols

ByHoward Stutz

Remembering Juneteenth: Nevadans reflect on significance of designating newest federal holiday

June 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
President Joe Biden’s announcement of Juneteenth as a new federal holiday came after a decades-long push for greater recognition of Juneteenth. It also comes in the wake of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality last year, after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black Americans at the hands of police.

New law raising Medicaid reimbursement rate gives hope for better autism services in Nevada

June 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers passed SB96, a bill sponsored by Sen. James Ohrenschall (D-Las Vegas), that increases Medicaid reimbursement rates for ABA therapy and for the services of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) who provide the intensive therapy that some children with autism receive for up to 40 hours a week. The previous $31-an-hour rate was one of the lowest in the nation. SB96 increases the rate — which includes both the wage for the therapist and the overhead costs for providers and supervisors — to $52 an hour.

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Private sector COVID-19 task force wraps up; governor urges vaccinations

June 23rd, 2021 - 4:56pm
In a sign of the pandemic winding to a close, Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday announced the disbanding of the state's COVID-19 Private Sector Task Force — a group of private citizens responsible for fundraising and supporting efforts to mitigate and recover from the virus.

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As the state’s economy continues its recovery, The Nevada Independent will track the most important economic indicators across the state on this page, including unemployment numbers, gaming revenue and housing prices.

Lawmakers accept $2.7 billion in American Rescue Plan funds; approve millions for homeowner assistance, education programs

June 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the Interim Finance Committee met Tuesday to authorize the governor’s office to accept the full ARP allotment and designate allocations of more than $76 million in federal aid programs, including $39.5 million in rental assistance, $12.1 million in homeowner assistance and $13.9 million for the Department of Education to ensure federal relief funds are properly administered.

Police union, state heading to arbitration over collective bargaining contract disagreements

Trooper Brian Eby traffic stop
June 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Police Union — which represents the 735 highway patrol troopers, parole and probation officers, university police, public safety workers and other state-employed police included in the Category I Peace Officers category — was the only one of four recognized state worker collective bargaining groups to not reach a deal with the state ahead of the end of the 2021 legislative session last month. Arbitration sessions are scheduled for July.

When record-breaking summer heat hits, the effects of warming are far from equal

June 23rd, 2021 - 8:00am
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at the unequal distribution of heat. Climate change is making hot summer days more common and more pronounced. But each hot day only tells a part of the story. In reality, heat is not static, and it is not equally distributed.

Analysis: Which legislators had the most (and fewest) bills passed in the 2021 session?

June 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Democrats controlled both houses of the Legislature during the 2021 session, and hundreds of high-profile Democratic measures sailed through the Assembly and Senate while a vast majority of Republican-backed measures failed to make much headway in the legislative process.

Labor Secretary announces $4 million in federal grant money for Nevada apprenticeship programs

June 22nd, 2021 - 3:26pm
Flanked by Gov. Steve Sisolak and more than a dozen state and local officials, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announced a near-$4 million federal grant for apprenticeships in Nevada.

‘We are making history right now:’ Winnemucca women on organizing town’s first Pride parade and festival

June 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Shawn Dixon, a Winnemucca resident and owner of a local nail salon, said organizing a Pride parade celebrating members of the LGBTQ community in the rural Nevada town is something she’s “dreamed of for years and years,” but didn’t think she could accomplish.

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Resorts World unveiling ‘seems like an old-school Las Vegas resort opening’

Howard Stutz
June 21st, 2021 - 2:00am

The comparisons between the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas and the launch of The Mirage almost 32 years ago can’t be ignored. Like its predecessor, the $4.3 billion Resorts World ends a decade-long lull of new Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino development.

The Indy Explains: What's happening to categorical funding under the new K-12 financing plan?

Jackie Valley
June 21st, 2021 - 2:00am

The Pupil-Centered Funding Plan — which was created during the 2019 Legislature and is being implemented for the upcoming biennium — essentially does away with categorical grants by consolidating them and sending the money to school districts through different methods.

'We’re just somebody little:' Amid plans to mine lithium deposit, Indigenous, rural communities find themselves at the center of the energy transition

Daniel Rothberg
June 20th, 2021 - 2:00am

A company wants to build a mine that could bolster the domestic supply of lithium and help address climate change. But the rural communities that encircle the area have major concerns about the project and are at the center of an energy transition from climate-warming fuels, coal mining and combustible engines to solar energy, lithium mining and electric vehicles.

Indy Q&A: Speaker Jason Frierson on the new mining tax, death penalty repeal and school funding

Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
June 20th, 2021 - 2:00am

Frierson also gave more details on the demise of efforts to repeal the death penalty this session and why the Assembly advanced the measure. He also discussed when and if a special session on federal COVID relief funding may be called, and what his potential future in public office may hold — including potentially the position of Clark County district attorney.

Indy DC Download: Congress approves Juneteenth federal holiday as House repeals 2002 Iraq war authorization

Humberto Sanchez
June 19th, 2021 - 2:00am

Congress voted to create a new national holiday to celebrate Juneteenth as the House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization that allowed President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq.

Indy Explains: What happens now that traffic tickets are decriminalized?

Michelle Rindels
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

Although there is a provision in the bill to cancel all bench warrants for minor traffic infractions in 2023, the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen (D-Las Vegas), said that people with unpaid traffic tickets should still seek to pay and clear them or risk arrest.

Resorts World extends cashless wagering to table games: ‘We’re doing things that the city has never seen’

Howard Stutz
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

Cashless gaming capabilities for slot machines, table games and sports betting was part of a multi-tiered technology announcement by Resorts World. “When it comes to gaming technology, we’re doing many things that the city has never seen."

From the classroom to the Legislature, Reno teenager champions solutions to ‘period poverty’

Tabitha Mueller and Joey Lovato
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

When Samantha Glover's high school English teacher assigned her an argumentative essay on any subject of her choice, the 16-year-old never imagined the classwork would inspire her to launch a nonprofit or become the driving force behind a bill requiring Nevada’s public schools to carry menstrual products in restrooms.

Sisolak announces COVID-19 vaccine incentive program with $1 million grand prize

Sean Golonka
June 17th, 2021 - 4:10pm

The announcement of the program, called “Vax Nevada Days,” comes as the state lags behind President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4 — as of June 16, the state has at least partially vaccinated 59.4 percent of the adult population, a mark that ranks 33rd among the 50 states.