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Effort to add Equal Rights Amendment to U.S. Constitution after deadline shut down by federal judge

ByJannelle Calderon

What Happened Here: A year after its first COVID case, Nevada reflects on its pandemic response

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
One year ago today, when Nevada announced its first case of COVID-19, no one could’ve imagined how deep or long-lasting the devastation from the virus would be. In this six-part series, The Nevada Independent pieces together the events of the last year to grasp the myriad ways in which the pandemic has affected our state.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 42nd edition: Hospitalizations hit lowest point since June as new cases hold steady

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
Welcome to the 42nd installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized,” a recurring feature in which we explore some of the numbers swirling around in the time of coronavirus.

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Bill to give tenants more notice before evictions faces pushback from landlords who say it makes renting unviable

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The discussion, which laid bare starkly different visions of how the state should be intervening in housing policy during the pandemic, comes at a time when home values are at record highs and homes are in short supply.

Freshman Orientation: Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The ability to shape the state's direction following a society-altering pandemic ultimately gave Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller the impetus to run for office.

Cortez Masto introduces Clark County lands bill to expand Las Vegas footprint, designate public land for conservation

March 4th, 2021 - 2:00am
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at a long-awaited congressional bill that would change the way federal public land is managed in Clark County, creating a path to expand the Las Vegas metro area toward California while setting aside land for conservation.

Inmate advocates and family members seek to lower deductions from offender accounts

A two inmate cell
March 4th, 2021 - 5:56pm
Inmate advocates and family members are concerned that a proposed bill on victim restitution would allow the Nevada Department of Corrections to continue to deduct up to 50 percent of funds deposited in an offender’s account — a policy that has drawn strident criticism from families in recent months.

Behind the Bar: Should inmates get minimum wage? Plus plans to address learning loss, an esports commission and Carson City Restaurant Spotlight

March 4th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Can either Assemblywoman Annie Black or a federal lawsuit open the Legislature to the public? Plus, details on a bill to pay inmates the minimum wage, a proposed esports commission and legislative Democrats’ plan to offset educational losses during a year of COVID. Carson City Restaurant Spotlight makes a triumphant return.

End of an era: Sands sells Strip properties for $6.25 billion

March 3rd, 2021 - 6:30am
Two months after the death of founder Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands has divested itself of its Las Vegas Strip properties, ending an era that began with a long-ago imploded casino that was once home to the Rat Pack.

Mining gave half a million dollars to Sisolak-affiliated PAC shortly before session that could raise tax on industry

Sign in front of the Nevada State Capitol building
March 3rd, 2021 - 4:44pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Home Means Nevada political action committee raised more than $830,000 in the last three months of last year, including $500,000 from Nevada Gold Mines — a joint venture between mining giants Barrick and Newmont — and another $260,000 from the pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

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Storey County board, water district oppose effort to let technology company form local government

Daniel Rothberg
March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am

Storey County commissioners voted to oppose “separatist governing control” within their jurisdiction after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak backed a legislative effort that could result in a private technology company and major donor forming its own local government.

Nevada Reinvented: Cirque Du Soleil dancer launches new stage show during shutdown of Strip performances

Sean Golonka
March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am

Two hours before the beginning of her show, Angelique Janowski twirled in a hoop hanging above a small dance stage that paled in size compared to the multi-level venue in which she once performed at the New York-New York casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Lawmakers considering formation of a statewide human trafficking task force that could open access to federal grants

Sean Golonka
March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am

The bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to form the task force, AB143, also includes a provision for developing a statewide plan for the delivery of services to victims of human trafficking.

Titus, Cortez Masto introduce bill to give Nevada a veto over Yucca Mountain

Humberto Sanchez
March 2nd, 2021 - 11:02am

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced legislation Tuesday that would require consent from state, local and tribal governments to construct a national nuclear waste repository, including at Yucca Mountain about 90 miles Northwest of Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Face masks and fist bumps herald return of in-person learning for Clark County's youngest students

Jackie Valley
March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am

The Clark County School District began its long-awaited transition to in-person learning Monday after nearly a year of distance education that tested the patience of parents, teachers and students alike while also exposing technology inequities along the way.

DETR says backlog of unscheduled PUA appeals is close to 2,000; new hires coming on board to help

Michelle Rindels
March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am

The state has received nearly 1.1 million PUA claims through last week, and several hundred thousand have been denied. But advocates for the unemployed say the slowness of appeals for those who believe they were wrongly rejected is among their top concerns within DETR right now.

Freshman Orientation: Democratic Assemblywoman Natha Anderson

Michelle Rindels
March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am

Natha Anderson followed her parents’ footsteps in another significant way — as a fourth generation educator. She initially resisted the career after seeing her parents spend weekends at their schools trying to get everything done, but it was a required college class in English education leadership that shifted her view.

Years-long legal battle over Opportunity Scholarship growth freeze continues in the Nevada Supreme Court

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez
March 1st, 2021 - 2:50pm

A scholarship program for students attending private K-12 schools in Nevada is at the center of a tangled legal debate about whether the Legislature’s decision to freeze the program’s growth two years ago ran afoul of a high bar for raising taxes.

Follow the Money: Real estate, development industries gave legislators more than $1.3 million ahead of 2021 session

Jacob Solis
March 1st, 2021 - 2:00am

Through the 2020 election cycle, no industry gave more money to Nevada’s legislators than real estate companies, developers and the PACs funded by those companies, which combined to contribute more than $1.3 million over the last two years.