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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.

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.

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

Angelique Janowski sits in a hoop hanging above a stage.
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.

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

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.


Indy Q&A: Nevada Mining Association President Tyre Gray on taxes and the Legislature

The front of the Nevada Legislature Building on a sunny day
March 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent spoke with Gray for a 30-minute conversation on the mining industry’s priorities this session, and what it would consider a victory when lawmakers adjourn in about three months.

Sisolak urges Nevadans to keep ‘open mind’ about plan for autonomous Innovation Zone run on cryptocurrency

February 26th, 2021 - 3:12pm
“I just ask that all involved understand that the end goal is a massive economic development investment in Nevada, and a chance ... to set down a marker that Nevada is the blockchain technology center of the world.”

Nevada Reinvented: With shows dark, dancer, trapeze artist find new hope in coffee and arepas

February 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
They have faced plenty of uncertainties as new business owners — questions about whether enough people would like their food, concerns with slow mall traffic and no guarantees that an investment of about $25,000 into the cafe and imported ingredients would pay off.

Claimants in a bind as unemployment extension implementation going slower than expected

February 19th, 2021 - 3:39pm
DETR officials said even before Congress and the president approved the COVID relief bill, called the Continued Assistance Act, in late December that there would be a gap in payments because the legislation was finalized so late that certain programs had already expired. But it’s taken longer to complete the process and get benefits restarted than the early February target state officials had set.

Indy Explains: The changes DETR is trying to make to unemployment taxes

February 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
The legislation proposes changes that are likely of more interest to employers who pay into the state system than the claimants who are — or in many cases, aren’t — receiving benefits.

Changing the name of McCarran International Airport will take months

February 17th, 2021 - 2:33pm
It will take months for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement the recently approved name change of McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport.

Inside the economic blueprint helping drive Sisolak’s legislative agenda

February 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
The starting point for much of the governor’s legislative agenda comes from another source: the long-awaited update to the state’s economic development blueprint, created by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in conjunction with a cadre of think tanks — SRI International, RCG Economics and Brookings Mountain West.

New data shows cannabis executives are mostly white and mostly male, cannabis board will look to improve industry diversity

Group of pedestrians outside Essence Cannabis Dispensary
February 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Marijuana business owners and board members in Nevada are disproportionately white and male, while the industry workforce is made up of a greater proportion of people of color, according to a new demographic report on the state’s cannabis industry.

Clark County Commissioners approve renaming McCarran airport after Sen. Harry Reid, federal approval needed next

February 16th, 2021 - 1:03pm
The Clark County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a name change from McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport.

Sisolak signs first bill of legislative session: $50 million for small business pandemic relief

February 12th, 2021 - 10:55am
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill Friday morning that provides an additional $50 million for small businesses struggling in the pandemic.

Months before a company lobbied the Legislature to create its own county, it purchased faraway water rights that could fuel future growth

February 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cryptocurrency company Blockchains wants to build a new city in the desert. That will require water in an area where it is scarce. To get the water it needs, Blockchains is looking to rural Nevada. Last year, the company acquired water rights in northern Washoe County.

Federal aid measure proposes up to $3.9 billion to pandemic-battered Nevada, local governments

The Nevada State Capitol in Carson City
February 11th, 2021 - 4:57pm
The massive allotment for Nevada would roughly quadruple the amount that state and local governments in Nevada received from the $2 trillion CARES Act.

Sisolak-backed bill adding $50 million for small business grants fast-tracked, passes Assembly

Members of the Assembly in the chamber.
February 10th, 2021 - 8:20pm
State lawmakers are moving quickly to process a bill that would provide an additional $50 million for a pandemic-related grant program aimed at small businesses and nonprofits, holding a hearing and unanimously voting the measure out of the Assembly on Wednesday.

Las Vegas-based PlayStudios deal with Murren-led company follows slot machine industry growth pattern

February 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
Arriving late to the party oftentimes has benefits. Just ask Jim Murren.

‘Innovation Zones’ promoted by Sisolak would create semi-autonomous county at behest of Blockchains LLC

February 3rd, 2021 - 5:52pm
The proposal by Blockchains LLC would create essentially autonomous districts that function as a county-within-a-county, taking over responsibilities such as tax collection, K-12 education and other services normally provided by county governments. Such “zones” could only be created by a private developer who owns more than 50,000 acres of land (such as Blockchains), promises to invest up to $1 billion in the Zone and agrees to levy an industry-specific tax on an “innovative technology” based in the Zone itself.

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