KNPR's State of Nevada http://knprnews.org en Medical Marijuana Is A Touchy Workplace Issue http://knprnews.org/post/medical-marijuana-touchy-workplace-issue <p></p><p>Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient from Colorado, was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for taking his medicine while off duty, in the privacy of his own home.</p><p>Coats had been a model employee. But Dish Network’s zero-tolerance drug policy prohibits marijuana use, even for medical reasons. When Coats, a customer service representative, tested positive for cannabis during a routine drug test, he was immediately terminated.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:38:20 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4376 at http://knprnews.org Medical Marijuana Is A Touchy Workplace Issue Protests Don't Stop Land Sale For Fracking http://knprnews.org/post/protests-dont-stop-land-sale-fracking <p></p><p>Almost <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/01/rural-county-files-protest-over-fracking-in-nevada/9845941/">30 protesters</a> gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management offices on Thursday to protest oil and gas lease sales that could lead to fracking. The area between Austin and Tonopah, called the Big&nbsp;Smokey Valley, has drawn the attention of energy developers.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:26:45 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4327 at http://knprnews.org Protests Don't Stop Land Sale For Fracking Theft Damages Adult English Language Program http://knprnews.org/post/theft-damages-adult-english-language-program <p></p><p>An official in Clark County School District's Adult English Language Acquisition Services has been indicted on charges that she stole almost $300,000 from the program. Priscilla Rocha, who has been a prominent leader in the Hispanic community, has been accused of stealing electronics and funds from the program to enrich family and friends.</p><p>Since her arrest in March, the program has been operating on reduced capacity. So how much have the thefts harmed the program? And how did Rocha and her accomplices get away with stealing so much from the school district?</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:29:44 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4308 at http://knprnews.org Theft Damages Adult English Language Program Hakkasan Bans 'Whales And Hippos' http://knprnews.org/post/hakkasan-bans-whales-and-hippos <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://hakkasanlv.com/">Hakkasan </a>nightclub attracted some unwanted publicity recently when a club host told a Southern California woman that the bachelorette party she was organizing would not be comped unless she provided photographs of everyone in the party.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:12 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4284 at http://knprnews.org Hakkasan Bans 'Whales And Hippos' Nevada's Minimum Wage Law Flouted, Says Lawyer http://knprnews.org/post/nevadas-minimum-wage-law-flouted-says-lawyer <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:18:33 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4271 at http://knprnews.org Nevada's Minimum Wage Law Flouted, Says Lawyer Co-Op Loses Major Oncology Clinic http://knprnews.org/post/co-op-loses-major-oncology-clinic <p></p><p>The Nevada Health CO-OP, which was set up to provide a low-cost alternative to commercial health insurance plans, is having trouble keeping key medical providers on its policies. <a href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-cancer-center-drops-obamacare-patients">Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has decided to give 60-days notice</a> and will leave all the CO-OP's health plans.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:41:20 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4260 at http://knprnews.org Co-Op Loses Major Oncology Clinic The Vodka Mystique, From Bond To Bottle Service http://knprnews.org/post/vodka-mystique-bond-bottle-service <div><p></p><p>What’s in your glass? If you’re like more and more Americans it won’t be whisky or rye. Nor wine or beer.</p><p>It will be vodka.</p><p>Ever since James Bond asked for a vodka martini, the clear spirit has gone from strength to strength. And it has risen exponentially.</p><p>Of course, it’s reached a zenith with the four-figure bottle service for Grey Goose that is now such a money-maker at nightclubs along the Las Vegas Strip.</p><p></p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:07:32 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4215 at http://knprnews.org The Vodka Mystique, From Bond To Bottle Service Voting Rights And Civil Rights In Nevada http://knprnews.org/post/voting-rights-and-civil-rights-nevada <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nationwide, there have been efforts to change voting rules in several ways, including requiring a picture ID. Legislators here in Nevada have also grappled with the questions of whether ID should be required for voting.</p><p>But how could it affect political participation by low-income voters and African-Americans? And is it part of a larger effort to suppress the minority vote? That is one of the issues that will be addressed at this year's NAACP Convention, which is meeting this week in Las Vegas.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:49:37 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4208 at http://knprnews.org Voting Rights And Civil Rights In Nevada The B-29 At The Bottom Of Lake Mead http://knprnews.org/post/b-29-bottom-lake-mead <p></p><p>Divers from the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center recently returned from Lake Mead, where they went to capture images of a B-29 that went down in the lake in 1948. The Parks Service had to fight to keep the remains at the bottom of the lake, where they have been preserved remarkably well. A photographer&nbsp;with the center describes the site and what it looks like from under the water.</p><p></p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Brett Seymour</strong>, deputy chief and photographer, Submerged Resources Center, National Park Service</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:44:14 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4209 at http://knprnews.org The B-29 At The Bottom Of Lake Mead A Public Fit Stages First Public Reading http://knprnews.org/post/public-fit-stages-first-public-reading <p></p><p>A year ago, a group of actors and directors began meeting around a table to read contemporary plays. The group ultimately evolved into A&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/APublicFIt">Public Fit</a>, a theater company. And they will take the stage this weekend with a staged reading of the critically-acclaimed play <em>Belleville</em>.</p><p>Ultimately, the group aspires to bring more professional actors and designers to the Las Vegas Valley. Cast members and the artistic director talk about the play, and what they hope to accomplish with the company.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:15:40 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4100 at http://knprnews.org A Public Fit Stages First Public Reading Gaming Update: GTECH Buys IGT, Wynn Opposed In Boston http://knprnews.org/post/gaming-update-gtech-buys-igt-wynn-opposed-boston <p></p><p>GTECH S.p.A will spend $6.4 billion to buy International Game Technology, or IGT, in a deal that brings together the world’s largest provider of lottery systems with the biggest slot machine manufacturer.</p><p>GTECH will spend $4.7 billion in cash and stock and assume $1.7 billion in debt. The acquisition is expected to be completed by June 2015 and is subject to approval by Nevada gaming regulators. The merger is also expected to achieve some $280 million in costs savings.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:08:34 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4102 at http://knprnews.org Gaming Update: GTECH Buys IGT, Wynn Opposed In Boston Finding Housing For Homeless Families http://knprnews.org/post/finding-housing-homeless-families <p></p><p>The federal government has <a href="http://usich.gov/population/families/the_federal_governments_role_in_ending_family_homelessness/">set a goal</a> to end family homelessness by 2020, but every day in Las Vegas, homeless families are turned away from shelters that lack space to accommodate their needs.</p><p>The Clark County School District estimates that as many as 9,000 students don't have a stable place to live. Unlike single adults, homeless families can often be hidden from view, doubled up in homes with family and friends, or living in cars and weekly motels.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:04:44 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4099 at http://knprnews.org Finding Housing For Homeless Families Nevada Chooses ACT Test For All High School Juniors http://knprnews.org/post/nevada-chooses-act-test-all-high-school-juniors <p></p><p>High school juniors in Nevada will have a new required exam next year. The Nevada State Board of Education recently unanimously approved a plan to administer the ACT exams to all 35,000 high school juniors beginning in April.</p><p>School officials say while the test is mandatory it will not affect whether a student graduates. Instead it gives juniors a free exam that is required to apply to many colleges.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:43:30 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4070 at http://knprnews.org Nevada Chooses ACT Test For All High School Juniors Las Vegas Near The Top For Wiretapping http://knprnews.org/post/las-vegas-near-top-wiretapping <p></p><p>Would it surprise you to know that Las Vegas authorities use electronic wiretaps more than almost any other police department in the country?</p><p>And we’re talking about some very large police departments – including Los Angeles and New York City. The Pew Research Center says the Silver State leads the nation with 38 phone wiretaps per 500,000 people in 2013.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:22:02 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4067 at http://knprnews.org Las Vegas Near The Top For Wiretapping Should Nevada Trapping Regulations Change? http://knprnews.org/post/should-nevada-trapping-regulations-change <p></p><p>Nevada trappers can make a substantial income selling bobcat pelts. Proponents of trapping also say that trappers play an important role in keeping animal populations under control.</p><p>But animal rights activists say trapping in Nevada is woefully unregulated as compared to other states, and that the practice itself is cruel. Traps set for wild animals like bobcats can sometimes ensnare domestic animals, for example.</p><p>The latest proposed change to trapping regulations in Nevada would alter how long a trapper should wait before checking the trap.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:15:10 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4053 at http://knprnews.org Should Nevada Trapping Regulations Change? Ramadan In The Las Vegas Valley http://knprnews.org/post/ramadan-las-vegas-valley <p></p><p>Thousands of Muslims in Southern Nevada are observing the holy month of Ramadan, which means they are fasting from food and drink from dawn to dusk. This year, Ramadan falls on the hottest, longest days of the summer. But Muslims who observe the fast say the long days simply offer more opportunity to be closer to God. What are the challenges of celebrating Ramadan in the Las Vegas desert? And what are the blessings that come with the fast?</p><p><strong>GUESTS</strong></p><p><strong>Khadija&nbsp;Bhatti</strong>, senior, Green Valley High School</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:07:58 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4048 at http://knprnews.org Ramadan In The Las Vegas Valley Gaming Regulators Really Mean 'No Marijuana' http://knprnews.org/post/gaming-regulators-really-mean-no-marijuana <p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:49:53 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 3975 at http://knprnews.org Gaming Regulators Really Mean 'No Marijuana' Scorpions Invade Las Vegas http://knprnews.org/post/scorpions-invade-las-vegas <p></p><p>They have cleverly stowed away in Arizona palm trees and are thriving in the dry desert climate of Las Vegas.</p><p>Perhaps one is hiding in a broom closet or scurrying across a patio near you.</p><p>The bark scorpion is becoming a Las Vegas pest problem to rival cockroaches and ants. Except the scorpion's sting can send its victim to the emergency room.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Grady Jones</strong>, entomologist, Western Exterminators</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:32:43 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4011 at http://knprnews.org Scorpions Invade Las Vegas IKEA Comes To Las Vegas http://knprnews.org/post/ikea-comes-las-vegas <p></p><p>At last, furniture lovers, design mavens and do-it-themselfers can rest easy. IKEA - the Swedish furniture chain - <a href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/retail/ikea-s-first-las-vegas-store-open-2016">announced Monday</a> that it was planning to open a new store in Las Vegas. The planned 351,000 square foot store will be built on 26 acres at the 215 and Durango Drive.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:54:51 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 3976 at http://knprnews.org IKEA Comes To Las Vegas Scientists Urge Pet Owners Not To Release Non-Native Fish Into The Wild http://knprnews.org/post/scientists-urge-pet-owners-not-release-non-native-fish-wild <p></p><p>Super-sized goldfish were already found in Lake Tahoe. These goldfish grew to be as big as 15 inches and weigh four pounds, according to researchers in Northern Nevada.</p><p>Now, aquarium dumping has been taken to another level after tourists found a prehistoric-looking tropical fish in a creek. The Plecostomus, or a common algae-eating aquarium fish, was recently found dead because it couldn’t survive the cold creek temperatures or didn’t have enough accessible food.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:48:08 +0000 Chris Sieroty 3990 at http://knprnews.org Scientists Urge Pet Owners Not To Release Non-Native Fish Into The Wild Democratic Dark Horse Bob Goodman Runs For Governor http://knprnews.org/post/democratic-dark-horse-bob-goodman-runs-governor <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:43:42 +0000 Amy Kingsley 3991 at http://knprnews.org Democratic Dark Horse Bob Goodman Runs For Governor Investigators Revisit Jimmy Hoffa's Murder http://knprnews.org/post/investigators-revisit-jimmy-hoffas-murder <p></p><p>Almost 40 years later, we still don’t have the definitive answer to one of the great mysteries in American history -- who killed Jimmy Hoffa?</p><p>Investigators have interviewed mob figures, poured over documents and indulged in endless speculation as to the identity and motivations of the person who put the hit on the powerful Teamsters Union leader.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/who-killed-jimmy-hoffa/" target="_blank">a History Detectives episode</a> delves into past and present theories of Hoffa’s murder.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:26:13 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 3955 at http://knprnews.org Investigators Revisit Jimmy Hoffa's Murder Why Do We Get Hung Up On Breastfeeding? http://knprnews.org/post/why-do-we-get-hung-breastfeeding <p></p><p>A breastfeeding mother has been asked to stop and cover-up. A YMCA official asked a mother to stop feeding her child recently. It's not the first time that's happened, so mothers decided to fight back. Last Wednesday they held a <a href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-mothers-protest-right-breastfeed-public">"nurse in,"</a> a demonstration at the YMCA in Centennial Hills. State law gives mothers the right to feed their children in public and does not even require any covering. So why do these incidents keep happening? Why are we so hung up on breastfeeding?</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:52:34 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 3878 at http://knprnews.org Why Do We Get Hung Up On Breastfeeding? Las Vegas Pastors Collect Goods For Migrant Children http://knprnews.org/post/las-vegas-pastors-collect-goods-migrant-children <p></p><p>Three local pastors recently returned to Las Vegas from a naval base in Oxnard, California, where hundreds of migrant children are being held pending immigration proceedings. The children are part of a wave that has come from Central America.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:59:56 +0000 Amy Kingsley 3899 at http://knprnews.org Las Vegas Pastors Collect Goods For Migrant Children Clark County School District's Best And Brightest http://knprnews.org/post/clark-county-school-districts-best-and-brightest <p></p><p>The Clark County School District is known for its low graduation rate.</p><p>The school district is also overwhelmed with English language learners and both Democrats and Republicans agree education in Nevada needs more funding. But while the trials and tribulations of the nation’s fifth largest school district are well known - there are bright spots in Southern Nevada education.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:41:24 +0000 Chris Sieroty 3841 at http://knprnews.org Clark County School District's Best And Brightest Advocacy Group Says BLM Botched Bundy Standoff http://knprnews.org/post/advocacy-group-says-blm-botched-bundy-standoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:17:41 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 3823 at http://knprnews.org Advocacy Group Says BLM Botched Bundy Standoff The Latino Report http://knprnews.org/post/latino-report <p></p><p>Latinos in Nevada are struggling to keep up with whites and African Americans in most major categories like: education, economic well-being and business development.</p><p>This is according to a new report from the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities.</p><p>And not only are Latinos struggling against other groups in Nevada, they are far worse off than Latinos in other Intermountain West states.</p><p>What are the biggest challenges for Latinos here in Nevada? What role should government play compared to private industry? Why and how does this affect everyone else?</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:15:24 +0000 Luis Hernandez 3835 at http://knprnews.org The Latino Report Tips For Travelers With Limited Mobility http://knprnews.org/post/tips-travelers-limited-mobility <div><p></p><p>Nevada and the Southwest are chock-full of gorgeous scenery. From the heights of Wheeler Peaks to the depths of Death Valley, there are a lot of sights to see and experience.</p><p>But enjoying them often requires stamina. Most able-bodied people take that for granted.</p><p>So what about those people who want to see the sights but have limited mobility –in a wheelchair, using a walker, or with a service dog?</p><p></p><p><strong>GUESTS</strong></p><p><strong>Deborah Wall</strong>, writer, photographer</p><p><strong>Dennis Boulton</strong>, writer, photographer</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:11:29 +0000 Chris Sieroty 3799 at http://knprnews.org Tips For Travelers With Limited Mobility UNLV Students Want Hillary Clinton To Donate Fee http://knprnews.org/post/unlv-students-want-hillary-clinton-donate-fee <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:26:05 +0000 Amy Kingsley 3764 at http://knprnews.org UNLV Students Want Hillary Clinton To Donate Fee Brian Greenspun On The Future Of The Sun http://knprnews.org/post/brian-greenspun-future-sun <p></p><p>Last week, <em>Las Vegas Sun</em> Publisher Brian Greenspun&nbsp;purchased full ownership of the paper from his three siblings, who wanted to sell. That move seemed to put an end to speculation that the Sun would cease publication and go out of business. But will the move permanently save the upstart newspaper? Or will it simply postpone the inevitable closure?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Brian Greenspun</strong>, owner and publisher, <em>Las Vegas Sun</em></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:14:04 +0000 Amy Kingsley 3766 at http://knprnews.org Brian Greenspun On The Future Of The Sun