KNPR's State of Nevada en Drone Company Moves To Nevada <p></p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:50:29 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5966 at Drone Company Moves To Nevada Atlantic City's Decline, Reno's Rebirth, And What's Next For Las Vegas <p></p><p>The difference between Atlantic City, Reno and Las Vegas in terms of gaming is dramatic.</p><p>Atlantic City, which was once considered a competitor to Vegas, finds itself struggling to survive as casinos shutdown and mass layoffs hit the boardwalk.</p><p>Reno is looking to technology and manufacturing to diversify its economy. An economy once based on gaming, until tribal casinos in Northern California and a recession kept most gamblers at home.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:48:23 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5964 at Atlantic City's Decline, Reno's Rebirth, And What's Next For Las Vegas Rep. Dina Titus On Immigration, Veterans And More <p></p><p>U.S. Rep. Dina Titus represents a heavily Democratic district in urban Las Vegas. But her Republican challenger, Dr. Annette Teijeiro, recently received the endorsement of Hispanics in Politics. Rep. Titus has supported comprehensive immigration reform and will soon take a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to inspect conditions for migrant children fleeing violence in Central America.</p><p>So does the endorsement hurt her standing with Hispanic voters? And will immigration reform become a big issue in the upcoming election?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:45:10 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5976 at Rep. Dina Titus On Immigration, Veterans And More Animal Overload <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nevada’s <a href="" target="_blank">Animal Foundation </a>has all the dogs and cats it can handle for the moment. The organization reports it’s filled to capacity and is imploring the public to hold off on dropping off pets at the shelter until this weekend.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Andy Bischel</strong>, development director, Animal Foundation</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:41:50 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 5980 at Animal Overload Girl Accidentally Kills Arizona Shooting Instructor <p>Authorities say a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi.</p><p>Mohave County deputies say 39-year-old Charles Vacca of Lake Havasu City was shot when he was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, 80 miles south of Las Vegas. Investigators say she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head.​</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:09:18 +0000 Rick Andrews 5947 at Martinez Offered $25,000 To Settle Lawsuit <p>The Washoe County School Board has voted to offer School Superintendent Pedro Martinez $25,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed in the wake of his sudden firing and subsequent rehiring last month. Martinez now has 10 days to accept or decline the offer after the board approved the proposed settlement unanimously on Tuesday.</p><p>District officials say they only placed Martinez on administrative leave and didn't formally fire him in a dispute over his resume. Martinez' lawsuit seeking $1 million alleges the school board violated Nevada's Open Meeting laws throughout the process.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:29 +0000 Rick Andrews 5944 at Journalist Says Local Police Try to Hide Shooting Statistics <p></p><p>Reno editor Brian Burghart was a very disgruntled man. He decided a couple of years ago, after witnessing a police killing, to find a national database of police shootings. But none existed. He concluded that the local police preferred to keep such information secret.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:38:13 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5917 at Journalist Says Local Police Try to Hide Shooting Statistics Can Justices Make An Intermediate Court More Appealing? <p></p><p>Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty&nbsp;is asking the public to support a measure that would create an appeals court in the state. Nevada is one of ten states without an appeals court, which creates <a href="">a big backlog</a> at the state Supreme Court.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:21:25 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5924 at Can Justices Make An Intermediate Court More Appealing? Apprenticeship Can Be A Path To Fulfilling Work <p></p><p>So much emphasis has been placed on &nbsp;preparing all high school students for college that may people have lost sight of the role that apprenticeships play in the range of career options. And they are available to workers, both young and not so young. Apprenticeship can provide a second career for people not just out of high school.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:19:29 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5925 at Apprenticeship Can Be A Path To Fulfilling Work Colbalt Data Centers Licensed By Nevada Gaming Regulators <p></p><p>In a modest industrial park some 20 minutes from the Strip sits Cobalt Data Centers. A well-guarded facility in which some of the largest casino companies locate the computing gear that runs their non-gaming reward programs.</p><p>Now, with the approval of Nevada gaming regulators, Cobalt Data Centers will be expanding to host gaming computing infrastructure.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:15:42 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5926 at Colbalt Data Centers Licensed By Nevada Gaming Regulators How Should Nevada Set a DUI Standard For Marijuana? <p></p><p>When is the influence not the influence? That's the scientific and legal question now facing Nevada officials as they implement medical marijuana laws. Obviously driving under the influence of the drug is illegal but how do the police determine if a user was definitely under the influence? There is no easy test like a breath test or blood test - the standard procedure for driving under the influence of alcohol.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:36:25 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5856 at How Should Nevada Set a DUI Standard For Marijuana? LVGEA Shines Spotlight On Jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>Maybe diversification of Southern Nevada’s economy away from its reliance on gaming isn’t so bad after all. The region welcomed more than 3,400 new non-gaming jobs last fiscal year, according to figures recently released by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:30:07 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5859 at LVGEA Shines Spotlight On Jobs District Attorney Payments Raise Concerns About Justice <p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:15:56 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5874 at District Attorney Payments Raise Concerns About Justice Mount Charleston Gets Flood Control Project <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday announced that a flood control project will be built near the washed-out Rainbow subdivision on Mount Charleston. Sandoval said construction is expected to begin in several weeks.</p><p>The governor’s announcement comes after a flash flood on July 28 washed out Clark County roads and flooded homes, causing some $2 million in damage. The Rainbow subdivision was left vulnerable to flooding and mudslides after the Carpenter 1 Fire burned almost 28,000 acres in the summer of 2013.</p><p><strong>GUEST:&nbsp; </strong></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:13:40 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5879 at Mount Charleston Gets Flood Control Project Clark County Schools Face Overcrowding, Teacher Shortages <p>A new school year started Monday in the Las Vegas area with a projected enrollment of 320,000 students in Clark County School District Schools, which would be a record.&nbsp; Administrators in the nation's fifth-largest school district say they're again facing funding, space, and teacher shortages. Clark County School Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky told the Las Vegas Sun that more elementary schools will have to go to year-round schedules to ease overcrowding.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:42:15 +0000 Jay Bartos 5875 at When Is It Safe For Children To Move Into The Digital World? <p></p><p>We all live in the digital world - the Internet, cell phones and social media are ubiquitous. But when is it safe to let children wander unsupervised in that realm? Facebook says children can join when they turn 13, but the popular social media site has also been <a href="">exploring ways to allow parents to supervise younger children</a> on the site.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:08:40 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5305 at When Is It Safe For Children To Move Into The Digital World? Sahara Casino Transformed Into The SLS Las Vegas <p></p><p>The Sahara hotel and casino, which once hosted Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, had seen better days when SBE Group CEO Sam Nazarian purchased the resort in 2007 with plans to restore the property. But, the recession stalled his plans and eventually the property was shut down in 2011.</p><p>After $415 million and a year of construction, the reincarnated Sahara opened at the stroke of midnight Friday as the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:20:50 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5854 at Sahara Casino Transformed Into The SLS Las Vegas Lee Mallory Wants To Be Las Vegas King Of Poetry <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Many of us happily said goodbye poetry in high school.Why spend so much energy struggling with an image? Why worry about meter and rhyme when the same thing could be said much more expeditiously in prose?</p><p>That’s not how Lee Mallory thinks of poetry. He is himself a poet but not one who keeps himself secluded by his notebook or laptop.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:48:28 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5847 at Lee Mallory Wants To Be Las Vegas King Of Poetry UMC Cuts Services To Save Money <p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:54:46 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5834 at UMC Cuts Services To Save Money Two Years Later: Deferred Action In Nevada <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed an order to protect certain immigrants who arrived in the country as young children. Many young undocumented immigrants in Southern Nevada have benefited from the program. But residents of our region have not been approved as quickly as those in other areas.</p><p>So how can the program work better in Las Vegas? And is it a good idea to allow the president to make immigration policy through executive order?</p><p><strong>GUESTS</strong></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:39:01 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5845 at Two Years Later: Deferred Action In Nevada What's Next For Nevada's Death Penalty? <p></p><p>A messy execution in Arizona that made national headlines could buoy efforts by death penalty opponents to stave off capital punishment for some 80 Nevada inmates awaiting execution. But supporters of executions believe the problems can be corrected and that the death sentences in Nevada should be carried out.</p><p>Nevada has not had an execution since 2006. Before any executions take place, a new death chamber needs to be built.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:42:38 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5472 at What's Next For Nevada's Death Penalty? Celine Dion Bows Out <p></p><p>Celine Dion seems to have sung her last note in Las Vegas for a while. The singer <a href="">canceled</a> the rest of her scheduled performances for the year to deal with her husband's battle with cancer. She also has her own health issues, which have affected her singing.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:37:12 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5474 at Celine Dion Bows Out Las Vegas Meets The Beatles <p></p><p>It was 50 years ago this month that Las Vegas hosted two concerts featuring an up-and-coming quartet from across the pond. <a href="" target="_blank">The concerts were notable </a>for, among other things, the lack of any audible music. Instead of hearing the Beatles play hits like ‘Twist and Shout’ concert goers could only hear the screams of giddy teenagers.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:14:07 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 5473 at Las Vegas Meets The Beatles Big Knockout Boxing Launches In Vegas <p></p><p>This Saturday night a subsidiary of Direct TV will try to revamp boxing. The sweet science has been faltering in recent years because of a lack of competition in the heavyweight division and has not been able to sustain interest of fans who are defecting to mixed martial arts such as Ultimate Fighting Championship.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:36:19 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5440 at Big Knockout Boxing Launches In Vegas Does Nevada Need A Right To Try Law? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It's devastating news that anyone dreads&nbsp; -- hearing that you or a loved one has a terminal illness. Understandably anyone in this situation is desperate to hold on to any hope of recovery. In some cases that may include trying medical treatments that have not fully been clinically proven.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:08:38 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 5426 at Does Nevada Need A Right To Try Law? Hail A Taxi With A Tap Of The Screen <p></p><p>A local company launched a new app that will let users hail and pay for a taxi with a smartphone app. The technology is similar to that used by Uber and Lyft, but uses regulated taxis and limos instead of private drivers. Will the new technology mollify travelers who would like to use Uber&nbsp;or Lyft&nbsp;in Las Vegas? Or will it open the door for those companies to come to Southern Nevada?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Mark James</strong>, president and CEO, Integrity Vehicle Solutions Company</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5423 at Hail A Taxi With A Tap Of The Screen Henderson's Pot Shop Dilemma <p></p><p>Local governments throughout the valley have been taking applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.</p><p>Las Vegas and Clark County have managed to find applicants in most areas under their control. Henderson, on the other hand, finds itself with a cluster of applicants on the northwestern edge of the city – along Sunset Road.</p><p>So why is that happening when the council members have indicated they would like a better geographical distribution?<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Bristol Ellington</strong>, assistant city manager, Henderson</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:38:09 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 5380 at Henderson's Pot Shop Dilemma Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky Talks Teacher Shortage, More <p></p><p>In less than two weeks, the hallways of Clark County Schools will be buzzing with returning students. Also returning are some familiar problems, including a teacher shortage, crowded classrooms and a desperate need for funding and capital improvements.</p><p>The person ultimately responsible for these onerous tasks is Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, who joins us prior to the school year to talk about problems and solutions.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:33:48 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 5374 at Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky Talks Teacher Shortage, More Changing Foster Care's Bad Reputation <p></p><p>Nevada and Clark County have embarked on a effort to improve the image of foster and kinship care. They hope to attract better foster parents and reduce instability in the system. The ultimate goal is to place children in homes that are a good fit, and reduce the need for group homes.</p><p>But does the system need more than an image improvement? Are there ways to improve the experience for foster parents? And how can you do that while protecting the welfare of kids in the foster care system?</p><p><strong>GUESTS</strong></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:30:34 +0000 Amy Kingsley 5371 at Changing Foster Care's Bad Reputation Las Vegas Targets MLS Expansion Team <p></p><p>Las Vegas was built on gamblers who believe they can beat the house, only to learn that the house always wins.&nbsp;</p><p>But that hasn’t stopped two groups from putting big money on the table to bring Major League Soccer to the desert southwest. Findlay Sports and Entertainment is already working with the City of Las Vegas. But two public hearings on the deal were postponed.</p><p>Meanwhile, gaming industry entrepreneur and hedge fund CEO Jason Ader is heading a another group of investors looking to build a stadium and a field for the league's 24th team.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:49:14 +0000 Chris Sieroty 5304 at Las Vegas Targets MLS Expansion Team