KNPR's State of Nevada http://knprnews.org en Tesla Motors Picks Nevada For First Site http://knprnews.org/post/tesla-motors-picks-nevada-first-site <p></p><p>Tesla Motors Inc. confirmed today that it has broken ground outside of Reno on a site for its massive “Gigafactory,” but it’s still evaluating sites in four other states.&nbsp; The electric car manufacturer said the competition for the $5 billion factory will continue for the next few months.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:31:32 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4859 at http://knprnews.org Tesla Motors Picks Nevada For First Site Playing Defense Against Concussions http://knprnews.org/post/playing-defense-against-concussions <p></p><p>Some high school football teams are already preparing for the upcoming season. Soon the stadium stands will be filled with cheering students and rabidly supportive parents.</p><p>Best case scenario is that the home team scores a win. Worst case scenario is not a loss, but the possibility of an athlete getting seriously injured. High on the list of concerns is that a student will suffer a concussion.</p><p>The NCAA recently tightened their rules on identifying and treating concussions following a lawsuit.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:31:13 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4799 at http://knprnews.org Playing Defense Against Concussions Gun Control Advocates Want Restrictions In Domestic Violence Cases http://knprnews.org/post/gun-control-advocates-want-restrictions-domestic-violence-cases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>For years, Nevada has led the nation in the number of women killed by men with handguns. It’s still a widespread issue in Nevada, but the Violence Police Center reports the state’s homicide numbers declining slightly, ranking Nevada 16th in the nation.</p><p>Gun control advocates say Nevada’s gun laws are outdated, and there is a need for tighter controls when it comes to protecting women from domestic violence statewide.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Chris Sieroty & Marie Andrusewicz 4797 at http://knprnews.org Gun Control Advocates Want Restrictions In Domestic Violence Cases The Debt Collector is Calling: Nevadans Struggle With Unpaid Bills http://knprnews.org/post/debt-collector-calling-nevadans-struggle-unpaid-bills <p></p><p></p><p>Almost half of Nevadans have some debt that has been sent to collections, according to a recent study by the <a href="http://www.urban.org/publications/413191.html">Urban Institute</a>. The Silver State leads the nation when it comes to the percentage of the population with unpaid debt. So what can you do if your debt is sent to a collection agency? And what are your rights as a consumer?</p><p><strong>GUESTS</strong></p><p><strong>Sophia Medina</strong>, attorney, Consumer Rights Project, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:12:39 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4791 at http://knprnews.org The Debt Collector is Calling: Nevadans Struggle With Unpaid Bills Carson City Coins Fetch Millions http://knprnews.org/post/carson-city-coins-fetch-millions <p></p><p>When the state of Nevada was founded, its primary industry wasn’t gambling – it was mining. But while silver and gold were widespread in Nevada’s mining community, currency wasn’t.</p><p>So state leaders pushed for a mint.</p><p>The Carson City mint opened in 1870 and minted some of the most valuable coins sought by collectors. The Battle Born collection of 111 coins sold two years ago for twelve million dollars.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Rusty Goe</strong>, owner, Southgate Coins</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:29:18 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4758 at http://knprnews.org Carson City Coins Fetch Millions Three Drownings In Three Days At Lake Mead http://knprnews.org/post/three-drownings-three-days-lake-mead <p></p><p>Last week, three people drowned in the Lake Mead National recreation Area in three days and the number of drowning deaths in the lake has already hit the average for most years.</p><p>Officials at Lake Mead have noticed a pattern. The drowning victims are often grown men who jump off a boat in the middle of the lake – without a life jacket. When they become distressed, they cannot reach the boat in time.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Francesco Pia</strong>, drowning prevention expert</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:21:47 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4757 at http://knprnews.org Three Drownings In Three Days At Lake Mead How Police Officers Deal With Danger On The Job http://knprnews.org/post/how-police-officers-deal-danger-job <p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:08:43 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4729 at http://knprnews.org How Police Officers Deal With Danger On The Job VA Bill Offers Help For Local Veterans http://knprnews.org/post/va-bill-offers-help-local-veterans <p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:07:23 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4730 at http://knprnews.org VA Bill Offers Help For Local Veterans Adoption Brings Surprises Later In Life http://knprnews.org/post/adoption-brings-surprises-later-life <p></p><p>Adoption was often a secret business. Families were encouraged to keep adoption a secret and pretend that the adoptive parents were the birth parents. The social stigma of birth outside marriage also pushed mothers to maintain the silence.</p><p>Now, though, adoptees and birth parents are trying to find each other. And their success often means that other family members are surprised to find layers to their personal story and that of their parents that they had never known existed.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:51:48 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4668 at http://knprnews.org Adoption Brings Surprises Later In Life CCSD Official Pleads Not Guilty To Theft Allegations http://knprnews.org/post/ccsd-official-pleads-not-guilty-theft-allegations <p>Priscilla Rocha has pleaded not guilty to more than 50 charges stemming from allegations of crimes committed while she was the head of the Adult English Language Acquisition Program at CCSD.&nbsp; Rocha is accused of the theft of nearly three hundred thousand dollars’ worth of electronics, computers, and money.&nbsp; The Las Vegas Sun reports that two co-defendants also pleaded not guilty, while two others are wait for court-appointed attorneys.&nbsp; A bail hearing is set for Wednesday.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:03:25 +0000 Dave Becker 4675 at http://knprnews.org 'Catastrophic Flooding' Restricts Travel In Clark County http://knprnews.org/post/catastrophic-flooding-restricts-travel-clark-county <p>Kyle Canyon Road, Highway 157, is closed west of its intersection with Highway 158 following prolonged rainfall.&nbsp; Beyond that point the Nevada Highway Patrol is restricting traffic to emergency vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the area until nine this evening, and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District has reported what it called “catastrophic flooding” in the Rainbow Canyon area, including the washing out of part of Rainbow Canyon Road.&nbsp; Much of the area was damaged last year in the Carpenter 1 wildfire.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:51 +0000 Dave Becker 4674 at http://knprnews.org Pedro Martinez Fires Back At Washoe School Board http://knprnews.org/post/pedro-martinez-fires-back-washoe-school-board <p></p><p>Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez filed a lawsuit Friday against the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees for breach of contract and violating the state's open meeting law. They fired him last week after alleging that he had lied about his professional credentials.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martinez is also speaking with officials at the Nevada&nbsp;Attorney General's Office.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:50:39 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4669 at http://knprnews.org Pedro Martinez Fires Back At Washoe School Board Mt. Charleston Residents Endure More Flooding http://knprnews.org/post/mt-charleston-residents-endure-more-flooding <p></p><p>Flooding on Mt. Charleston has washed out at least one road and sent debris into homes and neighborhoods.</p><p>Residents are angry that the county has not accepted a $1 million project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a structure that could protect homes in the Rainbow Subdivision. But county officials have said they do not want to assume liability for the structure.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Larry Brown</strong>, Clark County Commissioner</p><p><strong>Becky Grismanauskas</strong>, resident, Mt. Charleston</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:47:38 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4670 at http://knprnews.org Mt. Charleston Residents Endure More Flooding CYNK, The Billion-Dollar Company That Wasn't http://knprnews.org/post/cynk-billion-dollar-company-wasnt <p></p><p>If a billion-dollar company was in Las Vegas, you'd probably expect to have heard about it, wouldn't you? Even Caesars is only worth $20-some billion but <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-24/cynk-the-6-billion-penny-stock-debacle-stretches-from-belize-to-las-vegas">CYNK was recently valued at $6 billion </a>even though it had no apparent business and only one employee. And, by the way, the company was based in Las Vegas.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:44:03 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4671 at http://knprnews.org CYNK, The Billion-Dollar Company That Wasn't Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks Sentenced http://knprnews.org/post/former-assemblyman-steven-brooks-sentenced <div><p></p><p>Last Friday former state Assemblyman Steven Brooks was sentenced to 32 months in prison in Victorville, California.</p><p>The charges arose from his erratic behavior on a high-speed chase the day he was expelled from the legislature. The expulsion followed a series of incidents including threats to Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.</p><p>Clearly, Brooks had mental health problems.</p><p>Brooks had already served half his sentence from the California episode and the rest was suspended. Now he will be extradited to Nevada to face gun charges.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:53 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4640 at http://knprnews.org Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks Sentenced Will Nevada Join States That Ban Revenge Porn? http://knprnews.org/post/will-nevada-join-states-ban-revenge-porn <p></p><p>The story usually goes like this. A woman sends a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend, imagining that the image will stay private. Time goes on, the romance disintegrates and the woman ends the relationship.</p><p>The man, outraged at having been jilted, then takes the intimate photos and posts them on a porn website. Or maybe he emails them to the woman’s employer. Maybe he tries to auction them on ebay.</p><p>Seems like an obvious violation of privacy at the very least, or at worst, a form of cyber sexual assault.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:47:02 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4632 at http://knprnews.org Will Nevada Join States That Ban Revenge Porn? Washoe County Sheriffs Have A Boat Problem http://knprnews.org/post/washoe-county-sheriffs-have-boat-problem <p>For the second time in two months, Washoe County sheriff's deputies have had to rescue one of the boats they use for search and rescues on Lake Tahoe. Deputies say they're trying to figure out what caused the boat to sink Wednesday just off the shore of Incline Village. The boat is usually stationed at Pyramid Lake but was moved to Tahoe as a replacement for the first sunken boat.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:55 +0000 Jay Bartos 4565 at http://knprnews.org Las Vegas Visitors Up, Helped By Conventions http://knprnews.org/post/las-vegas-visitors-helped-conventions <p>The number of visitors coming to Las Vegas jumped 3.1 percent in June when compared with a year earlier.&nbsp; A report released Friday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says almost 3.5 million people came to Las Vegas last month, compared with about 3.4 million in June 2013.&nbsp; Convention attendance climbed 13.7 percent year-over-year, mostly because shows that weren't held in Las Vegas last year rotated in and a new show.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:58:14 +0000 Jay Bartos 4563 at http://knprnews.org Henderson Citizens Panel Rejects Mayoral Job Changes http://knprnews.org/post/henderson-citizens-panel-rejects-mayoral-job-changes <p>A proposal that might have cleared the way for Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen to seek a third term, and maybe protect him from a lawsuit filed by a former mayoral candidate, has been rejected.</p><p>That means former mayoral candidate, Rick Workman, will continue to pursue his case to have Hafen removed from office alleging the mayor election violated term limits.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:47:58 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4544 at http://knprnews.org Henderson Citizens Panel Rejects Mayoral Job Changes Facebook Wants To Be The New Vegas http://knprnews.org/post/facebook-wants-be-new-vegas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:41:08 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4479 at http://knprnews.org Facebook Wants To Be The New Vegas Startup Uses Drones For Advertising, But Is It Legal? http://knprnews.org/post/startup-uses-drones-advertising-it-legal <p></p><p>A startup advertising company recently took flight over the Strip with a new strategy to target customers in Las Vegas. But the federal government could have the last say about their plans because the company is using drones.</p><p>The founder of DroneCast is looking to fill the sky above the Strip with advertising drones. Will the Federal Aviation Administration approve?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Raj Singh</strong>, founder, DroneCast</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:12 +0000 Chris Sieroty 4511 at http://knprnews.org Startup Uses Drones For Advertising, But Is It Legal? The Strip's Traffic Problem http://knprnews.org/post/strips-traffic-problem <p></p><p>Las Vegans often complain about the traffic. But even in rush hour our problems pale in comparison with other cities. Except in one place - the Strip.</p><p>In recent decades, the road has been widened and bridges have been built to stop herds of pedestrians blocking intersections. The monorail was supposed to cut down on traffic and then the RTC added express buses to encourage tourists to leave their cars in the parking garage.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:56 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4500 at http://knprnews.org The Strip's Traffic Problem Inside The Mind Of A Bear http://knprnews.org/post/inside-mind-bear <p></p><p>It’s almost as though Nevada’s bears know that Governor Sandoval has declared July Bear Awareness month.</p><p>Wildlife officials have reported several human- bear clashes lately, including a bear that was <a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jul/19/bear-euthanized-killing-goats-northern-nevada/" target="_blank">euthanized for killing goats</a>.</p><p>Nevada’s “<a href="http://www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic/" target="_blank">Think Like A Bear</a>” campaign was launched to help bears and humans live more harmoniously.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:33:13 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4509 at http://knprnews.org Inside The Mind Of A Bear Passenger Traffic Climbs At McCarran http://knprnews.org/post/passenger-traffic-climbs-mccarran <p>Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed 1.3 percent compared with a year earlier. New figures show nearly 3.7 million people arrived and departed from the Las Vegas airport in June.</p><p>The number of passengers flying domestically was up 1.8 percent, while international traffic was up 9.2 percent for the month. Domestic flights account for the vast majority of traffic.</p><p>McCarran ranks as the ninth-busiest airport nationally.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:11:41 +0000 Rick Andrews 4476 at http://knprnews.org The Story Behind 'Home Means Nevada' http://knprnews.org/post/story-behind-home-means-nevada <div><p></p><p>It is the state’s 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year.</p><p>But it’s only since the 1930s that Nevada has had its own song.</p><p>And it came to be written in somewhat unusual circumstances. Patty Cafferta <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2014/07/01/cafferata-home-means-nevadacontroversial-state-song/11811747/" target="_blank">recently shared that story in the Reno Gazette-Journa</a>l.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Patty Cafferata</strong></p><p></p></div><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:22 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4463 at http://knprnews.org The Story Behind 'Home Means Nevada' Influx Of Kids Forces Child Haven to Expand http://knprnews.org/post/influx-kids-forces-child-haven-expand <p></p><p>In April, the population of children in the county's shelter mushroomed to 83. The shelter, which was authorized to hold 56, had to set up beds in public areas and other spaces to handle the population.</p><p>Child Haven, which houses the county's abused and neglected youth, recently received approval from state officials to increase capacity from 56 to 70. So does that mean the county is preparing for a permanent increase in children at Child Haven? What are they doing to move more kinds out of the shelter and into foster homes and other placements?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:11:16 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4440 at http://knprnews.org Influx Of Kids Forces Child Haven to Expand Clark County Zoom Schools Show Early Signs Of Success http://knprnews.org/post/clark-county-zoom-schools-show-early-signs-success <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As much as any legislation can receive unqualified bipartisan support, Nevada’s zoom schools proposal did.</p><p>Signed into law by Governor Sandoval a little over a year ago, the initiative promised $50 million dollars earmarked for Nevada’s more than 70,000 English Language Learners.</p><p>The aim of zoom schools is to give non native English speakers, especially those in early grades, a jump start.&nbsp; The classroom experience includes reading centers, longer school days and smaller class sizes.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:08:26 +0000 Marie Andrusewicz 4448 at http://knprnews.org Clark County Zoom Schools Show Early Signs Of Success Macau Bans Smoking In Casinos http://knprnews.org/post/macau-bans-smoking-casinos <p></p><p>The Silver State – and its casinos – have resisted the anti-smoking tide that has swept to so many other states. Eighteen of the 23 states with commercial casinos don’t allow smoking inside those buildings.</p><p>So how could a smoking ban in a city halfway around the world change our state’s stance on puffing in public places?</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong></p><p><strong>Robert Shore</strong>, Union Gaming Research</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:07 +0000 Amy Kingsley 4400 at http://knprnews.org Macau Bans Smoking In Casinos Washoe Superintendent Pedro Martinez Relieved Of Duties http://knprnews.org/post/washoe-superintendent-pedro-martinez-relieved-duties <p>According to a press release from the Washoe County School District, effective immediately, Pedro Martinez has been relieved of his duties as superintendent of that District. Martinez had served a year as Clark County Deputy Superintendent before he was tapped for the leadership role in Washoe.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:20 +0000 Ian Mylchreest 4398 at http://knprnews.org Washoe Superintendent Pedro Martinez Relieved Of Duties Medical Marijuana Use Is A Touchy Issue In The Workplace http://knprnews.org/post/medical-marijuana-use-touchy-issue-workplace <p></p><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 Use Is A Touchy Issue In The Workplace