KNPR's State of Nevada

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dave Becker

KNPR's State of Nevada is the essential public affairs broadcast to understand what's happening here. Newsmakers and experts give context to local issues; discussion and profile interviews explore the unique character - and characters - of our region. KNPR's State of Nevada is a daily conversation about this place we call home.

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Sports
9:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Puppy Player Stats 101: An MVP Voting Guide for Puppy Bowl XI

Keno, a mixed-breed NSPCA puppy, is headed to the Big Game for pups Feb. 1
Credit Nevada SPCA

    This weekend, a Las Vegas resident is headed to the big game.... for dogs. 

Nevada SPCA puppy Keno was one of 85 shelter pooches selected nationwide to participate in the 2015 Puppy Bowl. 

He's also in the field of 55 cute canines for MVP: Most Valuable Puppy. Viewers vote on the Animal Planet website during the broadcast to determine the winner.

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Arts & Life
8:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

New Musical Parody Takes On "Fifty Shades Of Grey"

New musical parody takes on "Fifty Shade of Grey"
Credit 50 Shades The Musical Parody/Facebook

 Trashy romance stories have been around since the days of Greek theater and humanity’s thirst for erotic fiction is centuries old.

Then came “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a book that led to two sequels that have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.

Anything that popular has to spawn a parody, and so it has.

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Business
8:13 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Is The Black Middle Class Disappearing In Las Vegas?

The recovery from the Great Recession is not helping everyone.
Credit Gerald Loro/Getty Images

The general consensus is that the economy is making its comeback from the Great Recession. But the positive figures seen in the headlines might not be all inclusive.

The recession hit minority communities especially hard, and their bounce back has been much slower than that of their white counterparts. According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, the wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013.  

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Sports
8:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

"The Big Game" and Las Vegas's Real Relationship With The NFL

The relationship between Las Vegas and the NFL may not be as icy as everyone believes.
Credit Jayel Aheram/Flickr

The Big Game weekend is upon us. In Las Vegas, the Super Bowl is referred to as “The Big Game,” especially in the casino industry, because the National Football League carefully controls the use of the “Super Bowl” name.

The tight controls on “The Big Game” is not a shock to anyone who has lived in Las Vegas for long. The NFL doesn’t like Las Vegas.

Or so they say.

While the NFL shuns Las Vegas, even banning ads for the city during the Super Bowl, anyone who watches ESPN or even reads the sports page knows the truth: the NFL and Las Vegas are woven together.

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News
7:46 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Cliven Bundy: More Problems On The Ranch

Rancher Cliven Bundy's sons in trouble with the law
Credit Mike Powell/Getty Images

This week, one of the sons of activist rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested in Utah.

Ryan Bundy spent a night in jail in Cedar City, on charges that he resisted arrest when Iron County Sheriff’s deputies tried to serve him a warrant related to a 2014 incident. He was released without bail on Wednesday.

Cliven Bundy talked with KNPR's State of Nevada about his son's legal issues.

“They don’t seem to have any cause except harassment," Bundy said, when asked whether the charges stem from disputes with law enforcement.

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Business
9:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Sinatra's Old Lake Tahoe Resort Set To Reopen

The legendary Cal Neva is getting ready to reopen.
Credit Don Graham/Flickr

The famed Cal Neva, a North Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra and frequented by a number of shady businessmen over the years, will reopen on Dec. 12, 2015.

That date is crucial Robert Radovan, co-owner of Criswell-Radovan the firm that bought the historic hotel in 2013. He has been trying to remodel it in time to open on what would have been Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday.

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Politics & Policy
8:32 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore Makes Waves In Republican-Led Assembly

The State Legislature starts Monday and Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has already created a lot of headlines.
Credit State Legislature website

Depending on your point of view, Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is either a saint for conservative causes, or a wrench in the governor’s attempts to move the state forward.

Fiore, the former Republican majority leader and tax committee chair of the Nevada Assembly, has voiced opposition to Governor Sandoval’s proposed taxes and says she has the support to stop the $1.1 billion increase.

Tax Increases and Spending Cuts 

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Literature
7:44 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The Truth About Las Vegas Legend Bugsy Siegel

There is a lot more to the Las Vegas legend Bugsy Siegel.
Credit Nevada State Museum

To the world who know bits and pieces of the myth – or perhaps remember actor Warren Beatty’s portrayal, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is the founder of the modern version of Las Vegas: Opulent hotels, top-grade service and class-A entertainment.

The truth is, Siegel rose from the ranks of a street hoodlum to his perch as the chief of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino before his death in 1947.

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Education
7:31 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Former Superintendent Tasked With Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Pedro Martinez tasked with turning around troubled schools.

    

 It appears that Washoe County School District’s loss is Governor Brian Sandoval’s fortune.

In a controversial move, the Washoe County School District fired Superintendent Pedro Martinez last year. That firing was determined to be illegal and he returned to work; however, the board later voted to buy out his contract.

After that back and forth, the governor hired Martinez to oversee what is being called Nevada’s Achievement School District.

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Business
7:23 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Falling Gas Prices Fueling Las Vegas Economy

Gas prices in Palo Alto, California in April 2008
Credit Richard Masoner/Flickr

Falling gas prices are letting Las Vegas residents keep more money in their pockets.

AAA says local prices for regular unleaded are averaging $2.19 a gallon down a $1.05 from a year ago.

That means, if you drive a thousand miles a month and your car averages 20 miles per gallon, that’s $52.50 a month in savings.

Over the year, that’s $630. For many locals, that’s comparable to getting a free month’s rent or a gambling weekend at a locals casino.

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Civic Life
8:07 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Civility In The Online Age

How civil is our civil discourse?

It's easier than ever to snipe at someone anonymously, or behind the curtain of a clever username.

But some would argue that this type of dialogue isn't contributing anything worthwhile to society – instead, it's, at best, people enjoying hearing the sound of their own voice, or, at worst, using it as a space to promote hateful speech.

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Health & Science
7:58 am
Wed January 28, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be "Emotionally Recharged"?

Nevada was ranked one of the most "emotionally recharged" states, but what does that really mean.
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When a recent study said Nevada was the sixth most "emotionally recharged" state in the country, you might have wondered just what "emotionally recharged" means.

"It really has to do with being on the path to being ready to make positive change, or someone who has already been making positive change in their life," according to Alejandro Foung. He's the CEO and co-founder of a company called Lantern, a San Francisco-based startup that offers online life coaching and self-help guidance.

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Politics & Policy
8:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

AG Laxalt Joined Immigration-Order Lawsuit Without Governor's Support

When Governor Brian Sandoval won his election in November, he celebrated with Republicans, but not just because of his own victory.

Benefiting from the lowest Democratic voter turnout since 1978, Republicans also took the state Assembly and Senate. They swept every executive branch seat, including installing a virtual unknown, Adam Laxalt, into the attorney general’s office.

If this was the governor’s wish come true, well, be careful what you wish for.

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Civic Life
7:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

How Close Are We To Pulling Off The 'New' Downtown Las Vegas?

Downtown Las Vegas has changed, but what is next?
Credit Isaac Brekken for NPR

Downtown Las Vegas, for the most part, has been Zappo.com CEO  Tony Hsieh’s playground for the at least three years.

To his credit, Tony Hsieh has invested millions of dollars of his own money into restaurants, bars, clubs, and some housing units. That investment has been centered on East Fremont Street.

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Civic Life
7:41 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Ex-Church Leader Warren Jeffs' Influence Still Felt In Southern Utah

The Utah town of HIldale and Arizona town of Colorado City are divided by more than just the state line.
Credit Douglas C. Pizac/Associated Press

In a quiet little town that is divided by the Utah and Arizona state line there is another line that divides the residents.

Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, gained national attention when polygamist leader Warren Jeffs hit the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list in 2006. Jeffs was wanted on multiple charges of sexual assault against minors, incest and conspiracy to commit sexual assault against a minor.

He was ultimately arrested outside of Las Vegas in 2006. In 2010, he was convicted in Texas for sexually assaulting underage girls and sentenced to life in prison.

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Education
7:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Education Funding Boost Could Mean Collective Bargaining Changes

Efforts to put more money into Nevada schools could mean changes to collective bargaining rules.

Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget is being hailed by many– but not by those you might expect.

The New York Times last weekend quoted Nevada state Senator Moises "Mo" Denis, a Las Vegas Democrat, as saying he never thought he’d see the day that, “a Republican governor was proposing all the things we’ve been proposing for the last 20 years.”

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Politics & Policy
8:32 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Could Reno's Ballpark Tax Fight Be A Warning For Las Vegas?

Reno Aces ballpark is in the middle of a tax fight.
Credit Creative Common

Does this sound familiar? A city wants a new stadium to help revitalize its downtown.

In this case, the city isn’t Las Vegas. It was Reno circa 2002. At the time, boosters said the stadium would attract more people to the heart of the city, and that it would diversify the city’s economy.

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Civic Life
8:16 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pedestrian Deaths In Las Vegas Prompt Changes

Group works to make Las Vegas streets safer.

Las Vegas is a hazardous place for pedestrians. The number of pedestrians killed has averaged about one a week over the last two years.

On Friday, the University of Nevada Las Vegas Safe Community Partnership hosted a forum for road engineers, law enforcers, advocates, emergency medical personnel, and people who walk busy boulevards to and from bus stops.

Partnership Director Erin Breen counts eight deaths on the roads in Clark County in the last three weeks, including five pedestrians. She notes that most accidents happen after dark.

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Civic Life
7:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Young Transgender Woman's Suicide Highlights Issues Faced By Many Transgender Youth

The suicide of a young transgender woman has put the spotlight on issues faced by many transgender youth.

In the last days of 2014, an emotionally-charged note from a young transgender woman appeared on the social networking site Tumblr. 

Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old young woman in Ohio, wrote that she suffered from severe depression; her parents didn’t accept her and Christian conversion therapy didn’t work.

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Arts & Life
7:31 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Las Vegas Musician On Playing Johnny Cash And The City's Music Scene

Ben Hale plays the Man in Black on a Las Vegas stage.
Credit Ben Hale/Facebook

When it comes to performing, Ben Hale has seen it all.

He was an understudy for Raoul in the Venetian's run of "Phantom of the Opera." Now, he's Johnny Cash in Harrah's "Million Dollar Quartet." And when he's not under the bright lights of the Strip, he's moonlighting with other musicians in the Las Vegas valley in what he calls one of the best music scenes around.

But it all started in a little theater in Utah when he was just a kid.

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Politics & Policy
8:19 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Assemblywoman Promises To Kill Governor's Budget Proposals

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore promises to kill Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget proposal.

An Assembly Republican is all but promising she will kill Governor Brian Sandoval’s push to increase revenue to improve Nevada’s bottom-dwelling educational system.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Las Vegas told a Republican gathering in Reno Tuesday she believes she will get promises from at least 15 Assembly lawmakers to vote against the governor’s budget proposal.

Any state tax increase needs the approval of two-thirds of the Assembly’s 42 members – so, if Fiore and at least 14 people vote against it, there goes the budget.

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Civic Life
7:47 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Former Nellis AFB Drone Operator On First Kill, PTSD, Being Shunned By Fellow Airmen

The life of a former Nellis Air Force Base drone pilot inspired a new film.

In the new movie Good Kill, Ethan Hawke plays an airman who remotely operates Predator drones from the safety of a cubicle at Creech Air Force Base, 50 miles north of Las Vegas.

But in the film we learn that the cubicle is not such a safe place. Ethan Hawke’s character suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder on the job.

Former drone operator Brandon Bryant, who was stationed at Nellis for four years, consulted with the writer/director of Good Kill​, Andrew Niccol. 

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Education
7:37 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Is Homeschooling The Solution To Public School Problems?

One of the education sectors that often flies under the radar is the one that has arguably the most student/teacher involvement: homeschooling.

As the weeds thicken with testing and public school regulations, more parents than ever are choosing to opt out of the system and offer their children an education at home.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the most recent statistics available show that 1.7 million students in the United States were home schooled in 2011-12, up from 1.5 million five years prior.

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Education
7:29 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Former Opponent Rory Reid Credits Gov. Sandoval For Education Initiatives

Rory Reid is crediting Gov. Brian Sandoval's efforts to improve education.

Rory Reid, the Democratic candidate for Nevada governor in 2010, expects politics "to limit [Gov. Brian Sandoval’s] good intentions."

Reid, the son of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, told KNPR’s State of Nevada that the governor deserves "a lot of credit" for his approach to education.

"I don't agree with everything he says," Reid said, "But, he deserves a lot of credit. What is limiting him and others is the politics of it. It's not clear if it can get through the Legislature."

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Politics & Policy
7:22 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Child Welfare Panel Proposes Changes to Clark County System

A state panel looking into child welfare in Clark County has issued a preliminary set of recommendations on how to improve services.

The blue ribbon committee, chaired by Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, hopes to have its proposals implemented quickly in the coming months.

"Some of what we discovered in the early stages of looking at the system as it currently exists is that an awful lot of the parts and pieces, if you will, of the reform, can be done almost immediately, with little or no cost to any of the stakeholders," Saitta told KNPR's State of Nevada.

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Environment
8:26 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Lake Tahoe's Clarity Threatened As Bottom-Dwelling Creatures Disappear

The clarity of Lake Tahoe is being threatened by the dramatic loss of bottom-dwelling creatures.

Researchers at Lake Tahoe are trying to figure out why some of the smallest creatures and plants at the bottom of the lake are disappearing at an amazing rate. Populations of worms, stoneflies and bottom shrimp are declining to levels measured in the 1960s.

Sudeep Chandra, an associate professor with the Biology department and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, told KNPR the crashing of populations is absolutely dramatic.

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Millennials
7:42 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Millennials Are The Biggest Generation But Who Are They?

Millennials will over take Baby Boomers in a few short years, but who are they?

Few days pass without hearing of some new trend related to “Millennials,” that generation born between roughly 1980 to 2000. That’s not surprising, given that they number some 80 million in the United States alone.

What is surprising is how few people understand who and what Millennials are all about.

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News
7:34 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Team Hopes To Prevent Confrontations Between Police And Mentally Ill

Mobile outreach team hopes to end confrontations between Metro Police and mentally ill.

When responding to calls involving someone with mental health issues, police officers often act as law enforcement and psychologists at the same time.

And sometimes police encounters with individuals suffering from a mental illness have resulted in officer-involved shootings and death.

Up until a month ago, Las Vegas Metro Police really had three options for people in need of mental health services. Police can take an individual to a hospital emergency room, bringing a person to jail, or leave a person alone, after making sure that person is not a safety threat.

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Environment
8:38 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Could Nevada's Fracking Activity End Before It Gets Going?

Nevada's fracking industry is just getting started but could already but could soon be hitting the skids.

 Nevada produces very little oil. But according to the Las Vegas Sun, Noble Energy has plans for 18 oil wells in Elko County. Permits are pending.

The Las Vegas Sun reported:

In Nevada, Noble’s plans include spending $16 million to $32 million to drill four wells to transport fossil fuels from below ground to above ground, according to the company’s earnings reports.

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Arts & Life
8:16 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Old Gun Found in Great Basin National Park Kindles Worldwide Interest

Old gun found in Great Basin National Park is getting interest from around the world.
Credit Great Basin National Park/Facebook

 A 132-year-old rifle was recently found leaning against a tree in a remote area of a national park in Nevada.

Often referred to as the “gun that won the West,” the Winchester Model 1873 is an icon of America’s westward expansion. The gun was given the name because of its popularity between 1873 and 1916. 

The gun has sparked international interest, from as far away as China and Italy, as many people try to figure out what exactly happened to this gun’s owner, and why it was left in such a ponderous position.

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