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Classes offered by nonprofits help foreign-born entrepreneurs achieve their dreams
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Business classes sponsored in part by the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Small Business Development Center offer a road map for immigrants hoping to ...
Deadline to apply for Metro Police academy is Friday
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Metro Police recruiters are seeking applicants for officer positions. To apply, visit Metro's employment page or call ...
Astrid Silva, face of Obama’s immigration plan, to speak before Senate committee
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Newly famous Las Vegan Astrid Silva, the face of President Barack Obama's go-it-alone immigration plan, will speak at a Senate hearing today to sell the president's contentious ...
Metro to graduate 15th Hispanic Citizens Academy class
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Metro Police will hold a graduation ceremony Wednesday for its 15th Hispanic Citizens Academy class, which aims to teach Spanish-speaking Las Vegans about ...
Legal experts, advocates to hold Las Vegas forum on immigration law changes
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
"Right now, each part of the action that the President mentioned is a little grey," said Ebeth Palafox, Nevada director for Mi Familia Vota. "We still don't know how ...
Real estate blog ranks Henderson fifth safest city in U.S.
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Using Census data and FBI statistics to survey the country's 100 biggest cities, the blog placed​ Irvine, Calif., at the top of the list, followed by ...
Why a Las Vegas body camera study could have national impact
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
The reasons for police departments to equip their officers with body cameras seem obvious: video documentation of incidents, fewer complaints against officers and, ultimately, a better relationship with the public. Amid the aftermath of two controversial deaths involving officers in Missouri and ...
Judicial finalists picked for newly formed appeals court
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
A state panel has narrowed down a short list of judicial candidates for Nevada's newly formed appeals court. Three judges will serve on the new court, which will be based in ...
High cost of death penalty could affect its future in Nevada
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Nevada’s criminal justice system spends nearly twice as much handling death penalty cases compared with murder cases where capital punishment isn’t sought, according to a report released Tuesday by state auditors. The state-mandated study, which surveyed data from 27 state and local agencies, gives ammunition to ...
State to release findings from study on death penalty costs
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
State auditors this afternoon are expected to release findings from a study on the cost of administering the death penalty in Nevada. The capital punishment debate here tends to draw more fiscal than moral objections from ...
Reid touts Obama’s immigration plan, urges Congress to act
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today to tout President Barack Obama’s plan to defer deportation for millions of people as “a good first step” for mending the country’s broken immigration system, urging Congress to ...
What Obama said in Las Vegas and what it means
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
The success of President Obama’s freshly signed deal to spare millions from deportation hinges on how well he sells it to Americans. He’s counting on newly famous Las Vegan ...
Blog: President Obama’s landmark immigration speech in Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Astrid Silva, Las Vegas' now famous immigration activist, introduces President Barack Obama. "This announcement will change so many lives, including my own," Silva says.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues Obama over immigration plan
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an outspoken critic of the federal government, announced late Thursday he’s suing President Barack Obama over his recently unveiled plan to reform the nation’s immigration system. A group called Freedom Watch is ...
‘It’s so exciting’: How Obama’s plan could benefit Nevada families
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
President Barack Obama’s plan to reform the country’s immigration system could have a big impact on Nevada, which has the biggest ...
3 takeaways from Obama’s immigration announcement
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Crowds rejoiced with cheers, hugs and tears at a Las Vegas community center Thursday evening as President Barack Obama formally announced his long-awaited plan for ...
Live coverage: Immigration activists react to Obama reform announcement
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Obama's executive action will defer deportations for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and extend visas for highly skilled workers. Joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he’ll announce his plans to ...
Why Obama chose Las Vegas to rally public support for immigration plan
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
A Las Vegas high school will serve as President Barack Obama’s backdrop Friday when he touts his plan to reform the country’s immigration system without the approval of Congress. Obama plans to take executive action to defer deportations for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and extend visas for highly skilled workers. Joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he’ll announce his plans to ...
FBI: Las Vegas Valley sees uptick in property crime, drop in violent crime
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Violent crime in Southern Nevada dipped in 2013 while property crimes rose, according to recently released FBI statistics. The national report offers a glimpse ...
Commissioners table talks on ‘More Cops’ sales tax measure
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Clark County commissioners today tabled discussions about the controversial “More Cops” sales tax initiative to fund more Metro Police officers. The .15 percent tax hike had been introduced by ...
New sheriff: Budget is first item on agenda
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
The sheriff-elect discusses the budget, how he views his role and his relationship with the union that didn’t endorse him.
Four takeaways on Metro’s body camera pilot project
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Touting body cameras as the greatest technological advancement since the police radio, Metro Police officials on Wednesday announced the start of their ...
Detention center gets a facelift
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
County spending $112 million on renovations to improve conditions for staffers and inmates ...
Nevada politicians use social media to talk endorsements, boxing, tequila shots on Election Day
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Candidates use social media to sway voters in the final hours before the polls close at 7 p.m.
Don’t forget to fall back Sunday
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Brighter mornings and earlier sunsets are ahead starting Sunday, when clocks fall back an hour as daylight saving time ends ...
Can Nevada wedding chapels refuse same-sex couples?
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
The state’s legalization of same-sex marriage could put some Las Vegas wedding chapel owners at odds with the law. David Nye and Dolly de Leon say they have strong ...
Three takeaways from debate between Metro sheriff candidates
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Tackling topics that ranged from police union politics to officer shortages, contenders for Metro's powerful sheriff position squared off Friday afternoon for a debate hosted by ...
Committee being formed to address ballooning jail costs
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Citing a $28 million deficit at Clark County’s downtown jail, Metro Police officials this morning said the department needs help tackling the facility’s ballooning costs. Metro Deputy Chief Todd Fasulo, who oversees ...
Police shootings produce lots of debate, but researchers know surprisingly little about how to reduce them
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Politicians, protesters and TV talking heads have spent lots of time talking about police shootings in the last few months. But the reality is, the nation's top criminal justice experts know very little about what triggers the use of lethal force and how police departments can better ...
For Clark County sheriff, it’s policy wonk or likable leader
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Las Vegas’ top cop holds one of the most powerful elected law enforcement positions in the country. The job entails protecting 2 million residents, nearly 40 million tourists and billions worth of Strip property. Clark County voters next month will choose which candidate is up to the task. When incumbent Doug Gillespie announced ...
Group trying to revive Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
A group that fought to keep the state's same-sex marriage ban is now trying to revive it. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed a petition ...
Frustration then elation: Gay couples begin to tie the knot in Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Surrounded by a crush of news cameras, Antioco Carrillo and Theo Small grinned and posed with the single-page document they'd fought two years to obtain. "It's a dream ...
For reunited same-sex couple, a second waiting game begins
Gay couples hoping to marry in Las Vegas experience 'roller coaster ride'
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Anna Singson and Georgia Covey had planned a surprise wedding after same-sex marriage was suddenly legalized in Nevada late Tuesday. But a flurry of legal wrangling has since spread confusion and uncertainty over whether gay couples can wed, forcing them to ...
‘This is just huge’: Politicians, gay couples rejoice after marriage victory
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Gay-rights advocates and politicians scrambled to assemble in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday evening for a surprise celebration of the state's sudden legalization of ...
Have we reason to fear terrorism on the Strip?
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
As an American landmark, the Strip is in the limelight. That’s true for tourists, but also for terrorists. The question for Metro Police is: When terror threats emerge, how should police share them without needlessly scaring tourists and residents? Two recent but vague ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide for Nevada attorney general
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The campaign for Nevada attorney general is a relatively dynamic race in an otherwise lackluster election season. Secretary of State Ross Miller and lawyer Adam Laxalt ...
North Las Vegas vows to use federal grant to diversify police force
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
The cash-strapped North Las Vegas Police Department, which hasn't hired a new officer in five years, is getting a $1.6 million boost from the U.S. Justice Department to enlist 13 new recruits, the city announced today. Officials vowed to use the grant to hire ...
Group to examine child welfare system, courts
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
A Nevada Supreme Court Justice has assembled a panel of dignitaries to examine perceived deficiencies in Clark County’s child welfare system and courts. Justice Nancy Saitta created the committee to ...
After federal intervention, Metro’s diversity still lags Las Vegas
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Over the past 25 years, Las Vegas’ population has flipped from three-fourths white to one primarily made up of minorities. The city’s police force hasn’t ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide for Clark County district attorney
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Clark County voters will decide this fall whether to keep District Attorney Steve Wolfson as their top prosecutor. Wolfson, a Democrat, doesn’t face much ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide for the Nevada Supreme Court
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Two Supreme Court justices will show up on election ballots across Nevada this fall. Justices Mark Gibbons and Mary “Kris” Pickering are running ...
Voters’ guide for Clark County District Court judicial races
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Clark County voters have a dizzying list of options to fill their local bench of judges. But come Election Day, almost half ...
What exactly is Tesla building up there?
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Tesla Motors chose Northern Nevada as the location for its lithium-ion battery plant. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on what a lithium-ion battery is, how it’s made and the difference between it and your standard Duracell. Actually, this one’s pretty complex, so maybe 10 minutes. ...
Study ranks Nevada sixth in nation in rate of women killed by men
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Nevada ranks sixth in the nation in the rate of women killed by men, according to a new study published by a gun control advocacy group. A nationwide analysis of 2012 homicide data ...
Gay rights advocates in Las Vegas ‘optimistic’ after arguments in gay marriage case
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Sporting rainbow tie-dye shirts, Paul Juhala and Larry Dominguez were all smiles Monday afternoon as they contemplated the three-hour hearing they'd just watched live from a federal courtroom ...
On the ballot this November, an appeal for a new court
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
In November, voters will decide whether the state Supreme Court is overburdened enough to merit creating a court between it and the district level.
Federal program that spurred overhaul of Metro policies will be used in Ferguson
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The program, dubbed the Collaborative Reform Initiative, will investigate operations at the St. Louis County Police Department. A separate civil rights probe, meanwhile, will examine allegations of ...
Appeals court to review challenge to Nevada’s gay marriage ban
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for Sevcik v. Sandoval at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, the same day the court will consider similar appeals from Hawaii ...
Crowd gathers to rally for change, remember Missouri teen Michael Brown
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
They sang hymns, lit candles and hoisted cardboard signs Thursday evening beneath a statue of Martin Luther King as the sun dipped into a fiery horizon. Reacting to the Aug. 9 shooting, the 200 people ...
Las Vegas vigil planned for teen killed by police in Missouri
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
A group of community activists plans to gather Thursday night in Las Vegas to commemorate Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The group has ...

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