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Federal government comes to borrowers' aid
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
In an effort to improve home loan modification outcomes, the Obama administration has started a mortgage modification conversion drive.
Economist: Recovery will be 'choppy,' not steady
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
The economic recovery will be based on industrial sectors, not regions or cities, a City National Bank economist said.
Social networking sites linking employers and job seekers
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Employers are often turning to social networking sites to research job candidates, a study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement company, found last month.
Banks in distress: Foreclosure properties mount
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Problem loans and foreclosed properties are weighing on Las Vegas banks’ balance sheets, according to third-quarter filings released Nov. 24 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Workplace transparency helps ease pain of employee layoffs
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Talk to us. Please. That’s the sentiment expressed by workers whose employers are mum about workplace changes.
Credit union insurer says business is solid
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Five local credit unions privately insure their members’ deposits: Clark County, Cumorah, Boulder Dam, Plus and Silver State Schools.
VA hospital project quantifies recycling effort
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Call it bragging rights. Companies building the Veterans Affairs hospital have a sign to show how much of the construction waste is being recycled.
New LEED certifications cement CityCenter's green status
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
All eyes are turned toward CityCenter as the green giant prepares to open next month.
Q&A: Michael Modic
Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Dr. Michael Modic is overseeing operations at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health after the two organizations joined forces this year.
Don’t allow states to opt out of public health care option
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
What good is any bill that purports to reform health care if states can opt out of the public option?
Health costs burden business
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
When Michael MacQuarrie lost his home-inspection job with a builder, he lost his health insurance, and after his COBRA coverage ran out he sought insurance on the open market. Because of his medical history, he was denied.
Q&A: Larry Ruvo
Founder, Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Larry Ruvo is a man with several missions: Find a cure for debilitating brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s; change the model of care patients receive; and discover a way to diagnose the illnesses early and then successfully treat them.
Salaried physicians: Barriers and benefits
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
It’s a little known quirk of the Las Vegas medical community: Hospitals don’t employ doctors.
Medical practice aims to attract wealthy Las Vegans
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
A physician group with roots in Beverly Hills, Calif., is hoping its posh and personalized care will capture some of the high-end patient market in Las Vegas.
This year, employers spreading little holiday cheer
Some ask workers to have potluck dinners, home parties; ‘It’s more about ... creating teamwork and camaraderie.’
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Lavish company parties may be a spirit of holidays past. This year businesses are looking for ways to celebrate the season and boost employee morale without shelling out big bucks.
Berkley cites higher jobless rate, state plans Friday release
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said the jobless rate in Southern Nevada is 14.4 percent during a press conference addressing green job grants to the state.
Holiday spirit — parties on the cheap
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
Lavish company parties may be a spirit of holidays past, but businesses can still celebrate the season and boost employee morale without shelling out big bucks.
Jobless benefits are extended
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
Every few days, a good friend calls or texts me to find out if unemployment benefits have been extended yet.
Boyd grads doing better than ever on bar exam
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
The percentage of Boyd Law School graduates who passed the Nevada Bar exam has reached its highest level since the school opened 11 years ago.
Solis visit yields windfall for NV Energy
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
NV Energy recently played guide to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as she toured the utility’s massive building that houses its dispatch and operations center.
State grabbing stimulus cash targeting renewable energy
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
Energy-related stimulus money is rolling into the Silver State, but jobs are slow to follow.
Slump spurs demand for green building product
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
The recession isn’t slowing down Ken Miller, an energy-conscious entrepreneur who has developed prefabricated walls he says cut down energy use by 30 percent.
Stock delisting could compromise Service1st acquisition
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
The acquisition of Service1st Bank of Nevada seems to be in limbo after the New York Stock Exchange notified Western Liberty Bancorp on Oct. 20 that it plans to delist the stock. The company is trying to acquire the 3-year-old bank.
SBA loans nosedive as economy languishes
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Federally backed small-business loans have dropped more than 50 percent in the past two years, a symptom of the receding economy, experts said.
Labor secretary tours NV Energy building, announces stimulus funds
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is confident that the clean energy economy will create tens of thousands of jobs, most of which will be long-term careers, she said today in Las Vegas. Solis was in town to tour an NV Energy building before announcing $138 million in stimulus funds awarded to the utility. NV Energy was one of 100 companies to receive a portion of $3.4 billion in stimulus funds directed toward smart grid investment.
Cumorah Credit Union seized by state regulators
Deposits and assets being acquired by Credit Union 1
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Cumorah Credit Union was seized by state regulators on Friday, and American Share Insurance has been appointed as its receiver. The credit union, with 15,000 members, had two offices in Las Vegas and two in Henderson. It had $147 million in assets and $129 million in deposits.
Ruvo center wows former Mexican President Fox
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
The Lou Ruvo center has attracted celebrities and politicians, but former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s visit was a first for the degenerative brain disease research and treatment facility.
E-record conversion costs doctors a bundle
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
The push for electronic medical records is growing, but the significant investment — as much as $100,000 a doctor — and lack of a standard, could make the choice a harrowing one for doctors in small practices.
Businesses improve foster kids' chances to succeed in life
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
It’s heartbreaking to think about children who have had a rough, unstable start in life, like many raised in foster care and entering a world when they are not ready.
More LV job cuts expected despite improved U.S. economy
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
The U.S. recession may be over, but Las Vegas employers are still cutting jobs and will continue to do so despite signs of national economic growth, experts said.
Q&A: Dallas Haun
President and CEO, Nevada State Bank
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Dallas Haun has led Nevada State Bank for the past two years, during one of the most difficult times for the banking industry. As the bank’s president and CEO, his company has successfully acquired two failed banks and managed the shutdown of a third.
Air traffic will rebound soon but slowly, analysis finds
Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
McCarran International Airport won’t fully recover from the current recession until at least 2014, a leading aviation expert says.
NV Energy plans switch to smart meters
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
An overhaul to the way homes and businesses consume, and pay for, energy is on the plate of NV Energy customers.
Nevada homes, businesses invest in solar power
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
On the day of the National Solar Home Tour, Tony Ford’s home in the southwest valley was generating 6,000 watts of power from the sun.
Mapping valley’s energy use
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Curious how much electricity your home street consumes? How about the one over?
Time is right for clinic in LV
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Another nonprofit health care center could be a positive influence on Las Vegas.
Renewable energy boom boosts job opportunities
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Increasingly known as the New Energy Economy, the wave of renewable-energy construction is creating a demand for workers trained in emerging electrical systems.
Brad Beal, President of the Nevada Federal Credit Union
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Brad Beal leads Las Vegas’ largest credit union, Nevada Federal, and for the past two years has served as chairman of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
Nevada’s jobless rate could hit 17 percent
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
One of the state’s leading economists forecast the jobless rate reaching 17 percent before it begins to decline.
America First settles in after Community One acquisition
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
America First Credit Union is here to stay. The credit union took over Community One Federal Credit Union on Aug. 12, and since, it seems to be business as usual in Las Vegas.
Q&A: Brad Beal
President and CEO, Nevada Federal Credit Union
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Brad Beal has spent much of his career in the financial sector and not only leads Las Vegas’ largest credit union, Nevada Federal, but for the past two years he has served as chairman of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
Bad loans biting Las Vegas banks as defaults rise
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
It has been a horrible year for U.S. banks, and Las Vegas-area banks are no exception. And as loan defaults and foreclosures skyrocket, times are getting worse for many local financial institutions.
Irwin Union Bank seized by regulators
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Irwin Union Bank, a financial institution operating in Las Vegas, has been seized by state and federal regulators and sold to Ohio-based First Financial Bank.
Businesses hit hard by bank service charges
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Businesses had more difficulty maintaining enough money in their accounts to avoid banks’ service charges, industry experts agree.
Payday loan business no golden goose for Nevada Federal
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
For the past few years, Nevada Federal Credit Union has offered its version of a payday loan, but it hasn’t been until recently that the service has been in demand.
Longtime Vegas firm turns 60
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
McDonald Carano Wilson is celebrating 60 years as a law firm catering to a wide range of clients.
Strip hotels garner LEED gold
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Aria and Vdara — hotels and convention space within CityCenter — were given the second highest certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The gold certification was based on standards set by the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
Early indicator — temp jobs — shows signs of a recovery
Monday, Sept. 14, 2009
Temporary employment is on the rise in Las Vegas, a development some economists see as a possible early indicator of economic recovery.
Labor Day — and politics — brings out top leaders
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
More than a thousand workers gathered for an afternoon of union solidarity on the eve of Labor Day, even as the economic recession continues to claim jobs.
Federal land sales to create jobs
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
When the federal government sets aside land for public use, it creates jobs, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said as he authorized $135 million for projects in Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

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