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Change Makers: BBS Counseling’s Margarita Romano on Caring for Survivors After the Las Vegas Shooting

Since the Las Vegas Shooting, Nevadans have been stepping up to help victims and their loved ones in need. In a quiet office park near UNLV, BBS Counseling is providing critical mental health care services to survivors… Including Spanish speaking survivors in need of counseling. We spoke with a BBS counselor this week about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and what lies ahead for them and the survivors. (more…)

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After Shooting, Gun Safety Advocates File Class Action Suit Against “Bump Stock” Manufacturers

Today the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Las Vegas based Eglet Prince law firm announced their class action lawsuit against Slide Fire, the company that manufactures the “bump stock” device that was used in last week’s Mandalay Bay Shooting. The suit names other “bump stock” manufacturers as defendants, as well. They produce a device that had been considered a legal loophole to convert semi-automatic assault weapons into fully automatic weapons. This lawsuit will test the legal limits…

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Nevadans Demand Action on Gun Violence After Trump Visits Las Vegas

Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump made a brief visit to Las Vegas to thank first responders for their efforts following Sunday’s mass shooting. Despite renewed calls to pass legislation to prevent future mass shootings, Trump has refused to speak about the nation’s gun laws. Moments after Trump left Las Vegas, gun violence prevention advocates called on the White House and Congress to stop avoiding the subject and start taking action. (more…)

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CCSD Trustees Decide on Next Round of Budget Cuts

After five-plus hours of outrage, rancor, frustration, and sorrow from both sides of the dais, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees agreed to an alternative budget proposal in hopes of staving off any further cuts to support staff or special education programs. The CCSD Board also proposed a financial review to approve next month to respond to public demands for increased accountability. (more…)

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Back to the Drawing Board: A Conversation with Nancy Brune and Sylvia Lazos on CCSD and Public Education in Nevada

Last week, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced his June 2018 retirement. As CCSD is navigating major changes in public education, including its own reorganization, we speak with experts on what lies ahead for the district. We also discuss whether a state budgetary formula is the root of CCSD’s ongoing financial woes. (more…)

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“Big Things Don’t Run Well”: A Conversation with NPRI President John Tsarpalas on Education and the State Budget

We recently had the opportunity to speak with John Tsarpalas, the new President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). For 27 years, NPRI has been a major force to advance conservative ideas in the Silver State. But in recent years, NPRI found itself on the losing side in major battles on tax reform and school vouchers. Tsarpalas explained to us how NPRI is moving on, despite these recent setbacks. (more…)

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“We’re All Doing This for Our Children”: Kihuen and Health Care Advocates Demand Nevada Kids Remain Insured

On Wednesday, Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) gathered with Former Nevada First Lady Sandy Miller and local health care advocates outside UMC Hospital in Las Vegas. Kihuen called on his fellow Members of Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance for some 25,000 Nevada kids as Nevada Check-up. While there, he also addressed the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill that Nevada’s own Senator Dean Heller (R) has co-sponsored. As Kihuen is demanding that Nevada children stay insured,…

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Finding Joe Arpaio: Inside the Private Fundraising Dinner in Las Vegas

Last Saturday, Former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted the “Courage Under Fire” award from conservative anti-tax activist Chuck Muth’s Conservative Leadership Conference. From the start, Arpaio’s planned visit came under fire due to his record in Maricopa County, and his controversial pardon from Donald Trump last month. Prior to Saturday, Muth wouldn’t even confirm Arpaio’s attendance, or the venue where the awards dinner would be held. On Saturday we were briefly removed from the dinner, then allowed to…

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Nevada State College Students and Faculty Walk Out in Support of DACA Students

On Monday, dozens of Nevada State College (NSC) students and several faculty walked out and gathered outside the Rogers Student Center in support of DACA students. They walked out to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to provide permanent legal protection for Nevada’s DACA recipients, and to reassure DREAMer students that the NSC community will continue to support them. (more…)