In 2007, the Nevada Legislature toughened the registration and requirements for sex offenders in Nevada. The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged those requirements as unconstitutional. But the state changed its laws to comply with the Adam Walsh Law - a law passed by Congress to ensure that all states met minimal standards for sex offender registration. So is Nevada's law a reasonable rule to protect the public or does it punish sex offenders twice for the same crime and impose punishments that were put on the statute book long after the crimes were committed and the time was served?
The answer to Las Vegas' housing and foreclosure troubles might not come from Nevada at all, some housing experts say. Many developers are looking to encourage overseas investors to buy up our oversupply of housing stock, thus increasing home values and spurring renters into move into otherwise-foreclosed and vacant homes.
UNLV's football program has struggled over the years to put a competitive team on the field. And with the announcement this week that football programs from Boise State and San Diego State are moving to the Big East, there's some panic with the remaining teams in the Mountain West Conference. Recruiters often use the teams within a conference to court players, and with two powerhouses bowing out of the Mountain West, UNLV will be hard pressed to become a competitor.
We ask: what will this mean not only for UNLV's football team but for the overall athletic department? Listen to 88.9 KNPR at 9 am when Athletic Director Jim Livengood joins us to explain why he feels the future of his program is still bright.
Professor Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada, Reno has spent more than a decade with an international team of researchers to track down all the copies of The First Folio - the original complete works of Shakespeare published in London in 1623. It's part scholarship, part cloak and dagger as wealthy collectors are less than scrupulous about the origins of their books.
Karoun Demirjian, Washington correspondent, Las Vegas Sun
Stifling gridlock between Democrats and Republicans in Congress continues during squabbles about how to make up for the payroll tax cut. We know, you're probably not surprised.
The lobby for the legalization of online poker just got smacked by what could be its greatest opponent: Sheldon Adelson. He has come out against online poker, saying that he doesn't believe the technology is there to protect against underage gamblers.
A tour helicopter flying near Lake Mead crashed on Wednesday night killing a pilot and four passengers. The accident happened just before 5PM about 30 miles from Las Vegas in a canyon west of the Colorado River reservoir. Investigators from the NTSB arrived in Las Vegas to respond to the crash and so far no cause has been determined. The helicopter was owned and operated by Sundance Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based company that offers numerous tours in the Grand Canyon area. We discuss the latest details of the crash and talk about the challenges of flying in the terrain around Lake Mead.
Richard Ham is a prolific, longtime photographer, who snapped photos of everyone from the Queen of England to Winston Churchill. So he didn't think much of the long-lost negatives he took of a painter named Pablo Picasso.
Steve Wynn and New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft are collaborating on possibly bringing a new casino to the Boston area. If plans move ahead the new casino would sit across the street from Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Wynn and Kraft's plan is one of a few proposals competing to win one of Massachusetts' three gaming licenses recently approved under the state's gaming laws.
The Nevada Cancer Institute was conceived in the boom time of the Las Vegas economy and it was certainly an ambitious plan: build a nationally-recognized research and treatment facility in Las Vegas. That dream crashed, the institute says, because of lower medical reimbursements, rising costs, fewer charitable donations and increased competition. So was this bad luck or too much ambition? What will the future of Nevada Cancer Institute be under the University of California, San Diego?
Deborah Coonts, author
Cortney Warren, PhD, Asst Prof of Psychology, UNLV
Frank Stile, MD, plastic surgeon, Esthetique Plastique
No matter your age or gender, chances are you have insecurities about your body. Particularly in Las Vegas, where the entertainment industry reigns supreme, lots of women choose to go under the knife in order to preserve their youth or enhance their beauty.
The US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, visits Las Vegas this week. He used to be governor of Iowa, which transformed itself from a small state with big agriculture into a successful example of how economic diversification can spur business and growth. So what can Nevadans learn from Iowans' success? Find out by tuning in to today's State of Nevada broadcast, 88.9 KNPR.
Ilana Gershon, Asst Prof, Dept of Communication and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington; author, The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media
Casey Corcoran, Dir, Boston Public Health Commission's Start Strong Initiative (host of Break-Up Summit 2.
Family structures have changed drastically during the past ten years, but their homes, for the most part, havent. Kids are living at home well into their 20s. Grandparents are living with their children and grandchildren. According to the 2010 Census, the traditional, nuclear family is shifting to a new model. So we ask, could it be time to rethink about how we build homes and entire neighborhoods? Do people want different homes? And can home developers hurt by the down economy capitalize on this model, building newer, denser housing instead of adding to the Southwests sprawl? We discuss these issues and more on todays State of Nevada broadcast.