The Justice Department has already told Senator John Ensign he is no longer a target in its investigation of the lobbying scandal that was exposed when he had to confess to an extramarital affair. His former Chief of Staff and one-time best friend, Doug Hampton, was not so lucky.
For most of us, the homeless are those who rattle a can at the stop light hoping for a couple of dollars. Sociologist Kurt Borchard has spent much of his academic career talking to the homeless people of Las Vegas.
Last August West Career and Technical Academy opened with 750 students in grades 9 and 10. The school was the last magnet high school planned from a 1998 bond issue. And it focuses on engineering, health and environmental subjects. Six students join us to tell us about their school.
The economy in Southern Nevada has been bumping along the bottom for a long time. Much longer than most people thought. But is the end in sight? Can we at least see some light at the end of the tunnel? Economist and business consultant Jeremy Aguero gives us a preview of the Las Vegas Perspective - the definitive book on population, housing and money in Southern Nevada.
The Clark County Firefighters are facing even more problems now that their emails have been released. They seem to show a clear pattern of manipulating leave entitlements so that firefighters could take a month or more off of work. The scandal has embarrassed the Clark County Commission, which signed off on the original contracts and did not notice the manipulation until the recession struck. But it has also split the commission. Commissioner Steve Sisolak wants Metro and the FBI to investigate the firefighters for fraud, but Commissioner Tom Collins says that the firefighters were only taking what they were entitled to and that they should not be scapegoated now.
The United States Supreme Court has finally decided that Nevada can ban advertising for prostitution in counties where the world's oldest profession is illegal. The high court let stand the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said the ban on brothel advertising was constitutional.
Author Barbara Ehrenreich has been pointing out problems with the conservative direction in American politics and life for decades. She has written passionately about the growing inequality of wealth, the manipulation of social issues and the need for more liberal values.
The foreclosure crisis has not been an equal opportunity disaster for the housing market. Everyone has been hurt but the impact has been much more brutal in some neighborhoods than others. It's emptied out some streets that are looking like ghost towns in the making while other neighborhoods have only had a handful of foreclosures and new residents moved right in. What's causing that and what does it mean for the future of Las Vegas?
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto recently joined Arizona in suing the Bank of America to change its foreclosure practices. So what difference can the lawsuit make in the foreclosure crisis.
The news about home prices in Las Vegas just keeps going from bad to worse. Or so it seems. But are there any places to buy? Do home prices have any chance of recovering in our life-time? Why have the mortgage modification and neighborhood assistance programs made so little difference? Is it ever the right time to take the hit and move on to greener pastures? Experts from the real estate industry will try to assess what the real outlook for housing in the Las Vegas Valley.
Late last year, the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal decided to shake up the newspaper. They moved aside the publisher and editor who had headed the paper since 1992. The new editor has edited papers in California and Arkansas. Michael Hengel joins us to talk about his plans for the Review-Journal and the community responsibilities of the Nevada's largest newspaper.
In three years, the Affordable Health Care Act will require almost all Americans to have health insurance. If you don't get insurance at work, you'll have to buy it from one of the exchanges selling policies.
More than 4,000 mortgage mediations have been processed since the 2009 Nevada Legislature created a program to force banks and homeowners to meet to discuss troublesome mortgages. Foreclosures continue to dominate the housing market in Las Vegas but the program sees that number as a measure of its success.
The new year brings many of the same faces in Carson City and they'll be officially inaugurated January 3rd. The only really new face is at the top - Gov. Brian Sandoval. We talk with reporters in Carson City about the mood as the biennial political season gets under way in the state capital and we look at the big issues facing the govenor and the Legislature - redistricting and the budget.