The recession has cut deeper and lasted longer than anyone could have imagined. The annual Southern Nevada Economic Outlook from UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research will be released Wednesday.
How low can the school budget be before it is unconstitutional? We may find out, says Nevada Senate Education Committee Chairman Mo Denis. Other states have been sued by parents and teachers for not providing sufficient funding for education or not distributing the funds fairly to all the state's students. With more budget cuts on the horizon, Nevada may face such a lawsuit. But there are limits to what court's can do to force states to spend money and we see how that could shape the issue.
Congresswoman Dina Titus is serving out the lame-duck weeks of her Congressional term but she will not be leaving Washington altogether. She has just been appointed to a six-year term on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The retiring U.S. Representative discusses the past two years, the final work of the Congress and her future in Washington.
Longtime National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, has just published a new book, Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype. The book covers anger and resentment directed at Jews from the earliest days of Christianity to the recent coverage of Bernie Madoff, which Foxman thinks was tinged with anti-Semitism.
A few weeks ago 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 publisher is former advertising director Bob Brown. He joins us to talk about his plans for the Review-Journal and the community responsibilities of the Nevada's largest newspaper.
Earlier this year we spoke with Peace Corps volunteers from Southern Nevada before they headed out to their postings. We're checking in with them over the next few weeks to find out what they've been doing, how they've managed to do their jobs in sometimes trying circumstances and how they're liking the work.
November 15 is the 60th anniversary of the Kefauver hearings into mob activity in Las Vegas. The occasion will be marked at the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement by the museum's designers, Dennis and Kathy Barrie.
It's eight days to election day and most of the attention is still focused on the US Senate race between Sen Harry Reid and Sharron Angle. But there are other issues and there are certainly other races on the ballot.
In the early years of the atomic age, the federal government went into overdrive to ensure that enough uranium was available for the Manhattan project and then the expanding nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. But that process left Navajo country exploited and soaked with radioactive materials.
If you've already voted in a grocery store or a shopping mall, you may be part of the problem - lower voter turnout. A new study from the University of Wisconsin says that states like Nevada that have extensive early voting are actually depressing the voter turnout.
The late Hal Rothman was the acknowledged master of modern Nevada historians. He put the Comstock Lode and California railiroads in perspective by noting that a good part of Nevada's past and most of its future lay in the south of the state.
Politicians like Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley have been pushing for "Yes on Question 1" - a ballot measure that would overturn our current system of electing judges. Supporters say it chooses judges based on merit, rather than the ballot box. But one professor says there's some wisdom to keeping
the election system. Chris Bonneau offers his insights for preserving how Nevada chooses its judges. And he'll be speaking at UNLV on Wednesday night.
For the third time in forty years, Nevada citizens will have to decide whether they want to keep electing judges. Critics say elections require judges to solicit donations and engage in unseemly criticism of each other. The voters tend to agree and so the proposition supported by "Nevadans for Quality Judges" is struggling to pass in November. We look at both sides of the question about whether direct election or the Missouri System of retention elections for judges is better.
The City of Henderson's Shakespeare in the Park presents Las Vegas Shakespeare Company's production of Macbeth this month. The play will be performed in various parks around Henderson every Saturday in October and this week's performance is at Lake Las Vegas.
The Nevada labor commissioner says Wynn Las Vegas' controversial policy on tip pooling between dealers and their supervisors is legal. So what does that mean for Wynn's dealers? We talk to two current and one former Wynn dealer about the ruling and where the case goes next.
We'll talk with a former chef and a restaurant expert about the evolution of dining in Las Vegas and the story some old restaurant menus can tell about how dining has changed over the past few decades in Las Vegas.
First comes love, then comes... domestic partnership? We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Domestic Partnership Act. That legislation gives same-sex and opposite-sex couples the same rights as married people, even if they don't officially tie the knot. Over 2000 Nevada couples are registered as domestic partners. What rights do domestic partners have? Can they visit a loved one in the hospital, or get insurance coverage for maternity leave? Also, how will its success in Nevada affect the national battle for same-sex marriage rights? Couples join us to share their stories on how the Domestic Partnership Act, for better or worse, has changed their lives.