A Nevada company has been accused of bringing rare metals from mines in some
of the most troubled areas of the world - the Congo. We talk with an
official of ENOUGH - the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity
- about the importation of rare minerals for use in everyday electronics.
The Nevada Supreme Court has killed the applications lodged more than 20
years ago by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley
Water District. The claims were to water in rural Nevada but now the
authority may have to back and start the whole application process again.
The Second Annual Young Men's Conference is taking place Saturday at the
West Las Vegas Arts Center. The conference is designed to offer life skills
to young African-American men who face challenges competing in today's
Novelist Ira Berkowitz has recently published his latest Jackson Steeg
novel. Steeg is a hard-boiled detective who patrols the Hell's Kitchen
neighborhood in New York but does it in a very unorthodox way.
Shortly before he died, Las Vegas impressionist Danny Gans completed an
autobiography. We talk with his children Amy and Andrew Gans about their
life with their father and how they've dealt with his untimely passing.
University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum argues in a forthcoming
book that we are in a crisis because we have ignored the liberal arts. Just
because they don't make money doesn't mean they aren't important for our
So what went right and what went wrong in the Las Vegas Valley during the boom decade? That's the business of the Urban Land Institute and six local planners give us their take on what was good and bad in land use during the
recent runaway real estate market. They also tell us what we can expect and what we should hope happens over the next decade.
Former Clark County Manager Thom Reilly joins us to talk about the
challenges local governments are facing in the recession. We discuss how
the cost of wages, benefits and union contracts are affecting services on
the county and city level and how local governments are tackling these
problems as tax revenues continue to decline.
The Insurgo Theater Company has mounted a new production of Shakespeare's Othello in its new space on East Karen Avenue. It's an unusual venue for a
classic play but then Insurgo is not the typical theater company.
Governor Jim Gibbons has an eight-point plan to reform Nevada education and to save money at the same time. His critics say it's a political stunt but so far but the plan is picking up on the ideas of education reformers.
Revenues are way down and the city is negotiating with public safety and
clerical unions for salary cuts. The unions are fighting the cuts while the
city signs on to build a new privately-financed city hall.