A 2002 study found 2.1 to 6.4 percent of Nevadans are problem gamblers or are at risk of developing an addiction. What will it take to adequately fund problem gambling programs? We talk with a UCLA professor who has been an expert witness in gambling problem trials and a Las Vegas Sun reporter about effective treatment and a lack of funds to help gambling addicts in Nevada.
The Nevada Board of Regents removed the interim tag from University of Nevada, Reno president Marc Johnson's title on Friday officially making him UNR's 16th president. Johnson took over as interim president after the death of former UNR President Milt Glick in 2011. The board of regents voted 9-0 to make Johnson the new UNR president, his competition for the permanent post included candidates from the University of Texas at Dallas and Wright State University in Ohio. We talk with Marc Johnson about his goals as UNR's new president.
Las Vegas-based singer and tribute artist Trina Johnson-Finn traveled to Suriname in 2009 to perform a tribute show to famous recording artist Toni Braxton. When she took the stage angry fans threw bottles and booed Johnson-Finn until she left the stage.
Quarterly finance reports for political candidates are out. As the money pours in to candidates coffers, who is donating and how will it shape the race? We talk with political analyst Jon Ralston about who has the cash and if it will change the race.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 Latino voter registration declined by 5 percent or 600,000 voters. An analysis of the Census data by the California-based William C. Velasquez Institute says Latino voter registration will only modestly improve Latino voter performance at the polls in 2012 compared to 2008.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has issued a warning to resorts about summer pool parties. The board says casinos need to be wary of illegal activity like underage drinking, drug use and prostitution and more.
The Nevada State AFL-CIO wants to raise taxes for education by bringing a vote to the people. The labor group needs to collect 73,000 signatures to put the initiative on the ballot but they will have to do it without the help of the teachers union.
The Clark County Commission wants to put tighter restrictions on panhandlers, unlicensed vendors and sidewalk entertainers on the Strip. The County's Strip Corridor Working Group spent six months examining the experience on the Strip came up with a list of suggestions for cleaning up the Strip. Among their recommendations are more frequent trash can emptying, more police and surveillance and time and place restrictions for activities on public sidewalks. We talk with a County Commissioner and legal experts about how these changes might be implemented.
Visitors to Las Vegas have changed their habits a little bit over the past few years. Tourists are spending less on gambling and more on things like entertainment and restaurants. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Visitor Profile Study gamblers budgeted $447.63 for gaming in 2011, down from $466.20 the previous year. Meantime tourists spent $274.69 on restaurants and beverages in 2011 compared to $256.82 in 2010, a seven percent increase. We discuss how the Las Vegas visitor is changing and what casinos are doing to adjust.
In June residents of Laughlin will vote on whether they want to become their own city. Laughlin is currently unincorporated but residents and some leaders in the town have lobbied to become incorporated so they can control future economic development. The Nevada Legislative Commission recently voted to allow Laughlin residents the vote on incorporation. The Clark County Commission previously rejected an incorporation vote in Laughlin after a study showed the city would not be financially viable. A state law passed in the 2011 legislature required Clark County or the Legislative Commission to evaluate whether or not Laughlin could support itself financially. We talk with the Laughlin Constable about why becoming a city is a good idea.
Bettors in Las Vegas can wager on horse racing from tracks all around the country. A New York Times investigation revealed the world horses and jockeys live in is rife with drug abuse in horse and maimed jockeys who risk their lives racing unfit animals. The Times reported that many of those issues have been intensified by the addition of casino gaming at combination casinos and racetracks called "racinos." Nevada-based Harrah's and Penn National Gaming which operates the M Casino in Las Vegas both operate racinos in other states. We talk with NY Times Reporter, Joe Drape about the investigation.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington recently published a study of how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to benefit themselves and their families. Rep. Berkley and Rep. Joe Heck are both named in that report. We're joined by CREW Executive Director, Melanie Sloan about how many members of Congress use their positions to benefit themselves and their families.
Windmills erected in various locations across the City of Reno haven't produced the amount of energy the city and manufacturers first promised. One windmill that sits on Reno City Hall promised to generate about 750 kilowatt-hours over the year but it only put out 129 kilowatt-hours.
A Nevada man who marketed home loan modifications to Spanish speakers throughout the Southwest is facing criminal charges. His arrest is the latest effort by the Nevada Attorney General to crack down on mortgage fraud.
The National Security Agency is building a massive data center near Salt Lake City that will collect emails, Google searches and other personal communications exchanges between American citizens. Wired Magazine Reporter, James Bamford uncovered what will go on the Utah Data Center, which will be operational in 2013.
Between 2002 and 2009 Nevada's graduation rate fell from 71 percent to 56 percent. That 15 percentage point drop is the worst among all states according to a new report from the national group, America's Promise Alliance.
Northeastern University Communications Professor, Alan Zaremba spent opening weekend of the NCAA tournament in 2007 in Las Vegas sports books to get a picture of what drove thousands from around the country to flock to the strip. He found passionate fans and people looking to score big.
One of the best selling and most loved genres in the literary world is Romance. Whether it's the traditional knight in shining armor falling in love with a fair maiden, or a mix with science fiction or horror, Romance novels span a great number of settings.
An analysis of Clark County School District's School Performance Framework, a ranking system that assigns a star ranking for school performance, revealed that most top rated schools in the district are located in affluent areas. The analysis was done by the Las Vegas Sun and revealed that homes in the most affluent neighborhoods in the valley where the median home price exceeds $132,250 are eight times more likely to have a four- or five-star school than schools in poorer neighborhoods. We talk with LV Sun Reporter, Paul Takahashi about the analysis and what the district plans to do to change address the issue.
Lyon County Schools Superintendent, Caroline McIntosh is one of the three finalists to become Nevada's next Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is the only one of three candidates that has taught in a K-12 classroom and her experience is mostly in Nevada northern Nevada's rural schools.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno say there is a growing problem of unlicensed healthcare in Nevada’s Latino community. Unlicensed individuals claiming to be doctors pose as qualified physicians, dentists, or plastic surgeons and practice medicine illegally.
Nevada Representative Joe Heck has introduced a new bill in congress that would give homeowners who have gone through foreclosure a second chance at buying a house. Heck's Second Chance at Homeownership Act would provide insured loans to individuals who have previously been foreclosed. Rep Joe Heck joins us to talk about his plan to give some Nevadans a second chance at home ownership.