Not many people get to do academic research that has such a direct impact on their families. But Jenny Pharr got started looking at the problems disabled people face in securing medical care because her father is a paraplegic.
State Senator John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, argues that students in Southern Nevada are subsidizing students in the North. UNLV generates 40% of tuition revenue for the system while UNR generates only 27% but both get equal state funding.
A field of nine is running to replace Steve Wolfson on the Las Vegas City Council. One of them is former State Sen. Bob Beers. His signs are up already around town and he's promising that he will continue to be a fiscal hawk at City Hall as he was in Carson City.
The Center for Business and Economic Research at UNLV has delivered its Midyear Economic Outlook and the news is good - but certainly not great. The national economic has been recovering for a long time but it has been doing so very, very slowly. That has eventually begun to trickle down to the Southern Nevada economy. That slow but steady trend should continue. We talk with CBER Director Stephen Brown about the numbers and why he thinks will get better.
Brigham Young was the man who led the Latter-day Saints to the Great Basin and established the Church's headquarters in Salt Lake City. His latest biographer, John Turner, calls that his signal achievement, which makes him the greatest colonizer of the Western United States.
We've seen tens of thousands of ads and possibly heard millions of words about the 2012 election. But many policies remain undiscussed. Neither candidate, for example, has talked about climate change policy. We have to just assume that their picks for the Supreme Court would be just like the people up there now. And most fact-checking agencies have found big holes in plans for deficit reduction. What do you think has been missing from this campaign? What were the issues you wanted to hear more about from the candidates?
Jennifer Egan's latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad brings together characters who are connected through the rock music industry or their friends. We see them through generations and get a sense of how time shapes life in a series of episodes.
What does it take to infiltrate a mob family? Former FBI agent Jack Garcia is coming to the Mob Museum to share tales of intrigue from more than 100 undercover assignments. They include a three-year tour getting inside New York's Gambino family.
University Medical Center has been struggling with its role as the "safety net" hospital for some years. The hospital is saddled with indigent care and emergency care that other hospitals will not do and has problems making money because of the administrative tangle of being a county operation. So what should happen with the hospital? Sell it? Subsidize it? Or even close it?
Las Vegas Sands has announced a deal to spend $20 billion building a casino complex including six casinos, twelve hotels and three golf courses near Madrid. The project has aroused an unusual coalition of opponents - left-wing activists and Catholic bishops - who say the complex will bring problem gambling and bankruptcies. So can Las Vegas Sands repeat its success in building mega-resorts in Macau and Singapore? Or could this be more like Eurodisney?
The Democratic National Convention is finishing and the consensus is that the Democrats did a better job than Republicans did in laying out their case for re-election. Of course, that was boosted by President Bill Clinton's weaving together of folk wisdom and policy wonkery.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has recently signed off on South Point Casino's plan to open its own poker Web site. Nevadans can now play poker online but the big money will be when the casinos can take their sites national and international.
The National Rifle Association often talks about the need for gun safety and proper training to handle fire arms. Still, the most noticeable development in the merchandising of guns in recent years has been the use of assault weapons and other high-powered weapons for fun.
David Schmoeller has written, produced and directed films for more than thirty years. His first feature, "Tourist Trap," has been selected as one of the 130 landmark horror films of all time in Jonathon Rigby's 2012 book, Studies in Terror, Landmarks of Horror Cinema.
The Republican National Convention concluded with Mitt Romney's acceptance speech. Did it raise the campaign to the level Republicans want? And what happened with the Nevada delegation? Some party leaders say it was an embarrassment but the Ron Paul delegates seem unashamed. And are the Republicans ready to do battle?
Two University of Colorado political scientists have developed a model, which they say, predicts that Mitt Romney will win over three hundred electoral college votes and the presidency. Their model would have predicted the winner of every election since 1980.
This was the week that Republicans officially rolled out their presidential ticket. Did the hoopla give Romney-Ryan a boost? Does the GOP offer anything new for Nevada? And this week brought more steroid scandals.
The Reno Air Race Association has come up with a settlement fund to compensate victims of the horrific accident that marred last year's air races. It will distribute $77 million to those who were injured and the heirs of those who died.
New scientific reports suggest that global population growth and continuing shortages of water will make us all vegetarians. That's inevitable, say the water experts, because only grain will provide enough food.