Poll: Nevadans favor Sandoval tax increase plan

A majority of likely Nevada voters back Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to raise taxes to bring in more money for education, with 56 percent backing his proposed higher business license fee and 41 percent opposing the idea, according to a new poll released Monday.

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Rugby star Hayne signs futures deal with 49ers

Australian rugby league international Jarryd Hayne is one step closer to his realizing his dream of carving out an NFL career after securing a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers.


You’ll walk forever to ‘Rock in Rio’

If you haven’t heard, a gargantuan music fest called “Rock in Rio” is coming to Vegas on May 8-9 and May 15-16, starring Taylor Swift, John Legend, Deftones, Metallica, Mana, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Linkin Park, No Doubt, the Pretty Reckless, Sepultura, Bruno Mars, and Joss Stone.

Taxi cabbies make money off strip clubs, brothels

Did you know cabbies get kickbacks from strip clubs and brothels to drive tourists to their front doors? Vegas drivers also deal with scary, gun-toting customers on occasion, and they get randomly drug-tested.


Influential real estate broker Keith Bassett dies at 75

If you’ve ever bought pet food, office supplies or TVs in Las Vegas, Keith Bassett has probably touched your life. As a commercial real estate broker, Bassett negotiated deals in the 1980s and ’90s to bring to Southern Nevada some of the nation’s biggest retailers — PetSmart, Office Depot, Best Buy, Old Navy, Sports Authority and Target, among others. Bassett died Saturday at his Las Vegas home at 75.

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Former superintendent charged in cheating scandal dies

Former Atlanta school Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, WSB-TV reported on Monday.



You can still eat at Simon until May 22

A lot of people seemed quite upset to read in my Saturday column that Simon at Palms Place is shutting down, while chef Kerry Simon battles a physically debilitating disease.

LinkedIn users will get $1 each in password-leak settlement

To settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged LinkedIn failed to protect the passwords and private information of its premium subscriber customers, the company has agreed to pay $1.25 — or about $1 each — million to approximately 800,000 people who were premium users.


Next phase of sewer project brings new challenges for Rampart drivers

Sewer work along Rampart Boulevard north of Summerlin Parkway is winding down, but motorists who think they can breathe a sigh of relief are mistaken. The city of Las Vegas Public Works Department is closing one phase of the Rampart Sewer Installation Project and immediately starting another.