No reason to oppose ban on anti-gay therapy

What’s the holdup with Senate Bill 353, anyway? That bill, sponsored by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would ban what’s called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy for people younger than 18, basically a psychological assault intended to turn a gay person into a straight one.

Buyers snag 358 acres of land in BLM auction

There weren’t a lot of takers Tuesday for federally owned lands on the auction block. Thirteen of 29 parcels the Bureau of Land Management put up for sale found buyers. The land purchases totaled 357.6 acres of the 597.6 acres available, while the bureau raised $19.2 million of the $29.7 million it set as the parcels’ total minimum price.

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Real Madrid tops Forbes list as most valuable soccer team

European champions Real Madrid are the world’s most valuable soccer club for a third straight year, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average value of the top 20 teams rose 11 percent over last year.



Earnings at Meadows Bank rise 28 percent

Las Vegas-based Meadows Bank on Wednesday announced it posted net income after tax of about $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 — 28 percent higher than its earnings during the same period in 2014.

20 ways to pay less at Costco

Saving money at Costco goes well beyond scoring free food samples. There are plenty of little-known Costco shopping hacks that can save you big bucks at the register.

Nation and World

Heller calls for audit of VA claims-handling

WASHINGTON – Sen. Dean Heller and other senators who monitor the Department of Veterans Affairs called Wednesday for a series of reviews as the VA claims improvement in handling benefit applications but also is being buffeted by new allegations of mismanagement.


EDITORIAL: Pacquiao’s injury deceit deserves punishment

Manny Pacquiao managed to give both boxing and the state of Nevada a black eye, not because of any punch he threw against Floyd Mayweather Jr. during Saturday night’s megafight at the MGM Grand Garden, but because he couldn’t punch hard enough to make the bout competitive.

EDITORIAL: Keep primaries in place

If Nevada abandons its presidential caucuses in favor of a primary, it should do so because it serves the interests of voters, not the interests of a dysfunctional state Republican Party.