Average cost of a Nevada smoker? $1.3 million

The average Nevada smoker spends more than $1.3 million in their lifetime, including the cumulative economic toll of a pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub.

Losers in pot battles head right to courts

From the news coming out of Washoe County, you’d almost think there’s a glaucoma epidemic erupting at Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village. Not one, but three licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries have been issued to companies with plans to open pot shops at Incline and nearby Crystal Bay.

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7 mistakes to avoid when shopping for a new home

The dream of homeownership can quickly turn into a nightmare, leaving you with enough financial regrets to last a lifetime. Don’t let the home-buying process make a financial fool out of you. Here are seven of the biggest home shopping and mortgage mistakes to avoid.

Keeping financial secrets from your spouse? You’re not alone

One in five Americans has hidden a purchase of $500 or more from their significant other, according to a new study from CreditCards.com. And an estimated 7.2 million Americans have a bank account or credit card that their spouse doesn’t know about.

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EDITORIAL: Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be defenseless on college campuses

Since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, in which 32 students and faculty members were killed and an additional 17 were wounded, gun-rights activists have pushed to allow concealed carry on college campuses. Unfortunately, that push has been widely lambasted by the media and ignored by lawmakers and higher education officials — while shootings in gun-free zones continue at schools large and small.

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Green Living columnist to focus on business

As George Harrison sang in 1970, “All things must pass …” and so it is with my involvement as the author of this column. After nine years and 234 consecutively published columns in this space, I am hanging up my Green Living keyboard.

Multifunctional ottoman adds style and function

My home has long been a part of the Ottoman Empire. I was conquered years ago when I starting dreaming of all the ways I could use these small but mighty pieces of furniture in my home to add style and function. Here are the top three ways you can use an ottoman to enhance your interior spaces.

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