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Assembly Republicans to choose new speaker next week

It will be another week before Assembly Republicans choose a new speaker designate following the announcement Sunday by Sparks lawmaker Ira Hansen that he was stepping down from the post because of controversial statements he made while a columnist for the Sparks Daily Tribune.

Keystone XL pipeline shelved in Senate vote

Senators last week shelved a bill that would have given a go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline following a long and contentious debate pitting environmentalists against the oil industry, and that carried implications for a U.S. Senate race in Louisiana.

Incumbents see little ‘red wave’ impact on Las Vegas council races

Local Democratic and Republican officials figure that the red wave that just swept congressional and Nevada legislative and constitutional races probably will reach next year’s municipal elections for city councils, though most Democrats who plan to seek re-election say they don’t expect much impact on their races.

Nevada GOP priorities: Education, collective bargaining

Protecting prayer in the public schools. Urging Congress to transfer federal lands to the control of the state. Allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. These are a few of the priorities for the new Republican majority of the Nevada Legislature.

UMC would treat president if needed

In addition to local airport, police and fire personnel on high alert for Friday’s presidential arrival in Las Vegas, staff at University Medical Center will be keenly aware of the visit because the hospital is designated as the facility for treating Barack Obama if he requires medical care during his stay in Southern Nevada.