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Washoe County fills vacated Nevada Assembly seat

Amber Joiner, who formerly worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services as a deputy director, was named Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the state Assembly. The Democrat will represent District 24 in Reno.

Documents: Feds declined to prosecute former Sen. Ensign out of deference, fear of high-profile loss

Newly released records suggest federal prosecutors had enough evidence to charge U.S. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada with lobbying or campaign finance violations, but backed off because of fear of losing in court and “undue deference to public officials,” according to a watchdog group that sued for access to the documents.

Nevada lawmaker backs bill to allow bars to permit dogs

A Nevada lawmaker is proposing legislation to allow stand-alone bars to permit dogs to enter at the discretion of an establishment’s owner. Sen. James Settelmeyer says the bill being drafted for the 2015 Legislature was suggested by a constituent in Virginia City.

Hambrick says Fiore may take legal action

Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, said ousted Taxation Chairwoman Michele Fiore may be preparing legal action against him after he took her out of her leadership positions last week.

Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens

Assembly Taxation Chairwoman Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in a GOP power struggle, said Tuesday that she is “100 percent” in compliance with the IRS over almost $200,000 in tax liens, which is far less than an estimated $1 million in liens listed by the federal agency. But the Las Vegas assemblywoman declined to provide proof of her claims, citing an ongoing investigation of her former bookkeeper, whom she did not name.

Senate approves new national monument at edge of Las Vegas

An ice age boneyard at the northern edge of the Las Vegas Valley is now one signature away from becoming Nevada’s newest federally recognized natural landmark.

Newsfeed issue series to launch with legislative preview

The big names set to decide Nevada’s biggest issues will sit down next month for a legislative panel discussion co-hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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