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Rebel venture: Donation creates student-run investment fund

Business students need a lot more than lecture-based course work to land good jobs after graduation. They need practical, hands-on experience dealing with the risks and rewards of funding, building and growing a company.

Economy, jobs wilt under Obama’s policies

President Barack Obama is traveling the country to give speeches on the economy and jobs, and he has stated some verifiable truths. The problem, though, is his belief as to what has caused those truths.

Merit pay

“Step” pay increases will be replaced by a merit pay system beginning in 2014 at Nevada’s community colleges. Additionally, as reported Sunday by the Review-Journal’s Yesenia Amaro, the higher education system’s four-year institutions will restart their merit-pay programs, which have been frozen since 2009 because of a lack of funding.

Individuals can’t afford ObamaCare

The costs of ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate should worry every Nevadan, not just those currently without coverage.

Ripple effect of pension padding

The city of Vernon, Calif., has a big problem, brought on by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. And depending on how a lawsuit against that city goes, the tiny ripple on the map that represents Vernon could become a nationwide public pension tidal wave.

Editorial: State needs to pick up pace in mental health care

It’s going to take a long time for Nevada to rebuild a remotely passable mental health care system. Including federal funding, the state spends about $85 million less on mental health care than it did before the recession.

Buying the farm

Agriculture policy doesn’t get much notice when it comes to the economy, but consumers and taxpayers certainly feel the pinch of all the bad decisions coming out of Washington.

Summerlin mall good sign for all

The Las Vegas Valley has taken more than its fair share of hits since the economic downturn started hammering the region in 2008. The housing market plummeted, unemployment jumped as high as 14.6 percent in mid-2010, and commercial construction came to a screeching halt.

Tarmac delays

Rules regarding airline tarmac delays were significantly strengthened in 2010, with the Department of Transportation establishing a hard time limit after which U.S. airlines must allow passengers to deplane flights. Still, the hard deadline is three hours, which didn’t help passengers on a July 17 Allegiant Airlines flight heading to Oakland, Calif., from Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. More than 150 passengers had to sweat it out for 2½ hours after a maintenance issue left the aircraft with inadequate air conditioning. Passengers had to remain in their seats, even though the plane was still at the departure gate baking in triple-digit temperatures.

CIA leak case highlights need for shield law

When it was discovered earlier this year that the Department of Justice was massively intruding on news gathering, there was a loud hue and cry for a federal shield law, and rightly so. The department had secretly obtained the office phone records of Associated Press journalists — records that potentially revealed communications with confidential sources — and had ridden roughshod over Fox News reporter James Rosen’s rights, monitoring his personal email, phone records and movements.

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