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Education funding hike proposed for 2 student groups

A panel of state officials and educators on Wednesday recommended a significant change to how Nevada allocates public education dollars to account for the challenges of educating students in poverty and those who are not fluent in English.

Henderson has land to sell, but is getting no offers

Henderson has large land it would like to sell, yet the city is struggling to find buyers. The latest failure came Tuesday when it received no bids for three parcels in a planned industrial district near Interstate 15.

Election guides

The Las Vegas Review-Journal and its online site, reviewjournal.com, are producing two primary election guides for Southern Nevada voters.

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Hutchison raises nearly $1.3 million in Nevada lieutenant governor race

Nevada Republican Mark Hutchison raised more than $403,000 this year, but spent a whopping $920,000 in a hotly contested GOP lieutenant governor primary against Sue Lowden, according to his campaign finance report filed Tuesday.

Council proposes 16 ways to improve Nevada’s mental health services

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council on Tuesday approved recommendations to improve the state’s mental health system, but whether any will be enacted remains a question given revenue challenges and competing priorities.

Rain welcome at Reno wildfire; 65 percent contained

Rain and snow falling Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada was a relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But the wet weather also brought challenges in the steep, slippery canyons northeast of Lake Tahoe that are prone to landslides.

2 convicted of bear trap tampering at Lake Tahoe

RENO — A mother and her adult daughter have been convicted of tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in an effort to thwart wildlife officials’ efforts to capture the animals.

 
Panel: Nevada margins tax proposal leaves many unanswered questions

If Nevada voters approve a proposed 2 percent margins tax on business in November, there will be a lot of uncertainty about which companies will be taxed and whether the $750,000 annual revenue raised will really be used to increase education funding, experts said Monday.

Nevada faces $70 million budget shortfall as gold prices decline

Decling gold prices and lower production will lower Nevada’s state general fund this year by $70 million, but Gov. Brian Sandoval does not expect the hit to affect the state’s day-to-day stability.

 
Reno wildfire 5 percent contained; homes safe

The fire that broke out Saturday night above the foothills in southwest Reno had burned more than a square mile of timber, grass and mountain brush by Monday morning.

Mesquite City Council picks fellow councilman to fill mayor’s spot

Mesquite, Las Vegas’ neighbor 80 miles to the northeast, has a new mayor. The City Council picked one of its own, Councilman Allan Litman, to finish the remaining two-and-a-half years of ex-Mayor Mark Wier’s term.

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