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Nevadan confirmed to head BLM

WASHINGTON – Neil Kornze, a Nevadan raised in Elko, was confirmed on Tuesday to become director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Two top GOP congressional candidates favor Yucca Mountain if done safely

The top two Republican candidates vying in the 2014 election for the right to replace U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford said last week they’re both in favor of storing the nation’s high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain as long as it can be done safely.

Deportation practices under review as concerns raised about broken homes

Deportation often creates broken homes when parents are separated from their U.S.-born children or spouses. Last month, President Barack Obama called for top immigration officials to review all U.S. deportation practices after meeting with Latino congressmen concerned about detention issues, including the hardship that creates for families. One of the federal programs that is part the deportation issue is the Secure Communities program run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Since the program began in Nevada in 2010, about 3,470 people have been deported.

Washington Digest: House votes to roll back Obamacare provision

The House voted last week to change the definition of “full time work” in the Affordable Care Act, the latest bid by Republicans to alter the landmark health care law.

Tweak sought to Nevada’s commercial property tax cap formula

A little known aspect of Nevada’s commercial property tax cap has brought lower revenues for local governments, but the Assembly speaker and others are looking at possible remedies.

Clark County women fast in support of immigration reform

A group of women in Southern Nevada on Friday morning recounted how their lives have been affected by the country’s immigration system. Those same women were fasting to support immigration reform. “We have a broken immigration system,” said naturalized U.S. citizen Ivon Meneses, 39, who has six children with an ex-husband who was deported six years ago. “I don’t want any more kids to suffer like mine, who lost a father.”

Child welfare officials look to strengthen screening frequent visitors at foster homes

Some of the most significant injuries to foster children are inflicted by those child welfare agencies lack the authority to screen, according to Nevada child welfare officials. Under its own policies, the Clark County Department of Family Services conducts background checks on people who are not residents of a foster home, but are regularly or routinely found there, said Director Lisa Ruiz-Lee. However, state law doesn’t specifically provide the authority for Nevada child welfare agencies to conduct background checks on such individuals.

Nevada treasurer candidate criticizes education investment fund

Dan Schwartz, the GOP candidate for state treasurer, is criticizing a $50 million private equity fund that Treasurer Kate Marshall set up as a legislatively approved, long-term investment for education that her office argues might bring Nevada hefty profits one day.

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