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Investigators completing probe into VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas

The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs is finalizing an investigation into how the VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas handled treatment of Sandi Niccum, a 78-year old blind veteran who waited six hours in pain for emergency care in October, Congress was told Wednesday.

Washoe County OKs medical pot zoning regulations

Washoe County commissioners have approved rules governing where medical marijuana facilities will be allowed within unincorporated areas of the county, which is the second most populous in Nevada.

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.

Government in full force to corral cattle, First Amendment

I pulled the Subaru past the orange temporary fencing next to a trash-strewn Interstate 15 overpass Saturday morning and into a government-issued “First Amendment Area.”

Wild horse design on Nevada’s state quarter proves popular

In Nevada, you either love wild horses or hate them. Clearly more residents love them because in a public vote a scene of wild horses running across the desert was selected for the front of Nevada’s state quarter.

Rancher’s son describes arrest in protest of federal cattle roundup

A son of embattled Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy spoke to the media Monday about his arrest the day before in the ongoing federal roundup of his father’s so-called “trespass cattle” northeast of Las Vegas.

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.

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