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Ivanpah solar plant changes Nevada’s landscape

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which covers approximately five square miles of federal land with 350,000 mirrors near the state line, opened Feb. 13 and is the largest solar power plant of its type on the planet.

Nevada Health Link shows 41,823 people have chosen health plan

Final numbers from the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange show a flurry of private plan selections in the last days of open enrollment. The exchange’s Nevada Health Link reported that 41,823 Nevadans had chosen a qualified health plan as of Tuesday.

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Cattle rancher taking fight over land use to limit

Within the last few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management announced plans to impound at least 500 of what it calls “trespass cattle” that a rancher has left to roam on a 90-mile swath of federal land for the past 20 years. Federal authorities will restrict access to almost 600,000 acres of public land in northeast Clark County to ensure the safety of the operation.

New report details racial gap among Nevada children

(AP) — A new report shows white and Asian children in Nevada are far better positioned for success than the state’s black and Latino children, although all groups fare worse than the national average.

Horsford named to House financial services panel

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., was named Tuesday to the House committee that handles housing, banking and insurance legislation. Horsford said he applied for the post that forms bills relating to Nevada’s economic recovery — housing and foreclosures, business lending and insurance reform.

Rah, Humboldt!: Nevada’s oldest county is brimming over with culture and history

Nevada’s Humboldt County should not be confused with the marijuana-loving Humboldt County in Northern California. The county is in the northwestern part of the state, bordered by Idaho and nestled between Elko and Washoe counties and sitting directly atop Pershing County.

Henderson considers grant to study feasibility of new crime lab

The Henderson City Council on Tuesday will consider approval of a $70,000 community-funded grant to evaluate the needs, programming, feasibility and cost of constructing and equipping a new crime lab for the police department.

Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban still could end up in high court

A court challenge to Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage is no longer at the top of the queue in efforts nationally to legalize gay unions after a hearing date initially set by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for April 9 was postponed but the Nevada case is still in the mix as more courts around the country continue to weigh in on the controversial issue, a lawyer for Lambda Legal said last week.

Clark County GOP steps away from strict marriage definition

The Clark County Republican Party removed language from its platform saying marriage should be defined as “between a man and a woman,” a major change acknowledging a growing gay rights movement, the party’s political director said Monday.

Washington Digest: Congress backs Ukraine aid, Russian sanctions

Congress last week neared completion of legislation that would assist Ukraine’s new government and impose sanctions to express U.S. outrage over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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