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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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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.

UNR setting up drone research in downtown Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno said it will set up its drone research headquarters just south of the main casino district in a newly leased office building that is part of the school’s new push to better connect the campus with the city.

Nevada controller candidate Schaefer kicked off ballot

A judge has ruled that John Michael Schaefer, a disbarred Las Vegas lawyer who ran for Los Angeles City Council a little over a year ago, doesn’t meet a two-year state residency requirement and can’t seek the Democratic primary nod for Nevada state controller.

Nevada health-care sign-up numbers disappoint, but optimism persists

Nevada’s health-insurance exchange didn’t meet anyone’s expectations — not even those of exchange officials themselves — but the insurance industry sounded hopeful that the marketplace’s issues could be patched before fall’s enrollment period.

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