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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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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.

GOP congressional candidates tussle over health care, land issues

Congressional candidate Niger Innis was the aggressor Thursday night against Assemblyman Cresent Hardy in their first GOP debate in Mesquite, a conservative rural community. Innis criticized Hardy for voting for state legislation that implemented President Barack Obama’s health care insurance program, including setting up the Silver State Health Exchange and expanding Medicaid.

Court says phone’s GPS data OK to use if warrant obtained

Retrieving Global Positioning System coordinates from a person’s cell phone so an arrest can be made is not an illegal search if a valid arrest warrant is obtained first, the Nevada Supreme Court said in an opinion issued Thursday.

Nevada federal judge nominee advances over surprise opposition

Nevada federal judge nominee Richard Boulware advanced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday despite surprise opposition from Republicans who questioned his experience and his ability to become impartial.

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