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‘Free speech zones’ at BLM cattle roundup put controversial areas in spotlight

Some First Amendment supporters say “free speech zones” like those created but now dismantled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management near a controversial Southern Nevada cattle roundup are intended to stifle rather than encourage debate. Regardless of the purpose, advocates say such zones are an inappropriate infringement of free speech.

Nevada MIA families still seeking loved ones’ remains

More than 130 family members of missing military personnel from four states met in Las Vegas on Saturday to remember their loved ones and meet with Department of Defense staff to discuss finding and recovering remains from battlefields going back to World War II.

Nevada GOP drops platforms against abortions, gay marriage, endorses Sandoval

Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting.

Washington Digest: House Republicans approve budget blueprint

House Republicans last week approved a blueprint for balancing the federal budget in 10 years, mostly by cutting taxes, revamping social programs and making deep cuts in domestic spending.

Colorful state bird often falls victim by the hundreds to mining pipes

The mountain bluebird is so common in the West that it serves as the official state bird for both Nevada and Idaho. But there’s nothing common about its flashy blue plumage or about one uniquely Nevada way the birds die each year by the hundreds.

$2.2 million OK’d for unanticipated Nevada prison medical claims

State lawmakers have given final approval to a nearly $2.2 million request from the Department of Corrections to cover unanticipated inmate medical claims for the current fiscal year.

‘Good progress’ in cattle roundup to decelerate

The federal roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle in northeastern Clark County was expected to take up to a month. In the first seven days, contract cowboys collected almost 400 animals. But while federal officials believe they have made “good progress” so far, they also agree with the embattled rancher and his family about one thing: Bringing in the rest of the cattle won’t be easy quite so easy.

Sands COO: Feds want Internet gaming to get the taxes

The president and chief operating officer of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Friday he believes U.S. officials want Internet gaming to be legal so the Internal Revenue Service can collect taxes to fund a federal government whose spending is out of control.

Collins manages to insult Utahns with comments on Bundy roundup

The Clark County Commission is taking a look at the decorum of Commissioner Tom Collins, who fears the dispute at Cliven Bundy’s ranch that has drawn protesters from other states might turn violent and isn’t afraid to be frank about his warning.

Nevada GOP conventioneers upset that Sandoval won’t be there

Republicans who plan to attend this weekend’s Nevada GOP state convention are upset that Gov. Brian Sandoval is skipping the event and snubbing the party’s effort to offer pre-primary candidate endorsements.

Utah brothers detained by feds for crossing ‘trespass cattle’ area

Two brothers from St. George, Utah, were detained and cited by federal authorities Thursday afternoon as they crossed into an area closed for the ongoing roundup of “trespass cattle” on public land in northeastern Clark County.

DOE making ‘steady progress’ on stalled uranium burial in Nevada

The Department of Energy is making “steady progress” on a stalled plan to transport potent uranium waste from Tennessee for burial in Nevada, and hopes to begin shipments later this year, a DOE official reported to Congress this week.

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