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Melrose Family Fashion, a Texas-based company targeting Hispanic consumers, opened its first store in the Las Vegas Valley on Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The company plans to keep expanding into Nevada, and its second Southern Nevada store will open before the end of November.
Texas-based family clothing store enters Las Vegas market
Nov. 7, 2013
Melrose Family Fashions, which made its entry into the Southern Nevada market in late October, is not just sticking its toe in the water. The Texas-based clothing store is doing a cannonball into the Las Vegas Valley with more stores on the way. Geared toward the Hispanic market, Melrose opened its first store in the area Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The North Las Vegas launch included a ribbon-cutting and a raffle for a shopping spree.
This Oct. 2, 2012, file photo shows U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the border fence near Naco, Ariz.
Immigration in brief: Obama meets with businesses; Border Patrol rejects changes
Nov. 5, 2013
President Barack Obama met today with business leaders, including representatives from McDonald's, Lockheed Martin and Marriott, to discuss immigration reform.
Immigration supporters target GOP House members seen as amenable to reform
Oct. 22, 2013
With the federal shutdown over, immigration-reform advocates are getting a message out to Congress, especially its Republican members: Now is the time to pass immigration legislation and prove Capitol Hill still can function. Armed with polls targeting specific congressional districts of GOP House members who are seen as flexible on the issue, a coalition of immigration-reform supporters is telling the lawmakers that leading the way on legislation will help, not harm, them politically.
Kyssilla Nestor, born in Colombia, is sworn in as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the city of Las Vegas welcome her and 98 other new U.S. citizens during an annual pre-Independence Day ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Would you pass the U.S. citizenship test?
Sept. 26, 2013
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 92 percent of naturalization candidates pass the English and civics tests. Applicants get two chances at both tests. If they fail twice, they have to reapply for naturalization and pay the $680 fee again. Think you would pass the civics test?
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, speaks at a graduation ceremony for graduates of the Rio Branco Institute, at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazilian president cancels U.S. visit over NSA surveillance
Sept. 17, 2013
On Tuesday Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a U.S. visit high on pomp and circumstance as she waits for the United States to mount a proper investigation into the extent of NSA surveillance.
A volunteer gives a voter a sticker upon turning in their voter card at Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson
National Hispanic group rethinks voter turnout strategy
July 31, 2013
The National Council of La Raza, which was active in voter turnout campaigns in Las Vegas in 2012, is rethinking its strategy and the best use of its resources.
UNLV researchers Shawn Gerstenberger and Jennifer Berger with some of the hot sauces they tested for lead Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
UNLV research puts heat on FDA to more tightly regulate hot sauce imports
July 18, 2013
In a first-of-its-kind study, UNLV researchers examining imported hot sauces are recommending greater regulation and further testing after they found lead concentrations in some brands exceeded U.S. standards established for other food items.
Barbara Teixeira, right, asks a question to U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. during a Town Hall at Windmill Library in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
As immigration debate heads to House, lawmakers targeted with polls, ads
July 9, 2013
From the recent all-out blitz of advocacy advertisements targeting GOP congressman on immigration reform, it would be easy to mistake 2013 for a major election year. Although, according to some recent polling, it may behoove some members of the House of Representatives to act like they are facing re-election a year early.
A sea of marchers head southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard during a May Day rally and march for comprehensive immigration reform in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The event started at the George Federal Building downtown, then marchers traveled south to a rally at St. Louis Square near the Stratosphere.
Poll: Majority of Nevadans supports immigration reform, wants Congress to act
June 13, 2013
A new poll released Thursday shows a majority of Nevadans supports the basics of the immigration reform proposal currently under debate in U.S. Senate, and an overwhelming majority feels politicians must address the issue this year.

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Victoria Ruiz (with certificate) shared her story of life in Las Vegas without legal residency during a ceremony Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in which she received a scholarship to cover the cost of applying for the deferred action for childhood arrival program. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada had a fundraiser to gather the money to pay for the applications for three immigrants. The other winners were Julius Chavez, second from left, and Fernando Escoto, middle. Desarae Pendavis, far right, participated in the "Drags for Dreams" fundraiser and helped present the awards.
Politicians dig in as immigration debate heats up
June 12, 2013
Debate over immigration reform is in full swing, and the political jabs are flying back and forth.

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A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. From left are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Battle for votes begins as Senate prepares to debate immigration bill
May 30, 2013
Sen. Harry Reid believes the immigration reform bill will get 60 votes, but the Senate's 'Gang of Eight' hopes for message-sending 70-vote supermajority.

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Indio beer, brewed by Heineken-owned Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, first came to a select group of U.S. markets in 2012, and now will be sold in stores in Las Vegas. The beer dates back to 1893, and the old label (left) has gotten a modern update.
Beers once exclusive to Mexico are crossing the border
May 13, 2013
Indio, first brewed in Mexico in 1893, rolled out in the United States in 2012 in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Now, the beer will be available in Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is joined by Congressman Steven Horsford, left, and Congresswoman Dina Titus as he speaks during a May Day rally for comprehensive immigration reform in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The event started at the George Federal Building downtown, then marchers traveled south on Las Vegas Boulevard, finishing with a rally at St. Louis Square near the Stratosphere.
This week in the life of 2013 immigration reform
May 11, 2013
The Heritage Foundation this week released a report on the projected costs of immigration reform to U.S. taxpayers that, while met with strong rebuttal, managed to dominate much of the discussion on immigration this week.

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A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. From left are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The deal covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
Opponents, supporters of 'Gang of Eight' proposal weigh in
April 18, 2013
A collection of what people from all sides, both locally and nationally, are saying about the U.S. Senate 'Gang of Eight' proposal on immigration reform.

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A woman waves a flag next to a painting of a crying Statue of Liberty at a rally for immigration reform Saturday, April 10, 2010 outside the Lloyd George Federal Building.
Reid featured in immigration video; Cortez Masto backs reform; more
April 11, 2013
In a busy week for immigration news Sen. Harry Reid stars in video produced by Senta Democrats, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto signs a letter supporting immigration reform and May Day march plans in Las Vegas get underway.

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