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September 17, 2014

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  • From left, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Steven Horsford, D-Nev., and Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon unveil a sign marking the corridor for the future Interstate 11 between Phoenix and Las Vegas, Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Hoover Dam in Arizona. It was a symbolic effort meant to keep up momentum on the project, which is coming of age in an era of scarce highway funding.
    Congress returns today with goal of funding U.S. government, winning re-election
    Sept. 8, 2014
    Congress returns today after a five-week summer break, but lawmakers’ focus will be on politics over policy as they look ahead to the Nov. 4 midterm elections. Here’s what to expect ...
  • Senate minority frustrated by Reid’s leadership style
    Sept. 7, 2014
    Harry Reid says Republicans are uncooperative in the Senate. GOP aides hope their message — that Reid is the one unwilling to work with their party — gains traction leading up to ...
  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about immigration reform, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington.
    Obama to delay immigration action
    Sept. 6, 2014
    The move is certain to infuriate immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election contests. Two White House officials said Obama concluded that ...
  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference after Nevada was chosen as the new site for a $5 billion car battery gigafactory, which will be built east of Reno. Several hundred people attended the media event at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
    What you need to know today about Nevada’s deal with Tesla
    Sept. 5, 2014
    It’s one of the largest tax-breaks-for-your-business deals in history. Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday ...
  • Rep. Dina Titus speaks at the Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
    Q+A: Voters’ guide for the District 1 election and Dina Titus
    Sept. 5, 2014
    District 1 is heavily Democratic. Democrat voters outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. Titus has served in Congress before, representing Henderson and Boulder City before the 2011 ...
  • Mustangs graze at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center 15 miles east of Sparks on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Tesla Motors Inc. plans to build a 6,500-worker "gigafactory" to mass produce cheaper lithium batteries for its next line of more-affordable electric cars near the center.
    While Northern Nevada cashes in on Tesla, will Southern Nevada push for its own medical school?
    Sept. 5, 2014
    Before Nevada's Tesla deal is finalized, Gov. Brian Sandoval will need Southern Nevada lawmakers to sign off on a $1.3 billion tax break that won’t do much to directly benefit Las Vegas. It's unlikely that Southern Nevada lawmakers will ...
  • U.S. Senator Harry Reid delivers his opening remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0: Partnership & Progress on Thursday, September 4th at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
    Six things to remember from Clean Energy Summit 7.0
    Sept. 5, 2014
    Fossil fuels took a beating at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Led by Hillary Clinton and Sen. Harry Reid, calls ...
  • Gov. Brown slammed about Tesla in California debate
    Sept. 4, 2014
    Gov. Jerry Brown's long-shot Republican challenger blasted him for failing to do enough to land a Tesla battery plant Thursday during the only scheduled debate of this year's governor's race, a testy, hour-long exchange that also featured clashes over teacher tenure and the costs of combating climate change.
  • In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk waves during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla Motors has selected Nevada for a massive, $5 billion factory that it will build to pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
    Nevada’s tax deal for Tesla would be one of the largest in U.S. history
    Sept. 4, 2014
    If it's approved, Gov. Brian Sandoval's $1.3 billion Tesla subsidy would be among the largest such offers in United States history. A 2013 analysis by watchdog group Good Jobs First ranked 240 mega-deals ...
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House adviser John Podesta talk energy together during the Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
    Live coverage: Hillary Clinton talks climate change, energy in Las Vegas
    Sept. 4, 2014
    Hillary Clinton didn’t hold back her views on climate change during a speech this afternoon at the seventh Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. “Sea levels are rising and ice caps are melting,” ...
  • Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks during the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 at the Bellagio on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.
    What you need to know this morning about Nevada’s deal with Tesla
    Sept. 4, 2014
    It’s the biggest economic news for Nevada since the 2008 recession. Tesla will build a $5 billion lithium ion battery factory in ...
  • Security guards stop a car Friday Aug. 1, 2014, at the gate to the site Tahoe Reno Industrial Center about 15 miles east of Reno, where Tesla Motors has broken ground as one of the possible places to build a $5 billion "gigafactory'' to make lithium batteries for its electric cars.
    Beyond the political maneuvering, a special legislative session for Tesla means lots of preparation
    Sept. 4, 2014
    The state legislative building is ready for a special session to consider tax breaks for building a Tesla battery plant in Northern Nevada — but the director hopes it’s later, rather than earlier, next week ...
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks during a press conference announcing the Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. Sierra BioFuels project during the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0: Partnership & Progress at Mandalay Bay Resort on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Also pictured is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Myron Gray, president of U.S. operation for UPS and Lydia Ball, executive director of Clean Energy Project.
    At Clean Energy Summit, leaders announce new trash-to-gas energy plant in Northern Nevada
    Sept. 4, 2014
    Northern Nevada will soon be converting the region’s household trash into gas. After a two-year review, the federal government approved ...
  • Republican Mark Amodei speaks at a victory party in Reno on Tuesday after defeating Democrat Kate Marshall in a special election for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. Amodei's daughters Erin, left, and Ryanne were among the supporters on hand.
    Rep. Mark Amodei says leaders working to make Tesla look smart for picking Nevada
    Sept. 4, 2014
    Tesla’s <decision to build a $500 billion battery factory in Northern Nevada is one of the biggest economic boons for the state since before the 2008 recession, said Rep. Mark Amodei. “This is an incoming tide that raises ...
  • Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman listens to David Abrams as he addresses the Las Vegas City Council during a presentation on the proposed downtown soccer stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
    Las Vegas keeps MLS bid alive, but future is murky
    Sept. 4, 2014
    The Las Vegas City Council kept the dream alive for a downtown soccer stadium for another month. But even with that lifeline, the $200 million project faces an uphill battle. After four hours of debate Wednesday, the City Council was deadlocked with three members supporting and three members ...