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February 11, 2016

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Jackie Valley


Jackie has lived in northwest Indiana, South Carolina, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. A Cleveland girl at heart, she graduated from Kent State University, where she was the student newspaper editor. She completed a Dow Jones copy editing internship at the Virginian-Pilot in summer 2009 and a year later joined the Sun, where she now covers health care.

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Nevada makes strides in reducing number of uninsured children
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The number of Nevada children without health insurance keeps dropping, especially among such historically hard-to-reach populations as minorities and lower-income residents, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study released ...
NLV aiming to entice businesses to industrial park south of Apex
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Apex Industrial Park will be the home of electric carmaker Faraday Future, but it's not North Las Vegas' only development hope. Several miles south of Apex lie 1,100 acres ...
Want to dine out with your dog? Las Vegas health officials are making it possible
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Dog lovers, rejoice: You may not have to part with your pooch to dine at Las Vegas Valley restaurants. The Southern Nevada Health District began offering “dog-friendly patio waivers” in June prompted by Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s entry into the market. The California-based eatery, which opened a location at Downtown Summerlin in April, features ...
New option to get around is rolling into downtown Las Vegas this year
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Expect to see more bicyclists pedaling around the city this year. We explain the ins and outs of bike-sharing program expected to launch by the end of August. Users sign up online or pay at a kiosk at a bike station. Then they choose …
Las Vegas summit: Water technologies among keys to sustainability
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
When MGM Resorts set out to build Park — its eight-acre promenade that will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo — the company made water conservation a top priority ...
County considers tighter rules for sale of animals at pet stores
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Clark County is exploring what steps it can take to discourage pet stores from selling animals bred in inhumane conditions. Commissioner Chris Guinchigliani, who got the green light today to convene a working group to study the issue, stopped short ...
With second ‘Week of Water’ event set this week, here’s what’s at stake for Southern Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Protecting Southern Nevada's water supply is one of several challenges facing experts who will gather Wednesday in Las Vegas for a second conference in what's been coined the "Week of Water," a two-event set of discussions aimed at helping avoid water crises here and ...
‘Week of Water’: How partnerships with Israel could be boon for Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Israel, once facing a dire water crisis, turned the tide by making water a matter of national security. The desert country launched successful desalination programs, significantly boosted water reuse rates and ...
Cemetery, like an HOA, has limits for decor
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Workers at Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery have seen some strange things placed on grave sites. Some can remain, but many items are removed before long.
How a fire helped forge a community
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
Tired from working six days a week, Natalie Perry, 54, a personal care attendant and ordained minister, absentmindedly left a burner on after cooking French fries. When Perry turned around a few minutes later, a grease fire had engulfed her pot. Smoke began to fill the unit. Perry grabbed a hand towel and swooped it over the stove, trying to smother the fire, but the movement fanned the flames and caused the blaze to roar even higher. Panicking, Perry ran to her porch and yelled, “Somebody call 911!” What happened next still surprises Perry ...
NLV mayor addresses happier times for once-struggling city
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee coined a new term — “skeptomistic” — two years ago to describe his cautious hope for the struggling suburb facing financial ruin. If that was one of …
Krusher the 3-legged dog exemplifies group’s effort to save animals
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
The Animal Foundation believes it can save all healthy and treatable animals it takes in by 2020 — and it points to a three-legged dog named Krusher as proof. After Krusher badly injured his front leg, his family ...
Four neighborhood hospitals coming to the valley
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is building four neighborhood hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley that could ease overcrowding at emergency rooms, the hospital system announced today.
The multimillion-dollar, 24-hour hospitals are ...
Henderson scores federal help with revitalization via ‘Local Foods’ program
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Five hundred residents in downtown Henderson live more than a mile from a grocery store, meaning the neighborhood is considered ...
Nevada No. 9 in WalletHub analysis of best states for retirees
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Las Vegas’ warm, sunny weather isn’t the only perk luring seniors to the Silver State. A WalletHub analysis determined ...
County honors emergency workers in Strip sidewalk crash
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
The Clark County Commission this morning honored first responders who helped dozens of pedestrians injured last month when a car ran onto the sidewalk along the Las Vegas Strip. Representatives from Metro Police, the ...
‘YMCA for mental health’: New downtown studio draws on creative arts for therapy
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Southern Nevada appears to be a natural fit for the mental health-centric art studio, given the state’s struggles to help adults and children who have mental health problems because of limited resources and too few psychiatrists, psychologists and other health professionals. The founders hope ...
Flu season strains UMC, St. Rose campus emergency rooms
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
University Medical Center and St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus declared “internal disasters” this week after patients swamped the emergency rooms ...
In address, Goodman emphasizes public safety, touts job growth
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
Las Vegas isn’t a “world-class city” yet, but it’s inching closer, Mayor Carolyn Goodman said during her State of the City address Thursday evening ...
11 tips for a healthy New Year
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Let us guess: You started off 2016 by heading to the gym and then to the produce section at the grocery store. No more couch-potato Sundays. No more greasy fast food ...
Hillary Clinton announces four-pronged autism initiative
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for president, today unveiled an autism initiative designed to diagnose children sooner, increase treatment options and better ...
How first responders acted quickly in handling victims of Strip tragedy
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
On the casino’s front sidewalk, a woman drove a 1996 Oldsmobile sedan into dozens of pedestrians. Bystanders screamed. Bodies flew. Good Samaritans ran to help. And someone dialed 911. The time: 6:37 p.m. Sunday ...
Why? Motive sought after pedestrians mowed down along Las Vegas Strip
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
A 24-year-old woman who’d been living in a car with her 3-year-old daughter in Las Vegas killed one person and injured nearly three dozen others Sunday evening when she ...
New redevelopment project slated for Arts District
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
A $1 million redevelopment project could bring new restaurants and retail to the Arts District next year. Investors have started six- to nine-month renovations on an 11,000-square-foot property at the southeast corner of ...
At least one dead, 35 injured when car strikes pedestrians on the Strip
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
At least one person was killed and 35 injured when a woman drove onto a sidewalk on the Strip and hit pedestrians near the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Sunday night. Metro Police believe the woman ...
How to handle your hangover
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
No one likes a hangover. Your head pounds, your legs wobble, your stomach turns. Helpful friends may offer advice: Eat a greasy burger, pop an aspirin or — gasp — start drinking again. A registered dietitian helps separate myth from reality when it comes to popular home remedies for hangovers ...
Deadline extended to sign up for health insurance
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
The federal government is granting consumers an additional 48 hours to enroll in health insurance plans that would start Jan. 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced ...
Trump, Cruz, Christie win fans at Las Vegas watch party
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Eight miles south of the Venetian, Republicans hosted a debate watch party at the Silverton resort. Bartenders doled out drinks on one end of the room, while Trump T-shirts for sale ...
On pediatric mental health, here’s how we can do better
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
The Las Vegas Sun partnered with UNLV’s Lincy Institute, the Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium and Nevada PEP to host a forum. Here's what we found ...
Why one of Clark County’s largest mental health providers is juvenile justice system
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Three cases down and a dozen more to go, Judge William Voy surveys the movement below his bench on a Monday afternoon. The fourth defendant on his calendar is no stranger to Courtroom 18. It’s late August. The fourth defendant on his calendar — a 13-year-old boy wearing an orange T-shirt and navy blue sweatpants — enters from a side door connecting Clark County’s Family Court to the juvenile detention center. He’s no stranger ...
Valley Health System to add residency programs
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
The Valley Health System announced today that it would add eight residency programs in Southern Nevada ...
Mall provides calm setting for special-needs kids to visit Santa
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
Ten-year-old Derek McGroarty happily trotted down the carpet at Meadows mall to see the bearded man wearing a ruby red velvet suit and hat with white trim ...
‘The polio of our generation’: Mental health troubles often land kids in emergency rooms
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
As Dr. Jay Fisher enters Patient Room 12, a 14-year-old boy with curly, brown hair smiles sheepishly from the bed. Dressed in a green hospital gown, he’s quiet — calm even. Gabe is a ninth-grader, big brother, budding chef, Tom Petty fan, avid science-fiction reader and Dungeon & Dragons player. More than five hours earlier ...
On mental health, do Clark County schools make the grade?
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
When Helen Melendez browses photos of her daughter, Claudia, two versions of her oldest child stare back. First, the happy-go-lucky Claudia: Her artistic, kind-hearted daughter ...
Santa to visit children with special needs at mall
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Santa Claus will be making a stop Sunday morning at Meadows Mall to visit children with special needs. Santa knows everything, including ...
MountainView Hospital opening wound care and hyperbaric center
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
MountainView Hospital announced it would be opening a wound care and hyperbaric center next week. The center, located on the first floor of hospital’s medical office building, will allow ...
Convoy of Hope giving event returns to Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Need a haircut, new shoes or a Thanksgiving meal...
How Nevada struggles to help children battling mental illness
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
The first in a five-part series on children's mental health in Las Vegas that explores the frayed safety net in Nevada. This week, a mother battles with bureaucracy on behalf of her son. It's a struggle that has weighed on the family for years — has seen more than 30 medical professionals and received a mishmash of diagnoses. No matter what the doctors come up with, she worries ...
Monument honoring victims of Armenian genocide to be dedicated at Sunset Park
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
An Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument will be dedicated Saturday morning at Sunset Park during a ceremony featuring dance performances and remarks from political leaders.
The Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas spearheaded ...
Big tasks remain for founding dean of UNLV medical school
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Dr. Barbara Atkinson admits retirement didn’t really suit her — at least the first time. When UNLV officials sought her help in crafting the region’s first public medical school, she didn’t hesitate to ...
UNLV names Atkinson founding dean of medical school
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, who has spent the last 18 months shaping the region's first public medical school, has been named founding dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. University officials announced ...
State rate increase for autism therapy doesn’t satisfy advocates
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
After outcry from parents and advocates about the proposed reimbursement rate for providing autism therapy, Nevada Medicaid has increased the rate — but ...
Veterans Day appreciation event set for North Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
A Veterans Day appreciation event featuring a car show, barbecue and variety stage show will be held Wednesday at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center. The free event, which is open to the public, will run from ...
Couple burglarized Laughlin school, stole CCSD van, police say
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Metro Police are searching for suspects who burglarized a Laughlin elementary school and stole a school district minivan. Using surveillance video, officers determined ...
Woman killed in west valley crash had run red light, police say
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
A 45-year-old Jean woman died Thursday after a crash involving a small Regional Transportation Commission bus at Fort Apache and Desert Inn roads ...
Kids can predict when Mojave Max will emerge, win big prizes
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Question: When will Mojave Max emerge from his burrow? It’s that time of year again for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to make their best guess. The ...
Fire at east valley apartment building does $50,000 in damage
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
A fire at an east valley apartment building this afternoon caused about $50,000 in damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department. Firefighters responded ...
Cheese and smiles pair well
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Think your job is cool? What if you could call yourself a certified cheese professional? The designation exists. Kristin Sande, co-owner of Valley Cheese and Wine in Henderson, is the only certified cheese professional in Southern Nevada. Sande’s love of cheese — the gooey, the hard, the pungent and the creamy — started at a young age. She enthusiastically shares her knowledge with customers …
Potential Medicaid privatization affecting elderly, disabled worries advocates
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Marsha Rodriguez considers the home caregiver who visits her five days a week a lifeline. Rodriguez, 72, suffers from a hereditary protein deficiency that makes it difficult ...
Event offers help navigating Affordable Care Act
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Nevada Health Link is hosting a health fair Sunday to kick off this year’s open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ...

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