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October 22, 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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Around Vegas, a pitched debate paired with candidate-inspired cocktails
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
As the real presidential candidates faced off at UNLV, their namesake boozy beverages battled for a victory in downtown Las Vegas ...
Video: Protesters build wall of taco trucks at Trump hotel
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
A crush of Donald Trump detractors gathered outside the GOP presidential nominee’s namesake Las Vegas hotel this morning to rally for Democratic candidates ahead of the final ...
Incoming Clark County manager to earn $260,000 a year
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Clark County’s incoming manager, Yolanda King, will start her new job Dec. 2 and earn an annual base salary of $260,000. Those details were part of an employment agreement for King that ...
Sandoval signs funding bill for NFL stadium in Las Vegas
Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law today $750 million of state funding toward building a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium in Las Vegas. The bill raises hotel room taxes 0.88 percent to finance the public's part of the project. Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands Corp. has pledged ...
It’s done: Lawmakers send stadium funding deal to governor for final OK
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
After all the pomp and circumstance of the week, protracted discussions and the pressure of looming elections, the Nevada Legislature today approved a $1.17 billion tax increase to fund construction of ...
Lawmakers send stadium bill to governor for final OK
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Nevada Assembly members expressed a wide range of emotions — frustration, gratitude, disgust and relief — following the 28-13 passage of a bill approving funding for an NFL-ready stadium in Las Vegas and expanding the Las Vegas Convention Center. The lawmakers spoke for roughly 90 minutes, while just down the hall, the Senate ...
Assembly adjourns without stadium vote after surprise NDOT report tangles talks
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
The Assembly has recessed until 9 a.m. today after an intense, hourlong discussion on a transportation report made public late Thursday night. The report detailed road improvements that would need to be made as part of ...
Headed toward the end zone? Lawmakers resume work on $1.9 billion NFL stadium
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Despite empty legislative chambers and the special session supposedly on pause, some Nevada lawmakers were working behind the scenes Wednesday to prepare for the work that ...
Public funding for Las Vegas NFL stadium passes first key vote in Legislature
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A public financing plan for a $1.9 billion NFL stadium in Las Vegas cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday night with 16 senators voting for the deal and another five ...
Opening day of session heavy on pro-stadium hoopla
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A three-hour block devoted to pro-stadium presentations, including an ad-like video and testimony from casino bigwigs, sparked criticism from Democrats on the first day of the special session. After ceremonial and procedural items Monday morning, business began in both houses of the Nevada Legislature. State senators dove into the bill related to funding the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center and construction of an NFL-ready stadium, while their Assembly counterparts addressed the ...
Special session kicks off to consider NFL stadium funding
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
The Senate kicked off Monday evening’s proceedings with a round of public comment where opponents of the stadium expressed frustration that stadium proponents had been given three hours to testify in ...
Majestic executive Cavileer discusses departure from stadium project
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
As the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee approved a stadium-related recommendation last month, Majestic Realty Co. was noticeably absent from ...
City of Las Vegas renews bid for NFL stadium at Cashman site
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
As far as the city of Las Vegas is concerned, the battle to bring an NFL stadium to the Cashman Center site isn’t over. The Las Vegas City Council directed staff Wednesday to continue pursuing options for the roughly 50-acre complex north of downtown that includes the Las Vegas 51s’ aging ballpark and convention space. Planting an NFL stadium or ...
How much public money have other cities spent on NFL stadiums?
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
Developers behind the Las Vegas stadium project have proposed that taxpayers foot $750 million of the expected $1.9 billion bill. The size of the ask sets it apart from other NFL stadiums with public funding, and developers have said that without the contribution the deal is off.
Digging into economic projections tied to a Raiders move to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
Proponents say the proposed 65,000-seat, domed stadium is the missing link in Las Vegas’ entertainment offerings. A flashy stadium steps away from ...
Backers whip up support for NFL stadium in Las Vegas
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Feel-good music, UNLV cheerleaders, former Oakland Raider Howie Long and a banner proclaiming economic projections helped supporters make another pitch for an NFL stadium this morning. Stadium proponents gathered outside the ...
Race and unrest: Las Vegans speak out about racial tension and policing
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Metro officer-involved shootings peaked in 2010, when police shot and killed seven people and wounded 18 others. The numbers largely have declined since then, a trend ...
Group against stadium proposal because it 'contains unacceptable level of risk for residents'
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Nevadans for the Common Good first voiced opposition to the stadium plan last week. On Wednesday, the group went a step further: Members outlined their objections to the public’s $750 million public contribution, saying ...
Field of candidates for open legislative seats finalized before special session
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
The field is set with candidates hoping to fill Southern Nevada’s two open state legislative seats ahead of the stadium-related special session ...
Special session on Las Vegas stadium hastens need to fill legislative vacancies
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval intends to convene a special legislative session in October to consider tourism-related improvements, including the construction of an estimated $1.9 billion stadium. The governor’s declaration immediately followed Clark County’s call for applications to fill two Nevada State Assembly vacancies — a move designed to ensure a full Legislature for the special session. In a one-page statement ...
Pair of county commissioners, uneasy about stadium plan, air their concerns
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
Former state lawmakers who now sit on the Clark County Commission led an exhaustive examination of the stadium proposal, poking holes in the recommendation forwarded to ...
Commissioners name longtime employee as next county manager
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
The Clark County Commission today voted unanimously to appoint Yolanda King as the next county manager. King, a longtime county employee, now serves a dual role as ...
Stadium plan to lure Raiders to Las Vegas passes major vote
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Cross a check off developers’ to-do list for building an NFL stadium in Las Vegas and poaching the Oakland Raiders, giving the city its first mega-events center and professional football team ...
Departing Clark County manager talks transportation, land annexation and property tax caps
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
When Don Burnette began working for Clark County as an intern in 1990, he had visions of understanding the local government’s structure within one year ...
Are Las Vegas roads ready for game day?
Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
As public officials scrutinized plans to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas during a recent meeting, a question about the football fan experience emerged: Could the stadium sites accommodate tailgating? “Both provide enough ...
Who assumes biggest financial risk of a Las Vegas stadium? Panel tackles issue in latest meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
What’s the risk each side of the stadium debate is willing to take? That question framed much of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting Thursday afternoon as developers and public leaders tried to inch closer to a proposal that could trigger a recommendation to Gov. Brian Sandoval. The developers made ...
Commissioners could name CFO as next Clark County manager
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
Clark County’s next manager could be its chief financial officer. The County Commission will consider appointing Yolanda King as the next county manager at ...
As Las Vegas' NFL stadium marches toward reality, burning questions remain
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Las Vegas is no stranger to stadium pipe dreams. Over the years, developers have proposed building a slew of eye-catching, if not improbable, stadiums. (Remember the complex pitched for land near the M Resort in Henderson? Or the UNLV Now project?) Most ideas …
Panel zeroes in on tourism projects, but stadium recommendation pending
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
After more than a year of meetings, the group Gov. Brian Sandoval created to identify and vet tourism-related projects is zeroing in on its recommendations. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee has offered a glimpse of ...
Help for the helpers: HIV outreach center needs a new home
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
Given astronomical medical costs, HIV-positive people and their families often need help affording basics such as food and clothing. That’s where the St. Therese Center and its volunteers come into play, offering a variety of services, including haircuts and an on-site food pantry ...
Developers: No negotiating on $750 million for proposed NFL stadium
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Developers of a proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas held firm that the public contribution for the project must be $750 million. Timing is …
UNLV program teaches students to design health care facilities
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Lighting, wall color, acoustics and hallway shapes may seem like aesthetic-based choices in the world of interior design, but when it comes to health care environments, those decisions can impact patient success.
Soon, students from Las Vegas could be helping ...
Government consolidation doesn’t make cut for Las Vegas bill draft requests
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council isn’t requesting a draft bill for the state Legislature to study consolidating the city and county governments, but that doesn’t mean the issue is dead.
After a brief special meeting today ...
Westside School renovation: Historic property’s makeover signals greater community 'comeback'
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016
On a recent morning, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow stood on the Historic Westside School campus, gazing at what was once the cafeteria. He remembered the home-cooked rice, corn bread, black-eyed peas and fried chicken served to students, as he had attended a Head Start program at Las Vegas’ oldest schoolhouse ...
Clark County manager stepping down later this year
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
Clark County Manager Don Burnette announced plans today to leave his post this year. Burnette sent an email to Clark County …
L.V. Council clears complaint to discipline crime-plagued Larry’s Villa
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council approved a complaint for disciplinary action Wednesday against Larry’s Villa, a crime-plagued bar and strip club that city officials have deemed a public nuisance ...
Amid squabbles, talk of city-county consolidation resurfaces
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Would local residents be better off if the Clark County and city of Las Vegas governments merged? The decades-old question ...
Clark County identifies its bill priorities for legislative session
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
With the biennial legislative session just months away, local politicians and governmental entities are busy deciding what their priorities will be come January ...
Final Riviera tower imploded, closing chapter of Las Vegas history
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
Boom. And it’s gone. Blasts razed the final tower of the Riviera early Tuesday morning, putting to rest that piece of Las Vegas history. The tower fell at precisely 2:30 a.m. Today’s implosion ...
Home sweet history: Preservationists focus on Old Vegas neighborhoods
Monday, Aug. 15, 2016
There’s a place in Las Vegas where postal workers still deliver mail door to door, where towering trees cast shadows across large yards hugging houses in spring shades of pink, blue and green — a tapestry that, despite its oddities, feels harmonious. Never stray from ...
Latest pay raise makes Las Vegas city manager highest paid of region
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell is officially the highest paid government manager in Southern Nevada. After singing her praises, the Las Vegas City Council today unanimously approved ...
New vision for North Las Vegas under Choice Neighborhood Initiative
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The process began in January 2015, when the city received a $485,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two-year planning grant requires the city to work directly with residents to craft a new vision that focuses on improving housing, educational and job opportunities as well as creating ...
Committee focuses on sales tax to bolster Metro Police
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The quest to bolster police presence in tourist-heavy locations took a step forward today as the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee considered funding options and narrowed in on …
Metro agrees to pay $200K to settle woman's excessive-force lawsuit
Monday, July 25, 2016
A woman who accused a Metro Police officer of using excessive force against her last year will receive a $200,000 settlement. The department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee approved ...
Las Vegas golf has reached a pivotal point
Monday, July 25, 2016
It was a sweltering 106 degrees when Megan Mashore adjusted her stance under the shade of a Topgolf roofline. Music, chatter and the thwack of clubs smashing golf balls filled the air around her. In front of her, the Las Vegas Strip glittered. “Just swing, right?” she said, eliciting chuckles from her husband, their two young boys and ...
City: Consider Cashman site as a home for new Las Vegas stadium
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The city of Las Vegas has a message for stakeholders involved in football stadium discussions: Keep Cashman Center in the running as a potential project site. To that end, the City Council today passed a motion to …
Commission expands diversion program for illegal peddling
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
People caught illegally selling goods on the Las Vegas Strip may avoid criminal prosecution and jail time if they qualify for a recently established ...
Does UNLV need a more fabulous look?
Many changes are on the table to welcome people to Las Vegas’ only public university
Monday, July 18, 2016
A brick-and-stone sign flanked by desert landscaping sits at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Swenson Street, announcing UNLV’s presence. It’s a modest entryway to the region’s only public university, where more than 28,000 students attend classes each year, mere blocks from ...
Communication modernization: Las Vegas governments turn to social media
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Gone are the days of communication limited to public meeting agendas, emergency bulletins, dull government television broadcasts and whatever information ...
Blueprints for holding a national political party convention
Monday, July 11, 2016
Cleveland and Philadelphia are bracing for the national political conventions. As power players in Nevada politics have vowed to get Las Vegas in the running the next time around, we take a look at the impacts on a city when about 50,000 people descend for a cultural happening ...

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