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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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Diamonds may be drivers’ new best friend
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
A newly designed highway interchange that opened this week at Horizon Drive and U.S. 95 in Henderson temporarily routes drivers to the left side of an overpass bridge. Why? State Department of Transportation officials say “diverging diamond interchanges” improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians because ...
2 Las Vegas hospitals hosting job fairs next week
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Spring Valley Hospital and Valley Hospital are holding job fairs next week as they seek to fill a variety of positions, such as nurses, physical therapists and ...
Las Vegas ranked among least healthy cities
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Las Vegas is a mecca for many things, but health does not appear to be one of them. The Healthy Cities Index ranked Las Vegas the seventh least healthy metro area in the nation. A high number of uninsured residents and poor ...
Officials report first Clark County measles case since 2011
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
A school-age child in Clark County has been diagnosed with measles, prompting health officials to urge parents to watch for signs of the contagious disease ...
Las Vegas hospital gets tech boost in cardiac care
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
A tech-savvy procedure involving magnets to fix heart arrhythmias debuted at Desert Springs Hospital Tuesday and is the first of its kind in ...
Nevada among most ‘emotionally recharged’ states, study finds
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
If a recent survey is any indication, Nevadans are starting the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. About 67 percent of residents are participating in activities that ...
New moms hit their stride at exercise class
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Jessica Peralta, who teaches a fitness class for new mothers, can relate to her clientele — she's has three young daughters of her own.
Seniors in the LGBTQ community need not grow old alone
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
When 64-year-old Gary Payne retired as a nurse, he encountered a problem many seniors face: boredom. But as a gay man — he recently married his partner of 37 years — Payne said he didn’t feel entirely comfortable at Southern Nevada’s many senior centers. Most are filled predominantly with straight retirees. “You feel like you’re the only person who is different,” Payne said. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada hopes to ...
Study: Nevada teens get among the least sleep in U.S.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Nevada teachers shouldn’t be offended if there’s an abundance of yawns during class. It’s not necessarily indicative of their teaching. Teenagers living in Nevada, on average, spend ...
Deadlines approaching for Affordable Care Act insurance
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Nevadans who want government-subsidized health insurance coverage starting Feb. 1 must sign up through Nevada Health Link by Thursday. Nevada Health Link is the state-created organization that helps ...
Find the gym that fits your life
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
The holidays are meant for indulgence — that’s why we have New Year’s resolutions. Among the most popular? Ambitious and enthusiastic vows to shed pounds, eat fewer carbohydrates and tone floppy muscles.If your New Year’s resolutions are going to stick this year, you’re going to have to pick the right gym. There are many factors to consider ...
In Las Vegas, jury selection can be a trying process
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Twenty jurors got an early Christmas present in mid-December: dismissal from what could have been a yearlong trial. On the day opening arguments were to begin for ...
Flu season is here — and it could get worse
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
The number of influenza cases reported to the Southern Nevada Health District has been relatively low this season, but the valley is just beginning to enter flu season. Incidents of illness can ramp up in January and February ...
‘I want to give something of myself’
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Hundreds of homeless people in the valley have Karin Roelf to thank for helping them stay warm in winter ...
Nonprofit trying to tackle Nevada’s mental illness crisis
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
The Nellie Bly Leadership Society was formed to focus on raising funds and awareness to help those in need of help.
Twenty people died in Clark County traffic accidents in 13 days: What happened?
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
A construction worker. A Swiss tourist. A high school senior. A grandmother. A bicyclist. A toddler. All killed during a rash of deadly crashes on Southern Nevada roads. Twenty people dead in 13 days — one of the ...
Nevada’s most popular baby names
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Want an unusual name for your child? We've got a list for you to avoid ...
Season of Giving: Your guide to donating time, money, clothing, furniture in Southern Nevada
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
It’s that time of year again, when Salvation Army bells ring outside stores, toy donations bins line malls and food drives kick into gear. ‘Tis the season to give. In the rush of the holiday season, it’s easy to ...
Create your own Turkey Day tradition: Friendsgiving
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Thousands of Las Vegans are transplants from other cities, don't have family here and aren't able to travel for the holidays. So one way to avoid the blues is to gather with friends to celebrate the season ...
Proceeds from taco sale, cafe purchases to pay for crash victims’ funeral costs
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Fundraisers are planned to help pay for funeral costs of crash victims.
Is relief from Alzheimer’s disease on the horizon?
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health hopes to enroll 10 to 15 people with Alzheimer's disease in a study of a drug that could ...
Anything he can do to help, he will
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer of the Year prefers the term “Up syndrome.”
Win-win: When Nevada gets paid to be promoted
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Its varied terrain and empty roads make this state a favorite for filming commercials.
Balloon rides, Ebola and business: A talk with a hospital CEO
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Kim Anderson is CEO of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and the visionary behind the annual Balloon Festival, which lands in Las Vegas this weekend. He talks about how the festival got started, the growth ...
A culture of abuse: Nevada ranks among worst states for domestic violence
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
When most people think of domestic abuse, they picture the victim as a young woman.But here’s the reality: The abused person very well could be a ...
Las Vegas woman, shot and paralyzed, was a prisoner in her home
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
More than four months after the June 1 incident, the scar on Small’s chin is barely visible, but the effect of the bullet is undeniable. Small is paralyzed from the neck down. In mid-October, she shared her story from a bed at Spring Valley Hospital, covered in blankets with an oxygen tube attached to her nose ...
Stormy relationship, divorce ends with fatal stabbing, police say
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The couple’s stormy relationship ended in divorce last month, but that didn’t prevent a final argument that police say left a Clark County School District employee ...
Staging a home: Art and science
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Once foundations are poured and tiles are laid, home developers spend big bucks to decorate model homes to make them cozy and inviting.
Homicide numbers climbing in Las Vegas
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Metro Police fear more than 130 people could be killed in Las Vegas by the year’s end if homicides continue at the current pace. Metro detectives ...
Odometer can’t measure volunteer driver’s impact
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Las Vegas is often billed as a great place to retire. But what happens if your health starts failing you and you can't drive — and there's no family living nearby? The question haunted Paul Stanley, so he's done what he can to address it.
Safety first: How do we keep children educated and secure in a culture of guns?
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
There are almost as many guns in America as there are people. More than 100,000 people are shot each year in this country, some by children in accidental shootings. The heartbreaking case of an Arizona shooting range instructor who ...
She writes, that she may not be forgotten
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Las Vegas woman is determined to beat Alzheimer's disease, and to inspire others who struggle with it.
What are the dirtiest jobs in Las Vegas? Come take a look — and a whiff
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
They spend their days doing things like cleaning up fish feces and mucking around in pig slop. The work might sound gross, but it is crucial to the city’s economy and our residents’ well-being. And the people who work in some of Las Vegas' dirtiest jobs have a secret: They love what they do, and they ...
Man missing after jumping from boat into Lake Mohave
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
A Southern California man who disappeared after he jumped from a boat into Lake Mohave on Saturday afternoon remains missing, according to the National Park Service. The 31-year-old man apparently began...
Metro Police investigating fatal stabbing
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Metro Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that happened Sunday evening in the eastern valley, officials said. A 911 caller reported a stabbing at 6:17 p.m. in the ...
Exploring federal land in Southern Nevada
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Outdoor recreation, away from cookie-cutter suburbia and the boozy tourist corridor, is only a short drive from Las Vegas. Southern Nevada is home to more than 500,000 acres of federal land. Feel free to explore it, but know the rules ...
Lose something? Beware of Craigslist cons
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Don’t lose your drone, but if you do, a Las Vegas man has a word of advice about getting it back ...
Football helps former gang member gain his focus
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
By the time he was 15, Antonio Bellows had already been arrested and carried a gun wherever he went. But after serving time in jail, he found himself on the Rancho High football team and, turning his focus away from crime and toward the football field, improved his grades and now has collegiate aspirations ...
Officials identify bicyclist killed by car on Las Vegas Boulevard
Friday, July 25, 2014
A male bicyclist died after being struck by a car Friday afternoon on Las Vegas Boulevard South. The accident happened less than a mile from ...
How to help cars and pets cope with summer heat in the desert
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The desert summer can play havoc with your vehicle and endanger your children and pets. A few tips from professionals will help you maintain your car even as the temperature tops 110 degrees and keep your loved ones comfortable until autumn comes. ...
New approach to keeping people off drugs, out of jail resonating with inmates
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Pencils in hand, the inmates gaze up and down, racking their brains for the best answers before jotting them down on paper. “What is it that gives you a reason to get up in the morning?” instructor Chelle Reed prompts. “What is it that gives you a reason to keep breathing, to not go back to your cell and hang yourself? What is it that gives you a reason to get out of here and not come back?" The 18 men ponder the questions ...
Woman shows philanthropy can be as easy as shopping for groceries
Sunday, July 6, 2014
In 15 years, Mary Vail has collected more than 26 tons of food for needy families in Southern Nevada.
Coroner identifies girl killed in SUV rollover on I-15
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The 9-year-old girl who died from injuries suffered in a rollover accident this morning on Interstate 15 near downtown was Las Vegas resident Gabriela Casias. The driver and six children were ...
Man dies of injuries suffered in crash during police chase
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A man injured when a stolen car crashed during a police pursuit in May has died, Metro Police announced today. Rajan Sroya, 22, died Friday from injuries he suffered...
Doctor pleads guilty in alleged prescription drug conspiracy
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A Las Vegas doctor pleaded guilty today to a federal drug conspiracy charge for writing illegal oxycodone prescriptions, according to Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden. Victor Bruce, 49, faces up to...
Even overnight, no ‘real break from the heat’ predicted
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Las Vegas Valley as the temperature soars to a high of 112 degrees today, officials said. The warning — upgraded from...
2 arrested in attack at Las Vegas casino garage
Monday, June 30, 2014
A woman leaving New York-New York in March didn’t realize she was being trailed. When she got to her car in the parking garage, a pimp and his accomplice allegedly trapped and...
Court records: Suspect in shootout has history of violence against cops
Monday, June 30, 2014
A man suspected of trading shots with a Metro Police officer last week is a convicted felon with a history of violence against cops, according to court records.
Blistering days ahead prompt excessive heat watch
Monday, June 30, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs up to 114 degrees in the Las Vegas area and dangerously hot weather throughout ...
Another person in Las Vegas for Electric Daisy reported dead
Friday, June 27, 2014
A man visiting Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival died in the hospital without ever making it to the music festival, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. It is the third reported death among...

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