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Ric Anderson

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Ric covered beats ranging from police and courts to major-college sports before becoming a news columnist, opinion editor and now a news editor. Anderson spent 25 years with The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. He is a runner and a motorcyclist.

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From watchdog to turtle: Democrats pounding Heller on Mnuchin
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Sen. Dean Heller may have snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory in his handling of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s confirmation. Heller got off to a strong start, pressing the former CEO of mortgage lender OneWest Bank about ...
The 2017 Nevada Legislature: Fault lines and big ideas
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Think government, and you’re likely to picture whatever drama is unfolding today in Washington, D.C. But closer to home, in Carson City, lawmakers are deciding issues that will affect Nevadans more directly than much of what’s coming from the nation’s capital — such as the quality of schools, the growth of the Southern Nevada economy and access to public lands. The 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature began ...
Solutions to big societal issues could be shaped by local leaders
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
To prepare students to face more complex challenges, UNLV's Urban Leadership Program offers coursework to strengthen leadership skills and includes a requirement for students to establish and participate in a group civic engagement project ...
Game over? State exec tries to offer hope on Raiders' move to Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
A little good news on Las Vegas’ proposed NFL stadium would have gone a long for way for Steve Hill as he stood before 420 Las Vegas business professionals and community leaders on Wednesday. But Hill, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, essentially had nothing. And that says about everything you need to know about ...
Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, state official says
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
The Oakland Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, despite announcements this week that Sheldon Adelson and Goldman Sachs had abandoned a project to build a stadium for the team, the head of the state’s economic development organization said today. “They are confident they can secure the funding necessary to ...
Confident, or in denial? NLV mayor says Faraday plant 'will be built'
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
After watching a stylized video about Faraday Future during his State of the City address, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee made a joke at the expense of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. It went something like this: Congratulations on that new Chick-fil-A, Andy. Hafen didn’t crack back — or if he did, it wasn’t loud enough to make it to the back of the room — but he easily could have by ...
Analyst: Las Vegas businesses should make Plan B for possible trade wars
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Las Vegas business operators and investors have reason to be optimistic about the local economy as President Donald Trump begins carrying out his economic plan. But they also would be wise to watch Trump carefully on trade matters and should start making a contingency plan to deal with ...
Q+A: Gun background checks, minimum-wage increase among Dems' priorities
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
If Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and his Democratic Party colleagues have their way, the upcoming legislative session will end with an increase in the state’s ...
Students find help, inspiration through program in Clark County
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
Students who receive services come to CIS on their own or through referrals from staff or their peers. The program operates in 44 schools in the Clark County School District and another 15 elsewhere in Nevada, providing aid to students facing an array of challenges — some are homeless, some struggle with poverty, some have dysfunctional home environments, some are pregnant or are teenage parents, some have multiple siblings in a single-parent home and need someone to make sure they come to school. ...
Union leader on future of schools under DeVos: 'Thank God I live in Nevada'
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
For teachers union boss Ruben Murillo, it’s been a week of cautious optimism and profound dismay. The dismay came as Murillo watched ...
Analysis: 3 of the most intriguing moments from Sandoval’s speech
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval didn’t cut loose with a game-changing initiative Tuesday in his State of the State address like he did in 2015, but that doesn’t mean his speech was without ...
Murder rate, public transportation, mental illness among city's top challenges in '17
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
The city of Las Vegas faces a different set of challenges today than it did when Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave her first State of the City address six years ago. To name a few ...
Q+A: Legislator aims to reduce suicides, boost employment among Nevada veterans
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Chris Edwards was a Navy commander before he became a member of the Nevada Assembly, and he’s become a leading voice on veterans issues in the Legislature since being elected in 2014. Going into his third regular session, Edwards said he hoped to address the problem of suicide among veterans by ...
On Trump Cabinet picks, will Heller adopt standards that GOP demanded in 2009?
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
In February 2009, Senate Republicans sent a list of demands to Harry Reid regarding the confirmation process for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks. Among them: Appointees would be required to clear an FBI background check and an Office of Government Ethics review, and would ...
Larry Flynt vs. the Donald: Publisher talks civil liberties in the age of Trump
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
Although Hustler publisher Larry Flynt failed to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, Flynt said he’d be watching the president-elect closely, especially for any attempt to restrict First Amendment freedoms. “If he wants a fight, I’m ready,” Flynt said ...
Nevada prisons chief not backing off efforts to modernize, reform
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
When James Dzurenda would talk to his old colleagues and professional acquaintances about some of the peculiarities he’d encountered in his new job, they often ...
Q+A: ADL leader says that as Trump surged, so did hate crimes
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and director of the Anti-Defamation League, says a surge in hate crimes since the 2016 election has led to the ADL being inundated with phone calls, emails and in-person visits about verbal harassment, vandalism and physical assaults, including ...
Self-driving cars merge into the conversation at RTC's public meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
When the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada developed its last long-range transportation plan five years ago, self-driving cars weren't a major consideration ...
Reid: Trump 'not as bad as I thought,' but nation still fearful of him
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
In an NPR interview and in guest commentary published in the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reiterated that President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory had made Americans fearful and warned ...
Air Force One: Was Trump renegotiating contract or punishing Boeing?
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
To his supporters, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter suggestion to cancel the order for the new Air Force One was a sign that ...
Sun Youth Forum gets young Las Vegans talking about Trump’s presidential victory
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Donald Trump’s victory was a key topic at 60th Annual Sun Youth Forum , which drew nearly 1,000 students from across the valley to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a day of discussions about ...
Inside Trump's Cabinet: Who are they? What will they do?
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
The piecemeal selection of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet members and other close advisers hasn’t been short on drama, as his choices represent what The Washington Post called “the richest administration in modern American history,” and some polarizing stances on everything from health care to the environment ...
Is Nevada just another brick in the blue wall?
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
It might be difficult for Nevadans to believe, but there were places where Americans could watch TV for hours on end this fall without seeing ads for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. One was right next door. “I have friends in California who would ask me, ‘What are the presidential ads like?’ ” UNLV history professor Michael Green said. The difference between the neighboring states was that the race’s outcome was a foregone conclusion ...
Urban Chamber honors business, community leaders with annual Green Tie Awards
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
A Las Vegas small-business owner took a turn in the spotlight today with Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and McCarran International Airport’s busiest commercial air carrier during the Urban Chamber of Commerce’s annual Green Tie Awards ...
Ballot question closing background check loophole passes in Nevada
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
Nevada joined 18 other states tonight in closing a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks in purchases from private individuals at gun shows, through connections made on the internet and elsewhere. In unofficial results ...
Trump's new challenge: Proving he can represent all Americans
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Donald Trump has won the presidency, so congratulations are in order. Trump faced polls throughout the campaign that showed him trailing Hillary Clinton ...
Police, victim advocates call for expanded background checks on gun purchases
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Travis Spitler was barred by law from buying a gun, but he easily found a way around the restriction. Spitler connected with a private seller and lied about his background, which included ...
Instant analysis: Trump’s doom-and-gloom economy doesn’t match Las Vegas reality
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Leave it to Donald Trump to describe the economy as a disaster while appearing in a state where jobs just exceeded their pre-recession peak, unemployment has plunged in the last eight years and we’re ...
Clinton or Trump? CNN asks Steve Wynn, but he deflects
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
CNN viewers who were hoping to find out which way Steve Wynn is leaning in the presidential election came away without an answer today. During a short live interview with Wolf Blitzer, Wynn expressed support for Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck but ...
Jesse Jackson: Here's what will make Trump-Clinton III a must-see debate
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met in St. Louis for their second debate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was hoping the nominees would address ...
Trump in trouble in Nevada, say experts on UNLV panel
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Take away the “Access Hollywood” hot-microphone scandal, the ranting performance in the first presidential debate and all of Donald Trump’s other self-inflicted wounds, and he still would ...
Q+A: Marine explains why he's advocating for marijuana legalization
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Brian Eberhart went into the Marine Corps with plans to become a career soldier. But then came a training accident, access to an endless supply of painkillers and an opioid addiction. Eberhart used marijuana to help him beat the addiction, and now he's become politically active as an advocate for ...
Inspirational stories: Good Samaritans honored as Las Vegas heroes
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
An 81-year-old Las Vegas woman who has been providing food for disadvantaged local residents for four decades was among several good Samaritans honored this morning at the American Red Cross’ Everyday Heroes Award ceremony. Nellie Holleman, who hand-delivers food and water to ...
Poll: Nevada voters support Clinton, gun measure and marijuana legalization
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
A new poll shows Hillary Clinton boosted her lead over Donald Trump among likely Nevada voters in the aftermath of Monday's presidential debate. In the poll, by Suffolk University, Clinton was favored by ...
Clark County working to create another grand jury
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Clark County officials are in discussions about adding a grand jury panel to the District Court system ...
Your number's up for jury duty — now what?
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
Jury duty isn’t optional. You might not like it, but you know it’s your civic duty to show up. So what happens after you get called? Where do you go? Do you get paid? Will you be sequestered? In five minutes, we’ll walk you step by step through the process of ...
Law enforcement union leader explains his support of background checks
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
Officially, most Las Vegas law enforcement officers aren’t taking sides on a November ballot issue to expand background checks for gun buyers. The Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers is an exception. Not only has the union endorsed the measure, it’s making its opinion heard. Jim Dunlap, the union’s president ...
Grounds for industrial growth: Apex park has attracted some major tenants, and there’s a lot more potential to tap
Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
North Las Vegas’ flagship industrial park has some high-profile tenants, and a recent study suggests the potential of the 20,000-acre site to shape Southern Nevada has only begun to be tapped. Ryann Juden, North Las Vegas assistant city manager, helped paint a picture of the next phase of this promising development.
Q+A: Ex-law enforcement officer explains why he works to legalize marijuana
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Jason Thomas helped carry out the war on drugs, but what he saw convinced him it wasn’t always a just cause. During his two and a half years in law enforcement ...
Las Vegas home prices take slight dip, but number of sales increases
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
Home prices dipped slightly last month in Southern Nevada, but sales volume increased despite a tight supply. The Greater Las Vegas Vegas Association of Realtors reported that the median sales price of single-family homes in Las Vegas was ...
Cornerstone, a 'classic American steakhouse,' opens at Gold Coast
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
Boyd described Cornerstone as a “classic American steakhouse” featuring a black-and-white decor with upscale accents like mercury glass sconces, a menu offering eight beef selections and ...
Thank goodness it's football season
Las Vegas may not have a home team for pro football (yet), but we have plenty of reasons to cheer
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
America’s favorite sport is starting a new season, and Las Vegas finds itself the backdrop of so much excitement about the game. We chat with a longtime voice of the Raiders about the move rumors, round up best bets and reasons to love watching the Rebels on home turf, and nod to the best high school players in Las Vegas history ...
Is Big Marijuana calling the shots in Nevada? Hardly, records suggest
Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
As Nevada voters prepare to vote this fall on whether to decriminalize recreational marijuana use, they’re going to hear a sinister-sounding warning that the push for legalization is being fueled by out-of-state money. Former Assemblyman Pat Hickey, a prominent opponent of legalization, already sounded ...
Clinton in Las Vegas touts jobs plan, slams Trump
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Riding a polling bump after the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton tried to put more distance between herself and GOP presidential rival Donald Trump today by focusing on job growth and pro-labor policies during a visit to Las Vegas. While vowing to create jobs by ...
Journalists win ethics award for Review-Journal sale investigation
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
The news team that solved the mystery of who bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015 has received a commendation from the Society of Professional Journalists. The SPJ bestowed one of ...
Your guide to the biker's life
Sunday, July 24, 2016
That leathered-up Harley rider who looks like he might enjoy breaking a pool cue on your teeth may be a suburban empty-nester who’s about as wild and dangerous as Mitt Romney. The biker look has gone mainstream.
Culinary Union, immigration activists launch initiative to dump Trump and GOP
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Culinary Union and a number of immigration advocacy organizations announced today that they were partnering on a multimillion-dollar initiative to energize ...
Las Vegas first responders stretched thin amid rampant use of illegal fireworks
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
In the days before the Fourth of July, local authorities launched a public awareness campaign to urge Las Vegas Valley residents not to ...
NDOT offers online map for motorists seeking info on Project Neon
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The heaviest phases of construction on Project Neon won’t happen for a while yet, but motorists now have a new way of keeping track of workers’ progress. The Nevada Department of Transportation ...
Lucky Dragon begins taking applications to fill 800 jobs
Thursday, June 23, 2016
On the heels of an announcement that the Lucky Dragon had been fully financed and was scheduled for completion this year, the resort's operators have begun taking applications from ...

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