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Apr 4, 2009 | Drug Donation Program
Nevada lawmakers are debating the creation of a program that would help cancer patients get expensive prescription drugs for less.

Mar 13, 2009 | Budget Wrangling
As state lawmakers wrestle with Nevada's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, there are several plans afoot aimed at softening the next economic bust.

Mar 2, 2009 | Autism
The cost of treating children with autism can be $24,000 to $40,000 per child per year according to the Autism Coalition of Nevada. A bill before the Nevada Legislature aims to help families pay for the care.

Feb 16, 2007 | Chinese New Year
This weekend marks a celebration of Chinese New Year. KNPR's Rick Andrews reports on how the holiday is being celebrated by the valley's growing Asian community.

Dec 7, 2006 | Food and Beverage
The economy of scale for food and beverage operations in Las Vegas means any edge in efficiency is real money. Rick Andrews reports on a software product scoring with food and beverage managers looking at the bottom line...and what you're likely to order.

Nov 15, 2006 | Global Gaming Expo
The Global Gaming Expo trade show and conference got underway Tuesday in Las Vegas. Vendors showcase their latest wares including new slot machines.

Nov 1, 2006 | Stardust Memories
When it opened in 1958 the Stardust was the world's largest hotel. Now, after more than 48 years, it's closed.

Sep 27, 2006 | Nevada Northern Railway
The 'Nevada Northern' is celebrating its centenial anniversary. News 88.9's Rick Andrews went on a tour of the museum with executive director Mark Bassett.

Jun 30, 2006 | Standing Up for Ringo
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley tells the story of how she saw the Beatles in Las Vegas in August 1964.

Jun 29, 2006 | Sports Supplements
From fortified cereals to energy drinks to serious sports nutrition, people are willing to spend lots money to supplement their diets. Rick Andrews reports on the business of sports supplements.

May 25, 2006 | Love
Wednesday Cirque du Soleil provided a glimpse of their much anticipated show based on the music of the Beatles. Flo Rogers reports on Love.

May 24, 2006 | Telecommunications
A Senate telecommunications bill currently being considered includes provisions on most everything, but some worry that controversial measures will derail the entire package.

May 16, 2006 | Nanotech
Universities across the country are spending millions to expand nano technology research...manipulating molecules 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. Rick Andrews reports on nano research at UNLV.

Apr 24, 2006 | Earthscope
Hualapai Mountain Park, near Kingman, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to be home to a seismic monitoring station. Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

Apr 18, 2006 | Anatomical Donation for Science
In the second of two reports exploring innovative medical facilities in the Valley, Rick Andrews visits the Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada in Henderson.

Apr 12, 2006 | Immigration Reform Stalled
Immigration legislation in the U.S. Senate is at a standstill. Many in the Republican Party blame Nevada Democrat, Senator Harry Reid for the impasse. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Apr 1, 2006 | New Plans for Nellis
The first of April brings news that a large piece of military land in Las Vegas may be redeveloped.

Mar 28, 2006 | Test Site Worker Compensation
Senator Harry Reid is trying to get compensation for Test Site workers who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, but never compensated.

Feb 27, 2006 | StoryCorps - Alice Keys
Alice Keys has been active in the African American community for decades and known through her association with the Moulin Rouge Casino. Here's her recollection of meeting one of the great African Americans of the last century.

Feb 21, 2006 | StoryCorps - Alan Morel and Mike Genoshe
When close friends interview each other, the stories are often more intimate and revealing than talking to a reporter. A case in point is Alan Morel and Mike Genoshe talking about their hopes for their adopted son.

Feb 20, 2006 | Dental Training
Going to the dentist isn't what it used to be. Las Vegas is emerging as a center for continuing education in dentistry. Rick Andrews reports.

Feb 17, 2006 | Lobby Reform
Laura Strickler in our Capitol Hill bureau looks at the new rules Nevada lawmakers are proposing for lobby reform.

Jan 30, 2006 | StoryCorps - Clyde Sheldon
The national oral history project StoryCorps was at the District in Henderson in December. Among the stories recorded, Shannon Sheldon from Henderson interviewed her father Clyde Sheldon about his war experiences and coming face to face with death.

Jan 27, 2006 | Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year fills the week before the Superbowl by generating business for the Las Vegas Strip.

Dec 21, 2005 | Mining Public Land
Congressman Jim Gibbons says private mining companies should be able to buy some public lands. But a provision allowing this was stripped from the current budget bill due to growing opposition.

Dec 20, 2005 | Holiday Work in Washington
Tensions rise at the Capital as the holiday season approaches with much business still to be done. Chad Pergram has our report.

Dec 19, 2005 | StoryCorps - Lajadjie Sebela
StoryCorps has been recording local interviews. Among them Lajadjie Sebela. As a young woman she was an underground coal miner - and that was just the beginning of her life's journey.

Dec 19, 2005 | StoryCorps - Audrey Holmes
From interviews recorded at the StoryCorps booth in Henderson, entertainer Clint Holmes gets his mother, Audry, to reminisce about life in wartime London when she met the man who would become Clint's dad.

Dec 12, 2005 | StoryCorps - Mike Genoshe
Another StoryCorps interview...this one with Mike Genoshe.

Dec 12, 2005 | StoryCorps - Alice Keys
One of the local people to be interviewed by StoryCorps is Alice Keys. Alice has been active in the African-American community for decades and known through her association with the Moulin Rouge Casino.

Dec 12, 2005 | Gulf Coast Casinos
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed three tax bills. One extends tax breaks to gulf coast businesses as an incentive for rebuilding - all businesses except casinos, massage parlors and liquor stores.

Dec 6, 2005 | Citizen Alert
Citizen Alert came up with the slogan 'Nevada is Not a Wasteland,' in opposition to the proposed nuclear waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain. Now Citizen Alert is trying to take the message to a whole new level.

Dec 2, 2005 | Mortgage Fraud
Mortgage fraud across the United States is a multi-billion dollar problem. Nevada and other southwestern states are a key area because of rising home prices.

Dec 1, 2005 | Runners on the Strip
There's a lot of excitement over the closing of the Strip this Sunday morning for the Las Vegas Marathon. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon found, the strip is always a popular site for morning exercise.

Nov 25, 2005 | Tasty Water
The Southern Nevada Water Authority has hired a taste expert to teach its employees how to judge the taste and flavor of our water.

Nov 24, 2005 | Happy Birthday
There are thousands of families in Las Vegas that say they can't afford to celebrate their children's birthday. It's so prevalent that one school holds massive birthday parties once a month for students.

Nov 18, 2005 | Street Teens
One service provider for homeless youth, Street Teens, did not fully participate in yesterday's census count. Other social service providers and even homeless youth are raising questions about Street Teens. Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 17, 2005 | Cold War Crash
50 years ago today, a top secret flight on the way to Groom Lake crashed near the top of Mount Charleston. Until 1998 the details of the accident were kept secret. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 17, 2005 | Homeless Teens
Estimates are there could be 10,000 homeless youth in Las Vegas. Today an organization will conduct a census. Ky Plaskon visited with some homeless youth about life on the street.

Nov 11, 2005 | WMD Disaster Training
For the first time the UNLV campus was the site for a class called Weapons of Mass Destruction Responder Operations. Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 10, 2005 | Costly Judges
According to a report released this week, on average it costs a half million dollars to become a Nevada Supreme Court Justice. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 4, 2005 | Jail Overcrowding
Officials say the Clark County Detention Center is overcrowded and the lack of space may mean officers arrest fewer criminals because there's no place to put them. Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 3, 2005 | Prison Violence
Clark County Detention Center staff say they have had 5 riots this year at the downtown jail. So, for the first time the staff has started regular shake-downs of high-security in-mates. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Oct 14, 2005 | Fuel Shortage
The pipelines that bring fuel to Las Vegas are pumping at 97 percent of capacity and Nevada has only a two day fuel reserve. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on efforts to alleviate our fuel supply woes.

Oct 11, 2005 | Placer Dome
The Phillipines has filed suit in Nevada against Placer Dome. The 5th largest mining company in the world was a major stockholder in a company that mined more than $1-billion of copper in the Phillipines. The suit claims widespread environmental damage.

Oct 7, 2005 | Taser Lawsuit
The ACLU and private attorneys filed a federal lawsuit yesterday alleging that actions by Metro and a taser company resulted in the wrongful death of a man who was handcuffed. The suit seeks $10-million in compensation.

Oct 6, 2005 | Joint Operating Agreement
After 55 years, Las Vegas lost it's evening newspaper this week. The Las Vegas Sun was rolled into morning distribution with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It's an anomaly in the U.S. newspaper industry.

Sep 29, 2005 | Energy Efficient Homes
Take a tour of energy efficient homes in Las Vegas. The public will see eight homes, two educational facilities and four commercial sites as examples of how the public can save energy.

Sep 27, 2005 | Internet Gambling
On Friday UNLV held its first conference on youth and gambling. It is a new field of study according to organizers and discussion about Internet gambling it is coming to a head. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 21, 2005 | Disaster Response
One of the Clark County Disaster Response Teams deployed to Mississippi has returned from hurricane relief efforts. Now another Clark County team is preparing to leave for hurricane preparations in Texas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 16, 2005 | Katrina Survivor
Hurricane victims united in Las Vegas at the Global Gaming Expo to share videos of the devastation and ciscuss efforts to rebuild Gulf Coast casinos.

Sep 14, 2005 | Gambling History
Ky Plaskon reports on a historical element to a future-oriented gaming conference in Las Vegas.

Sep 9, 2005 | Nevada Mining - Children
One way the mining industry maintains favor in Nevada is by donating to politicians like most industries do. Another way mining companies gain favor is through educating children about the industry. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 8, 2005 | Katrina Evacuees
People devastated by Hurricane Katrina are beginning to arrive in Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 8, 2005 | Nevada Mining - Environment
Industry consolidation and new technology are allowing mining companies in Nevada to produce 8-times more gold than 20 years ago. Both the industry and conservationists are trying to understand the impact of today's mining. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 7, 2005 | Nevada Mining - Round Mountain
Nevada is the third largest producer of gold in the world, churning out nearly 8-million ounces of gold a year. With gold prices at 17-year highs, some gold mining companies are expanding. Metal mining is up 208% over the same time last year.

Sep 6, 2005 | Nevada Mining - Goldfield
Once the largest city in Nevada, Goldfield was a center of mining and a thriving commerce hub. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports Goldfield is barely a shadow of its former glory.

Sep 2, 2005 | Pahrump Hospital
Residents of Pahrump are looking forward to a new hospital thanks to the USDA making the largest loan guarantee in this history of Nevada.

Aug 31, 2005 | HIV AIDS
A summit continues Wednesday in Las Vegas regarding who will be in charge of allocating more than $4.5 million to fight HIV/AIDS. For the first time Clark County is taking a more inclusive approach.

Aug 26, 2005 | Aerobatic Doctor
People with high stress jobs take their relaxation seriously. KNPR's Rick Andrews has the story of a surgeon who spends his weekends doing aerobatic stunts.

Aug 5, 2005 | Las Vegas Chinese
China is increasingly on the radar in Las Vegas, from the visit of a Chinese government representative courting Mexican businesses to the Furniture Mart that sells mostly Chinese-made furniture.

Aug 4, 2005 | Islam and Non-violence
The Islamic Society of Nevada is holding what it says is the first course in the nation on Islam and Non-violence. Organizers hope to spread understanding about the Muslim community and dispel the misconception that Islam is a violent religion.

Jul 29, 2005 | World Market Center
World Market Center is shaping up as a financial boon for downtown Las Vegas. But how does it fit in with the downtown community and visions of redevelopment? KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 28, 2005 | Furniture Mart
The opening of the World Market Center represents the first taxpayer-subsidized redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas through tax increment financing. In the first of two reports, KNPR's Ky Plaskon looks at the public's return on investment.

Jul 28, 2005 | Teacher Shortage
The Clark County School District needs 500 more teachers in less than a month. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the shortage is not just the result of the district's phenomenal growth.

Jul 27, 2005 | Colorado River Water
Ongoing drought in the west, has prompted the Bureau of Reclamation to reconsider how it divides Colorado River water between reservoirs. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 25, 2005 | Furniture!
The Furniture Mart and World Market Center open in Las Vegas this week. High Point, North Carolina, has long been regarded as the 'furniture capital of the world.' Now some think the new Las Vegas center could pose a threat.

Jul 21, 2005 | Gifted Children
According to the Education Commission of the States, Nevada is the only state prohibiting children from entering kindergarten early. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on recent efforts to change that.

Jul 20, 2005 | Yucca Subpoena
A congressional committee subpoenaed the Department of Energy today for documents related to Yucca Mountain. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 15, 2005 | Mexican Clout
Mexicans in the US have more international clout if the third annual World-Wide Association of Mexicans Abroad conference is any indication. A Chinese government representative made her way to the conference in Las Vegas to court Mexican business.

Jul 13, 2005 | Charitable Cowboy
Few things are as charming as horses, kids and cowboys. Now a Las Vegas man is using that combination to promote a cross-country horseback ride for charity. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 1, 2005 | US 95
After many years in court, the widening of US 95 can proceed. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, a decision to study the health effects of the widening allows the project to continue.

Jun 30, 2005 | Mexican Vote
This week the Mexican congress voted to allow an estimated 11 million Mexicans abroad to take part in the Mexican Presidential election. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to Mexicans in Las Vegas about what the new voting rights means for them.

Jun 29, 2005 | Social Security
Bills on the way to the US House and Senate offer methods of allowing some aspects of privatization of Social Security payroll taxes. Today Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid spoke out against those bills. He says they would devastate rural Nevadans.

Jun 24, 2005 | Wild Fires
An expert out-of-state fire suppression team will meet with officials this morning (June 24) for a briefing and possibly to take control of operations on the Goodsprings fire. The fire grew yesterday from an estimated 1,500 acres to more than 15,000.

Jun 23, 2005 | Affordable Housing
After 6 years of development, the City of Las Vegas finally opened an affordable housing complex downtown Wednesday. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jun 21, 2005 | Threats to the Desert
This month 26 million acres of BLM land across 12 western states were listed as endangered by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. Among those listed, stretches of desert in Southern Nevada, threatened by garbage and shooting.

Jun 17, 2005 | School of Mines
School children in Las Vegas have a chance to experience what it takes to mine gold. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jun 13, 2005 | Union Strategy
One of the city's largest construction unions has put up large banners in front of the Las Vegas Hilton asking the public to cast shame on the company for hiring a contractor that uses non-union labor for asbestos removal.

Jun 10, 2005 | Hot Schools
Most of Clark County's more than 250,000 students have wrapped up their last day of the school year. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, when the students leave that's when schools really heat up.

Jun 9, 2005 | Renoir at Bellagio
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art opens a new exhibition Friday.

Jun 8, 2005 | Monterey Village
Last week Metro police, marshals and the health district searched apartments in an area of Las Vegas known as Naked City. They found stolen merchandise and evidence of people inhabiting rooms with raw sewage on the floor. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jun 1, 2005 | Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Officials break ground on a multi-million dollar progject to educate the public on how to preserve water in the desert.

May 31, 2005 | North Las Vegas Mayor
North Las Vegans head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will lead the city...incumbent Mayor Mike Montandon or the political strategist Andres Ramirez. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

May 27, 2005 | Sewer Repairs
On the strip county officials are making special arrangements to keep traffic flowing during this holiday weekend. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, that means the most critical sewer repair in the city's history will be put on hold.

May 26, 2005 | Wake Up America
Latino activists plan to protest a summit by the Wake Up America Foundation this weekend at Cashman Field. The summit features militant anti-illegal immigration groups among them the Minuteman project.

May 23, 2005 | Race Relations Forum
Civil rights activists in Las Vegas are trying to raise awareness of racism with the city's first civil rights forum scheduled for Tuesday. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on some of the events leading up to the forum.

May 20, 2005 | Health Services
Governor Kenny Guinn's budget currently being debated in the Legislature proposes a 50 percent increase for state-run health services KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to Mary Liveratti Deputy Director for Department of Human Resources about some of the details.

May 20, 2005 | Race Relations
From protests over anti-immigration billboards, to doctors accusing hospitals of racism, to a federal investigation of housing discrimination...race relations are an issue of concern in Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

May 18, 2005 | Discrimination
Doctors have accused Las Vegas hospitals of discrimination in front of UMC's trauma center. KNPR's Ky Plaskon prepared this report.

May 13, 2005 | Inspector Outsourcing
The Clark County Development Services faces a perpetual shortage of inspectors resulting in a backlog for residential projects that number in the hundreds every day. Now the department is working on changing its administrative code to turn inspections ov

May 12, 2005 | Petroglyphs
A Nevada man says he's discovered an innovative way to date petroglyphs found in the desert. Ky Plaskon reports.

May 12, 2005 | Building Inspectors
The building boom in Las Vegas is putting pressure on building inspectors to do more work to keep up. Ky Plaskon reports the inspections department wants to increase its staff by 50 percent.

May 6, 2005 | UNLV Building
By the end of 2007 UNLV will have spent $500-million on new buildings in less than ten years. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on how the university plans to do it and the challenges the institution faces.

May 4, 2005 | Water Negotiations
The plan to draw millions of gallons of water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas has received much criticism, but there has been success in negotiating a transfer with Lincoln County. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

May 3, 2005 | Water Plan
Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting in Las Vegas to consider a plan by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to draw water from of rural Nevada. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 15, 2005 | Latino AIDS
AIDS is a serious problem for the traditionally conservative Latino culture. A study shows new cases among Latinos are increasing at an alarming rate. Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 13, 2005 | Yucca Science
A congressional subcommittee is holding a second hearing Thursday into allegedly falsified scientific data at Yucca Mountain. Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 13, 2005 | Howard Dean
Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean is in Las Vegas Thursday. He'll speak at a luncheon regarding his plans to rebuild the democratic party. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke with Governor Dean earlier this week.

Apr 8, 2005 | Tax Help for Soldiers
With the tax deadline approaching military personnel find they have special needs and special deductions. But those deductions can be difficult to claim.

Apr 7, 2005 | Water Science
The USGS Nevada Water Science Center will be in Ely, Nevada, Thursday night to report on water monitoring in northern Nevada. Las Vegas wants to pump some of that water down south.

Apr 1, 2005 | Robots
Picking a plastic triangle off a hook and putting it on the floor doesn't sound like much of a sport, but imagine you had to do it with a robot. That's the goal of the Robotics Competition.

Apr 1, 2005 | Fabulous Las Vegas
On this first day of April, Mayor Oscar Goodman has announced a name change for the city of Las Vegas. He says this will eliminate confusion and make it easier for tourists to find our city.

Mar 31, 2005 | More Water
Las Vegas continues to consider new sources for drinking water. Desalinization is a possibility, but pumping water from northern Nevada seems to be more likely.

Mar 25, 2005 | East Side Development
High-rise condos are being planned and built all over Las Vegas...except in East Las Vegas. Planners are hoping to convince entrenched landowners to join the building boom.

Mar 24, 2005 | Wind Sailing
A dry lakebed might seem like a strange place to try sailing, but this time of year people come from all over the world to converge on a dry lake a few miles south of Primm. There, they harness the force of the wind and compete for who can use it best.

Mar 18, 2005 | Great Basin Water
The Southern Nevada Water Authority plans to tap water in northern Nevada and pipe it hundreds of miles south to Las Vegas. This week the SNWA sent representatives to Ely where the project has not been well received.

Mar 18, 2005 | Performing Arts Center
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has announced a large grant to help support the new Las Vegas Performing Arts Center. Flo Rogers reports.

Mar 15, 2005 | Hot Nights
Las Vegas nights aren't as cool as they used to be, literally. Nighttime low temperatures have increased nearly 10 degrees over the past 60 years. We've become an 'urban heat island'.

Mar 14, 2005 | DMV Theft
For years thieves have targeted Department of Motor Vehicles across the nation to steal equipment to make driver's licenses. That's what happened in North Las Vegas recently, but these thieves also made off with the means to steal identities as well.

Mar 9, 2005 | Growth Task Force
The Clark County Growth Task Force whittled down a year's worth of discussion yesterday to approve a guide for county growth. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports affordable housing tops the list.

Mar 4, 2005 | Mariachi
Students in a Mariachi music program at Rancho High School have attracted the attention of the American String Teachers Association, which invited the students to open its National

Mar 2, 2005 | Botanical Mural
A Henderson artist has completed a two year project for the United States Botanical Garden. Yesterday the mural was unveiled in the Washington DC Botanical Conservatory. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 25, 2005 | Explosive Detection Trace Portals
The Transportation Security Administration has been searching for ways to better check people's bodies for bombs at airport checkpoints. Yesterday the TSA unveiled a new system for checking passengers at McCarran.

Feb 23, 2005 | Red Rock
Thirty minutes from the strip is what Senator Harry Reid calls wilderness. Yesterday he held a summit to protect it drawing hundreds of people. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 18, 2005 | McCarran #6 Busiest Airport
McCarran International has surpassed Phoenix in passenger numbers, becoming the 6th busiest airport in the nation. With the status also come challenges. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 17, 2005 | MLK Jr. Oratory Contest
The International House of Blues Foundation held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory contest in January. Today Javonna Brown from Kermit Booker Elementary.

Feb 16, 2005 | MLK Jr. Oratory Contest
The International House of Blues Foundation held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory contest in January. Today Muna Hiluf from Garside Middle School.

Feb 15, 2005 | MLK Jr. Oratory Contest
The International House of Blues Foundation held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory contest in January. Today Alexandra McLendon from Community College High School on the CCSN campus.

Feb 14, 2005 | Valentine's Day Weddings
Couples still find Las Vegas to be a popular place to get married, but not so much on Valentine's Day. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 14, 2005 | MLK Jr. Oratory Contest
The International House of Blues Foundation held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory contest in January. Today Dominique Clark from Marvin Sedway Middle School reads his essay.

Feb 14, 2005 | Growing Right
As the Growth Task Force gets ready to conclude, commentator Robert Fielden is optimistic about the project.

Feb 11, 2005 | Busy Airports
McCarran International Airport, along with Phoenix Sky Harbor and Denver International, are reporting record passenger numbers for 2004. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on the challenges airport officials face as a result of those increases.

Feb 11, 2005 | Water and Power
Nevada Power announced that it has decided to stop suing one of its largest customers. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 8, 2005 | Road Congestion
A national transportation research group, funded primarily by road construction companies and contractors, gave Nevada roads a failing grade today. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 4, 2005 | Public Employees Health Insurance
The Health Services Coalition, representing hundreds of thousands of teachers, police, firefighters and union members nearly went public yesterday with the difficulty it's having negotiating a new health insurance contract with local hospitals. KNPR's K

Feb 3, 2005 | DMV Fees
Speaking before a Legislative Budget Subcommittee yesterday the Director of the Nevada DMV outlined how wait times have plummeted to an average of one hour at every DMV office in the state and how the department hopes to return 300 million dollars in bud

Feb 2, 2005 | Psychiatric Hospital
Governor Kenny Guinn broke ground Tuesday on Southern Nevada's first psychiatric hospital. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 28, 2005 | Urban Forest Management
More license plates aimed at protecting Lake Tahoe are sold in Southern Nevada than anywhere else in the state. So this week the agency charged with managing the lake solicited public comment in Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon was there and explores some o

Jan 27, 2005 | Employee Rights
In a long running case over employee appearance standards, a bartender claims that Harrah's rules requiring her to wear make-up caused her to be fired from a 20-year career with the company. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 21, 2005 | No Threat
Rumors of a terrorist threat in Las Vegas this week turn out to be without merit. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 21, 2005 | Property Taxes
Rapidly rising property values have resulted in thousands of Clark County residents appealing their property tax assessment. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 12, 2005 | State of Las Vegas
Mayor Oscar Goodman's state of the city address took the tone of a downtown abundant in history, business and cultural resources. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the mayor is still out to change what's lacking in the area, overall city pride and community own

Jan 11, 2005 | US 95 Widening
The 9th District Court of Appeals heard arguments from the Federal Highway Administration and the Sierra Club in a case that could have nation-wide implications for drivers starting with U-S 95 in Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 7, 2005 | Consumer Electronics
High Definition Television has started to taking hold in the consumers' imagination according to the Consumer Electronics Association which is holding it's annual conference in Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on the showcase of the latest innovations

Jan 6, 2005 | Tax Rebate
Nevada has a tax surplus of hundreds of millions of dollars and the governor says he wants to give back $300-million to drivers. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 5, 2005 | Rumble Digit
New Years Eve fireworks are reported as having gone off without a hitch, but as KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports the star of the show, never made it's debut.

Dec 29, 2004 | Renewable Energy Credits
Nevadans are being offered cash for installing solar panels. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, what the power company gets in return for the rebate is also valuable.

Dec 27, 2004 | Bilingual Publisher
Salina Bookshelf is the country's only Navajo-English bilingual publisher. It's celebrating a decade of selling books to school districts across the southwest. One of it's top customers is Clark County. From Arizona Public Radio, Daniel Crocker reports on

Dec 24, 2004 | Holiday Lights
This the time of year to be driving down the street and something so surprising catches your eye that you have to turn your car around to go look at it. That's happening to hundreds of people who drive down Gowan street in Northwest Las Vegas. KNPR's Ky P

Dec 23, 2004 | Solar Power
Last month Nevada Power started to pay out $1-million worth of incentives for residents and businesses that have installed solar power. But the state's top producer of solar power has opted for another approach, negotiate. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Dec 17, 2004 | Monorail Returns
The $650-million, privately financed public transit experiment, the Las Vegas Monorail has been closed for months. Now operators have muzzled a sound that was causing problems from the start. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Dec 16, 2004 | Building Inspectors
Building officials met in Reno this week to amend building codes across the state. They hope to increase the energy efficiency of building codes. It's part of an ongoing process to regulate the building industry. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, keeping

Dec 10, 2004 | BLM Land and Affordable Housing
The Bureau of Land Management recently implemented rules that Nevada governments can use to require affordable housing on thousands of acres of BLM land sold at public auctions. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, local governments aren't rushing to take pa

Dec 9, 2004 | Depleted Uranium
Nuclear waste is part of daily life in seemingly unlikely ways. Depleted Uranium was once a component of porcelain crowns. It's more recently used as a shield against radiation in hospitals, a counterweight in boats and it's also used in bullets. The Nev

Dec 3, 2004 | Rodeo Animals
The National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas, bringing with it millions of dollars and controversy over the treatment of rodeo animals. Ky Plaskon reports.

Dec 2, 2004 | Computerized Fireworks
Las Vegas unveiled it's plans for the most expensive new years celebration in its history to kick off a year-long celebration of the city's centennial. It'll feature fireworks never seen anywhere else in the world. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 30, 2004 | LV Information Technology
The failed energy titan Enron is often described as a shell of a company with no real assets. But it did have fixed property, including one structure in Nevada. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, it's a symbol of Las Vegas' future as a powerful center of the i

Nov 29, 2004 | Profiting from Enron Bankruptcy
Recently Nevada Power filed a complaint declaring 200 million dollars in damages to its reputation as a result of the failed energy giant Enron. Liquidation of Enron's assets are supposed to pay for the costs of creditors like Nevada Power, but as KNP

Nov 18, 2004 | Cuban Defectors
The dance company 'Havana Night Club' is getting world-wide publicity for their political, rather than musical act. This week Las Vegas was the site of what seems to be the largest defection of Cubans in history. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 12, 2004 | Entertainment District
The City of Las Vegas recently designated a portion of downtown as an Entertainment District and the first entertainment business opened there last weekend. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 11, 2004 | Corporal William Salazar
You might not have known Corporal William Salazar, but you may have seen his work. On this Veteran's day Ky Plaskon reports on the a marine videographer from Las Vegas who was the first videographer killed in combat since Vietnam.

Nov 5, 2004 | Latino Voters
For the first time in history registered voters in Nevada surpassed 1 million. Latinos in Clark County registered a record number of voters and that is momentum leaders say they need to put Latinos in a major Southern Nevada office. KNPR's Ky Plaskon repo

Nov 2, 2004 | Election Day Lawyers
Electronic voting machines and printers already change the flavor of Election Day. Attorneys are another recent addition to the polls. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on why.

Nov 1, 2004 | Recount
Razor-thin margins between the presidential candidates increases the possibility of a re-count. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on the less than stellar history of Nevada's voting machines in re-counts.

Oct 28, 2004 | Minority Home Loans
Freddie Mac, a stockholder-owned corporation that has purchased one in every six loans in the United States, released some details of a proprietary survey this week about minority home buying. It's using the information to dare minorities to become homeow

Oct 27, 2004 | News Boot Camp
The press regularly covers staged emergencies where Police and Fire Departments keep their skills sharp and train their recruits. Now the press has its own practice, in Malibu, California. Las Vegas TV reporters and anchors have volunteered for years. Thi

Oct 11, 2004 | Vote Smart
Three-million Americans go to Vote-Smart.org every day. It's the nation's leading non-partisan voter education web site. It publishes local political candidate commitments on specific issues. But candidates are more reluctant to commit these days, especia

Oct 6, 2004 | The Politics of Safety #3
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is taking on a political role this election year, using safety as a tool to lobby voters for an increase in sales tax to pay for more police. If voters approve, it could mean a re-structuring of police financin

Oct 5, 2004 | The Politics of Safety #2
Local police are asking voters to increase sales taxes to put more officers on the streets. Yesterday Ky Plaskon reported on how response to some crimes is delayed because officers are rushing from one call to the next. At the same time, groups of officer

Oct 4, 2004 | The Politics of Safety #1
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Bill Young is asking voters for an increase in sales taxes to hire more officers because of the increased demand for service. Every day the police receive 3 thousand calls for service. The number of calls has increase

Oct 1, 2004 | Asian-American Voters
The western Asian-American population grew faster than any other ethnic group in the decade prior to the year 2000, increasing 200 percent on average according to Census data. Even faster in Las Vegas, up 260 percent. Asians can be decisive in the preside

Sep 28, 2004 | Everett Ruess
A missing person is not usually cause for celebration, but this weekend a new arts festival in southern Utah takes its inspiration from the short and creative life of a young bohemian.

Sep 24, 2004 | Bonnie Springs
Out west a dozen miles on Blue Diamond Road is Bonnie Springs Old Nevada. It's hoaky western cowboy comedy show, make-shift zoo and cozy bar offer a taste of agri-tourism and are a respite from the strip. KNPR's Ky Plaskon paid a visit.

Sep 13, 2004 | Charter Schools
Charter schools offer a variety of schedules and programs that could be more appealing to students at risk of dropping out. But in Nevada, charter schools report the highest dropout rates, up to 30 percent in the first year the state collected data in 199

Sep 10, 2004 | Model Trains
Train preservation is thriving in Southern Nevada, and as Rick Andrews found out recently so is the hobby of model trains.

Sep 9, 2004 | Lori Lipman Brown
A Las Vegas school teacher wanted to raise awareness about the millions of dollars in special interest money spent in Nevada Supreme Court races. So she ran for the office and vowed to only take donations of 100 dollars. To the surprise of many, including

Sep 8, 2004 | Judges
Even before the polls opened Tuesday some judges up for election were already basking in the glory of victory. The reason for the early success - money. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 2, 2004 | Yucca Science
President Bush promised Nevadans last month that he would not appeal a key court decision that could hold up the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on how President Bush has spun his decision to store waste at Yucca Mo

Aug 31, 2004 | Algiers
As resorts get flashier and taller they tower over the smaller, older properties. Then one day you drive by and they're gone. Flo Rogers has this report on the closing of the Algiers.

Aug 30, 2004 | School Prep
Some of Las Vegas's most disadvantaged students spent the first day back at school outfitted with free backpacks, pencils and notebooks. KNPR's Ky Plaskon has more on one of the most successful college prep programs in the nation.

Aug 27, 2004 | Printing Votes
The federal government is investing billions trying to enhance the integrity of and public confidence in elections. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports that Nevada is taking one of the boldest steps to do so.

Aug 23, 2004 | Initiatives
Last week a Carson City court set a hearing date for arguments regarding the Axe The Tax petition. This question before voters would repeal new taxes enacted earlier this year. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, lawsuits are an increasing trend accompanying vo

Aug 19, 2004 | Zzyzx
About 10 miles south of Baker you'll find the Zzyzx. It was built by a preacher...the site of a rough example for a $20 million dollar project in Southern Nevada.

Aug 18, 2004 | Bush Campaign Stop
One of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas yesterday was to see President George W. Bush. He addressed jobs and Yucca Mountain among other things with a friendly crowd of privileged ticket holders. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Aug 6, 2004 | BLM Land Sales
A unique program in Southern Nevada has the BLM selling land to benefit environmental projects in the state. Thursday the Department of the Interior announced that Nevada will get more money for parks and recreation than all other states combined. KNPR'

Aug 5, 2004 | Las Vegas Redevelopment
On Tuesday the City of Las Vegas held its first meeting on a proposal for the largest redevelopment expansion in 15 years. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 30, 2004 | Arizona Commuting
The Hoover Dam bypass is spurring a housing boom on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 27, 2004 | Indian Income
Nevada Indian tribes diversify their businesses to prosper without casinos.

Jul 26, 2004 | Casino Credit
From players' club cards to credit cards, casinos push brand loyalty.

Jul 23, 2004 | Redeveloping Reno
Reno attempts to resurrect itself with outdoor sports and arts.

Jul 8, 2004 | Foreign Trash
In a report expected to be released this month, Nevada is poised to become a major importer of western garbage. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the state is in discussions to open or expand 5 landfills to accept out of state garbage.

Jul 7, 2004 | Recycling
There is a hidden industry in Nevada just waiting to be developed. Right now its being treated like trash - literally. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jul 6, 2004 | Identity Theft
A federal task force aimed at investigating identity fraud opened up a window into its headquarters by announcing that it has already charged 41 individuals with identity crimes in the less than two months it's operated. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jun 28, 2004 | Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Las Vegas Sunday night. KNPR's Flo Rogers prepared this report.

Jun 22, 2004 | Trains
While high-speed trains may be the future for passenger rail travel, we recall that old-fashioned trains helped build the west and continue to provide essential transportation. KNPR's Rick Andrews reports.

Jun 18, 2004 | Mustang Ranch
Famed as the first legal house of prostitution, the Mustang Ranch was hacked into pieces last weekend - a deliberate act by its new owner to start spreading the Mustang name nationwide.

Jun 17, 2004 | Custodians
School districts from New Jersey to California are looking for new methods to clean schools. In Nevada's Washoe County School District a janitor says it's a problem in many public places not just schools and he's set out to solve it. KNPR's Ky Plaskon rep

Jun 1, 2004 | John Kerry - Nuclear Issues
Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has announced an initiative to keep terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to Kerry about his proposal and how it might affect the plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca mountain.

May 27, 2004 | World Series of Poker
KNPR's Ky Plaskon looks at the changing faces at the World Series of Poker.

May 26, 2004 | Minority Chambers
Governor Kenny Guinn will address the members of three minority chambers of commerce together at a luncheon for the first time. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

May 21, 2004 | Women Vote
As the two presidential campaigns descended on Las Vegas this week KNPR's Ky Plaskon takes a look at their messages to women in southern Nevada.

May 18, 2004 | Yucca Rail
The Department of Energy held its final scoping meeting Monday before it issues a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the rail corridor it hopes to use to ship nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Ky Plaskon reports.

May 17, 2004 | Kerry and Teamsters
Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry was in Las Vegas Sunday to drum up support from the Teamsters. Ky Plaskon reports.

May 14, 2004 | Taxicabs
The Strip is packed with cabs on a typical night. About twice as many as a decade ago. The Review Journal's Dave Berns recently rode with cabbie Eddie Markhouse on a busy Saturday night.

May 12, 2004 | Ethics Hearing
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman testified Wednesday in front of the Nevada Commission on Ethics, defending charges that he used his position as mayor to benefit his family. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

May 7, 2004 | Chancellor Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers talks about taking on the job of interim chancellor of the University and Community College System of Nevada.

May 4, 2004 | Teacher Awards
Two teachers from Nevada are recipients of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Joanne Ho's is one recipient and a teacher at Clark High School where they have lowered drop out rates - not with more money - simply through comm

Apr 27, 2004 | Chasing the Water
With water levels in Lake Mead continue to drop, both public and private entities spend millions of dollars chasing the water that's left. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 26, 2004 | Minority Affairs
The Nevada Legislature created the Commission on Minority Affairs during the last legislative session. Among its many purposes is to collect information from various sources and propose legislation to the Governor that could help minorities. Today that co

Apr 26, 2004 | Cigarette Tax
New taxes on cigarettes in Nevada have had an immediate impact, reducing sales and doubling revenue. But the tax will also bring some unintended consequences. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 23, 2004 | HIV Disability
Cirque du Soleil has agreed to pay the highest settlement ever in the nation for alleged employment discrimination based on disability. The employee was HIV positive. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 20, 2004 | Terrorism
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in Las Vegas yesterday to announce multiple efforts to increase coordination among agencies regarding terrorism. One component is expanding a computer-based counter terrorism communications network to all 50 st

Apr 19, 2004 | Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters convention is underway in Las Vegas with more than 90-thousand attendees. Common Cause - the group known as a campaign finance watchdog - is here to roll out a new national campaign on Tuesday. KNPR's Ky Plaskon s

Apr 16, 2004 | Goodman and the Press
Mayor Oscar Goodman is often praised for his charisma in promoting the city of Las Vegas. Recently, however, some of his activities have come under scrutiny by the Nevada State Commission on Ethics, prompting media inquiries that have angered the mayor. K

Apr 15, 2004 | Ethics Commission
The State Ethics Commission takes step to investigate the conduct of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 14, 2004 | Ozone
EPA officials have announced new air quality standards that will mean Clark County and 500 other counties around the nation must take steps to reduce ozone levels. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 13, 2004 | Irwin Schiff
Former Libertarian presidential candidate and author Irwin Schiff hasn't paid taxes for more than a quarter century. He's preached the anti-tax message to thousands of others. But now, in Las Vegas, he'll be arraigned for tax fraud. KNPR'S Ky Plaskon rep

Mar 23, 2004 | CCSN 4-year degree
CCSN wins approval to start a 4-year degree program. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Mar 18, 2004 | Solar Energy
A solar installation ten times larger than any other in Nevada was switched on for the first time this week. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Mar 17, 2004 | Prescription Drug Abuse
A new federal plan to combat the abuse of prescription drugs is modeled after Nevada's programs. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Mar 15, 2004 | Hot Nights
Las Vegas nights aren't as cool as they used to be, literally. Nighttime low temperatures have increased nearly 10 degrees over the past 60 years. We've become an 'urban heat island'.

Mar 12, 2004 | Senator Ensign
Senator John Ensign talks about being recognized as a leading political force in the area of technology.

Mar 11, 2004 | Robots
Robotic vehicles will race across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas this weekend. Ky Plaskon reports.

Mar 5, 2004 | Nepotism
The father/son coaching team of Charlie and Jay Spoonhour have led the UNLV Runnin' Rebels for the last three years. State nepotism laws prohibit such working relationships between family members. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the athletic department

Mar 4, 2004 | State Employees in Politics
This week the Nevada Attorney General issued an opinion that legislators can't work for state government. The opinion prompted Ray Rawson to resign from his position as a Dental Hygiene Professor at CCSN. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Mar 4, 2004 | Professional Sports in Las Vegas
Dave Berns hits the strip and a UNLV game to see what fans think of the chances of bringing professional sports to Las Vegas.

Feb 27, 2004 | Water
The Southern Nevada Water Authority has declared it's water saving measures successful and relaxed drought plan restrictions. It also approved steps to develop the state's water portfolio. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 26, 2004 | Taxes
Governor Kenny Guinn warns the Nevada Taxpayers Association that Nevada needs to avoid a fiscal crisis similar to California's.

Feb 24, 2004 | MAX
KNPR's Ky Plaskon goes in search of MAX - the Metropolitan Area Express.

Feb 23, 2004 | Hospital Profits
According to an annual report released this month by the State Department of Health Care and Policy, hospital profits in Clark County were up 141% last year. KNPR's Ky Plaskon Reports.

Feb 19, 2004 | MLK Oratory
Jacob Rooney, with his essay from the Martin Luther King, Jr Oratory competition.

Feb 15, 2004 | MLK Jr. Oratory Contest
The International House of Blues Foundation held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory contest in January. Today Alexandra McLendon from Community College High School on the CCSN campus.

Feb 13, 2004 | Election Information
Use the internet to find a variety of information on candidates and campaigns.

Feb 12, 2004 | Housing Boom
The Las Vegas housing market continues strong growth with buyers hoping to find their dream homes.

Feb 10, 2004 | Homeowners Associations
Homeowners associations control 2-trillion dollars worth of property in the U-S and have 30 billion dollars in annual operating revenue. But they are also lightly regulated and headed by average homeowners. They are small neighborhood democracies that con

Feb 9, 2004 | Monet
The director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston responds to the criticism that the venerable museum shouldn't be renting out it's priceless Impressionist paintings to Las Vegas.

Feb 6, 2004 | Wild Horses
Considered by many to be a symbol of freedom in the American west, wild horses have been protected by federal law since 1971. But the federal government faces a challenge to manage the horses, mainly because they're reproducing at rate of 20 percent a yea

Feb 3, 2004 | Growth Task Force
Three Clark County commissioners say they want to create a task force to make recommendations regarding growth in the valley. The proposal comes as Commissioners feel the effects of increased public outcry over a waning quality of life because of unfet

Feb 2, 2004 | Mexican-Americans
Mexican-Americans from around the U.S. gathered in Las Vegas over the weekend in an effort to organize Mexicans, the largest portion of Hispanics in the nation.

Jan 30, 2004 | Immigrants and the DMV
State officials are trying to make the Nevada drivers license a more secure form of identification.

Jan 22, 2004 | Paul Craig
A member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board speaks out on the technical and political issues involving storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

Jan 21, 2004 | Uninsured
One out of every six Nevadan's is uninsured. Find out the consequences and fledgling efforts to stem the tide in a report from KNPR's Ky Plaskon.

Jan 16, 2004 | Archaeology Thieves
The National Parks Service estimates that up to 70 archeological sites on its western lands are looted or vandalized every year. Finding and prosecuting the crime is usually a challenge for law enforcement, but this week a federal judge sentenced the last

Jan 9, 2004 | Junk Food
Students went back to school this week to find vegetarian meals as one of their daily choices. And missing from the menu were the fried doughnuts. But schools in the district are still serving fast food and soft drinks that contribute to the most common h

Jan 8, 2004 | Consumer Electronics Show
If you like electronic gadgets, CES is the place to be. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 7, 2004 | Video Poker Addiction
Dave Berns explores the attraction of one of gaming's most popular offerings and meets gamblers trying to recover from their addiction.

Dec 30, 2003 | Terror: New Year's 2003
The Department of Homeland Security has announced the sky over the Las Vegas Strip will be closed to air traffic on New Year's Eve. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports that is in addition to new security on international cargo and passenger flights, and installatio

Dec 24, 2003 | Alpine Golf
The Forrest Service wants to buy an old ice rink and miniature golf course on Mt. Charleston. KNPR's Ky Plaskon has the story.

Dec 18, 2003 | Homeless Survey
The annual survey of the homeless in Las Vegas is almost complete. Ggovernment agencies don't pay for the survey even though it helps them get millions to cope with the problem. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Dec 17, 2003 | Tourism
Tourism professionals in Las Vegas got a pep talk from the Governor yesterday at the 20th annual Governor's conference on tourism. The Nevada Commission on Tourism is planning to open a new office in Beijing in March. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to the Execu

Dec 16, 2003 | Artifacts
A federal judge in Nevada has started sentencing defendants in cases involving the theft of archeological artifacts. The thieves pillaged Native American graves and artifacts for profit. This morning the U-S attorney will put some of those artifacts on di

Nov 26, 2003 | President Bush visits Las Vegas
On a fundraising visit to Las Vegas yesterday President Bush stopped to celebrate passage of a Medicare reform bill. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports the trip was a mix of official business and campaigning.

Nov 25, 2003 | Bob Miller
President Bush is making his first official vist to Nevada today. He's attending a fundraising luncheon at the Venetian and is scheduled to address the subject of Medicare at Spring Valley Hospital. But that's not the top issue on some people's minds. KNP

Nov 24, 2003 | North Las Vegas Crime
There's a reason why more than half of the North Las Vegas budget goes to public safety - high crime. The construction of a new police station is part of a broader plan to bring the city's antiquated policing systems up to date. But as KNPR's Ky Plaskon r

Nov 20, 2003 | Sloan Canyon
Most people know where Red Rock Canyon is, but what about the other National Conservation Area in the valley? As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the BLM is asking for input this week on what to do with one would-be protected stretch of desert.

Nov 12, 2003 | BLM Appraisals
The Federal Bureau of Land Management expects to make 2 billion dollars next year in revenue from public land sales and leases. For a decade BLM has been criticized as selling and trading these public lands to developers for below market value. As KNPR's

Nov 10, 2003 | DMV
This month the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is finalizing a list of states with less stringent requirements than Nevada for a driver's license. Once it's complete licenses from some other states won't be valid proof of identity or worthy of exchang

Nov 7, 2003 | Guggenheim
The Guggenheim Hermitage museum opens a new exhibit today. Flo Rogers asked the Director of the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation about the first two years of the Guggenheim in Las Vegas...

Nov 7, 2003 | Green Buildings 3
Just about every day local and federal governments, businesses and organizations around the nation are committing to building offices and schools with green concepts - that means with renewable resources, materials that are less harmful to the environment

Nov 6, 2003 | Green Buildings 2
According to a U-S senate report last year, the construction and operation of buildings where we work and live account for half of the nation's pollution and waste. Yesterday KNPR's Ky Plaskon explored efforts by architects to build less wasteful building

Nov 5, 2003 | Green Buildings 1
As absurd as it sounds, many buildings may not have been constructed with people in mind. Today architects are trying to make the indoor experience more pleasant. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 3, 2003 | Homeless
KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on a day of free services for the homeless in Las Vegas.

Oct 22, 2003 | E-Brief
KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on the first weekly 'e-brief', an attempt to increase the impact of the governor's messages on the public in anticipated tough economic times.

Oct 21, 2003 | Nevada Flora
KNPR's Ky Plaskon follows a professor who's collected and recorded plants to put Southern Nevada's vegetation on the botany map.

Oct 17, 2003 | Water Pact
Seven western states agree to a water use pact and that means Nevada gets access to water from Lake Mead. Ky Plaskon reports.

Oct 16, 2003 | Guinn on the Budget
Officials are warning that Nevada is facing a shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue if economic growth does not meet projections. Governor Kenny Guinn talks about potential cuts and more.

Sep 26, 2003 | Free Speech on Fremont
The Fremont Street Experience was the site for free speech from immigrant workers this week. Ky Plaskon reports.

Sep 17, 2003 | The Blue Diner
KNPR's Ky Plaskon talks with Natatcha Estebanez, writer/director/producer of The Blue Diner.

Sep 12, 2003 | Drought Assistance
After years of drought, Nevada is seeking federal disaster relief.

Sep 8, 2003 | Entertainment Engineer
KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports for NPR's All Things Considered that UNLV is attempting to break into the high level entertainment engineering that has grown to be a major part of the Las Vegas economy.

Sep 7, 2003 | Floods
KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports for NPR's Morning Edition that recent flooding in Las Vegas reveals the vulnerability of the city.

Sep 7, 2003 | National Pastry Championship
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on the National Pastry Team Championships in Las Vegas.

Sep 5, 2003 | Water - The Enforcers
Lawn watering restrictions went into effect this week. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, authorities often rely on the watchful eye of citizens who self-police the neighborhoods.

Sep 4, 2003 | Flood Assistance
The state has applied for low-interest loans for victims of Las Vegas's recent floods. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to Governor Kenny Guinn shortly after those loans had been approved.

Aug 29, 2003 | FEMA Exercise
Ky Plaskon talks to the regional director of FEMA about a major training excercise that coincided with our recent flooding in Las Vegas.

Aug 25, 2003 | Hidden Cost of Education.
It's back to school for 267,000 students in Clark County. Getting them all spruced up for class means buying school supplies. From paper and pencils to software, it's a multi-million dollar industry in the county - a price teachers are increasingly absorb

Aug 8, 2003 | Yucca Mountain: International Perspective
In addition to the United States, twelve other countries are actively working on programs to try to safely dispose of their nuclear waste. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on the difficulties other countries face in their nuclear waste management programs.

Aug 7, 2003 | Yucca Mountain: Caliente
KNPR's Ky Plaskon visited a small community designated to receive nuclear waste on its way to Yucca Mountain.

Jul 25, 2003 | Immigrant Economy
Studies show Latino immigrants are making the Las Vegas economy stronger.

Jul 23, 2003 | Budget Passed
The 6 month stalement in the Nevada Legislature ended with Governor Kenny Guinn signing an $836-million tax bill. The Governor spoke with KNPR's Ky Plaskon after signing the bill.

Jul 14, 2003 | Fremont Freedom
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a Las Vegas ordinance restricting freedom of speech on public property. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the city plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jul 11, 2003 | Supreme Court Decision
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled the need for education funding outweights the requirement for a two-thirds vote to pass a tax increase. One of the 15 Legislators who fought the tax increase is Assembly Minority Leader Lynn Hettrick. KNPR's Ky Plaskon spok

Jul 2, 2003 | The Governor's Lawsuit
KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke with Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn about filing a lawsuit to force the Legislature to balance the budget.

Jun 27, 2003 | Education Budget
Funding for public education has become the focus as the state legislature tries to pass a balanced budget. KNPR's Ky Plaskon has more on how the impasse over taxes is affecting school children.

Jun 13, 2003 | FBI Mission
KNPR's Ky Plaskon spoke to FBI special agent Darren Borst about the increased emphasis on fighting terrorism.

Jun 5, 2003 | BLM Auction
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will be in Las Vegas as the Bureau of Land Management auctions thousands of acres around Las Vegas to benefit mostly local agencies. This auction of federal land is only available in Las Vegas and avoids a problem the

Jun 3, 2003 | Library Bond Issue
Award-winning Clark County Library District asks for a $50-million bond issue.

May 30, 2003 | FBI Investigation
The FBI is currently investigating a case involving strip club owners Mike and Jack Galardi and alleged coercion with elected officials in Las Vegas and San Diego. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the case may have sprung from complicated and sometimes prohi

May 20, 2003 | Performing Arts Center
Efforts to bring a performing arts center to Las Vegas will get a major boost this week if the City Council votes in favor of dedicating downtown land to the project.

May 19, 2003 | Guggenheim Closes
The closing of the Guggenheim Las Vegas is a setback for Las Vegas' art scene, but Flo Rogers reports there's still plenty of art available on the Strip.

May 16, 2003 | The Price of Power
This week the Public Utilities Commission granted Nevda Power a rate increase to pay for the Western Power crisis that hit two years ago. KNPR's Ky Plaskon takes a look at what the PUC did and the future stability of power supplies in Nevada.

Apr 25, 2003 | Las Vegas Monorail
Politicians and journalists meet every few months in Las Vegas to review progress on one of the nation's first monorail mass transit projects. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports the project was privately funded until this week when federal transportation author

Apr 18, 2003 | Red Rock Zoning
Normally county commissioners decide zoning and land use regulations, but the Nevada Senate decided to take away the Clark County Commission's authority in the Red Rock Canyon area. As Ky Plaskon reports, the senate is responding to the possibility of hig

Apr 15, 2003 | Taxing Tips
If you earn tips, you probably don't report all that money as income. But the IRS is starting a new program to try to get more taxes on tips. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Apr 10, 2003 | Update from Gov. Guinn
Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn shares his thoughts about current issues with KNPR's Ky Plaskon. They spoke about the length of the legislative sessions, the tax proposals on the table and the legislature's denial of his interim tax plan.

Mar 28, 2003 | Mental Health
The Metropolitan Police and Sheriff's Department announced that it's completed a two year, multi-agency collaboration to address problems related to the mentally ill. As Ky Plaskon reports, it could help reduce jail and hospital overcrowding, but funding

Mar 14, 2003 | Governor Kenny Guinn
Nevada is facing a budget shortfall, with proposals from Governor Kenny Guinn to increase taxes as well as cut the budget. While talking with KNPR's Ky Plaskon, the governor said the state's budget problems could get worse because of the impending war wit

Mar 11, 2003 | Community College High School
The Clark County School District High School dropout rate is 5.7 percent... More than a full percent higher than the national average. Community College High School is one of the district's programs that is designed to reduce dropouts. Even so, the distri

Mar 7, 2003 | Budget Cuts and Taxes
This week the Nevada Legislature began reviewing long and short-term tax proposals from the governor. The short-term measures include taxes on businesses and cigarettes, and would take effect as early as April 1. As KNPR’s Ky Plaskon reports, the governor

Feb 28, 2003 | Desert Landscaping
Nevada is not only the driest state in the union it's also in its worst drought on record. For the first time in history Clark County has developed a drought plan. As KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports, the hallmark of the plan is increasing the incentive to repla

Feb 21, 2003 | Terror Preparation
An elevated risk of terrorism means tighter security on the Strip, but also higher anxiety for tourists. Ky Plaskon reports on how both security agencies and the public are reacting.

Feb 14, 2003 | Gross Receipts Tax
The Nevada Legislature considers the governor's tax proposals. Ky Plaskon reports.

Feb 11, 2003 | Master Plans
Master Plans are rules which determine suitable building in areas of the county. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on efforts to strengthen the Clark County Master Plan.

Feb 7, 2003 | Warhol Exhibit
A new exhibition of Andy Warhol's celebrity portraits is at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. KNPR's Flo Rogers toured the show and got a first hand account of having a portrait created by Andy Warhol.

Jan 27, 2003 | Road Rules on LOE
Off-road motor vehicle enthusiasts are cheering an Interior Department rule that might make it easier to drive vehicles on forgotten paths and roads on federal land. Wilderness advocates are worried. For NPR's Living on Earth, KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Jan 24, 2003 | Syl Cheney-Coker
For the last 2 years UNLV's Institute of Modern Letters has been the site of America's first City of Asylum for exiled writers. Chuck Twardy recently spoke with Syl Cheney-Coker who leaves Las Vegas next week to return to Sierra Leone.

Jan 7, 2003 | Jerry Keller
After 33 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Jerry Keller stepped down yesterday. KNPR reporter Ky Plaskon explores how Keller grew with the city, the difficulties of being a cop and current problems the city faces.

Dec 31, 2002 | Art Bell
One of the most listened-to people in the world is Nevada's Art Bell who retires tonight. His world-wide syndicated talk show broadcast from Nevada claims the largest late night audience. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports on Bell's popularity and what's next.

Dec 20, 2002 | Waste Not...
Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton was in Las Vegas this week and announced she will enforce limits on the use of water from the Colorado River, unless a new plan is adopted. As Ky Plaskon reports, the water use issue is made worse because of drought.

Dec 16, 2002 | Water Rights
United States Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton is in Las Vegas for the Colorado River Users Association Conference. She is expected to address repercussions Nevada will face if a California water district doesn't agree to a water conservation plan.

Dec 13, 2002 | Apex Homes
Developers say they need more land for 'affordable' homes, but the result could be families living under the flight path of Nellis Air Force Base. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 29, 2002 | Clean Fuel
Hydrogen-powered autos are making inroads for the City of Las Vegas fleet. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

Nov 22, 2002 | Biosecurity Conference
A Biosecurity Conference was held in Las Vegas this week to consider how to prepare for chemical and biological attacks. Ky Plaskon reports.

Oct 18, 2002 | Oboe Blowout
John Clare reports on a convention that will held in Las Vegas this weekend, featuring the oboe.

Sep 14, 2002 | 9/11 Shrine at NYNY
New York New York hotel casino recently announced that it would construct a permanent tribute to display the thousands of personal items left since September 11th 2001. Last year on the friday following the attacks, the lights on the strip were dimmed and

Aug 23, 2002 | Faberge Exhibit
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine art is about to unveil a 200-piece Faberge exhibit. Flo Rogers reports on the behind-the-scenes activity as the items were unpacked.

Aug 13, 2002 | Pandas at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay Resort Group has begun the long process of applying for a permit to import Pandas from China. Flo Rogers reports on the regulations and responsibilities of embarking on such a project.

Jul 31, 2002 | Downtown LV Architecture
Architecture Students from Penn State have been adding their thoughts to the dialog on how to redevelop downtown Las Vegas.

Jul 8, 2002 | UNLV Students Perform in Greece
Students from UNLV are in Greece, where yesterday they performed in the birthplace of drama. Chuck Twardy attended a recent rehearsal here in Las Vegas.

Jun 13, 2002 | Lake Mead
Four years of drought in the Rocky Mountains and an increased need for water in the southwest have left Lake Mead at its lowest levels in more than 30 years. KNPR's Tim Anderson reports.

Jun 9, 2002 | Inventive LV Students on NPR
Las Vegas students featured in interview on Weekend All Things Considered.

Jun 6, 2002 | CineVegas
Weekend Edition commentator Elvis Mitchell is just one of the visiting speakers at the CineVegas International Film Festival, but it's the glitzy parties that are getting equal billing with the movies. Chuck Twardy recently met with Trevor Groth who made

Jun 5, 2002 | Fear and Loathing
Last year journalist Matt O'Brien revisited the locations featured in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to see how many had survived. Recently, O'Brien decided to talk with Thompson again to mark the 30th anniversary of the book'

May 31, 2002 | Jim Deacon part 2
Dr. Jim Deacon talks about the Clark County environmental issues that concern him and the need to preserve nature.

May 31, 2002 | Jim Deacon
This year, after 41 years of service, Dr. Jim Deacon is teaching his last class in the Environmental Studies Department at UNLV. Recently David Bert sat down with Professor Deacon to get his unique perspective on some of Nevada's environmental problems.

May 29, 2002 | Louis Longi
Patron's to Cirque de Soleil shows in Las Vegas may have seen Louis Longhi's sculptures for sale at Treasure Island and Bellagio. Now the artist is exhibiting his work at an off-the-strip gallery.

May 7, 2002 | UNLV/Greek Theater
A group of theater students from UNLV has a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform a classic Greek play in the birthplace of Greek theater. They'll join fellow students from Nigeria in a play by Sophocles adapted by Wole Soyenka. Chuck Twardy reports.

Apr 19, 2002 | Shoshone Land Rights - 2
The Western Shoshone Indian Distribution Act was intended to settle a 100 year old dispute over Shoshone land claims covering millions of acres of ancestral Shoshone land, mostly in Nevada. KNPR's Tim Anderson reports on efforts to settle the Shoshone cla

Apr 15, 2002 | Shoshone Land Rights - 1
Last month Senator Harry Reid abruptly cancelled hearings for his Western Shoshone Indian Distribution Act. It's intended to settle a dispute stretching back more than 100 years about the millions of acres of ancestral Shoshone land, mostly in Nevada. In

Apr 3, 2002 | Medical Malpractice
In Nevada, skyrocketing prices for malpractice insurance are driving some doctors out of the emergency room. The costs of some policies have jumped by as much as 600 percent. Find out what the state is doing to alleviate the problem.

Mar 21, 2002 | Sista to Sista
Flo Rogers reports on a grassroots effort in North Las Vegas to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the black community.

Mar 14, 2002 | Labyrinth
Rediscovering a form of "walking meditation" at a church in Boulder City.

Mar 4, 2002 | Endangered Instruments
Some musical instruments are more popular than others. Starting young musicians off playing these unusual instruments is the focus of an outreach program in Las Vegas. It ensures orchestras will have a full complement of players and it gives at-risk stud

Feb 19, 2002 | Shining Brow
John Clare reports on a new production at UNLV - an opera about Frank Lloyd Wright.

Feb 17, 2002 | Rick Springfield on GWPTC
By popular demand, we provide archived audio of the interview segments of Rick Springfield's appearance on Guess Who's Playing the Classics.

Feb 11, 2002 | Downtown Redevelopment
It's been a slow process as plans, both large and small, seem to blossom and fade. Some say if there is going to be a successful redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas, it must happen soon.

Feb 8, 2002 | LV Pop Collector
When scholars need examples of 1950's, 60's or 70's popular culture they turn to Alex Shear.

Jan 31, 2002 | Steve Wynn's dream
On - Le Reve by Picasso, his place in Las Vegas history and coming face to face with himself in Paris.

Jan 28, 2002 | Teaching the Blues
At the House of Blues they use a nightclub setting to teach kids about the history and influence of the Blues.

Jan 24, 2002 | Art of Invention
Alexander Calder's grandson gives us a tour of a new exhibit of the artist's work in Las Vegas.

Dec 19, 2001 | Mining Regulations
Revised mining regulations will help Nevada gold producers, but environmentalists believe the new rules are a big step backward.

Dec 4, 2001 | Lake Tahoe vs Ranchers
A report on how ranching on public lands near Lake Tahoe is on it's way out, in order to help preserve the famous clear waters of the lake.

Nov 16, 2001 | Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson talks with KNPR about being an entrepreneur.

Oct 31, 2001 | Days of the Dead
November 1st and 2nd are All Saints and All Souls Day, also commemorated as the "Days of the Dead". Rural Mexico was the inspiration for an exhibit currently at the Charleston Heights Art Center.

Oct 22, 2001 | Louis Castle
Las Vegas philanthropist earns Governor's Arts Award.

Oct 18, 2001 | Credit Card Gambling
New technology may soon allow gamblers easier access to their bankroll right in the casino. Tim Anderson reports.

Oct 16, 2001 | Hermitage Musuem
The architect of the Las Vegas museum, and the director of the Hermitage Musuem in St. Petersburg...

Oct 8, 2001 | Displaced Workers
Thousands of workers in Las Vegas have lost their jobs as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Tim Anderson reports on the effect on the local economy.

Oct 3, 2001 | Guggenheim Impact
Does the arrival of the Guggenheim mean Las Vegas is officially cultured? It depends who you ask...

Oct 2, 2001 | Guggenheim Museum Preview
As Las Vegas nervously awaits the return of tourist crowds, the finishing touches are being put on the 30-million dollar Guggenheim Museum at the Venetian. Last week the "Art of the Motorcycle" was ready to go even if the building wasn't yet finished. Flo

Sep 24, 2001 | Baby Find Program
Young women in Nevada are at high risk for delivering low birth weight babies, which can lead to highter infant mortality rates. Since 1993 a struggling local program has been working to mentor expectant mothers toward healthy pregnancies. Listen to Tim A

Sep 17, 2001 | Las Vegas Centennial - 2005
Las Vegas looks to the future with the launch of a centennial commemorative license plate. Las Vegas will reach 100 in the year 2005 and the income from the plates will fund activities such as historic markers. The idea for the license plates came from th

Sep 10, 2001 | Water in Southern Nevada
The Southern Nevada Water Authority has been running a public awareness campaign this summer pointing out that conserving water also reduces demand for energy to pump the water uphill from Lake Mead. But even our best efforts at conservation won't fully a

Aug 23, 2001 | The Oatbar
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on chef Jay Littman who has made Las Vegas the home for one of the fastest growing healthfood items in the country...the Oatbar.

Aug 17, 2001 | Monorail
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on groundbreaking for the new Las Vegas Strip Monorail project.

Aug 16, 2001 | 100 Black Men
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on the organization, 100 Black Men.

Jul 6, 2001 | Homeless
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on the homeless in Las Vegas.

Jun 12, 2001 | Wind Farms
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on the future of Wind Farms to generate electricity in Nevada.

Jun 8, 2001 | Goldmine
Listen to Brian Bahouth's report on a Nevada Goldmine.

May 30, 2001 | Lied Discovery Childrens Museum
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on the Youth Works program at the Lied Discovery Childrens Museum.

May 24, 2001 | Anger Management
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on anger managment in Nevada Prisons.

May 15, 2001 | Phil Maloof
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on Las Vegas resident Phil Maloof.

Apr 19, 2001 | Music for Computer Games
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on a Las Vegas man who composes music for computer games.

Apr 9, 2001 | Steven Martin Art
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on the opening of the Steve Martin Art Collection at the Bellagio.

Apr 1, 2001 | Nevada State Chip
Listen to this special report (4/1/01) about the controversy over designating a Nevada State Chip.

Mar 30, 2001 | Teacher Shortage
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on the teacher shortage in Clark County.

Mar 21, 2001 | Marie McMillan
Listen to Flo Rogers' conversation with Marie McMillan.

Mar 15, 2001 | Guggenheim/Hermitage Musuem
Listen to Tim Anderson's report on plans for the Guggenheim/Hermitage Musuem at the Venetian.

Mar 6, 2001 | Dale Chihuly
Listen to Flo Rogers' report on the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Las Vegas Art Museum.

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