• Military, civilians are increasingly divided

    Military, civilians are increasingly divided

    By David Zucchino and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times Jovano Graves’ parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their son refused his parents’ pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. Last […]

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  • Major changes coming to Calif. electricity rates

    Major changes coming to Calif. electricity rates

    By Sammy Roth, Desert Sun How much you pay for electricity could soon depend on when you use it — and Coachella Valley residents could see their summer bills go up substantially. The California Public Utilities Commission could soon ask Southern California Edison and other utility companies to start designing “time-of-use” residential electricity rates, to […]

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  • Bill allows for skill in slot machines

    Bill allows for skill in slot machines

    By J.D. Morris, Las Vegas Sun Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office today announced that he signed legislation paving the way for the state gaming industry to introduce skill into slot machines. Senate Bill 9, first reported by the Sun in February, directs Nevada gaming regulators to adopt rules promoting “innovative, alternative and advanced technology” in casino […]

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  • Bear caught, tagged near Stateline to be released

    Bear caught, tagged near Stateline to be released

    By Chanelle Bessette, Reno Gazette-Journal After capturing a black bear near Stateline the Nevada Department of Wildlife brought the bear to their Reno offices on Friday. After tranquilizing the bear, NDOW employees processed the bear for ear tags and an inner lip tattoo for future tracking purposes. The male bear is estimated to be four […]

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  • Nev. lawmakers approve bill authorizing Uber, Lyft

    Nev. lawmakers approve bill authorizing Uber, Lyft

    By Sean Whaley and Sandra Chereb, Las Vegas Review-Journal CARSON CITY — A bill authorizing ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Nevada won approval early Saturday in the Nevada Legislature, but it didn’t happen without plenty of confusion. A 3 percent excises tax on fares, including on taxis and limousines, was also […]

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  • Big strike against Olympic Valley incorporation

    Big strike against Olympic Valley incorporation

    By Kathryn Reed The ability to make Olympic Valley the next incorporated city in California was dealt a set back this week. The draft of the comprehensive fiscal analysis (CFA) says, “… the town’s potential general fund and road fund expenditures materially exceed revenues in each year of our forecast and incorporation does not appear […]

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  • Handful weigh in on Echo Summit bridge plans

    Handful weigh in on Echo Summit bridge plans

    By Jessie Marchesseau MEYERS – Seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, the Echo Summit bridge is cracking, rusting and flaking apart. Caltrans has been working on a replacement/rehabilitation plan for the bridge since 2012. A community open house at the California Conservation Corps office in Meyers on Thursday was designed to […]

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  • Study: Cell phone bans improve student test scores

    Study: Cell phone bans improve student test scores

    By Amanda Schupak, CBS News Reactions to bans prohibiting kids from having cell phones in schools have had mixed reactions, with proponents arguing they cut down on distraction and cheating, and parents countering that it’s unsafe to cut off communication between them and their children. Now, a new study shows that there’s academic merit to […]

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  • Memorial Day trips signal busy vacation season

    Memorial Day trips signal busy vacation season

    By Anna-Louise Jackson, BloombergBusiness Memorial Day could kick off a busy summer for travel, as low gasoline prices and an improving job market are fueling vacation-planning. About 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during this holiday weekend, the most in 10 years, according to AAA. This 4.7 percent projected increase […]

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  • Fatal crash near Kyburz

    Fatal crash near Kyburz

    A Bay Area man died Thursday in a head-on collision on Highway 50 near Kyburz. David Calderon, 78, of Milpitas was pronounced dead at the scene. Calderon was headed east May 21 at about 2:25pm when a vehicle driven by Gary Fitzgerald crossed the double-yellow line into oncoming traffic, according to California Highway Patrol officers. […]

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