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Past articles by Jackie:

Education leaders not sold on theory that corporate tax breaks hurt schools

Tax breaks used as an economic development tool left Nevada’s public school districts without an extra $60 million during a recent fiscal year, but education leaders aren’t necessarily feeling robbed. Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center, published a report this month that examines how corporate tax breaks have affected public education funding. → Read More

How one charter network achieved five-star ratings for every school

Across the state, only 108 of the 678 schools rated received five stars, the highest designation within the Nevada School Performance Framework, which is the state’s accountability system for public schools. Twenty-nine of the five-star buildings are charter schools, a growing segment of Nevada’s education portfolio that serve roughly 10 percent of the student population. → Read More

Amodei defends his office's response to a 'vulgar' phone call from a student

Congressman Mark Amodei won’t apologize to a Washoe County high school student who was suspended after delivering profanity-laced remarks to the lawmaker’s office during the national walkout last week. → Read More

Convoy of Hope giving event returns to Las Vegas

Need a haircut, new shoes or a Thanksgiving meal... → Read More

How Nevada struggles to help children battling mental illness

The first in a five-part series on children's mental health in Las Vegas that explores the frayed safety net in Nevada. This week, a mother battles with bureaucracy on behalf of her son. It's a struggle that has weighed on the family for years — has seen more than 30 ... → Read More

Big tasks remain for founding dean of UNLV medical school

Dr. Barbara Atkinson admits retirement didn’t really suit her — at least the first time. When UNLV officials sought her help in crafting the region’s first public medical school, she didn’t hesitate to ... → Read More

State rate increase for autism therapy doesn’t satisfy advocates

After outcry from parents and advocates about the proposed reimbursement rate for providing autism therapy, Nevada Medicaid has increased the rate — but ... → Read More

Couple burglarized Laughlin school, stole CCSD van, police say

Metro Police are searching for suspects who burglarized a Laughlin elementary school and stole a school district minivan. Using surveillance video, officers determined ... → Read More

Kids can predict when Mojave Max will emerge, win big prizes

Question: When will Mojave Max emerge from his burrow? It’s that time of year again for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to make their best guess. The ... → Read More

Fire at east valley apartment building does $50,000 in damage

A fire at an east valley apartment building this afternoon caused about $50,000 in damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department. Firefighters responded ... → Read More

Event offers help navigating Affordable Care Act

Nevada Health Link is hosting a health fair Sunday to kick off this year’s open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ... → Read More

Henderson Hospital, set to open next year, names CEO

Sam Kaufman, the chief executive officer of Desert Springs Hospital, will lead Henderson Hospital when it opens ... → Read More

Parents of children with autism decry proposed therapist wages

Parents are worried that the proposed reimbursement rate is too low to attract and retain skilled providers. → Read More

Survivors of sexual assault speak out at UNLV event

One by one, the survivors climbed three steps, walked nervously toward the microphone on the makeshift stage in UNLV’s Pida Plaza on Wednesday night and began speaking. For some, tears came before words. “It’s bittersweet to be here today,” said ... → Read More

Centennial Hills Hospital adding 36 rooms

Centennial Hills Hospital will build out its fourth floor, adding 36 inpatient beds as part of a $9.7 million project. The hospital will have 226 total inpatient beds when the expansion is completed later next year. The transformation ... → Read More

In last year, Lake Mead dropped below 10 million acre feet for first time

The ongoing drought continues to take a toll on the main supply of water for Las Vegas. For the first time since the 1930s, Lake Mead ended the "water year" below 10 million acre feet of storage, according to ... → Read More

Las Vegas patients pay among country’s lowest rates for women’s health procedures

According to new study of nationwide health costs. → Read More

Reid touts need for tighter gun control, calls Republicans ‘puppets’ of NRA

Sen. Harry Reid delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor today in which the minority leader called for background checks to curb gun violence. Reid said he has started reaching out to senators and discussing ... → Read More

Nevada to pay San Francisco $400,000 to settle patient-busing scandal

Nevada has agreed to pay the San Francisco an approximately $400,000 settlement related to the Silver State's practice of busing mentally ill patients to California. The tentative settlement, which includes attorney fees, could be ... → Read More

Outside gaming expo, table-game dealers push for smoke-free casinos

Las Vegas dealers who picketed Tuesday morning outside the Global Gaming Expo say they can handle the occasional drunken customer or angry gambler losing bets. But there’s another nuisance permeating their work environment they can’t tolerate: smoking. They’re tired of the carcinogenic puffs of smoke in their faces. Tired of ... → Read More