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Education

‘You have every right to fight for your kids’

Civil rights pioneer speaks to Nevada parents about their rights

“I don’t want to go there, Daddy. They’re mean to us,” she said.

It was 1966 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Virginia — one of about 135 black kids selected to desegregate Central High School — was talking with her father.

She was telling him how hard every day was and how horrible some of the white kids were acting.

Almost 10 years before, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, defying a federal court order, had used the state National Guard to block nine black students from attending Central High. Then U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had federalized the Guard and, for good measure, sent in the 101st Airborne to protect the nine, even escorting them into class and through the halls.

By 1966, however, Central High was still not integrated. And Virginia and her twin sister Harrietta were experiencing what it was to desegregate a previously segregated public high school.

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Bribery case begins against
2 Utah attorneys general

Former Utah AGs Mark Shurtleff, left, and John Swallow. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two former Utah attorneys general were to appear in court on bribery charges Wednesday, kicking off what legal experts say is a complex case that could take years to resolve as lawyers navigate a scandal involving nearly two dozen charges, hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence and some dubious witnesses.

Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, who between them spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office, were expected to make a brief joint appearance in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

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San Francisco political adviser pleads not guilty

Former school board member had used post to represent clients with school district

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California political consultant charged with bribery, racketeering and other counts in a sweeping indictment that names a state senator has pleaded not guilty.

Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco school board member, entered the plea on Monday to the bribery and racketeering counts as well as charges of murder-for-hire, conspiracy and firearms trafficking.

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NVPERS to release retirees’ benefit data
in compliance with Supreme Court order

Reno paper chalks up major victory for Nevada public’s right to know

The Nevada Public Employment Retirement System has informed its retirees that it will soon begin complying with the state Supreme Court’s view of the Nevada Public Records Act, Nevada Journal has learned.

As a result, NVPERS says it will be releasing a host of information, including much more detail on retiree benefit amounts and starting and ending dates of employment.

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Washoe school board ignores state law,
'fires' district superintendant Martinez

Reno Gazette-Journal asks for investigation by Nevada Attorney General

Click to download Pedro Martinez complaint against Washoe County School BoardEx-Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez — suddenly ousted this week by six members of the district school board — today sued the district for violating the Nevada Open Meeting Law, for defamation and for breaching the board's contract with him.

The six members acted when the one Hispanic member of the district board was in California.

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Labor

Nevada teacher union eyes
new priority for ‘organizing’

Approach downplays services for members, aims at advocacy, ultimate militancy

LAS VEGAS — Following years of dwindling membership in the Nevada teacher union, its officials are pushing to shift resources away from member representation and toward new recruiting campaigns instead.

The result is that teachers who see themselves as educational professionals, rather than rank-and-file laborers in a government-school industry, are finding themselves increasingly sidelined by the union, the Nevada State Education Association.

It’s a pattern emerging not only in the Silver State but all over the U.S.: Teacher-union brass, confronted with declining membership, are seeking to transform the nature of their unions, despite resistance from existing members.

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Harry Reid's Obamacare handiwork in tatters

'Affordabe Care' act he assembled did not permit
most federal subsidies, says key D.C. appeals court

Federal judges Tuesday dealt a potentially deadly blow to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, throwing out a rule issued by the administration's appointees at the Internal Revenue Service that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal subsidies to millions of Americans -- notwithstanding no supporting language in the Obamacare legislation.

The 2-1 decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals panel for the District of Columbia, said Reuters, "could lead to a new showdown over Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court, would prevent the administration from offering premium tax credits to people who purchase insurance through the federal insurance marketplace that serves most of the 8 million consumers who have signed up for private coverage for 2014."

 

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Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state lawmaker says Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border.

Rep. Terry Canales says he was briefed by his staff on Sunday following a conference call with the governor's office, Texas National Guard and the state Department of Public Safety. Perry is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon.

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Nevadans by far the most wiretapped
of any state’s residents — U.S. Courts report

Clark County law enforcement seeks the most mobile wiretaps;
nearly 90% reported as ‘drug-related’

Fully half of the law-enforcement wiretapping activity in the U.S. is going on in just four states — Nevada, California, New York and Florid, according to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

While Nevada leads all states in proportion to its population, California far outpaces the rest of the nation with over a quarter (26 percent) of the reported authorizations in 2013. New York had 12 percent of U.S. wiretaps and Florida followed with about 6 percent. In raw numbers, Nevada also had about 6 percent of the U.S. total.

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Colorado completes 1st legal pot market study

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too.

Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study relied on sales data from Colorado's first three months of recreational marijuana sales, while previous pot market studies relied on survey responses because the drug is illegal.

"This study finds total marijuana demand to be much larger than previously estimated," Colorado's study concluded.

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