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  • Internet increases human trafficking risk
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry worldwide and the average age of sex trafficking victims are reported to be 11 to 14 years old. There are total of 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally according to polarisproject.org. 
    Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) KaLee Young advocates for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and sex trafficking. 
    Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult or causes a minor to commit a commercial sex act. Young reported that there has been at least three sex trafficking cases in Winnemucca within the last two years. In a rural area like Winnemucca, Young said internet safety is very important for sex trafficking prevention and in larger cities predators may spend time at malls and where target victims may be. 
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    August 2019 consolidated tax (CTX) numbers were down for Lander and Pershing Counties compared to those from 2018. Humboldt County’s CTX numbers increased. Statewide, taxable sales were up 7.6% year-over-year, at $5, 410,952,341.
  • Etch your name into history, create your own corn husk doll at the California Trail Interpretive Center
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Learn how pioneers etched their names in stone, make a doll out of corn husks, and learn a new dance at the California Trail Interpretive Center.
    The Trail Center is presenting a variety of family friendly programs throughout November. The following programs are free and open to everyone
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Officials from the Nevada state health insurance exchange have announced plans focusing on enrollee retention following its split from the federal website.
    The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange switched back to a state-based exchange following its departure from Healthcare.gov, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports .
  • California Trail Interpretive Center announces winter operating schedule
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    The California Trail Interpretive Center announces new hours for the winter. The center will now be open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitation hours are now from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The new operating hours and days will remain into the spring season.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    In a major victory for NV Energy, the electric utility has filed a proposed contract with utility regulators to provide a new, reduced-rate pricing system for the Raiders’ stadium and team facilities, reversing earlier plans for the football team to operate independently of the state’s largest electric utility.
    In a pair of filings made last week with the Public Utilities Commission, NV Energy laid out a proposed contract and new pricing structure with the under-construction Allegiant Stadium, plus Raiders administrative and practice facilities, that would commit the team to a discounted, long-term energy arrangement with the utility, based on recently proposed solar and battery storage generation projects. Notably, the proposed pricing structure would also be available to the handful of businesses that have won PUC approval to leave the utility but are not yet receiving electric service from another provider.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Since marijuana sales have been legalized in Nevada, the illegal cultivation sites that have been destroyed has fallen from more than 150 in 2012 to 20 in 2018, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
    Nevada is one of 12 states and the District of Columbia where recreational marijuana has been legalized yet there is still illegal cultivation — the DEA reported 0.37 arrests per 100,000 Nevada residents in 2018. Other states where marijuana remains illegal to cultivate have the highest growing-related arrests, with Wyoming in first place at a rate of 21 per 100,000 people.   
    “While I can’t comment on opinion-based inquiries, I can certainly tell you that marijuana continues to be a Scheduled I drug/substance and the DEA’s mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the U.S.,” a DEA spokesperson said when asked if there is a link between a state legalizing marijuana and the rate of illegal cultivation.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Nevada Supreme Court dismissed the argument over whether the state could use the drug midazolam to execute Scott Dozier.
    The Nevada Appeal reports that drug maker Alvogen sued to stop the state from using its drug in the execution, but Dozier killed himself putting the case on hold.
  • USDA Sets Interim Hemp Rules
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Hemp production in the U.S. has seen a resurgence in the last five years; however, it remains unclear whether consumer demand will meet the supply. High prices for hemp, driven primarily by demand for use in producing CBD, relative to other crops, have driven increases in planting. Producer interest in hemp production is largely driven by the potential for high returns from sales of hemp flowers to be processed into CBD oil.
    The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States. USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule. This rule outlines provisions for the USDA to approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also establishes a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    A Democratic-authored impeachment process resolution passed by the House on Thursday split Nevada’s lawmakers along party lines. 
    The vote on the measure was the first one taken in the ongoing impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in September. It passed 232 to 196 votes. 
    Rep. Mark Amodei, the delegation’s lone Republican, sided with all of his GOP colleagues in voting against the resolution.
    In a statement released after the vote, Amodei, echoing GOP leaders, took issue with the process being held behind closed doors and without Republican input.
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