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  • Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is the man to watch on health bill

    Erica Werner and Alison Noon|Jul 14, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health care legislation is hanging by a thread in the Senate, and no one is under more pressure than Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada. Heller was already seen as the most endangered GOP incumbent senator in next year's midterm elections. He is the only one running for re-election in a state President Donald Trump lost to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Against that backdrop, it's hard to envision a more difficult political choice for Heller than whether to support the health legislation ex...

  • Harry Reid, Nevada governor push bipartisan energy effort

    Alison Noon|Jul 13, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two key players in the Republican and Democratic parties in Nevada are teaming up to host a clean-energy talk as the White House abandons a worldwide agreement to curb climate change and states are moving to the forefront of the fight. Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he's bringing back a summit last headlined by President Barack Obama in 2015. This time, the co-host is a Republican — Gov. Brian Sandoval — a bipartisan move as Congress remains gridlocked on health care and other...

  • GOP governors to party's senators: Do no harm to health care

    Alison Noon and Bill Barrow|Jul 9, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The pressure is on Republican senators — from congressional leaders, conservative groups and impatient GOP voters — to fulfill a seven-year-old promise to scrap much of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law. But back home, Republican governors who have experienced some of the upside of the law are warning their GOP senators to first, do no harm. For these governors, the issue is less about delivering a triumph to President Donald Trump and more about not blowing a hole in state budgets and maintaining health care...

  • Nevada forces drugmakers to reveal insulin pricing, profits

    Alison Noon|Jun 16, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday the nation's strictest requirements for pharmaceutical companies to reveal how they set certain prescription drug prices. The bipartisan legislation focuses on insulin — one of many life-sustaining prescription treatments sold in the U.S. at prices that have skyrocketed over the last decade. The law requires drugmakers to annually disclose the list prices they set, profits they make and discounts they give market middlemen on insulin. They must also give state off...

  • States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

    David Crary and Alison Noon|Mar 29, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew a bill last week that would have repealed Obama's Affordable Care Act. It would have halted federal funding for Planned Parenthood and curtailed the ability of many low-income women to obtain afford...

  • Health bill highlights divide between governors, House GOP

    Thomas Beaumont and Alison Noon|Mar 9, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican governors complain that a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law would force millions of lower-income earners off insurance rolls or stick states with the cost of keeping them covered. Governors, especially those from political battleground states, were generally cool to the bill put forth in the Republican-controlled U.S. House. Some signaled that they would continue working on their own legislation to compete with the measure introduced Monday. "We've said all along, '...

  • evada official eyes summer launch of recreational marijuana

    Alison Noon|Feb 9, 2017

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Recreational marijuana shops could open in Nevada as early as July 1 under a timeline proposed by the state's top tax official Wednesday. Regulators at the state Department of Taxation have been crafting rules and deadlines to govern recreational marijuana since Nevada voters legalized it for adults 21 and older in November. Executive Director Deonne Contine told a panel of state lawmakers that she expects to publicize a draft of those regulations in March and begin accepting applications for temporary licenses to s...