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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno City Councilman Paul McKenzie is calling on the city to drop its membership in the local chamber of commerce, saying it doesn't necessarily represent the interests of city taxpayers. McKenzie, a labor union lobbyist, says he's upset the chamber opposes public employee union collective bargaining rights and that its lobbyist has been testifying in favor of bills at the Legislature that would curtail those rights. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the position conflicts with the city council's stand on collective bargaining and chamber membership doesn't benefit the city.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged the owners of a Carson City rental house with refusing to rent to a couple because they have children. The agency announced Friday that Betty and Hughston Brinson are charged with engaging in discriminatory housing practices. The charge stems from a complaint filed in March 2014 by the parents of three children alleging an owner refused to rent a three-bedroom home to them. When the mother responded to a newspaper classified ad and stated she had several children, the owner allegedly told her that the home was not for her.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man accused of fleeing with the sheriff's money after agreeing to be an informant in a Carson City drug sting operation has been ordered to stand trial. A preliminary hearing for 24-year-old Duffy Thomas concluded Friday with a judge ruling there was sufficient evidence for him to be bound over to Carson District Court. After getting booked for drug possession on April 10, he agreed to be a drug informant for a sting operation later the same day.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei says he won't run for the U.S. Senate next year, but he hasn't ruled out a race for governor or attorney general in 2018. The Nevada Republican says while he's committed to running for re-election in 2016, he "would prefer to be back home in Nevada." Amodei told the Reno Gazette-Journal he thinks he could be a competitive candidate for governor or attorney general and his experience in state government would be a plus.