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Nevada governor wants to allow tech companies to create local governments
Nevada governor wants to allow tech companies to create local governments
Credit: / Sander Crombach

According to a draft of the proposed legislation, obtained by the Review-Journal but not yet introduced in the Legislature, Innovation Zones would allow tech companies like Blockchains, LLC to effectively form separate local governments in Nevada, governments that would carry the same authority as a county, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and justice courts and provide government services, to name a few duties.

Transportation • Public, Railway & Bus Transportation
Virgin Hyperloop tested first passenger journey
Virgin Hyperloop tested first passenger journey
Credit: Virgin Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop has trialled the first ride on its test track Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the trial, two company staff members travelled the 500m test track in 15 seconds, reaching 172km/h. Virgin's system involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds.

The company, founded in 2014, and previously known as was previously known as Hyperloop One and Virgin Hyperloop One, received investment from the Virgin Group in 2017.

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Nevada governor condemns Trump's indoor campaign rally

Nevada governor Steve Sisolak (D) has publicly spoken out about Sunday's Trump campaign indoor rally in his state where Covid-19 regulations were hardly followed.

“He only cares about himself," so Sisolak about Trump. "He knew what the rules were. He chose to show callous disregard in a reckless, selfish irresponsible way. There's no other way to put it."

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Trump held indoor rally and defied his administration's pandemic health guidelines
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally Credit: Donald Trump (Twitter Reproduction)

The Trump campaign hosted its first indoor rally since June on Sunday. The event, held in Nevada, violated both the Trump administrations pandemic health guidelines and the state's Covid-19 regulation, which bans gatherings of more than 50 people. While temperature checks were performed upon entrance and masks were encouraged, most of the attendees didn't wear masks and social distancing rules were not followed.

First possible U.S. case of Covid-19 reinfection in Nevada
CDC's COVID-19 diagnostic panel
CDC's COVID-19 diagnostic panel Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Public Domain)

A 25-year-old man, who was first tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-April, got sick again in late May after having tested negative earlier. The infection was more severe the second time, and he required oxygen support. He seems to be the first patient to be reinfected with a different strain of the virus.

The case has been reported in an online preprint which has not been peer-reviewed yet.

Climate & Environment
6.5 earthquake recorded in Nevada

An earthquake of the magnitude 6.5 struck near Tonopah, Nevada early Friday morning. The small town, three hours north of Las Vegas, recorded two additional aftershocks, both with a magnitude around 5.4. No injuries or damages have been reported so far. Today's earthquake has been the biggest in Nevada since 1954.

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Musk announces that Tesla will move headquarters from California to Texas/Nevada

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced in a tweet that the company will move its headquarters from California to Nevada, Texas. Musk also questioned if the manufacturing plant in Fremont will keep operating in the future after he complained about the Alameda county regulation that all but essential businesses are not allowed to operate until the end of May, due to the coronavirus.

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City of Las Vegas turns parking lot into homeless shelter

The authorities in Las Vegas repurposed an empty parking lot into a makeshift shelter for homeless people after a normal shelter was forced to close following the coronavirus pandemic. The parking lot has been divided into different spaces with paint to mark social distancing boxes for the people. In addition to this, volunteers from Touro University have started laying out blue mats that can be power washed to clean them after usage.

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Poll by Data for Progress: Nevada lead by Sanders and followed by Warren, Buttigieg and Biden

A new poll by Data for Progress found the democratic presidential nominee contender Bernie Sanders leads with 35%. This puts him at more than double the percentage points than either of his competitors Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden which all poll around the same within a possible statistical inaccuracy between 16-14%.