For years gamblers have been able to swipe casino-issued cards at slot machines. The cards record how much they play. They have gotten credit for that play to use at retail stores but only inside the casino. Now, gamblers can get pre-paid credit cards to swipe at slot machines and use the cards outside the casino for retail purchases.
A company called Sightline Payments won approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board after two years of development. Company president Harry Hagerty says along with the Nevada approval, a California tribe is also on board.
“And in fact one of the larger casinos in Southern California has already approved it and we expect to be fully live and functioning sometime in the late first half of this year,” Hagert says.
Hagerty wouldn’t say which tribe has approved the cards, but he says the new regulations in Nevada are more significant because they paves the way for approval in other states.
The City of Reno adopted a $492.5 million budget Tuesday. It will allow city employment to increase by 53 jobs. The new positions will include planning, information, parks, and redevelopment, as well as,10 new firefighters and 15 police positions.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is reporting record cargo business. If the trend continues, the airport may have to add space.
A bill in the Nevada State Senate would force Washoe County and Reno fire agencies to resolve a dispute that sometimes prevents them from responding to emergencies from the closest station.