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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Apr. 5, 2021.

Listen to the morning news headlines for Monday, Apr. 5, 2021.

Lawmakers Mull Cannabis Consumption Lounges, Again
By Paul Boger

A proposed bill would clear the way for cannabis consumption lounges across Nevada.

Under AB341, patrons would purchase or bring in their own pre-packaged cannabis products in order to consume them inside, similar to bars. It’s illegal to consume pot anywhere in public under current law.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager of Las Vegas presented the measure to Assembly Judiciary Committee Friday. He said this is just as much about economic development and equity as it is about cannabis consumption.

“The goal isn’t to define what is possible with these business models, but to provide operational requirements and safeguards that will prove to be the foundation for a well-regulated consumption lounge,” he said.

Lawmakers have pushed for the legalization of cannabis consumption lounges since recreational cannabis became legal in 2017. All previous attempts have failed.

California To Allow Indoor Gatherings As Virus Cases Plummet
By The Associated Press

California will allow indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings starting April 15.

The California Department of Public Health announced the changes on Friday as the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus nears a record low. How many people can attend events will depend on the level of restrictions in place at each county. And capacity will increase if people can show proof they are fully vaccinated.

The governor’s office says the plan gives an incentive for more people to get vaccinated, but also prompts questions about health privacy and equity.

Nevada Regulators Tie Casino Capacity To Worker Vaccinations
By The Associated Press

Nevada regulators say casinos seeking the state’s OK to raise the

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