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Tree Clearing Project Gets More Water Flowing

A tree-thinning project covering 800 acres near Clear Creek could get more water flowing to the Carson River. Clearing some of the dense forest around Clear Creek near Carson City is an ongoing project by The Nature Conservancy in an effort to prevent wildfires from spreading quickly through the area. David Berger is with the Nevada Water Science Center. He says thinning this patch of forest also enables more water to move from Clear Creek down to the Carson River. That rapidly flowing water...
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UNR Athletes Exceed NCAA Academic Expectations

Student-athletes in nearly every sport at the University of Nevada, Reno improved their academic progress scores from last year. This week, the NCAA released the Academic Progress Report, or APR. It tracks eligibility and retention of student-athletes at Division I colleges and universities. All 16 of Nevada's sports programs met or exceeded the 930 point benchmark set by the NCAA. Ten of those programs scored a perfect 1,000 for the 2013-14 school year, including women's basketball,...
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  This spring, two girls at O’Brien Middle School in Reno committed suicide. They were friends and took their own lives just weeks apart from each other. Since these deaths, more kids across Washoe County are reporting suicidal thoughts. To learn why, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss spoke to Katherine Loudon, the director of counseling for the school district.   

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Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the new geriatric specialty clinic opening this summer at the Sanford Center for Aging on the UNR campus. Joining KUNR for this discussion is Dr. Steven Phillips, a board certified physician in internal medicine and geriatrics.  He serves on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine and is the new medical director for the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Under a proposed labor agreement reached by the City of Reno and union leaders, Reno firefighters could see a 6 percent bump in pay to restore some of the wages they lost during the recession. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

At the peak of the recession, Reno firefighters saw their pay slashed by almost 14 percent. Even with this proposed boost of six percent, firefighters in Reno would still earn less than what their peers average across the state. 

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Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we learn about students who want to live a “sober lifestyle” and the programs available to help them. Our guests are two substance abuse experts. Daniel Fred coordinates a campus recovery program and Dr. Meri Shadley teaches about addiction treatment at UNR. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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Nevada's warming weather means reptiles like rattlesnakes will be out during the daytime hours - and when that's the case, they can pose dangerous threats to residents.

Ninety percent of rattlesnake bites can be avoided if the animal is left alone. That's according to Chris Healy from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. He says many snake bites result from people approaching, rather than avoiding the snake.

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A group of urban leaders from across the country recently met in Reno to talk innovation and revitalization for the city. It was for the Vanguard Conference hosted by a national nonprofit called Next City. The group was charged with brainstorming inexpensive, quick ideas for promoting the Biggest Little City.

Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with two of the participants to learn more. She spoke to local historian Alicia Barber and Noah Silverman, co-founder of the Reno Bike Project which promotes a cycling lifestyle.

Did you know that the majority of flu viruses originate in birds? On this UNR Health Watch, we talk about infectious diseases that are transmitted through animals with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, professor and H. Edward Manville, Jr. endowed chair of internal medicine at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.  Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs at the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences. 

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

The three largest veterans organizations in the U.S. are all coming to Reno for upcoming conventions, events that are estimated to bring in more than $36 million to the region.  The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority recently announced that the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans will all be headed to Reno over the next five years. Authority President Chris Baum says having a one-story convention center set Reno apart from competitors like Phoenix, Miami, and San Juan: 

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  Nonstop flights from Reno to London were supposed to take off later this year, but the service has already been canceled. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Thomas Cook Airlines made the call after learning that its customers would have to wait at least three hours to clear U.S. Customs at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Brian Kulpin, with the airport, says it all comes down to staffing.

"There's a need for more customs agents here in Reno," he explains. "We just added one at the beginning of April, but it's not enough to do the job faster."

This week, Nevada lawmakers have unanimously passed Senate Bill 177, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, also known as the “CARE Act."

The new law requires hospitals to enter the name of a patient’s home care provider in their medical record. This caregiver will then receive information and instruction on follow-up care after the patient is released from the hospital.

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Next Generation Radio

UNR Student Reporters Dive Into NPR Boot Camp

Next Generation Radio is an initiative by NPR to train students in radio reporting and get their voices on the air by hosting week-long boot camps across the country. Doug Mitchell runs the program and recently spent a week in Reno working with students from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Check out his interview with Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss about the project. This year's student reporters covered everything from the growth of Hispanic...
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University's Emma Sepulveda Pulvirenti honored nationally and locally

A national honor has highlighted the achievements of a University of Nevada, Reno leader, and elevated the university's profile internationally. Dr. Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti, professor in World Languages and Literature and director of the Latino Research Center, has been appointed by President Obama to the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as one of four new members of the prestigious 12-member board. She was also named as the Nevada Regents 2015 Creative Activities Award...
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