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Washoe County Could Soon See More Volunteer Sheriff's Deputies

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding their Reserve Deputy Program. The program allows volunteers the chance to protect and serve their community as secondary law enforcement officers. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding this program in an effort to save money. Sheriff Chuck Allen says when he took office in November, there were less than ten reserve deputies in Washoe County. “My goal is to ultimately have 60 trained men and women from the community who are willing to...
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Could This Be Nevada's Most Unproductive Legislative Session?

The Nevada legislature is more than halfway through its 120-day session. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with Fred Lokken, professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College, to discuss what he says is one of the most unproductive and dysfunctional sessions in state history. Lokken has been studying Nevada politics for 24 years and says that with Republicans in charge of both the Assembly and Senate, this session has brought to light an embarrassing amount of...
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Lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at helping Nevada collect more tax revenue from online retailers.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill yesterday (Tuesday), and the Assembly passed an identical measure.

The U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause prevents states from requiring a merchant to collect and turn over sales tax unless the business has a substantial base in that state.

UNR Health Watch: Childhood Obesity

Apr 20, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we look at ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity with Dr. Stephanie Wright. She’s a practicing physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and organizations want to raise awareness about the services available to help these victims.  Amanda Haboush-Deloye with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada says awareness helps encourage victims and others to report cases of suspected child abuse. She says the majority of cases in the state involve children under the age of five. Some of the telltale signs of neglect include...

"Lack of supervision," Haboush-Deloye says. "Not having the appropriate food or nutrients in the house. Living in an unsafe or an unclean environment."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The deadline to file taxes was this week and a new analysis examines exactly where Nevada's federal income tax dollars are going. 

Lindsay Koshgarian is a research director with the nonpartisan National Priorities Project, which tracks tax money and how it's spent. She says the average Nevada resident paid more than 12 thousand dollars in federal taxes last year, with the biggest chunk funding national defense.

Regional Transportation Commission

The controversial Southeast Connector roadway project received final federal approval this week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the thoroughfare will eventually connect South Reno to Sparks, easing congestion on Interstate 580 by offering an alternate route to many job sites, including Tesla's gigafactory.

At a press conference held by the Regional Transportation Commission Thursday in Reno, RTC Chair Neoma Jardon said this is more than just a new road, it's a job creator.

The boat launch at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor near Incline Village is closed until further notice. Due to a dismal snowpack, water level at the lake is lower than normal.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Supervisor Jay Howard says that isn’t likely to change.

“Given the recent snowpack totals of three percent of average that just recently came out, and given what I see in the backcountry when I’m able to go back there, I just don’t expect a whole lot of run-off to occur,” Howard says.

UNR Health Watch: "Fit To Fly"

Apr 13, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada, Reno health watch, we talk to Dr. Melissa Piasecki about the role of a forensic psychiatrist in evaluating whether pilots are "fit to fly." Dr. Piasecki is a practicing forensic psychiatrist with expertise in ethical and legal issues in medicine, fitness for duty evaluations for professionals, and suicide and suicide prevention.  She talks with Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.    


The University Of Nevada School Of Medicine is hoping to expand its medical residencies and fellowship programs, with help from Governor Brian Sandoval's proposed budget.

The plan includes 10 million dollars to create more resident opportunities in Nevada.

Dr. Thomas Schwenk is Dean of the School of Medicine. He says this could help fight the state's doctor shortage.  “And we know that where residents train and where fellows train is where they generally end up staying to practice, so we want to expand these capabilities significantly.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency

One in six people – or 17 percent of Nevadans – live with hunger on an ongoing basis. 

That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Jocelyn Lantrip is with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She says many of her clients are families where one or both parents work multiple low-wage, part-time jobs, and still struggle.

"They're still having to choose between their rent and food, or medical care and food, and those are tough choices."

A detective and former president of the local police union has been named the interim chief of Reno Police. Jason Soto steps into that role Friday when Chief Steve Pitts retires. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Soto has served the department for 18 years, working closely with Pitts and spending several of those years as chief polygraph examiner.

City Manager Andrew Clinger says that work, along with Soto's experience leading the union, has uniquely prepared him to take the reigns during this time of transition.


Beyond the Headlines: Reynolds School Media Watch

Reynolds School Media Manager in Residence Gregory Lowe visits with Dean Al Stavitsky in the KUNR studios.
University of Nevada, Reno

Public media and broadcasting's future: An international perspective

Why is media management important to understand as a journalism student -- or any journalist -- today? What is the future for public broadcasting? And how does the U.S. model of public media compare to others around the world? These were a few elements of the conversation with the inaugural Reynolds School Media Manager in Residence, professor Gregory Lowe on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (air date 4-24-15). David Stipech visited with Lowe and Journalism Dean Al Stavitsky on the Reynolds...
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University News & Notes

Dr. David Zeh, University of Nevada, Reno's vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School
University of Nevada, Reno

13 finalists compete in University's 3-Minute Thesis competition

To earn an advanced degree, graduate students spend countless hours preparing their theses as a requirement for graduation. But summing up that research in a three-minute presentation to compete with other students is quite a different challenge. The second annual 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition features 13 graduate-student finalists presenting their projects on Thursday evening, April 23, in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium. The 3MT competition was the...
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Beyond the Headlines

Whatever the concern, Reno's Crisis Call Center is ready to listen

The Crisis Call Center in Reno takes confidential calls and texts 24 hours a day, more than 40,000 contacts per year. And no crisis is too small to make the call, according to Justine Hernandez, confidential campus advocate at the Crisis Call Center. Hernandez was interviewed on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines by David Stipech (air date 4-17-15). In addition to a discussion of Crisis Call Center's confidential call support and outreach services, the interview previewed the center's activities...
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