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Politics and Policy
2:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Background checks: Should they be expanded in Nevada?

Credit Nevada Firearms Coalition

The Background Check Initiative would expand background checks to private gun sales made online and at gun shows. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that if lawmakers don’t approve it the law this session, voters will have their say in 2016.

This topic arouses passion from both sides. Don Turner has formed a political action committee to fight the Background Check Initiative.

“I’m president of Nevada Firearms Coalition," Turner says. "I’m also president of Nevadans for State Gun Rights.”

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A bigger outbreak
11:07 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Measles Not Biggest Threat to Nevada Public Health, Official Says

We've been hearing a lot about the measles outbreak in California, but there's an even bigger threat to public health in Nevada that's not being talked about.

There have been 79 cases of measles diagnosed in California; 52 of those traced back to the outbreak at Disneyland. That's according to the state's Department of Public Health. But one health official says, although cause for concern, this is not the only disease Nevadans should be worried about.

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Local Stories
9:48 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Non-profits conduct head count of homeless youths in Washoe County

Photo from www.gopixpic.com.

Several non-profit agencies have 24 hours to count the number of homeless young people in Washoe County. KUNR's Anh Gray talks with a former resident of a home run by the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, Miesha Mack, and the organization’s Executive Director Monica Dupea.

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UNR Sports
3:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Upgrades to Mackay Stadium, other UNR sports "home" less

Metal bleachers at Mackay Stadium will soon be replaced with plastic chairs that have backs and arm rests for a more comfortable game day experience.

Mackay Stadium at UNR is in serious need to renovations and upgrades and a new $11 million dollar loan is going to fix it.  Doug Knuth, Director of Athletics at UNR took Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli to the football field to explain exactly what the school plans to do with this money and how they'll pay it back. 

This is part one in a series where we explore several of UNR's sports programs and facilities - including women's track, tennis and rifle - and how they impact each other.

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Politics and Policy
1:45 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Governor Sandoval Wants New Taxes...Who's With Him?

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is pushing for more revenue to fund the state's education system.
Credit State of Nevada website

In his State of the State address, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval promised bold action for Nevada’s struggling education system and outdated tax structure:

We live in a state that is transforming before our eyes – with 21st Century companies, jobs and technologies that place us at the forefront of innovation and the new economy. Yet we still operate with decades-old funding systems and an education structure that will eventually grind us to an inevitable halt.”

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Orvis School of Nursing
1:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Health Watch: Nursing and behavioral health

Sandra Talley, PhD, the first alumna to be named the Orvis Endowed Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing.

In this installment of the UNR Health Watch, a discussion about nursing and behavioral health with Dr. Sandra Talley - the first alumna to be named the Orvis Endowed Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing.  Dr. Talley is leading the psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing program, a new master's level track at the School of Nursing.  She talks with Susan Hill, Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. 

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Education
4:37 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Nevada's graduation rate dips

Nevada's graduation rate went down last year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The graduation rate for Nevada's Class of 2014 dipped just slightly to 70 percent. That's less than 1 percentage point below the previous year, according to the Nevada Department of Education.

In Washoe County, the graduation rate held steady at 72 percent. Traci Davis is interim superintendent for the district.  

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Education
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Head of WCSD: More capital, infrastructure, and outreach needed in 2015

Traci Davis is interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools and delivered her State of Education address Thursday.

Traci Davis became interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools when Pedro Martinez was relieved of his duties last summer. It was a decision by the board of trustees that kicked off a long and costly legal process for the district.

Davis delivered her state of education address Thursday night and joins Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray to talk about goals for 2015 and the obstacles standing ahead.

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Energy and Environment
4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Tahoe bugs are "canaries in the coal mine"

Tahoe Stonefly

You are probably familiar with the "Keep Tahoe Blue" stickers, which have brought public awareness to the decline in clarity of Lake Tahoe's signature blue waters. 

But here's a bumper sticker you haven't seen, yet: 'Save Tahoe's Smallest Critters.' Those invertebrates, some only native to Tahoe, are undergoing a massive extinction at the lake's bottom. A group of divers recently completed a first-of-its-kind tour of the entire lake in order to assess the ecological changes there. 

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Medical Research
1:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Health Watch: Medical Research

Dr. Iain Buxton, professor of pharmacology and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

In this installment of Health Watch from Beyond the Headlines, a discussion about medical research with Iain Buxton, Doctor of Pharmacy, Regents professor and Foundation professor of pharmacology and chair of the pharmacology department at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He talks with Richelle O'Driscoll from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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