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8:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Concern growing over possible bus service cuts in Washoe

Mark Tadder has relied on bus service more and more over the past few years as his vision has failed.

People in Washoe County who struggle to get around town could have an even harder time if bus routes are cut, which could happen if the transportation commission can't find more money. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Mark Tadder lives just a quick walk from a bus stop in northwest Reno, and that’s no accident.

“I started riding the bus in earnest about a year ago when my vision failed and I wasn’t really able to walk so much and get around that way.”

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Forensic Psychiatry
10:04 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Health Watch: Forensic Psychiatry

Melissa Piasecki, M.D., professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Today on Health Watch from Beyond the Headlines, we talk about forensic psychiatry with Melissa Piasecki, M.D., professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is board certified both in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Piasecki talks with Susan Hill, Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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Mormons and Gays
10:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Mormon Church: "Love and Accept" LGBT Members, Community

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple, Reno, NV.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states, including Nevada, Utah and Idaho. All are strongholds of the Mormon Church – long an opponent of gay rights. But, Mormons are now attempting to show more acceptance of gay people both in - and out - of the Church.

In 2012, the Mormon Church launched a new website called mormonsandgays.org.  It outlines the Church’s new perspective on same-sex attraction and features several video testimonies from members.

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Local Stories
3:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Is medical marijuana a public safety threat?

A district attorney in Northern Nevada says medical marijuana poses a new threat to public safety. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports it’s at the top of the list for Washoe County at an upcoming summit hosted by the state’s attorney general.

Sheriffs, chiefs and district attorneys from across the state will come together at the event in early February to collaborate on ways to make their communities safer.

Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks will share what he’s learned from other states about the public safety issues caused by marijuana.

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tobacco prevention NV
11:21 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Nevada 42nd in Tobacco Prevention Funding

Nevada ranks 42nd in the nation for tobacco-prevention funding. That's according to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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Politics and Policy
5:13 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sandoval sworn in for second term

Governor Sandoval and a slate of other Republican leaders were sworn in Monday as Nevada's next crew of constitutional officers.
Credit gov.nv.gov

On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

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Local Stories
5:04 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Interview: Drop-in center for at-risk youth opening in Reno

Credit aconspiracyofhope.blogspot.com

At-risk youth, like kids who are homeless or have aged out of foster care, face considerable obstacles--they often lack educational training and most don’t have family support to fall back on.

To offer support, a residential home for at-risk youth in downtown Reno called the Eddy House, is setting up a drop-in center that'll open in March.

Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talked to the nonprofit’s founder, Lynette Eddy, who is also a social worker, to learn more.

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Energy and Environment
2:51 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

The new year "critical" for region's water supply

The snowpack in the Sierra continues to reflect the drought conditions that have stressed Northern Nevada in recent years.

For the third year in a row, the Truckee Meadows and other nearby basins on the Eastern Sierra have only about two thirds of the normal snowpack. Or, put another way: we’ve lost a year’s worth of precipitation in this most recent drought cycle.

“The reservoir storage on the Truckee River is only about 25 percent of capacity.”

Jeff Anderson is a hydrologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Low Gas Prices
12:13 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Low gas prices could hurt air quality, officials say

Gas pump handle

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low through 2015. This could be a benefit to Nevada's economy, but the extra driving has some environmental and air quality officials worried.

Low gas prices may be leaving Nevadans with extra money in their pockets, but more driving could mean more air pollution. Will Toor with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project says research shows that in the past few years Nevadans are driving less in favor of public transportation, bicycling and walking. Despite gas prices being low right now, Toor is hopeful that this trend will continue.

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Local Stories
9:43 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Financial literacy program for low-income teens expanding in Reno

Low-income, working teens learning how to set financial goals and meet them.
Credit MyPath Savings

Next year, a financial literacy program for low-income, working teens will be expanding in Northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details. 

This year, 85 high school students in Reno, along with more rural areas like Dayton and Virginia City, took part in the MyPath Savings program which required them to open bank accounts, set financial goals for themselves, and save a portion of their paychecks. On average, this year's participants pocketed a fifth of their earnings.

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