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4:05 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Reno City Council to select newest member

The Reno City Council could decide Wednesday on its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the group is interviewing candidates for the at-large council seat recently vacated by Hillary Schieve, who was elected mayor last month.

The council will interview 13 candidates who were selected as finalists from an original pool of more than seventy applicants.

Learn more here about the open council seat.

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Local Stories
9:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

UNR hoping to renovate Mackay Stadium

Mackay Stadium
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

Wolf Pack officials are hoping to get approval from the Nevada System of Higher Education's Board of Regents for more than $11 million worth of upgrades to Mackay Football Stadium. To learn more about the proposed renovations, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss spoke to Doug Knuth, the director of athletics for the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Business + Economy
10:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EDAWN says region could see 50K new jobs in next five years

Mike Kazmierski is president of EDAWN, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
Credit EDAWN

At a town hall event last week, one economic development expert in Reno said the region could see up to 50,000 new jobs in the next several years, largely thanks to Tesla. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details on that hefty projection.

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Local Stories
10:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Reno food pantry sees surge of new families

Volunteers prepare boxes of food to give out at St. Vincent's food pantry in Reno.

For the past month, St. Vincent's Food Pantry has seen a surge of new families showing up at its doors each day. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss stopped by the organization's busy headquarters in downtown Reno this week to learn more about this growing local need.

Volunteers at the pantry's warehouse are always busy this time of year. While some are hauling pallets of canned and nonperishable food around on forklifts, others are assembling the hundreds of boxes given out to families in need each day.

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Diabetes Awareness
1:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Health Watch: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Dr. Evan Klass, Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

November is National Diabetes Awareness month. In this health watch from KUNR's Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs, Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine, talks about diabetes awareness, treatment and prevention with Dr. Evan Klass, Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.   

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Local Stories
8:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Disability claims backlog continues to be a problem for veterans in Nevada

Photo from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Nevada veterans currently wait an average of 248 days for a disability claim to be completed, making access to VA health care in this state one of the longest hold-ups in the nation.

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Politics and Policy
12:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Recount confirms Kirner's victory over Krasner

A recount has upheld Assemblyman Randy Kirner's 11-vote victory over fellow Republican Lisa Krasner.

County Registrar Luanne Cutler says the recount ended Friday when the Reno lawmaker's margin of victory held up after votes in seven precincts of Assembly District 26 were recounted.

A recount of all votes would have followed had officials found a discrepancy of 1 percent or five votes in any of the sample precincts.

The recount was requested by Krasner. Officials had estimated it would cost her campaign $2,000.

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Politics and Policy
10:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Nevada maintains highest percentage of unauthorized immigrants

President Barack Obama
Credit The White House

The number of unauthorized immigrants in Nevada has dropped by roughly 20,000 people between 2009 and 2012. That's according to a new study just released from the Pew Research Center. Despite that decline, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Nevada still has the highest percentage of this population nationwide.

More than 7 percent of Nevada residents, or about 210,000 people, are in the country illegally. Other states with a large share of  unauthorized immigrants include California, Arizona, and Texas. 

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Local Stories
4:35 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Nevada receives "C" grade for high number of preterm births

Earlier this month, Nevada received a “C” grade from the March of Dimes for its high number of preterm births. Statewide about 1 out of every 8 women give birth before their babies reach 37 weeks.

A March of Dimes report found the premature birth rate in Nevada to be 12.6 percent, more than one percent higher than the national average. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths nationwide and the last few weeks in the womb are crucial.

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Local Stories
10:02 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Study finds Nevada lacking in skilled workers for Tesla gigafactory

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Acccording to a recent study, Nevada doesn’t have enough skilled workers to fill high-tech jobs, like the ones Tesla Motors will need for its gigafactory.  

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