Orlando Massacre Highlights Local Need For Blood Donors

Jun 14, 2016 BY-SA 4.0

United Blood Services in northern Nevada is urging people to donate after the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of 49 patrons and injured at least 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports:

There are concerns over a shortage of blood for victims involved in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“So, O Pos and O Neg, there is definitely a need..."

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Some state races will be decided in Tuesday's primary. That happens in Nevada when all of the primary candidates for one race are from the same party, and it means that with low voter turnout, very few people will actually have a say about who some of their elected officials will be.

“A primary is not a general election. We’re going to likely see at best  9 or 10 percent of eligible voters," says political analyst and TMCC instructor Fred Lokken. "How can you make a decision in that atmosphere?”

Holland and Hart Attorney Doug Flowers (left) invites Reno entrepreneurs to ask any questions they have at his annual event.
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This is the second year for a series of meetings called 'Law on Tap' at the Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery in Reno. Here, local entrepreneurs can network and get free legal advice.

One of these entrepreneurs is University of Nevada, Reno, graduate Landon Gonzalez. He is in the early stages of creating his own outdoor apparel company and came to the event to learn how he can build his business from nothing.

After losing by a mere 11 votes back in 2014, Republican Lisa Krasner is running for Assembly District 26 once again. Because her challenger Jason Guinasso is also a Republican, the race will be decided in Tuesday's primary. We recently profiled Guinasso, and so now we'll be focusing on Krasner. Our News Director Michelle Billman has more.

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The three candidates for Reno City Council's Ward 1 seat all agree that downtown homelessness is a big problem that needs concrete solutions. Our News Director Michelle Billman reached out to hear their ideas ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Candidate and lawyer Victor Salcido says the problem stems from both the local housing shortage and inadequate mental health services, which eventually need to be addressed. But in the short-term...

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Mourners wept and lit candles at a vigil in Reno Sunday held to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend.

Several hundred gathered outside Our Center, the newly opened LGBT community space for Northern Nevada.

Among those who spoke was Mayor Hillary Schieve.

"Right now, it is just having that moment of silence, really remembering the victims, showing that this is a community that's strong and resilient," she said. "But it's important for Reno to do this to show support nationwide."

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Incumbent Jenny Brekhus is up for re-election for her Reno City Council seat in Ward 1, which covers a good chunk of downtown. Both of her challengers says she's ineffective, but Brekhus wants proof. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports.

Brekhus is running against Victor Salcido, an attorney, and Rich Van Gogh, who owns an art gallery. They both say she's got to go.

Several key primaries in Nevada are pitting moderate Republicans against more conservative candidates — exposing a deep rift in the Nevada GOP. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports.

Senate District 15 is shaping up to be one those races. Eugene Hoover, a Reno businessman, is running against Heidi Gansert, executive director of external relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

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The Truckee River impacts us all. That was the message a coalition of organizations presented at an open house this week to gather community input about the future of the river. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there and has this story.

Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban says the open house was the first opportunity to see what the One Truckee River group has been working on for the past year.

Crime Is Up In Reno

Jun 10, 2016
Reno Police Department

Many types of violent crimes and property crimes are increasing in Reno. That's according to an annual report released by the Reno Police Department this week. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of robberies and assaults increased, and reported rapes nearly doubled. There were 70 rapes were reported in 2013 and 136 were documented last year. During that time, the homicide rate has remained steady.