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Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the new geriatric specialty clinic opening this summer at the Sanford Center for Aging on the UNR campus. Joining KUNR for this discussion is Dr. Steven Phillips, a board certified physician in internal medicine and geriatrics.  He serves on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine and is the new medical director for the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Under a proposed labor agreement reached by the City of Reno and union leaders, Reno firefighters could see a 6 percent bump in pay to restore some of the wages they lost during the recession. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

At the peak of the recession, Reno firefighters saw their pay slashed by almost 14 percent. Even with this proposed boost of six percent, firefighters in Reno would still earn less than what their peers average across the state. 

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Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we learn about students who want to live a “sober lifestyle” and the programs available to help them. Our guests are two substance abuse experts. Daniel Fred coordinates a campus recovery program and Dr. Meri Shadley teaches about addiction treatment at UNR. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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A group of urban leaders from across the country recently met in Reno to talk innovation and revitalization for the city. It was for the Vanguard Conference hosted by a national nonprofit called Next City. The group was charged with brainstorming inexpensive, quick ideas for promoting the Biggest Little City.

Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with two of the participants to learn more. She spoke to local historian Alicia Barber and Noah Silverman, co-founder of the Reno Bike Project which promotes a cycling lifestyle.

Did you know that the majority of flu viruses originate in birds? On this UNR Health Watch, we talk about infectious diseases that are transmitted through animals with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, professor and H. Edward Manville, Jr. endowed chair of internal medicine at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.  Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs at the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences. 

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The three largest veterans organizations in the U.S. are all coming to Reno for upcoming conventions, events that are estimated to bring in more than $36 million to the region.  The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority recently announced that the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans will all be headed to Reno over the next five years. Authority President Chris Baum says having a one-story convention center set Reno apart from competitors like Phoenix, Miami, and San Juan: 

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  Nonstop flights from Reno to London were supposed to take off later this year, but the service has already been canceled. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Thomas Cook Airlines made the call after learning that its customers would have to wait at least three hours to clear U.S. Customs at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Brian Kulpin, with the airport, says it all comes down to staffing.

"There's a need for more customs agents here in Reno," he explains. "We just added one at the beginning of April, but it's not enough to do the job faster."

This week, Nevada lawmakers have unanimously passed Senate Bill 177, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, also known as the “CARE Act."

The new law requires hospitals to enter the name of a patient’s home care provider in their medical record. This caregiver will then receive information and instruction on follow-up care after the patient is released from the hospital.

Esther Ciammachilli

Believe it or not, some businesses flourish when there's a drought. As Nevada enters it's fourth dry season in a row, many residents are trying to do their part to conserve water and they're asking area landscapers for help. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli sat down with Lebo Newman from  Signature Landscapes to see how the drought is impacting their business and get tips on how to save water.  

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The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is asking customers to voluntarily cut their water usage by ten percent. To figure out how to actually do that, we reached out to local experts who offered these tips:

Tip #1: Monitor and adjust your irrigation system

People use four times more water in the summer to irrigate their lawns. Here's Master Gardener Wendy Hanson-Mazet from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension with a tip on how to cut back on that amount.

Tip #2: Use mulch

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