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10:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Nevada maintains highest percentage of illegal immigrants

President Barack Obama
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The number of illegal 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 illegal immigrants 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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Reduce poverty Nevada
1:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

"Two-generation approach" Could curb poverty in Nevada, U.S.

Working with parents and children together, rather than separately, may help advance efforts to end the cycle of poverty in Nevada and across the U.S., is the finding of a new report.
Credit Photo courtesy Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services

Working with parents and children together, rather than separately, may help advance efforts to end the cycle of poverty in Nevada and across the U.S., is the finding of a new report.

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Uninsured Hispanic Children
12:51 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

One in five Hispanic children in Nevada are uninsured

One in five Hispanic children in Nevada does not have health insurance, and a new report suggests the state could be doing more to reach out to parents.
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In Nevada, 20 percent of Hispanic children don't have health insurance, compared to 15 percent of Nevada kids overall, and a new report says the state could be doing more to reach out to Hispanic families. 

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Sports injuries
12:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Health Watch: Concussions and sports injuries

Dr. Carol Scott, head team physician for athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In this installment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine, talks to Dr. Carol Scott, associate professor and director of sports medicine fellowships at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, about concussions and sports injuries.

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Politics and Policy
3:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Krasner demands recount in tight Northern Nevada race

A candidate for a Northern Nevada assembly seat is asking for a recount. Republican Lisa Krasner lost to Randy Kirner in this election by only 11 votes.

Lisa Krasner continues to shake up the political landscape in Northern Nevada. First, she ran against fellow Republican and incumbent Randy Kirner in the general election to the dismay of some in her party. Now, she’s not stepping aside until she’s sure she lost.

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Politics and Policy
9:40 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nevada could be next in line to legalize pot

An initiative to allow recreational marijuana in Nevada has gained enough signatures to go on the ballot next election. 

 

It was a good election year for supporters of legalizing pot. Voters in two states and Washington D.C. passed laws allowing recreational use of the drug. While it wasn't on the ballot in Nevada, plenty of people plan to vote for it here come 2016.  

"We turned in just over 200,000 signatures."  

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Business + Economy
3:03 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Experts say housing prices could spike with influx of Tesla workers

Long-term trends show Nevada's housing market is recovering from the recession, but one economic analyst says that what the market really needs now is some stability over the next few years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that's not likely with Tesla preparing to set up shop.

Housing prices and new construction have been up across the state, but Jeremy Aguero, with the economic research firm Applied Analysis, says Nevada's housing market could really use a brief respite.

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Local Stories
5:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Earthquake expert says Reno is not ready for its next big shake

Graham Kent leads the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at UNR.

Since July, a swarm of several hundred earthquakes has been shaking up an area of desolate wilderness in the northwestern corner of the state. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that even though Reno is dodging that bullet, one expert from the University of Nevada, Reno says it's a good reminder that the city is not prepared for a major earthquake.

This event resembles the Mogul swarm of 2008, which caused some costly property damage to homes in northwestern Reno and ultimately piqued with a magnitude 5 quake.

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