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2:51 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

GOP Moves To Expand Definition Of Justifiable Homicide In Nevada

Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton spent much of her testimony telling anecdotes like this:

"In 2010 in January, Jerald Young defended himself against three men. It was clear from video surveillance he was trying to get away from them, but Mr. Young  was charged with multiple charges, and it took him years to be acquitted by a jury." 

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Local Stories
10:49 am
Wed March 4, 2015

"It's Dismal" Says Health Official About Nevada's HPV Vaccination Rate

Credit Immunize Nevada

When we hear about HPV, the conversation often focuses on young women and the risk of cervical cancer. In reality, HPV is a much larger health crisis for women and men linked to many other diseases that we struggle to talk openly about, like vaginal and penile cancers.

But two women in Reno are ready to talk and their goal is prevention, since there is a vaccine for HPV deemed safe by the CDC.

The guests joining Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss for this special discussion include Heidi Parker from Immunize Nevada and Abbi Whitaker, an HPV-related cancer survivor in Reno.

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Local Stories
2:32 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Environmentalists Protest The Possible Transfer of Federal Lands To The State

The federal government owns more than 80 percent of all public lands in Nevada and some conservationists want it to stay that way.   That’s why they’re protesting the possible transfer of that federal land to the state. Nevada lawmakers are considering such a resolution today.

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University Spotlight / Beyond the Headlines
11:26 am
Mon March 2, 2015

University and City of Reno collaborate on UNR master plan

Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger
Credit Courtesy City of Reno

The new master plan for the University of Nevada, Reno campus encompasses a number of wide-ranging objectives and reflects input from a variety of stakeholders in setting a new vision for the campus and the surrounding community. It elevates the conversation about northern Nevada as a true “University Town” and is a prime example of close collaboration among the University community, the City of Reno and the Regional Transportation Commission.

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Adolescent Behavior
10:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

UNR Health Watch: Behavioral Issues in Children and Teens

Dr. Saul Zelan, child and adolescent psychiatrist, pediatrician and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

On the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, a talk about behavioral issues in children and teens with Dr. Saul Zelan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, pediatrician  and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading this discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

For those interested in learning more about the workshops mentioned in this health watch, call (775) 682-8459

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Local Stories
11:05 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Reno Police Mission In Ukraine Cut Short

Five Reno police officers are returning from Ukraine early after being pulled from a training mission there. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the Reno City Council voted this week to bring the officers back because of concerns over safety and limited resources at home.

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Local Stories
10:21 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Assemblyman Arrested For DUI And Possession Of A Firearm

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, a Democrat from Clark County, was arrested last night for DUI and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, according to the Carson City Sheriff. Carrillo, a union worker and contractor, is one of the most vocal critics of anti-labor legislation in Carson City. At this point, it's unclear whether Carrillo will resign.

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Politics and Policy
4:07 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

School Construction Bill Becomes Battleground Over Labor Issues In Nevada

A new portable classroom unit awaiting installation at Brown Elementary School.
Credit Anh Gray

Right now, there are close to 2,000 portable classrooms in Washoe and Clark Counties alone because of overcrowding. Couple that with calls from business leaders, parents and both parties to improve education in Nevada, and you'd expect a bill that would create more schools to sail through.

“Except that we’re going to do that by stepping on your parents' backs. It’s the parents versus the kids. That’s what you’re doing with this bill. For someone to have the audacity to put this in front of my face and say it’s about schools...”

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Local Stories
2:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Improvement In Snowpack Over Last Month, But Drought Lingers On

Photo of Mt. Rose in January 2015 taken by Michelle Bliss.

A measurement of the snowpack this morning reveals that despite a slight improvement over last month, the drought is lingering on.  After trekking to the summit of Mt. Rose, state hydrologist Jeff Anderson scooped a core of the snowpack to weigh the water content.

“What we found was that the measurement is 15.9 inches of water in the snowpack, which is almost twice as much as what we measured at the end of last month and so that’s good news."

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Local Stories
4:16 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Nevada AG Testifies That Immigration Executive Order Is Unconstitutional

Adam Laxalt testifying before the House Judiciary Committee against President Obama's executive order on immigration.
Credit Republican Attorneys General Association

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt spoke to a congressional committee Wednesday about President Obama's executive order on immigration, saying it's an unconstitutional overreach of power. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Laxalt insisted that the lawsuit challenging Obama's executive order "...is not about immigration. It's not about politics. It's about the rule of law and our constitutional system. This lawsuit transcends policy differences and seeks to prevent legislation from being usurped by executive fiat."

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