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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 29.1 million people in the US have diabetes. This week Dr. Veronica Brady discusses causes, and treatments for diabetes.

Brady is an advanced practice nurse and certified in diabetes education in the Endocrinology Division of Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading the discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs at the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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  In a 5-2 vote, the Washoe County School Board approved a controversial contract with Superintendent Traci Davis after nearly four months of negotiations. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

The contract will give Davis a base pay of $238,000, the same as her predecessor Pedro Martinez, and more than $70,000 in benefits, including backpay, a vehicle allowance and attorney's fees.

Davis says the contract is fair.

After nearly a year of gathering community input, Reno City Council has given the initial OK on new regulations for digital signs. A final vote is needed for approval and implementation.

To learn more about the proposed rules, KUNR's Michelle Bliss talked to Bob Conrad with our local media partner ThisisReno, who has been covering the story.

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Community activists held a pro-immigration rally on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of President Obama's executive order that would keep 5 million immigrants from being deported. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

About 30 people with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada held up signs and chanted at a protest primary targeting Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt joined 25 other states in suing the Obama administration to block his executive action to protect families from deportation.

As part of our look this month at female entrepreneurship in the Reno-Tahoe area, Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt sat down with Lauren Klein, CEO of Girlmade. Girlmade hosts various events and workshops around the area aimed at creating a network of support for female entrepreneurs. The company also hosts the annual Girl Empire event, which brings together local middle and high school girls with successful female entrepreneurs for a day of mentorship and skills building.   

Opponents have dropped a lawsuit against the SouthEast Connector — a major road project that will link Sparks to south Reno. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A coalition of community activists filed the suit, accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washoe County's Regional Transportation Commission of not adequately examining the project's environmental impact.

After twice failing to win a preliminary injunction this year, the coalition voluntarily withdrew its legal action on Wednesday.

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  Fans of super heroes and science fiction will descend on Reno this weekend for the Wizard World Comic Con. Several celebrities will also make appearances, including Adam West, better known as Batman. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey called up the actor to talk about his long career.

Hollywood legend Adam West has been in the business for 60 years, with more than 180 acting credits to his name. Of course, he's probably best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series alongside Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

As the startup boom gains steam in Reno, some female business leaders are working to ensure that women-led businesses are an important part of the scene. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt joined them at a recent networking event to find out more.

“So thank you for being here and what we’ll go ahead and get started is have each of you introduce yourself, tell us what you’ve been up to since the last brekkie, and also ask for help. So what can we do to help you with an event, a product, service or endeavor so that you can play big?”

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  The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved a draft plan Wednesday night to address overcrowding and skyrocketing student growth. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has the details.

The school district finally has an initial game plan for how it wants to alleviate overcrowding and critical infrastructure needs through the year 2024.

Pete Etchart, chief operating officer for the district, presented their "Strategic Blueprint" to the board of trustees on priorities for new construction.

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A new education company with some big-name tech and science backers aims to bring immersive, multi-media science learning into schools, starting with Nevada public schools.