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Academic Progress Rate
10:36 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Academic Progress Rate: How Nevada's "student-athletes" fare scholastically

Credit NCAA.com

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds all Division I schools accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete per term.  Every semester, each athlete receives one point for remaining eligible to play, and one point for returning to school, for a total of two points per athlete, per team.  The APR has been in place for ten years now and since its launch, the NCAA is reporting more than 13,000 student-athletes have returned to

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Medical School expansion
9:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Health Watch: School of Medicine plans expansion to southern Nevada

In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill talks about expanding the University of Nevada School of Medicine to southern Nevada with Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Heath Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Transgender health coverage
10:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Nevada's PEBP weighing cost of transgender health coverage

Nevada’s Public Employee Benefit Program, or PEBP, board is currently looking into the cost and benefits of providing transgender health coverage.

Last month, Brock Maylath, president of the Transgender Allies Group in Reno, spoke to the PEBP board asking members to remove a provision that states,

“Any treatment designed to alter physical characteristics of you to those of the opposite sex and any other services, treatments, drugs, or diagnostic procedures or studies related to sex transformations are excluded.”

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News
8:59 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local brewery wins big at beer festival

Reno's Brasserie Saint James was recently named the best mid-size brewpub in the country. Owner Art Farley (right) and brewery representative Jordan Moore (left) say Northern Nevada's craft beer scene is beginning to take off.
Credit Stone

A popular brewery and restaurant made Reno "beer history" this month when it was ordained the best mid-size brewpub in the country, beating out some better known breweries from places like San Diego and Denver. Brasserie Saint James has been gaining popularity since it opened in Midtown about two years ago. This award is now giving national cred to Northern Nevada's growing craft beer scene.

It’s a double brew day at Brasserie Saint James.

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Local Stories
4:50 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Galena High School offers high-tech football helmets

With football season underway, one high school here in Northern Nevada is trying out a new way to prevent serious head injuries. Galena High School in south Reno is now the first school in the state to offer all players a helmet with special sensor technology.

Galena football coach Greg Sakelaris says the high-tech helmets act like “another set of eyes” out in the field. If there is notable impact, the sensors send a signal to a hand-held monitor.  

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Local Stories
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Voters to decide on tax cap for mining

This November, voters will decide whether to remove the five percent cap on mining taxes in the Nevada Constitution. Last week Vegas PBS hosted a debate on  ballot question 2. Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada argues in favor of it.

“Last year, Nevada’s world class gold industry raked in $8.1 billion dollars and paid to the state general fund $74 million dollars in mining taxes, for a tax rate of less than one percent,” Fulkerson says.

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Local Stories
9:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

National Wounded Warrior Center: a healing place for veterans

Credit Photo from National Wounded Warrior Center

Transitioning out of the military can be uniquely challenging, especially for veterans dealing with an injury or illness. That's why a nonprofit in Mammoth Lakes, California is planning to open a National Wounded Warrior Center. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that veterans, and even active service members, will be able to live at the center, healing physically and emotionally as they make the leap into civilian life.

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Local Stories
3:20 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

New photo ID system: Catholic Charities says getting help will be easier for those in need

Volunteers packing food at St. Vincent's Food Pantry
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

There’s an array of social support that a person living in poverty may need, like access to a shelter, a food pantry or health care. But actually getting those services can be challenging and time consuming. Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada began using a new photo ID system this month to make getting this type of help much easier.

On a typical day, roughly 800 people come through the doors of the St. Vincent’s food pantry in downtown Reno. Michael Robbins is one of about two dozen people waiting to pick up a box of canned foods and some fruit.

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Ebola Update
10:43 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Health Watch: An Ebola Update from Dr. James Wilson

Credit Photo by Anh Gray

Today on the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill gets an update on Ebola and discusses preparations for viral illnesses in Nevada with Dr. James Wilson, director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada School of Medicine at UNR.

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Women Who Code
10:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Local Group Wants to Get More Females Involved in Technology

Credit Women Who Code Meetup

Recently, there’s been a big push nationwide to get more females involved in technology and STEM career paths; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Studies have shown that women who work in STEM fields earn an average of 33% more than women in non-STEM fields.  But females are still underrepresented in these jobs especially in the state of Nevada.  This is an interview with Khara Muniz, co-founder of the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of Women Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.  

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