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2:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Yellow-billed cuckoo could soon be named endangered

Credit Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to designate more than 500,000 acres of land in the West, including Nevada, as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo, which is being considered for endangered species designation.

Michael Robinson with the Center for Biological Diversity says the protections would give the birds a better chance of survival:

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Local Stories
12:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Nevada National Guard partners with Kingdom of Tonga

The Tonga delegation arrives at Reno-Stead Airport Tuesday.

  

The top military official from the Kingdom of Tonga is in the Silver State marking his country's unique partnership with the Nevada National Guard.

Brigadier General Tau'aika ’Uta’atu and his small delegation gather by a hanger at the Reno-Stead Airport. They’re there to observe Air National Guardsmen perform some military drills.

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"Beyond the Headlines"
11:47 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Reid talks NV politics, Tesla and economy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't get his hopes up about Tesla, believes the Democrats will win all the major races in Nevada and won't get in the middle of the debate over the Margins Tax. Those were some of the topics addressed by Reid when he visited the studios of Reno Public Radio this week.  

Here are some of the highlights:

Reid says he's not optimistic about getting more funding for Lake Tahoe restoration projects.

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Business + Economy
5:37 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Reid: Tesla using gigafactory like a "carrot on a stick"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not getting his hopes up about Tesla Motors setting up its multi-billion dollar gigafactory in northern Nevada.  

While he’d love to see the electric car marker end up here, Reid says the Silver State may have a tough time outcompeting places with deep pockets like Texas and California.

“This has been held out here kind of like a carrot on a stick for a long time.” 

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Education
12:34 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Sandoval looking to expand all-day kindergarten statewide

At a recent conference at the University of Nevada, Reno, Governor Brian Sandoval spoke to nearly a hundred of the state’s education leaders about improving early childhood education. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that one of the governor’s top goals moving forward is to expand all-day kindergarten programs.

Right now, about two-thirds of elementary schools in Nevada have all-day kindergarten. Sandoval says he hopes to soon see it offered statewide.

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Service Learning
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Health Watch: Student service learning opportunities in health

In today's health watch segment from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about student service learning in health with Gerold Dermid-Gray, Coordinator of Community Relations and Field Studies for the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Local Stories
11:29 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Task force says healthcare workforce lacking in Northern Nevada

A task force of community members in Northern Nevada has been studying the growing need for specialized healthcare workers in the region. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the group is recommending more training programs at the college level that reduce common barriers for students, like the amount of time and money needed to complete their education.

The Healthcare Jobs of the Future Task Force includes representatives from local colleges and hospitals who are examining gaps in the training pipeline for healthcare professionals.

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Energy and Environment
5:38 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

As Tahoe warms, oxygen and clarity could decrease

A warming lake could have dire consequences for animal life and clarity.
Credit Will Stone

In the lead up to next week’s Tahoe Summit, researchers are taking stock of how warmer temperatures are impacting the lake’s iconic clear waters. Earlier this week, we looked at concerns about water quality near the shore. But, as it turns out, climate change may also affect oxygen levels in the lake.

 

 

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DACA sign-ups
12:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Nevada among states with highest DACA sign-up

Credit Nevada News Service

Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, which provides temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Jeanne Batalova is with the Migration Policy Institute, the group that studied DACA two years after its launch. She says more than half of the 17-thousand people eligible in Nevada have applied for the program and most have been approved.

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Energy and Environment
10:50 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Researchers seek to better understand and plan for drought

Credit Bob Conrad/This Is Reno

UNR and DRI researchers in Northern Nevada are launching a broad effort to better predict and prepare for severe drought and climate change. 

 

While many places are feeling the impacts of climate change, Western Nevada and the Sierra make a good case study. For one, the trends in temperature change here track almost exactly with the global ones. Along with that, Maureen McCarthy, a UNR researcher, says our desert environment, fed by snowfall in the mountains, is one of the most vulnerable to climate change. 

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