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4:28 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

TMCC launching UAV certificate program

UAV technology designed by Reno-based Drone America. The company is working with TMCC to help train students in unmanned aerial systems.
Credit Drone America

A former military contractor who spent the past three years flying drones in Iraq and Afghanistan is building a brand new curriculum at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that starting next semester, Mark Sharp will be training students how to operate and repair unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Arts and Culture
4:18 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Interview: A look back on UNR professor's Shakespeare folio find

Credit University of Nevada, Reno

As the year draws to a close and we reflect on the significant moments of 2014, one that stands out is Eric Rasmussen’s voyage from Reno to a library in France where he identified one of Shakespeare’s original folios last month.

Now, 233 of the 800 first folios have been found, and since no manuscripts by Shakespeare survive, these rare texts have helped preserve many of his plays.

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Local Stories
1:10 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Advocates: More data, training needed to combat domestic violence in Nevada

Credit Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence

Setting up a statewide data system to track domestic violence offenses is one of several recommendations just released from a committee spearheaded by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the group suggests that data go hand-in-hand with more specialized training for first responders working with victims. 

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Business + Economy
12:05 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Nevada could hit pre-recession job numbers by 2017

Nevada's Chief Economist Bill Anderson says the state is gaining jobs in all sectors, including one of its hardest hit--construction.

The number of jobs in Nevada could return to pre-recession levels by the end of 2017. That's the latest prediction from the state's chief economist Bill Anderson. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

During the recession, Nevada lost 175,000 of its nearly 1.3 million jobs. Bill Anderson, chief economist for the state's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, says Nevada has been slowly rebuilding its labor force over the past four years.

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Immunizations
10:29 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Health Watch: Immunizations and staying healthy

Dr. Trudy Larson, director of the School of Community Health Sciences, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist.

In this installment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Dr. Trudy Larson, director of the School of Community Health Sciences, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, talks about immunizations and keeping our community healthy. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine. 

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Politics and Policy
11:03 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Senator Reid on Nevada lands bills and Democratic election losses

As he wraps up his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is celebrating the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills that will create a national monument for the fossil beds at Tule Springs. In this photo, Eric Scott, the curator of paleontology for San Bernardino County Museum in California, describes a seven-foot tusk found at the Tule Springs site in North Las Vegas. The tusk belonged to a Colombian Mammoth, one of the many animals that roamed the Nevada desert thousands of years ago.
Credit Airman 1st Class Jamie Nicley / U.S. Air Force

After six years as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is leaving that post, now that Republicans control that chamber. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell will soon step into that role while Reid transitions to leading the minority. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with Reid just after the Senate wrapped up its session this week to look back on his tenure, including the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills.

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Local Stories
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

In the works: Transitional housing for inmates in Reno

Officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the state of Nevada, and local municipalities broke ground Tuesday on a transitional housing center for former prisoners in Reno.

The state broke ground Tuesday in Reno on a transitional housing facility for former inmates to help them successfully integrate back into the community. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the project is funded by a unique revenue-sharing agreement between Nevada and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

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Local Stories
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Reno Police and advocates say domestic violence can spike during holidays

The holidays often involve joyful celebrations for many, but starting next week, the Reno Police Department expects to receive an uptick in domestic violence calls. The need for help from local support groups also goes up this season.

Last year Reno Police saw a 40% increase in domestic violence reports on Christmas day and the week leading up to it.   

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Healthy holiday eating
10:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Health Watch: Healthy holiday eating

Karmella Thomas, RD, LD, CDE is a registered dietician and certified in diabetes education and manager of the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Wellness and Weight Management Center.

The holiday season is in full swing. In this installment of the health watch is a conversation about healthy eating and weight management during this time of year. Here to talk about that is Karmella Thomas, a registered dietician and manager of the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Wellness and Weight Management Center on the UNR campus.  She talks with Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.

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College football futures
4:45 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UNR AD on shutdown of University of Alabama, Birmingham football program

Doug Knuth, director of athletics at University of Nevada, Reno

Last week, the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) shutdown its football program due to funding issues. This has sparked concern amongst smaller Division I schools operating on modest budgets, including one in the Mountain West Conference. Doug Knuth, director of athletics at UNR, talks about the closing down of the football program at UAB and what this means for the future of Division I schools dealing with budget constraints.

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