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It’s Electric! Tesla Gigafactory Officially Opens

Jul 26, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Electric car maker Tesla officially opened its Gigafactory near Reno.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

A tribute video for the slain police officers in Dallas has gone viral. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports that it features a poem performed by a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Let's take a listen.

Flirtey, 7-Eleven

A Nevada-based drone startup has teamed up with convenience chain 7-Eleven to make the first-ever Slurpee delivery to a private residence in Reno, a tasty milestone for unmanned autonomous systems.

The neon sign for the Golden West Motor Lodge.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Earlier this month, the Reno City Council made a controversial vote to demolish two downtown motels.

Natalie Van Hoozer takes a look at this particular case and what might be in store for Reno’s vacant buildings as the city grows.

I’m standing on Virginia Street outside of the Golden West Motor Lodge with Britton Griffith-Douglass, the president of the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. She says that to her, the property is an eyesore.

5 Nevadans Land Speaking Slots At DNC In Philly

Jul 25, 2016

Five Nevadans have landed speaking slots at this week's Democratic National Convention, highlighting the Silver State’s vaunted swing state status.

Those include Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, state Sen. Pat Spearman and 4th District congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen.

Kihuen, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Las Vegas, is seen as a rising star in the party.

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the third annual Northern Nevada Pride Festival took place in Wingfield Park, as part of Artown.

The event kicked off with a parade, and included performances from dance groups, drag queens and live musicians. This year’s headliners were comedienne and drag queen Lady Bunny, and singer Amber.

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, Reno’s newest LGBT community space, Our Center, hosted a couple of unique fundraising events, including Drag Bingo. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more. It’s like regular bingo, except people showed up in drag, wearing high heels and extravagant makeup. Meredith Tanzer is the Vice President of Build Our Center, the initiative to create and run an LGBT community space in Reno.

Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Business leaders in the state who want their voices heard more easily by the Public Utilities Commission have formed an Energy Efficiency Business Coalition. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

The state’s EEBC would be an offshoot of the original organization formed in Colorado in 2007. Some of their goals are spreading information on energy efficiency to businesses around the state and influencing policy making.

Tom Polikalas is one of the Nevada branch's founders. 

Northern Nevada Pride kicks off Saturday with a parade and festival downtown. Organizers hope to keep the event positive following the recent Orlando tragedy.

Reno High Schoolers Create Community Murals

Jul 20, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

The latest in a series of public art projects created by high school students has been unveiled. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more.

Along busy Wedekind Road in north Reno, a group of high schoolers and their parents admire the whimsical and colorful mural that the students have painted.

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