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Esther Ciammachilli

Students at UNR go back to school today, many of them student athletes. On the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about children participating in organized sports and sports medicine at UNR. Our guests are Dr. Arthur A. Islas, director of the sports medicine fellowship and the team physician for Wolf Pack Athletics. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

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The National Clean Energy Summit is Monday in Las Vegas. Democratic Senator Harry Reid says that rooftop solar power and the growing pains of that industry will be a major topic of discussion.

"We have electricity that's produced and then sent to the consumers on power lines," Reid explains. "That's a model that was developed by Westinghouse and Edison. Well, that was before the Model T Ford. Now, we have a new world where consumers can produce their own electricity. They don't have to depend on a power company to do that."

Julia Ritchey

  Nevada Treasury officials heard from a crowd of frustrated and confused private school parents during a hearing Friday on the state's new Education Savings Account program. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

More than three dozen parents spoke during public comment to air grievances about a key provision of the new program known as the 100-day rule.

Again and again, their concerns sounded like this:

"I implore you once again to examine legislative intent with regard to the 100 days," said parent Bri Thorson.

Five Talents

Reno resident and visual storyteller Jessi LeMay recently returned from a stint in South Sudan, where she collected the stories of the everyday Sudanese people she encountered. 

LeMay traveled to the Warrap State of that country with an organization called Five Talents, which fights poverty in developing countries. She’s gave a talk Friday night at Sundance Books in Reno about her experience and joined Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss for an overview.

Your Teen May Be Chronically Sleep Deprived

Aug 21, 2015
The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz Ulster County School Boards Association

 

More than 80 percent of the country’s public middle and high schools start too early, according to a report out last week from the Centers for Disease Control. Nevada's schools rank better than the average, with about half starting at 8:30 am, but that still leaves 130,000 of the state's teens chronically sleep deprived.

 

Research indicates that while younger children learn best early in the day, teens perform better if they start school later in the morning. 

Thousands of mourners turned out today in downtown to  pay their respects to Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell who was killed last week in the line of duty. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there and has this remembrance.

As a helicopter hovered above, crowds quietly lined the streets in the sweltering heat around the Reno Events Center. People were waving American flags and saluting as the motorcade of more than 800 law enforcement vehicles made its way through. Near the end of the procession,  Deputy Carl Howell’s casket was carried on a bright yellow Carson City fire truck.

The federal government completed its transfer of 10,000 acres of public land to the city of Yerington on Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Bureau of Land Management issued the patent to Yerington for the land, which will be used for industrial, recreational and infrastructure projects.

More than half the land will be given to Nevada Copper for expansion of its Pumpkin Hollow mine.

The land transfer was approved last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress.

Esther Ciammachilli

A record number of students descended upon the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday as another exciting year of higher education begins. 

Julia Ritchey

 Nevada's second medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors next week, but a state backlog has many patients still waiting to receive their cards. Even though the industry is in its infancy, our reporter Julia Ritchey tells us that demand is high. 

The new Sierra Wellness Connection dispensary is fairly inconspicuous in an office park off Second Street.

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Casinos across the country including Nevada, are urging Congress to pass legislation that would expand cyber-security protections for the gaming industry.  

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