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5:06 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Anti-Campus Carry Protestors Rally At UNR

More than 200 protestors gathered at UNR Wednesday to speak out against AB148.

With more than 20 Republican lawmakers supporting AB148, which would allow concealed firearms on college campuses, many at the University of Nevada, Reno worry they could see guns at school, soon. That’s why 200 protestors gathered there Wednesday. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports.

The group chanted in front of the library before a dozen speakers made their case.

“The great majority of faculty on this campus do not want legislation to ease weapon restrictions on this campus," said UNR Faculty Senate Chair Chuck Price.

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Local Stories
11:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Washoe Health District Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated

Washoe County health officials are urging lawmakers to regulate electronic cigarettes. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports.

With the number of young people using e-cigarettes growing nationwide, the Washoe County Health District released a position statement this week calling on the state legislature to set up some ground rules.

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Politics and Policy
10:53 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Lawmaker Hopes To Use Lessons Learned From Sparks Middle Shooting

In reviewing what happened before and during the Sparks Middle School shooting in 2013, emergency management and education officials have learned a lot. That's what Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson said during her testimony this week for a bill to update safety procedures in Nevada schools based on lessons learned at Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

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Politics and Policy
11:11 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Healthcare Leaders Call For More State Data On Obesity

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A bill under consideration now would collect more information about obesity in Nevada and the efforts to prevent it. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

A senate committee heard testimony Monday on a bill that would require the state to give an annual report on obesity rates, including a demographic breakdown of the problem.

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Local Stories
1:32 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Washoe Voters May See Ballot Question On Transit Funding

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Washoe County voters could see a ballot question asking for more transit funding in the next few years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Public transit in Washoe will see major service cuts by 2019 if the Regional Transportation Commission can't find more money. That's why the RTC created a citizen advisory group to come up with ideas. That group just put together its final recommendations, which include asking voters to approve a 1/8-cent increase to the sales tax.

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Local Stories
7:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

UNR Students Win $50K To Improve Flight Control Of Drones

A group of students from the University of Nevada, Reno has been busy at the drawing board designing a product to improve the flight control of commercial drones. This month, their work paid off when those entrepreneurs won the Sontag Entrepreneurship Award.

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Underage Recruitment
4:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

AD Doug Knuth on recruiting of underage athletes

UNR Athletic Director Doug Knuth.

NBA superstar LeBron James recently made a public statement asking colleges and universities to stop trying to recruit his 10-year-old son. He says his son, LeBron Jr., has been receiving phone calls and even scholarship offers. University of Nevada, Reno Athletic Director Doug Knuth sat down with Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli to answer some questions regarding the NCAA's policy  on recruitment.

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Sports and recreation
4:45 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Wolf Pack's New Men's Basketball Coach To Be Named Shortly

Air Force Falcons forward Hayden Graham attempts a free throw in the first half against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Clune Arena in February.
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The Nevada Wolf Pack could have a new men's basketball coach in place by next Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education is holding a special meeting on Thursday. The agenda for that meeting says UNR President Marc Johnson will request approval for a multi-year employment contract for a new coach.

A national search has been underway since former Coach David Carter was fired earlier this month. Athletic Director Doug Knuth has led that search effort, which has been quite hush-hush.

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Business + Economy
9:31 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Will Wineries Be Setting Up Shop In Washoe?

Grapes growing an the experimental vineyard at the University of Nevada, Reno, run by Professor Grant Cramer.

Nevada has the fewest wineries of any state, with just four filling our glasses today. While advocates want to grow the industry, there’s fear that the state could become a mere “suburb” of California wine with few bottles bearing a homegrown stamp. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports.

There are no commercial wineries in Washoe County, but UNR Professor Grant Cramer has been making wine in Reno for a decade.

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Business + Economy
5:14 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sandoval Urges Lawmakers To Support Tax Plan

Governor Brian Sandoval delivered testimony during a joint committee hearing Wednesday for his plan to increase business license fees in order to raise money for K-12 education. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Despite wide support for improving the state's lagging education system, Sandoval is charged with convincing a Republican-controlled legislature to raise taxes for the cause.

In a rousing speech, Sandoval made his case, saying economic development will suffer if the state can't create more revenue and devote it to students.

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