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Breaking Down The Tesla Effect

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Alexa Ard

Since Tesla announced its gigafactory in Northern Nevada, many businesses have followed suit, including Switch and a major retailer headed for downtown Reno. Some are going as far as calling this trend the Tesla Effect. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez breaks down what that means.

When Apple brought its data center to the area two years ago, Mehmet Tosun, who chairs UNR’s economics department, knew that things would not suddenly change with just one company, but now Apple is not alone.

Julia Ritchey

Road crews have stayed busy this winter sanding and clearing Lake Tahoe's streets and highways for skiers and snowboarders making their annual pilgrimage to the Sierras. While road pollutants have posed one of the biggest threats to the lake's clarity — recent efforts to reduce street debris appear to be helping. Last year, clarity improved by 7 feet. 

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A strict interpretation of Nevada law reveals that collecting water with rain catchment systems, or rain barrels, is illegal. With ongoing drought conditions, Nevada’s state engineer Jason King says that there should be some exemptions. Bob Conrad of our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The Governor’s drought forum was tasked with addressing the state’s water resource challenges and released its recommendations last month.

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Hanna Lottritz is a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno and she recently wrote an essay that has gone viral. It’s called “Why I won’t be taking shots on my 21st birthday" and it candidly shares the story of how Hanna ended up in a coma after a night of drinking in Yerington.

Hanna stopped by KUNR to talk with our news director Michelle Billman about what happened.

While out with a group of friends at the Night In The Country Music Festival in Yerington last summer, Hanna joined in on a drinking contest. 

Julia Ritchey

Former President Bill Clinton swung through Reno Friday night to campaign for his wife, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton. 

He spoke for more than hour to a crowd of about 500 people at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

Although never mentioning any other candidates by name, Clinton struck out at Republicans for what he called divisive politics.

"When they get done blaming Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants of all kinds, they blame President Obama," he said. 

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno is moving forward with the process to update its master plan. This week, city council members heard the latest update from the Reimagine Reno campaign which has been gathering community input on how the city should grow in the next twenty or so years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

After holding dozens of community workshops and offering surveys online, the Reimagine Reno team has heard from more than 5,800 residents.

Marcus Lavergne

A new e-commerce company plans to bring 500 jobs to the Reno-Sparks area in the next 5 years. The news came at a press conference Thursday. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne was there and has the story. 

Jet.com has already opened its 160,000 square-foot warehouse in Northern Nevada. The company, which launched in July, is known as a “smart shopping platform” and competes with companies like Amazon.com.

Marc Lore is Jet.com's founder and CEO and spoke at yesterday’s event.

Julia Ritchey

With less than a month until the Nevada caucus, Washoe County Democrats are holding training sessions to teach newcomers how it works. To demystify the process, our reporter Julia Ritchey attended a mock caucus earlier this week.  

About 50 people crowd into the Washoe County Democratic headquarters in Reno to learn how to caucus. But tonight, instead of pledging support for a candidate, they get to choose their preferred Muppet.

Volunteer: "Please go ahead and stand in the preference group of your choice..."

Anne McMillin, APR

There can be dangers associated with sports conducted in the snow. Dr. Mark Stovak, is a sports medicine physician from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and he spoke about how to best prepare for outdoor winter sports.

Leading the discussion with Stovak is Anne McMillin, APR, with the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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The Lake Tahoe region is experiencing higher housing costs and stagnating wages for its workers. That's according to a recent economic prosperity report. To learn more, Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick chatted with Heidi Hill Drum; she's the executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center and one of the people behind this report.

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