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9:17 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Applegate Fire disrupts traffic on I-80, forces evacuation

UPDATE Thursday 8:30 AM:

A fire near Applegate in Placer County continues to burn on the east side of Interstate 80. The eastbound lanes were temporarily shut down Wednesday because of the blaze. As of this morning, only one lane was open for traffic heading toward Nevada.

The fire is 420 acres and about 20 percent contained. So far, 5 homes have been destroyed and 1,000 structures are currently threatened. An evacuation order still remains in effect for locals in the area. 

Check back for more updates.

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11:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Group fighting same-sex marriage in Nevada has dropped its appeals

Karen Vibe and Karen Goody address a crowd in downtown Reno as they celebrate a federal court ruling striking down Nevada's gay marriage ban.
Credit Stone

UPDATE 11:40 AM Thursday

Gay couples could finally be within hours of the right to marry in Nevada.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has dropped its appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit, which temporarily prevented same sex marriages from going forward on Wednesday. Now, there is no opposition in court to dropping the state's ban.

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Local Stories
4:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nevada's gay marriage ban struck down

Gay marriage supporters gathered in downtown Reno in June of 2013 after historic Supreme Court rulings struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and ended the ban on same-sex marriage in California. Supporters will also gather Tuesday night in Reno to celebrate the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling to end Nevada's ban on gay marriage.

A federal court has struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho today. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more on that. 

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Politics and Policy
12:14 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Secretary of State candidates disagree on election reform, voter ID laws

Secretary of state candidates State Senator Barbara Cegavske (Republican) and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall (Democrat).

State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.

Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.

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Local Stories
11:44 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Could drones help blind athletes?

A UNR unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

A serious health concern for many blind people is a lack of exercise because they may not have easy access to it. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno is exploring how drones could provide a solution.

 

If a blind person wants to run safely, they can always hop on a treadmill.

"...but that's kind of boring," says Eelke Folmer, an associate professor of computer science at UNR.

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Local Stories
12:37 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

UNR opens autonomous systems research center

This is Marie, a robot that UNR students are training to do collaborative tasks with humans, like baking a cake, in order to study robot/human interactions. Robots are just one of many autonomous systems being studied at NAASIC.

Robots, aerial and underwater drones, driverless road vehicles, and pretty much any other autonomous system you can imagine are being explored by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno. With $3 million from the state, the school is opening the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center or NAASIC to house these projects. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details.

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Gardens Express
12:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Great Full Gardens Restaurant to Open at UNR

Gino Scala, also known as "Gino the Soup Man," is co-owner of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District, and soon to be the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR.

This is a new segment from Beyond the Headlines called “Reno Eats” where we explore the diverse restaurants in the community and the people who bring that food to the table.  To kick off this new segment,  Gino Scala, one of the owners of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District was here to talk about the new Great Full Gardens Express opening this month (October) in the Joe Crowley Student Union at University of Nevada, Reno.

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Suicide prevention services
12:09 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Health Watch: Suicide Prevention Sevices in Northern Nevada

Dr. Erin Grinshteyn

In this installment of the health watch, Richelle O'Driscoll talks with Dr. Erin Grinshteyn, assistant professor of health administration and policy at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, about suicide prevention efforts in northern Nevada communities.

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"Beyond the Headlines"
2:14 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

More than half of transgender people face family rejection when coming out

Dr. Tory Clark is a clinical sexologist and UNR instructor who works with transgender clients. She’ll present some of her research at an open house in Reno for the Transgender Allies Group or TAG on Saturday. In that talk, she’ll explore best practices for counseling families when a transgender child first comes out.

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Business + Economy
1:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New annual event will celebrate Reno as birthplace of blue jeans

Chris Baum with the RSCVA says the organization's forthcoming Blue Genes Jam will recognize Reno as the birthplace of blue jeans.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor's Authority or RSCVA has announced it's planning a new annual event for the region celebrating the fact that blue jeans were invented in the Biggest Little City. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the recent press conference to learn more.

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