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Childhood Obesity
10:22 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Nevada 16th Among States With High Childhood Obesity Rates

Credit obesity.psu.edu

Obesity rates in the United States have doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents since the 1980s. That's according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. And as Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports, Nevada ranks high among states with the worst rates. 

Nevada has the 16th highest childhood obesity rate in the nation, with more than 33 percent of children ages 2-19 dealing with this condition.  

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Childhood Obesity
10:10 am
Mon April 20, 2015

UNR Health Watch: Childhood Obesity

Dr. Stephanie Wright is a practicing physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Credit Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we look at ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity with Dr. Stephanie Wright. She’s a practicing physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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Politics and Policy
9:33 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Bill Requiring Parental Notification For Abortions Passes Assembly

The Nevada Assembly has approved a measure requiring parental notification before a minor can receive an abortion. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that lawmakers passed AB 405 in a 24-17 party-line vote on Friday.

The bill would require physicians to send written notification to the parents or guardians of a minor seeking an abortion. It also requires a 48-hour wait time before the procedure.

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University Spotlight / Beyond the Headlines
8:27 am
Mon April 20, 2015

13 finalists compete in University's 3-Minute Thesis competition

Dr. David Zeh, University of Nevada, Reno's vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

To earn an advanced degree, graduate students spend countless hours preparing their theses as a requirement for graduation. But summing up that research in a three-minute presentation to compete with other students is quite a different challenge.

The second annual 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition features 13 graduate-student finalists presenting their projects on Thursday evening, April 23, in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium.

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Child Abuse Awareness
1:56 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Awareness Is Key To Curbing Child Abuse, Officials Say

Credit aconspiracyofhope.blogspot.com

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and organizations want to raise awareness about the services available to help these victims.  Amanda Haboush-Deloye with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada says awareness helps encourage victims and others to report cases of suspected child abuse. She says the majority of cases in the state involve children under the age of five. Some of the telltale signs of neglect include...

"Lack of supervision," Haboush-Deloye says. "Not having the appropriate food or nutrients in the house. Living in an unsafe or an unclean environment."

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Arts and Culture
1:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Reno Philharmonic Performs Mahler This Weekend

The Reno Philharmonic performs Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony this weekend, featuring Soprano Jessica Rivera and Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O'Connor, and the Reno Philharmonic Chorus.  Danna O'Connor chats with conductor Laura Jackson about the season finale, Saturday the 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm at the Pioneer Center.  www.renophil.com

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Nevada Federal Tax Dollars
10:03 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Majority Of Nevada Federal Tax Dollars Fund National Defense

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The deadline to file taxes was this week and a new analysis examines exactly where Nevada's federal income tax dollars are going. 

Lindsay Koshgarian is a research director with the nonpartisan National Priorities Project, which tracks tax money and how it's spent. She says the average Nevada resident paid more than 12 thousand dollars in federal taxes last year, with the biggest chunk funding national defense.

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Business + Economy
4:52 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Southeast Connector Gets Final Green Light

Photographic rendering of part of the Southeast Connector project, specifically Huffaker Narrows Bridge over Alexander Lake Road.
Credit Regional Transportation Commission

The controversial Southeast Connector roadway project received final federal approval this week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the thoroughfare will eventually connect South Reno to Sparks, easing congestion on Interstate 580 by offering an alternate route to many job sites, including Tesla's gigafactory.

At a press conference held by the Regional Transportation Commission Thursday in Reno, RTC Chair Neoma Jardon said this is more than just a new road, it's a job creator.

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Local Stories
1:32 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Sand Harbor Boat Launch: Closed Until Further Notice

The boat launch at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor near Incline Village is closed until further notice. Due to a dismal snowpack, water level at the lake is lower than normal.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Supervisor Jay Howard says that isn’t likely to change.

“Given the recent snowpack totals of three percent of average that just recently came out, and given what I see in the backcountry when I’m able to go back there, I just don’t expect a whole lot of run-off to occur,” Howard says.

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University Spotlight / Beyond the Headlines
6:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

University Cooperative Extension's collaborative drought research aided by recent grants

Dr. Loretta Singletary
Credit UNR

Spring is here, but winter once again never really visited the West. Drought is on everyone’s mind, and University of Nevada, Reno research related to the region's water and its users has gained important funding.  

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