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University Spotlight / Beyond the Headlines
3:21 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

University's Rasmussen builds on global legacy as Shakespeare expert with recent folio validation

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Chair of the University of Nevada, Reno's English Department, is considered a leading world expert on Shakespeare.
Credit UNR

A recent discovery of a 17th century first folio of William Shakespeare has created excitement and added fuel to a long-standing debate among scholars.

The folio was verified by Eric Rasmussen, who is the Foundation Professor and chair of  the University of Nevada, Reno’s English Department. Professor Rassmussen visited with Provost Kevin Carman and KUNR's David Stipech on Beyond the Headlines (2-6-15).

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UNR Sports Part Three
2:36 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

AD Doug Knuth At Crossroads Of UNR Sports

Outside John Sala Intramural Practice Field

UNR has several successful sports programs even though many of them lack proper training facilities. This is the final part of KUNR's in-depth look at UNR's sports programs and facilities and how they impact each other.

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Reno Bighorns
11:37 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bighorns' "System" Helps Them Break D-League Scoring Record

Reno Bighorns' Coach David Arseneault Jr. He and his father invented "the System," a fast-paced, high-scoring basketball strategy.
Credit Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns broke an NBA Development League record last Saturday when they scored 157 points in a game, improving on their previous best of 155. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli stopped by one of their practices to find out how they’re making this happen.

It’s called “the System” and it’s the brainchild of Reno Bighorns’ coach David Arseneault Jr. and his father, who coaches college basketball in Iowa. Those familiar with this method sum it up in three words. 

“Run and gun style; run and gun; run and gun."

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Politics and Policy
9:24 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Debate over gun rights heats up in Carson

A bill under consideration would allow guns on school grounds, if they are secured in a locked car. Some lawmakers argue that would make schools safer, while others disagree.

Guns could be coming to a campus parking lot near you. Some lawmakers in Carson City say that's a good thing, while others believe schools and universities should remain gun free.

Josh Wilsey, a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno, doesn’t really have a problem with guns on campus.

“I wouldn’t say it would really bother me. I think in Nevada you’re going to have guns everywhere anyway.”

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Energy and Environment
5:02 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

"Unprecedented Decline" Prompts State To Cut Water For Yerington Farmers

Many farmers in and around Yerington are being ordered to cut their water usage in half this growing season.  

As far as State Engineer Jason King knows, this is the first time they've ever told farmers to stop pumping groundwater.

"What we are seeing in these two particular basins, Smith and Mason Valley, are just unprecedented water declines. They're the steepest on record."

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Education
10:51 am
Mon February 2, 2015

School Choice: A Major Priority For Some Education Reformers

School choice is a common refrain among conservatives when discussing education reform.

Seth Rau of the advocacy group Nevada Succeeds says it’s all the more important this session, given the governor’s plan to raise nearly a billion dollars for the state’s school system.

“Some Republicans are in favor of raising the revenue. Some Republicans are not, but the choice issues are the ones that can unite Republicans.”

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Measles Outbreak
6:28 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

UNR Health Watch: Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Dr. James Wilson, pediatrician and faculty member at the University of Nevada School of Community Health Sciences and School of Medicine. He is director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease, headquartered at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Currently, 644 cases of Measles have been diagnosed in 27 states. This outbreak has brought attention to the controversial anti-vaccination movement. Dr. James Wilson, director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease is our guest today. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll from the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.

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UNR Sports
4:24 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Unusable Tennis Courts; UNR Rifle Trains In Shipping Containers

UNR's tennis courts are crumbling and unsafe and therefore, unusable. In the background, the east bleachers at Mackay Stadium which will soon be renovated for a safer and more comfortable game day experience.

Part two of our series on UNR's sports programs and facilities and how they impact each other. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli toured the campus with Athletic Director Doug Knuth. This segment features the crumbling and unusable tennis complex and the shipping containers that inconspicuously house the rifle team's training and competition site. 

Next week on Beyond the Headlines, the final installment of our series on UNR's sports programs and facilities. We'll take a look at a complex located across the track from the school. 

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Arts and Culture
4:12 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Filmmaker interview: Sundance winner 'Alive Inside' screening in Reno

Mary Lou reacts to the music being shared with her by Dan Cohen. His mission is to bring music therapy to every nursing home in America.
Credit BOND360

In his documentary Alive Inside, which won the audience award at Sundance last year, Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett captures the joy that music brings to people with dementia. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss spoke to him. He’ll be in Reno Tuesday for a special screening.

Tuesday's special screening of Alive Inside has SOLD OUT.

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett will be at the event for a panel talk, along with other experts on dementia and care giving.

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Politics and Policy
2:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Background checks: Should they be expanded in Nevada?

Credit Nevada Firearms Coalition

The Background Check Initiative would expand background checks to private gun sales made online and at gun shows. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that if lawmakers don’t approve it the law this session, voters will have their say in 2016.

This topic arouses passion from both sides. Don Turner has formed a political action committee to fight the Background Check Initiative.

“I’m president of Nevada Firearms Coalition," Turner says. "I’m also president of Nevadans for State Gun Rights.”

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