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  The pastor of a Reno church says he will continue to display the racial justice banner “Black Lives Matter” despite repeated acts of vandalism. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship first put up its banner in August, spurred by the national dialogue and media coverage of high-profile police shootings of African-Americans.

A day later, the sign had been spray painted over to read “White Lives Matter,” and that was only the first incident.

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The American Lung Association released its 2016 State of Tobacco Control Report. Among the four categories that were measured, nationwide scores were poor, and Nevada received an F for three of them. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Let’s start with the negatives. Nevada got an F in tobacco taxes, cessation services and prevention funding.

Alexa Ard

We recently covered Directions 2016, an economics conference in Reno. Unlike in the past, this year’s conference included what's called a cultural forecast.  While other speakers focused on economic trends, Colin Robertson, curator of education for the Nevada Museum of Art, looked closely at the impact art could have on Nevada’s economy. To learn more, our reporter Rocio Hernandez sat down with him.

Nevada Gets High Ranking For LEED Projects

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Nevada is ranked one of the top states in the country for LEED-certified green buildings - a program that encourages environmentally friendly building practices. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more.

Nevada ranked sixth in the nation for LEED-certified buildings in 2015 — that's according to the U.S Green Building Council's annual review.

To get this certification, projects must factor in things such as location, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources used.

Reno Sparks Tribal Health Center

The federal government is awarding more than $2.4 million in grants to Nevada tribes for health. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, much of that money will go toward helping the diabetes epidemic here in Washoe County.

Every Thursday night, Certified Personal Trainer Rick Pearson leads a group of kids and parents from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony through a weekly boot camp.

The session is designed to burn calories and build strength. But Pearson says it’s about more than getting people to exercise.

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  The Zika Virus outbreak could potentially affect the local blood supply. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that even a local blood bank is implementing the FDA recommended waiting period for donations.

 

 

Potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where the mosquito-borne Zika virus is becoming more widespread like the Caribbean, Mexico or Central or South America are being asked to wait 28 days.  

 

Cost Of RSCVA's Strategic Plan Is Doubling

Feb 6, 2016
Alexa Ard

A new strategic plan is underway for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, but not without some big kinks that will more than double the price of the project. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The RSCVA board voted recently to hire a local strategic planning firm to complete work that was started by an out-of-state company called CS&L.

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County committee charged with crafting a ballot question to raise $781 million for school infrastructure will make its final recommendation next Friday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

The Public Schools Overcrowding and Repair Needs committee is considering two options to put to voters this fall.

The first would raise sales tax from 7.7 percent to about 8.3 percent, which would make it the highest in the state.

The second option would raise sales tax a little less, along with a boost in property taxes.

Julia Ritchey

Earlier this week we talked to a young cowboy poet on keeping traditional folk songs and stories alive. As we wrap up our coverage of the Western Folklife Center's annual gathering, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with author and cattlewoman Amy Hale Auker of Prescott, Ariz., on defying the gender norms of cowboy culture.

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As the presidential candidate pool starts to thin after the Iowa caucuses, the nation is now looking to New Hampshire. And in just a few weeks, all eyes will be on Nevada.

Our News Director Michelle Billman talked with two local political scientists to hear their thoughts on which candidates will resonate in the Silver State.  They include Eric Herzik from the University of Nevada, Reno and Fred Lokken from Truckee Meadows Community College.

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