Business and Economy

Nevada's Minimum Wage To Stay Flat

Apr 1, 2016
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The Office of the Labor Commissioner announced Friday that Nevada's minimum wage will remain unchanged for the next fiscal year. 

Currently, Nevada's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour with employer-funded health benefits or $8.25 an hour without them. 

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, or PLAN, recently dropped its proposed ballot measure that aimed to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour over three years. 

Tesla Unveils Model 3 Electric Car

Apr 1, 2016
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Tesla Motors unveiled its new mid-luxury electric car at an event in Los Angeles Thursday night.  Dubbed the Model 3, the starting price tag is $35,000, or about half the cost of the company’s previous models.

Entrepreneur Renting Private Driveways To UNR Students

Mar 29, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

Four teams remain in the University of Nevada, Reno’s annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition which awards one team with a $50,000 prize. Reno Public Radio’s Rocio Hernandez spoke with one MBA student wants to give university students and visitors more parking options. 

It’s midday and parking spaces are full on the north side of campus. I’m standing with Sontag finalist Ryan Klekas, watching as several drivers circle a parking lot hoping to get lucky.  

Rocio Hernandez: I don’t see any, do you?

Designing A Helmet To Lower Concussion Risk

Mar 29, 2016
Chase Houston

The University of Nevada, Reno will choose a winner for its Sontag Entrepreneurial competition on Wednesday. The winner takes home a $50,000 prize. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez met with one team that’s developing a new sports helmet designed to reduce the risk of head injuries.

Reno Fire Department

The Reno Gazette-Journal recently reported that there’s been a surge in overtime pay at the Reno Fire Department. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores why.

So far this year, the department has spent 50 percent more on overtime than it did during the first half of last year.

Funding cuts a few years ago caused the lay-offs of more than thirty firefighters. Chief Dave Chochran says firefighters on staff are working more due to the personnel shortage.

ESD America

The legal battle between the FBI and Apple has re-ignited the debate over privacy and security. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, a Nevada phone maker is taking the side of user privacy.

For 11 years, Nevada-based ESD America has been selling a phone, called a Cryptophone, that they say can’t be spied on.

Buzz Bruner is the director of strategy for the company and chatted with our media partner, KNPR in Las Vegas.

Tesla Defends Local Hiring Amid Lingering Protests

Mar 21, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Tesla says it is meeting its quota for hiring Nevadans, despite lingering protests outside their factory. 

During a tour for local media last week, a Tesla spokesman says they are not yet at full capacity, but are meeting their headcount for hiring locals at the plant.

Several dozen employees roamed about their massive production warehouse, which also houses temporary office space.

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The University of Nevada, Reno’s planned expansion toward downtown has raised concerns about the future of a few historic homes south of the university. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The so-called gateway expansion is part of UNR’s master plan. It has drawn controversy and a number of citizens spoke out against the plan at last week's Reno City Council meeting

Reno Airport Seeing More Passengers

Mar 10, 2016
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More people are flying in and out of Reno than in years past. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne has the latest update from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

More than 3.4 million passengers came through the airport last year, an increase of almost 4 percent over 2014. This is actually the first year-over-year increase since 2005.

Airport CEO Marily Mora says this can be attributed to the growing regional economy, new flights being offered, and heightened efforts to attract tourists.

Washoe Business License Applications Moving Online

Mar 9, 2016
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Business owners will be able to apply and pay for business licenses and permits in Washoe County online, for the first time ever this summer. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.  

The regional business license and permits program is an effort by the cities of Reno and Sparks along with Washoe County and the health district that will connect them digitally to customers. Amber Drlik with the City of Reno says this change has been repeatedly asked for in customer surveys.

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