Nevada

Author's Basque Roots Inform Debut Novel

Aug 10, 2015

Gabriel Urza's debut novel, All That Followed, is generating a lot of national buzz. The author's name may be new to some, but his family's roots run deep in Nevada's Basque community — he's the grandson of renowned author Robert Laxalt. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with Urza about his new book and connection to the Silver State.

  

How Telehealth Impacts One Nevada Medical Practitioner

Aug 7, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

 Yesterday, KUNR reported on the massive expansion of telehealth in Nevada. Some healthcare officials think this change will be more burdensome on a doctor’s routine, especially when they’re already spread thin. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli spoke to Carol Meyer, an APRN at a Renown family practice clinic in Fernley, through the teleheatlh network to see how this impacts her day-to-day practice. And don’t be alarmed by the laughter you hear in the background, it’s just Renown’s telehealth team who joined in on the session. 

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Nevada has been chosen to host the first Democratic presidential primary debate, which will take place in October. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss explores why.

The Democratic National Committee made the announcement Thursday that Nevada will be among six states to host these primary debates. 

Fred Lokken teaches political science at Truckee Meadows Community College and has been studying state politics for decades. He says Nevada is one of about seven states that will ultimately decide America's next president.  

Can Telehealth Cure Nevada's Healthcare Ailments?

Aug 6, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A new law in Nevada is expanding the use of telemedicine, which relies on virtual technology to connect doctors and patients. This makes Nevada the most advanced state in the country for telehealth implementation. But as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli explains, there's debate over whether this will help some of Nevada’s biggest healthcare issues, like its severe doctor shortage. 

Nevada Organic Producers Rush To Find New Certifier

Jul 27, 2015

The Nevada Department of Agriculture recently decided to dissolve its organic certification program, which will officially end next year. Now, producers who were certified though the state will have to find another option or risk losing organic status. That’s why a group has banded together to form a new in-state organic organization. But, as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports, they have their work cut out for them and it’s not clear if they’ll be ready on time.

“Sweet peppers, eggplants, Armenian cucumbers.”

Nevada Sees Spike In Fatal Traffic Accidents

Jul 23, 2015
Nevada Department of Transportation

Fatal road accidents in Nevada have increased in the last year. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic related deaths in Nevada have increased 10 percent over the same time a year ago. This overturns data that actually showed a twelve percent decrease in the state's road fatality rate in the last decade. 

Officials with the Nevada Department of Public Safety blame excessive speed for this increase. According to the agency's Zero Fatalities website, a total of 163 traffic related deaths have occurred since January of this year.

New NV Law Aims To Curb Overdoses From Prescription Opioids

Jul 17, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A new Nevada law is aimed at expanding care and increasing prevention of drug overdoses from prescription opioids. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachili has more. 

The law is a response to the recent nationwide spike in fatal overdoses on prescription painkillers and other opioids like heroin. 

The act goes into effect on October 1 and will allow doctors to write third-party prescriptions for drugs like naloxone that counteract the effects of opioids. Dr. Karla Wagner is with the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR.

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Many more Nevadans are getting back to work.  That’s according to economic data released Wednesday that shows the unemployment rate in Nevada dropped to its lowest level in seven years. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in June. State economist Bill Anderson says it’s the first time since the height of the recession that the state’s unemployment rate has dipped below seven percent, but he cautions that the number of people still not working remains high.  

Democratic Senator Harry Reid says the designation of a sprawling national monument in rural Nevada last week was not part of an effort to fend off a nuclear waste dump. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

In an interview Monday with KNPR in Las Vegas, the outgoing senator was asked whether the designation of the Basin and Range National Monument was meant to prevent the construction of a railroad that would ship nuclear waste to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

UNSOM Health Watch: Medical Education Expanding In Nevada

Jul 6, 2015
Richelle O'Driscoll

This is the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch. In this installment, we're talking about medical education expansion at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the role that Renown Health will play in these efforts. Joining us is Dr. Anthony Slonim, president and CEO of Renown health and University of Nevada School of Medicine dean, Thomas Schwenk. Leading this discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

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