Nevada

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.

Nevada JobConnect

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. 

Foreclosures In Nevada Up Almost 40 Percent In April

May 21, 2015

Foreclosures in Nevada jumped nearly 40 percent last month, making the state second in the nation for the highest residential foreclosure rate. 

The real estate analytics company RealtyTrac reported yesterday (Wednesday) that one in every 555 Nevada residential properties was subject to a foreclosure filing in April, behind only Florida

Nevada saw 893 foreclosure starts, 681 notices of pending trustee sales and 548 repossessions.

Majority Of Nevada Federal Tax Dollars Fund National Defense

Apr 17, 2015
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.

Hunger A Consistent Problem For One In Six Nevadans

Apr 10, 2015
Federal Emergency Management Agency

One in six people – or 17 percent of Nevadans – live with hunger on an ongoing basis. 

That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Jocelyn Lantrip is with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She says many of her clients are families where one or both parents work multiple low-wage, part-time jobs, and still struggle.

"They're still having to choose between their rent and food, or medical care and food, and those are tough choices."

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