Nevada

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is backing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Reid issued his endorsement Friday morning, shortly after announcing he will retire next year instead of running for re-election.

Reid was first elected to the Senate almost thirty years ago.

Reid said he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for him to soak up campaign resources when he could be focusing on putting the Democrats back in power.

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A bill under consideration now would collect more information about obesity in Nevada and the efforts to prevent it. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

A senate committee heard testimony Monday on a bill that would require the state to give an annual report on obesity rates, including a demographic breakdown of the problem.

Dairy Farm Sparks Fierce Debate In Smith Valley

Mar 17, 2015

For rural parts of Northern Nevada, farming has been a mainstay for generations. But in one community, a new farm has awakened fierce debate over public health, the changing face of agriculture and a region's identity. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has this report.

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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Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.

From the very first minutes, Governor  Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.

Nevada 42nd in Tobacco Prevention Funding

Jan 6, 2015

Nevada ranks 42nd in the nation for tobacco-prevention funding. That's according to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

Low gas prices could hurt air quality, officials say

Dec 30, 2014

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low through 2015. This could be a benefit to Nevada's economy, but the extra driving has some environmental and air quality officials worried.

Low gas prices may be leaving Nevadans with extra money in their pockets, but more driving could mean more air pollution. Will Toor with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project says research shows that in the past few years Nevadans are driving less in favor of public transportation, bicycling and walking. Despite gas prices being low right now, Toor is hopeful that this trend will continue.

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Earlier this year, Tesla Motors chose Northern Nevada for its battery factory in exchange for a huge incentives package. It's a bounty for communities there that, until recently, have seen years of slow economic recovery. Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reported for NPR's Morning Edition on the impact of this factory.

When Lance Gilman talks Tesla, it can feel like a return to the days of the Gold Rush, silver mining and pioneers.

"The new Comstock Lode is sitting right in front of us right now. There is going to be tremendous financial growth."

Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence

Setting up a statewide data system to track domestic violence offenses is one of several recommendations just released from a committee spearheaded by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the group suggests that data go hand-in-hand with more specialized training for first responders working with victims. 

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