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."

Report Shows Nevada Has Best Bridges In The Country

Apr 9, 2015
Nevada Department of Transportation

A recent report shows Nevada has the safest bridges in the country. 

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reports that of the state's 19-hundred public bridges only two-percent have structural problems. That's the lowest rate in the nation.

Meg Ragonese with the state Department of Transportation says Nevada's warm, dry weather helps maintain this structural integrity.

"We in Nevada and our neighboring states, of course, have a different climate, a drier climate, that helps sustain the bridge infrastructure a little more than wet climates."

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.

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."

Governor Brian Sandoval

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.

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."