Nevada

Dem Debate To Showcase Substance Over Style

Oct 12, 2015
Michelle Bliss

The first Democratic presidential debate will be held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with local professor Fred Lokken, who frequently joins us to chat about politics. 

Hillary Clinton is considered the frontrunner going into the debate, but her vulnerabilities are many, according to Lokken. 

"Unfortunately, that's all we've dealt with for the last six to eight week," he says. "We know way too much about servers and email accounts; we know too much about Benghazi still, churning along as a political issue."

Nevada Tourism Campaign Aimed At Millennials

Sep 30, 2015
Sydney Martinez / Travel Nevada

Nevada is launching a fresh tourism campaign focused on attracting Millennials to the state. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has more.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism has approved a new fall and winter advertising blitz, including two commercials that will run in Nevada and neighboring states.

The spots feature travelers who make friends with a wide array of memorable Nevada characters, including bikers, famous chefs and cowboys. They close with the tagline, "Go home with more stories than souvenirs."

WINDS Of Change: Next Generation Of Weather Intelligence

Sep 30, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A team of scientists and business leaders from the Desert Research Institute in Reno is trying to change the way businesses make decisions that may be impacted by extreme weather. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

On a rainbow-colored map of the Las Vegas Strip, scientist Andrew Joros explains the focus of the new WINDS platform, which stands for Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support

“Let’s say I want a time series of any kind of meteorological variable over the MGM. You can pull it up like this.”

Testing Rape Kit Backlog Just The First Step

Sep 21, 2015
Lonnie Timmons III / The Plain Dealer

Earlier this month, we learned that Nevada is getting more than $5 million to test its backlog of 7,500 rape kits. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports this is just the first step in a much bigger process.

Testing just one rape kit can cost up to $1,500. That's why so many have been piling up in Nevada for decades. The state now has the money to get rid of its backlog and, once the results are in, law enforcement agencies can start checking that DNA evidence to see if it matches anyone already in their system.

Nevada Lab First To Discover Salmonella, Cucumber Link

Sep 16, 2015
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An infectious disease testing laboratory in Reno was the first to spot the correlation between sick residents and cucumbers tainted with bacteria, an epidemic that has now hit 31 states. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

At this point, 418 people including nine in Nevada have gotten sick from the bacteria Salmonella Poona. But before the CDC knew what was causing the outbreak, the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory was working to solve this problem.

Illegal Sports Betting Hurts Nevada Gaming Industry

Sep 10, 2015

It's football season and as Nevada race and sports books gear up for their busiest time of year, gaming officials warn against the dangers surrounding illegal sports betting.

The American Gaming Association estimates sports fans nationwide will wager $95 billion on NFL and college football games this season, the majority of which will come from illegal bets.

All week KUNR has been looking into the challenges of implementing the new Education Savings Account program for our series Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice. Some have questioned whether the program is unconstitutional because the funds can be used at private religious schools. The State Constitution says, “No public money of any kind…shall be used for sectarian purposes.” But some, including Kristopher Dahir the director of Excel Christian Academy in Sparks, say once parents are given an account, the money in it belongs to them similar to a tax refund.

State's 100-Day Rule Vexes Private School Parents

Aug 31, 2015
Alexa Ard

  This week our news team is taking an in depth look at the state's new Education Savings Account program in a five-part series called Nevada's Gamble on School Choice. To kick things off, our reporter Julia Ritchey tells us how private school parents are at arms over one of the most controversial elements of the law: the so-called 100-days rule. 

Before And After 'I Do': What's Next For Same-Sex Couples

Aug 28, 2015
Danielle Madeley / Creative Commons

With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

Bicycle Fatalities Are Up In Nevada

Aug 25, 2015
Nevada Department of Transportation

The Nevada Department of Transportation reports a 60 percent spike in the number bicycle fatalities compared to the same time last year.

There have been eight bicycle fatalities in Nevada so far this year. As of August 2014, there were only five: Three in Washoe County and one in Clark and Lyon Counties respectively. Every fatality thus far in 2015 has occurred in Clark. That’s a 700% increase for that area. NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s happening but…

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