University of Nevada, Reno

The state demographer says recent major economic developments, like landing Tesla's gigafactory, will bring close to 35,000 more residents to the state over the next two decades than what he had originally projected. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details. 


Demographer Jeff Hardcastle just released his updated figures predicting that by 2032, Nevada will have 3.3 million residents.

Nevada's gay marriage ban struck down

Oct 7, 2014

A federal court has struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho today. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more on that. 

State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.

Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.

Federal funding for Nevada's food stamp program threatened

Sep 25, 2014
Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services

Some federal dollars could be at stake for running the food stamp program in Nevada.

Federal officials are warning the state that it may lose some administrative funds needed to run the food stamp program unless the state improves its late reporting of applications for assistance.

The regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service in San Francisco said in a letter this week (Wednesday) that Nevada has one of the worst reporting rates in the country.

As Nevada celebrates its 150th birthday this fall, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno has assembled a truly historic exhibit that culminates with the unprecedented Reno visit by the original Emancipation Proclamation on Nevada Day weekend.

The exhibit is entitled "The 36th Star: Nevada's Journey from Territory to Statehood," and it runs through Nov. 2. The Emancipation Proclamation will be featured Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

The Nevada Museum of Art's Director of Communications Amanda Horn provided highlights of the exhibit on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (9-19-14).

Nevada passes huge tax breaks for Tesla

Sep 12, 2014

The Nevada legislature has passed an unprecedented package of incentives for Tesla's massive gigafactory. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the governor signed the bill late Thursday night.

Tesla Motors

Nevada and four other Western states are serious contenders for Tesla Motor’s $5 billion battery plant. This week, several watchdog groups issued a public letter asking all those states to tell taxpayers what they are offering to entice the electric carmaker, which is asking for about $500 million in tax breaks and incentives.

Bob Fulkerson is with one of the advocacy groups, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He says the letter makes several demands of the state governments involved in negotiations with Tesla:

The state has received more than 500 applications for running medical marijuana establishments in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that after scoring and ranking those applicants, public health officials will announce their choices in November. They expect the first medical marijuana purchases to be made by early next year.

Nevada among states with highest DACA sign-up

Aug 14, 2014
Nevada News Service

Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, which provides temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Jeanne Batalova is with the Migration Policy Institute, the group that studied DACA two years after its launch. She says more than half of the 17-thousand people eligible in Nevada have applied for the program and most have been approved.

The last day to apply for setting up a medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada is Monday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that so far, the paperwork is trickling in at a much slower rate than officials expected. 

Early on, the state projected that about 450 eager entrepreneurs would come forward with business plans.