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Luiza Vieira is a former contributor at KUNR Public Radio.

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At the polls this election season, voters will have one more requirement to prove their identity. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the state's new voter ID law which recently went into effect.

When voting, if your signature does not match the one on file, you will have to respond to a list of questions to confirm your personal data. Erik Jimenez, is a spokesman for the Washoe County Republican Party.

California College of Ayurveda

The popularity of ayurvedic medicine is growing in the U.S., but there isn't a formal system yet to license practitioners. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira talked to Marc Halpern in Nevada City, who is at the forefront of this movement.

Ayurveda originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago.  It uses a combination of natural medicines, foods, colors, sounds and touch to help patients.

Marc Halpern is the president of the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City. The school also runs a community clinic.

Regional Transportation Commission

A two-year legal battle between Washoe Co's Regional Transportation Commission and union for bus drivers in Reno is continuing this week with another hearing at the U.S District Court. Our contributor Luiza Vieira  has the story. 

Back in 2014, the RTC board voted to turn on audio recording devices that were already in the buses. But the bus driver's union filed a suit against the agency, claiming that listening devices are an intrusion of privacy.

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The Zika virus outbreak has gained international attention for the past three months. Even though it poses little risk for Northern Nevadans, some are feeling the ripple effect. Our contributor Luiza Vieira  spoke to one of those Reno residents.

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Every year more and more Burners make their way to the Black Rock Desert. As the Burning Man festival has grown, so, too, has its healthcare delivery system. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira spoke with Dr. Gary Johnson. He works for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, but he's also known as Dusty Doctor G-Man out on the playa. Thursday night he'll be giving a lecture at UNR called "Surviving Burning Man."   

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A new resource center at the University of Nevada, Reno, opened its doors for students on campus this week. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center. 

The four-story building, is surrounded by windows, modern architecture and different spaces to welcome students. The building combines many services that were once spread out around campus, like the writing center and help for veterans.

"If I were to describe it in a very simple term I would say collaboration."

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Dave White, a junior studying special education at the University of Nevada, Reno, has just published his first book. It’s a story for children about overcoming obstacles, something Dave has done in his own life. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has this profile.

“Pop-pop, why don’t we go onto space? Why don’t we go to the moon?”

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Nevada is ranked one of the top states in the country for LEED-certified green buildings - a program that encourages environmentally friendly building practices. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more.

Nevada ranked sixth in the nation for LEED-certified buildings in 2015 — that's according to the U.S Green Building Council's annual review.

To get this certification, projects must factor in things such as location, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources used.

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On the heels of Uber, Lyft joins the list of ridesharing services that can pick up passengers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

Lyft signed an agreement with the airport authority last week that allows its drivers to officially pick-up customers at the airport terminal. Before they were only allowed to drop people off. 

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New revisions to Nevada’s election laws that were passed last spring recently went into effect. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has details on one of the laws that grants voters more access to ballot information.

 

Registered voters can now receive sample ballots online or by email. Precious Hall is a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and says the new law will increase voter education.

University of Nevada, Reno

Our newsroom recently received a puzzling press release from a national organization called the Environmental Working Group. It says that next month, the FDA will start banning certain toxic chemicals from being used in some food packaging such as card-box pizza and microwave popcorn bags.

These chemicals are called PFCs, or perfluorinated compounds, and they’re used to make products that can resist heat, grease and water.

Banning them sounds like good news, right?

Sierra Avalanche Center

Unusual snowpack conditions in the Sierra Nevada mountains are contributing to an increase of a type of avalanche quite uncommon for the area. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

Even with all the snow Northern Nevada and California are receiving, the number of avalanches has not increased. The Sierra Avalanche Center, however, is seeing a type of avalanche that has not happened in this area in years.

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The Reno Police Department is training officers on brand new imaging equipment that will help reconstruct car accidents. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

The technology will provide high-precision 3D images and measurements that Officer Broadway says will help officers to better investigate car crashes and crime scenes.

“It will allow for a more clear and concise testimony for accident investigators to show a court the actions that transpired up to collision," Broadway explains.

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Almost a third of children in Nevada between the ages of  four and five are overweight. To address this problem, state lawmakers have passed new regulations for child care centers. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

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Some companies in Reno like Microsoft and Renown are getting pretty creative with their team building activities by sending employees to what are called escape rooms. Contributor Luiza Vieira visited the business Break Through Reno to find out what it's all about.

 

Imagine you're locked in a room full of secrets and the only way to escape is by finding hidden clues inside drawers, books and behind maps.