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A local news stream from the KUNR Public Radio newsroom and regional partners.

The pandemic has caused huge revenue shortfalls in state budgets across the Mountain West and the country, renewing heated debates over taxes. That's true in Wyoming, too, though one tax issue before lawmakers is "still something that, you know, gets whispered about."

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

7:13 p.m. | February 26, 2021

Nevada's New Daily Virus Case Average Lowest Since Sept. 16
By The Associated Press

The average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 reported in Nevada over the past two weeks has fallen to its lowest level since mid-September. The latest figures released by state health officials on Friday show the average has dropped by nearly 90% since a peak of more than 2,700 a day in mid-December. The 314 new daily cases reported on average over the previous 14 days is the lowest since averaging 312 on Sept. 16. That's down from a Dec. 11 peak of 2,716. Nevada's positivity rate also has dropped to 8.3%, the lowest since 8.2% on Oct. 19.

Nevada Legislators sit masked in tiered seating.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Election reform is shaping up to become the signature issue of Nevada's 81st legislative session. Among the measures up for consideration is a Republican bill that would gut the state's emergency mail-in voting law, among other changes. Democrats, on the other hand, say they're looking to make those mail-in ballots permanent. KUNR’s Noah Glick spoke with Political Editor Paul Boger about the latest from Carson City.

Dr. Daniel Spogen wearing a checkered shirt and lab coat.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Studies by The Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare advocacy group, report primary care physicians have seen declines in the number of patients seeking outpatient care during the pandemic. That means many people may be delaying care they would otherwise need. Doctor Daniel Spogen is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also runs the Elko Family Medical and Dental Center. He shares his experience working during the pandemic in this audio diary.

State Senators Scott Hammond walk down the hall. They are wearing masks and carrying portfolios.
(David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

A Nevada State Senator is apologizing after using racist language during a committee hearing this week. 

As a warning, this story contains offensive language.

An image of University of Nevada, Reno Men's Basketball Sophomore Grant Sherfield.
University of Nevada, Reno

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.


Jazmine Wildcat is a star student in Riverton, Wyoming. Not the type to skip class. But on Tuesday morning, a piece of history was unfolding that the 17-year-old just couldn't miss: A congressional hearing to consider the confirmation of Deb Haaland as the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior.

"It is just super monumental and so inspiring, not only to just me, but probably other Native women," Jazmine said.

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

A bar graph with the percent of people vaccinated in America by race and ethnicity. White, non-Hispanic individuals are part of the largest group at 64.2 percent and American Indian, Alaska Native, non-Hispanic individuals are the smallest at 1.7 percent.
Screenshot / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Latino and Black people are generally more vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they remain far less likely to have received a vaccine, according to the latest demographic data from the CDC.

The Senate confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland, nominated to lead the Interior Department, began Tuesday. If confirmed, she'll be the nation's first Indigenous cabinet secretary and oversee federal public lands management and tribal affairs.

A Nevada Guard Airman is leaning towards an open driver side windshield.
Nevada National Guard / Flickr

Of all the people tested for COVID-19 in Nevada in early February, 11.8% tested positive for COVID-19.

An image of the Milky Way galaxy at night.
Richie Bednarski / Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:44 p.m. | February 23, 2021

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Nevada Continue To Decline
By Lucia Starbuck

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are continuing to decline in Nevada. 

There are currently under 600 people hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 compared to the beginning of the month when we saw about twice as many patients.

Un volante digital. Información sobre las vacunas contra la COVID-19. Una transmisión en vivo de una charla en español el miércoles, 10 de febrero a las 5 p.m. hora del Pacífico.

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Con la evolución rápida de las vacunas contra la COVID-19, la emisora de radio pública KUNR, en asociación con Noticiero Móvil, organizó una charla virtual en español por Facebook para hablar con una epidemióloga local y así responder a preguntas y preocupaciones de la comunidad. 

La reportera bilingüe Natalie Van Hoozer de KUNR, quien organizó el evento, conversó con la periodista María Loreto Palma de Noticiero Móvil sobre los elementos clave de la charla. 

An image of State Senator Ben Kieckhefer, wearing a face mask.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Front exterior of the Nevada State Legislature building.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Over the past several years, misinformation and propaganda have taken over social media, creating confusion and division. That’s why Republican Assemblywoman Jill Tolles is introducing a measure aimed at promoting information literacy in public schools. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tolles to learn more about her bill.

Assembly Republicans standing in front of the Nevada legislative building. Some are holding signs listing priority points while Dr. Robin Titus is speaking to reporters.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

They may be in the minority, but Republicans in the Nevada legislature have set an agenda that includes bolstering the economy and reopening the state's schools. They also want to enact what they're calling common sense election reform. KUNR political editor Paul Boger joined Morning Edition host Noah Glick to break down the latest developments in Carson City.

People are driving up to a mobile food bank to pick up food.
Aramelle Wheeler / Food Bank of Northern Nevada

The pandemic's economic toll has left many in the Mountain West struggling to feed their families. In fact, Nevada and New Mexico have some of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the country, according to a report published last fall by the nonprofit Feeding America.

While there's an insect named after Lady Gaga, and a lichen named after former President Barack Obama, a lot of the time species get named after scientists - especially white men.

The Biden administration reopened enrollment for the Affordable Care Act this week. But enrollment details aren't the same everywhere.