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Joe Biden supporters display a giant poster of the former Vice President wearing his trademark Aviator sunglasses with the outline of Nevada in the background.
Noah Glick

Las Vegas had more than gaming, entertainment and live shows Sunday night. The First in the West caucus event, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party, gave Democratic Presidential hopefuls a chance to make their pitch to Nevada Democrats.

Miss the event? No problem. We've got photos for you right here.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (left) jokes with Former Massachusetts Governor and newly-announced Presidential candidate, Deval Patrick (right).
Noah Glick

Fourteen Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas Sunday to make their pitch to Nevada voters.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick covered the event and chatted with KUNR about it.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to voters at a campaign event at the Western Folklike Center in Elko.
Paul Boger

Pledging to strengthen access to quality, high-speed internet and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, Former Vice President Joe Biden says more needs to be done to address the issues facing rural Americans. KUNR’s Paul Boger reports.

Citizens protest at the Las Vegas City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, during which council members considered a ban on people sleeping in public areas in downtown Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Las Vegas will soon enforce a new ordinance that bans homeless people from sleeping on some city streets. For some city leaders, the new laws are a necessary step in addressing homelessness as a public health problem, but critics argue the measure is waging an illegal "war on the poor." KUNR's Paul Boger talked to Shannon Miller who's been reporting on the new law for The Nevada Independent.

What's In The Water?

Nov 14, 2019
A pit lake covers the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In the U.S., nearly a quarter of the freshwater we use comes from underground aquifers. That's nearly 80 billion gallons of groundwater every day. As climate change and drought become more prevalent, so does our dependence on groundwater, but what happens when it becomes polluted?

Climate Central

As an increasing number of states focus on renewable energy, batteries are becoming more of a necessity. And according to a new report, battery costs are dropping—but not enough to compete with fossil fuels.

The report comes from Climate Central, a nonprofit organization that studies the impacts of climate change. In it, the authors state that batteries and renewable energy sources are becoming cheaper by the year.

A row of people using their smart phones.
Robin Worrall for Unsplash

The incessant use of smartphones and other technologies has addictive qualities. New York Times Bestselling Author Adam Alter explores how tech companies market products that hook teens and what parents can do. KUNR’s Anh Gray spoke with him about his new book Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s forensics anthropology unit on the scene of the California Camp Fire.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Kyra Stull

November 8, 2019 marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Camp Fire in California, the most destructive and deadliest fire the state has ever experienced. A year ago, the University of Nevada, Reno’s forensic anthropology team was called on to help identify human remains. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Marin Pilloud and Kyra Stull who assisted a team of doctoral students, volunteering their expertise and time in Paradise.

Cannabis plants under green light.
Vera Samburova/DRI

The same chemicals that give cannabis its distinct smell may be contributing to air pollution and affecting human health. Recent tests of four cannabis grow facilities in Nevada and California found that the plants naturally release compounds that, when they accumulate in the air, create smog.

Wildfire smoke crosses the U.S. on jetstream
NASA

For much of the last decade, air pollution was decreasing. But it’s now on the rise, particularly in the West.

That’s according to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. It found that between 2016 and 2018, the levels of fine particulate matter increased 11.5% in the West. California's been impacted the most.

State of Colorado

As the Trump administration begins the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, three states in the Mountain West pledge to follow the tenets of the accord anyway.

The 2020 general election is officially less than a year away, but with Nevada among the first states in the nation to vote next year, candidates for the country's top job have been focusing heavily on the Silver State for several months. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to Fred Lokken, a political scientist with Truckee Meadows Community College, about where we are in the election process and what it all means for voters in Nevada.

Para muchos latinos en todo el mundo, el 1 de noviembre es el comienzo de dos días de festividad: el Día de los Muertos, una celebración para recibir a seres queridos que ya fallecieron con el fin de reunirlos de nuevo con los vivos.

Ed Franklin shows one participant how to take a reading on a solar panel, during the Native Waters on Arid Lands 2019 Tribal Summit in Reno, Nev.
DRI / Native Waters on Arid Lands

The climate crisis is threatening traditional ways of life throughout Indian Country. Now, tribal leaders and scientists are working together to help reservations become more climate resilient.

For many Latinos around the world, Friday is the start of a two-day holiday: Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It’s a celebration to welcome back loved ones who have passed in order to reunite with the living. University of Nevada, Reno Senior Gabino Salinas is a first-generation Mexican-American and is celebrating the holiday for the first time. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to him about his experience.

Text books stacked on top of each other.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada’s public schools continue to lag behind the rest of the nation despite modest gains in math and reading scores in recent years. That’s according to the results of the most recent administration of the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress — a test otherwise known as the nation’s report card.

A mountain goat, the basis for the Backcountry.com logo
Glacier National Park

After filing trademark protections last year, the Utah-based e-commerce giant Backcountry.com has filed several lawsuits against organizations with the word “backcountry” in their names.

Diana Tibaduiza’s youngest child is Valerie Tibaduiza. In her third grade classroom she is  currently writing fables. Her story takes place in Colombia with three piglets and a chick as her main characters .
Stephanie Serrano

Diana Tibaduiza migrated to Reno from Colombia in the early 2000’s. Her early years in the states exposed her to a life of bullying and trauma as a young Latina learning English. Now, she's raising two first-generation American children who are currently enrolled in the Washoe County School District. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke to Diana about how her hardships and culture shock shaped her motherhood.

People sitting around computer.
Brooke Cagle at Unsplash

Sexually transmitted diseases nationwide have risen to a record high for the fifth consecutive year, and for those with STDs, dating and disclosure of their health status can pose additional challenges. KUNR’s Anh Gray has been reporting on this issue. Today she explores how technology can help with overcoming some of the stigmas.

Jacob Solis / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada's Attorney General Aaron Ford is joining a 47-state anti-trust investigation into Facebook for, among other things, endangering consumer data. This comes after Facebook was scrutinized for its connections to now-defunct Cambridge Analytica, which harvested the personal data of millions of peoples' profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes.

One of those users was David Carroll, an associate professor of Media Design at Parsons School of Design in New York, and the recent subject of The Great Hack, a documentary about the scandal. He spoke with KUNR's Paul Boger about how targeted ads can be used to influence how we vote.

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