KUNR Public Radio: Local News Feed

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This is a stream of local news from the KUNR Public Radio newsroom. 

Toothbrushes and toothpaste in a purple bin.
Lucia Starbuck

Medicare is the federal health insurance program mostly known for serving adults over the age of 65 regardless of income. Nearly half a million Nevadans are enrolled, but they must still pay out of pocket for dentures or routine dental procedures like cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions. As a result, some seniors must forgo dental care or seek out low cost clinics. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.

Hundreds of posters were seen in supporters hands as they waved them to greet the presidential hopeful.
Stephanie Serrano

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made his first visit to Northern Nevada Wednesday night to rally for his 2020 presidential campaign. Roughly 1,500 people flooded Reno's City Plaza for his speech. KUNR Reporter Stephanie Serrano was there.

Flanked by lawmakers and advocates, Governor Steve Sisolak signs AB431.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Governor Steve Sisolak has approved a measure that will restore the voting rights of thousands of ex-felons upon the completion of their sentence or parole.

Lawmakers are considering a measure that could implement what are known as "Red Flag" laws.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

A bill to tighten portions of Nevada’s gun laws is picking up steam after a month-long delay. 

Victor Bobier / National Popular Vote

Nevada Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has vetoed a bill that would pledge the state's six electoral votes for President to the winner of the national popular vote.

The move was the governor's first veto in his first legislative session. The bill, Assembly Bill 186, would have put Nevada into a compact with 14 other states and the District of Columbia. Under the compact, electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, instead of the candidate who wins their state.

KUNR Wins Multiple AP Awards

May 24, 2019
Bree Zender, Krysta Scripter

KUNR is adding a few new plaques to the shelf for 2018.

Our series on the lack of affordable housing in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra, Priced Out, won first place for Best Enterprise Reporting by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association.

Department of Energy

It's been more than thirty years since Yucca Mountain in Nevada was picked as the nation's nuclear waste site, and the state has been fighting the project ever since. Under President Obama, it got its wish.

Fast forward to the Trump administration, and that long-running debate is back on the table.

National Park Service

You may have heard of a mysterious 137-year-old Winchester rifle that was discovered in Nevada's Great Basin National Park a few years ago. It sparked worldwide interest at the time. Now, it's found a permanent home.

Dental care equipment on a tray
Lucia Starbuck

Lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow mid-level dental providers, called dental therapists, to practice in Nevada. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck explores why this bill has caused heated debate within the dental community.

Lone Star Ranch 1943
Courtesy Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

It’s well known that the landscape around Reno was once filled with working farms and ranches. And as the tourism industry developed, some ranch owners noticed a growing interest among visitors in playing cowboy—or at least in meeting one. Historian Alicia Barber explains in this installment of Time & Place.

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