Reno bans new billboards

No new billboards within city limits-that’s the decision from Reno City council. 2 News reports council unanimously approved a new ordinance that if one of the 182 billboards scattered throughout the city is taken down-it cannot be replaced. Critics of the billboards say the digital advertisements are distracting to drivers and intruding on neighborhoods. Supporters say billboards are critical to small businesses. The city’s 20-year plan doesn’t include billboards and instead focuses on making Reno a more pedestrian-friendly city.

Snow in Tahoe could be coming

Say farewell to sweet summer. Snow is in the forecast for the Tahoe region. Areas of higher elevation can expect near or below freezing temperatures over the weekend. Even before then, light snow showers or a dusting is possible Wednesday through Friday.

Report: Suicide rate among NV veterans alarming

The rate of veterans committing suicide in Nevada is a lot higher than in other states. News 4 reports a new study by the VA found that 127 veterans in the Silver State killed themselves in 2014. That’s a 32 percent increase since 2001. Senator Dean Heller says the report shows the need for Nevada to do better to help veterans get mental health treatment and needed services when they return home.

Man who struck, killed teacher n Reno sentenced 2 decadaes in prison

A Washoe Valley man is sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Reno. Joseph Vilardi admitted to failing to stop at the scene of a crash involving death in January. He struck and killed teacher Jason Leach as he was crossing at Pueblo Street

Araujo to run for Secretary of State

Assemblyman Nelson Araujo jumps in the race for Secretary of State. He will face incumbent Secretary of State Barbara Cevgaske in the race. The Las Vegas Democrat is a two-term assemblyman who also served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. Araujo says he’s running because he believes Nevadans deserve a voting system that protects their rights

Washoe Co. considering other sites for new high school over Wildcreek backlash

The Washoe County School District is considering new sites for its new high school. The district’s plan to build a new school at Wildcreek Golf Course to ease overcrowding has hit roadblocks from the beginning. Residents say they don’t want it, citing traffic and flooding issues, and now the Wildcreek Homeowners Association tells 2 News they’ll take legal action if the plan moves forward.

Hantavirus Re-Appears In Washoe County

Hantavirus has reappeared in Washoe County. Health officials report the first case of Hantavirus here since 2006. It’s a disease spread through deer mice, their urine, saliva and feces. People usually contract the virus in a garage or storage unit where the mice have been nesting. People inhale the Hantavirus in dirt or dust. Washoe County epidemiologist Dr. Randall Todd says Hantavirus is 38 percent fatal.

Job Fair Today At Summit Mall

A hiring fair is being held at the Summit Mall today to help more than a dozen retailers fill jobs for the Christmas shopping season. They will be hiring for seasonal, part-time, full-time and permanent positions. . It will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you’re interested, go to Suite 218 at The Summit. Job seekers are encouraged to have their resumes and be prepared for possible on-site interviews.

Deputy Honored For Saving Toddler’s Life

A Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy is being honored today for saving the life of a drowning child. Deputy Natasha Rickey arrived on the scene where an infant was reportedly drowning in the bathtub within 35 seconds of getting the call. She rushed into the house and performed CPR on a one year old boy who was found unresponsive in a bathtub. The toddler regained consciousness while en route to the hospital. Rescue personnel credit Deputy Rickey with saving the baby’s life. She’s being recognized today before the Board of Fire Commissioners.

WY man sentenced for sexually abusing foster child

A Wyoming man was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty for sexually abusing a teenage girl who was in foster care. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that 60-year-old Mervin Scofield Jr. pleaded guilty this week to two counts of sexual assault of a minor while in a position of authority. Scofield apologized in court, saying he can’t forgive himself for what he did. According to court records, the girl told the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department that she was assaulted three times by Scofield in the fall of 2015.