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Reno Airport will Train Employees in Human-Trafficking

RENO — Reno-Tahoe International Airport is stepping up its efforts to combat human trafficking.

Airport officials announced Monday they’ll implement a human-trafficking training program for all employees as part of a new partnership with a local nonprofit.

The move comes after The Children’s Cabinet designated the airport a “Safe Place.”

Director Kim Young says the airport is a critical safety site for children in crisis. The program targets runaways, others fleeing abusive homes and those trying to escape human trafficking.

Airport CEO Marily Mora says “Safe Place” logos will be displayed throughout the airport saying airport workers can be approached for assistance.

She says more than 4 million travelers pass through Reno-Tahoe International annually.

Officials Declare Key Freeway Project Complete After 3 Years

LAS VEGAS — Nevada transportation officials are marking what they call “substantial completion” of three years of work on a $1 billion upgrade of the state’s busiest freeway near downtown and the Las Vegas Strip.

Gov. Steve Sisolak declared at a Thursday ceremony the work dubbed “Project Neon” will improve safety and reduce congestion and commuter delays.

Workers widened a crucial 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the busy “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange with U.S. 95, and installed new overpasses and 42 electronic signs to notify motorists of traffic snarls and road hazards.

Officials call the highway the busiest in Nevada, carrying 300,000 vehicles a day. They say traffic is expected to double by 2040.

State transportation chief Kristina Swallow says an expedited “designbuild” process saved money and time.

Missing Thumb Drive Contains Renown Health Patient Info

RENO — The largest health care provider in northern Nevada says some of its patients’ private information was stored on a thumb drive that’s been missing since June 30.

Renown Health said in a letter sent to patients on Friday the incident only affects an unspecified number of people who received inpatient services at its South Meadows Medical Center between Jan. 1, 2012 and June 14, 2019.

It says no social security numbers or financial information were on the thumb drive. But it did contain patient names, clinical information and medical record numbers.

Renown officials say there’s no indication any information has been misused. They launched an investigation the day an employee reported it missing but still haven’t found it.

Renown is recommending patients review the statements they receive from health care providers.

FHA Approves Plans for $1.5B in Reno-Sparks Highway Upgrades

RENO — The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for $1.5 billion in improvements to a major interstate interchange and more than a dozen highway exits in Reno and Sparks over the next 20 years.

The agency issued a final environmental impact statement and record of decision selecting the alternative preferred by state transportation officials to reconfigure the Spaghetti Bowl intersection where I-80, I-580 and U.S. 395 meet east of downtown Reno.

The project is intended to improve safety and reduce travel times in the metro area where the population is expected to grow 27% the next two decades.

The highway administration said the project’s biggest downside is that 326 residences and 22 commercial businesses eventually will be displaced.