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Washoe County Schools Battle Another Stomach Bug

A severe stomach virus is ripping its way through Washoe County schools again. At last count, ten schools and 400 students have been affected by the recent outbreak of norovirus, a highly contagious virus that's spread by person-to-person contact, or contact with contaminated food or surfaces. In a recent public service announcement, the CDC’s Dr. Aron Hall explains that children and seniors are particularly vulnerable. “Adults over 65 and children younger than 5 years old are more likely to...
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Third Annual TEDx Reno Features More Local Voices

The day-long speaker conference called TEDx Reno returns for its third year to the Lear Theater downtown, with more local voices than ever before. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey tells us more about the lineup. The theme for this year's TEDx is Resurgence, capitalizing on the momentum the city has gained since landing new tech companies and rebranding itself as a college town. Doug Erwin is a co-organizer of the event. "We're trying to cover topics that are relevant to Reno now as we come...
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Nevada's Gamble On School Choice

Now that Nevada lawmakers have approved the most comprehensive school choice program in the country, KUNR explores questions about the law's equity, constitutionality, and potential effectiveness.

Putting Out The Fire

The threat of devastating wildfires is only growing as temperatures rise and drought persists. That's why KUNR is exploring innovative ways for fighting and preventing fire in our region.

Nevada Tourism Campaign Aimed At Millennials

Sep 30, 2015
Sydney Martinez / Travel Nevada

Nevada is launching a fresh tourism campaign focused on attracting Millennials to the state. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has more.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism has approved a new fall and winter advertising blitz, including two commercials that will run in Nevada and neighboring states.

The spots feature travelers who make friends with a wide array of memorable Nevada characters, including bikers, famous chefs and cowboys. They close with the tagline, "Go home with more stories than souvenirs."

Esther Ciammachilli

A team of scientists and business leaders from the Desert Research Institute in Reno is trying to change the way businesses make decisions that may be impacted by extreme weather. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

On a rainbow-colored map of the Las Vegas Strip, scientist Andrew Joros explains the focus of the new WINDS platform, which stands for Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support

“Let’s say I want a time series of any kind of meteorological variable over the MGM. You can pull it up like this.”

Julia Ritchey

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson says to slow rapid enrollment growth, some student aid will be cut. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more on this year's State of the University address.

With a record enrollment this year of nearly 21,000 students, UNR is in a period of rapid transformation.

President Johnson says the university is addressing this growth in a number of ways to ensure students succeed academically.  

UNR Library Expanding Its Harry Reid Collection

Sep 29, 2015
Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno will be getting more than 2,000 boxes of documents chronicling Senator Harry Reid's decades-long career in Washington. 

The university already has about 30 boxes of documents from Reid's time as a congressman. But it's expecting hundreds more, along with three terabytes of digital information, when Reid's Senate career ends in 2017. 

Library officials say the collection will help illuminate major political decisions over the years, including the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the passage of Obamacare.

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center that is currently under construction of the University of Nevada Reno campus and importance of student health and fitness. Our guests are Jim Fitzsimmons, director of campus recreation and wellness at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Julia Ritchey

  Developers broke ground on a new multi-use development in downtown Sparks today (Monday). Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The mixed-used community by Silverwing Development will include more than 200 condos and 8,000 square feet of retail space in the historic Victorian Square.

The project represents a $35 million investment in downtown Sparks and has city officials, like councilwoman Julia Ratti, touting a new era for their long-neglected city center.

A Conversation: Keeping Rural Kids On Track To Graduate

Sep 25, 2015
Alexa Ard

Nevada's rural high schools face unique roadblocks when it comes to helping their students make it to graduation and beyond. To learn more, Brent Boynton from our public media partner KNPB reached out to Adam Young, the principal at White Pine High School in Ely. Here's their conversation.  


Young's district has a graduation rate higher than 90%. He says that one of the positives about rural education is making one-on-one connections with students. 

"With all the challenges of rural education," Young said, "that is the beauty of it." 

Web Extra: Hear More From Reimagine Reno Latino Gathering

Sep 25, 2015
Alexa Ard

We recently reported on a Reimagine Reno event focused on the Latino community. The gathering was one of several taking place this fall to talk about the area's future as policymakers update Reno's master plan. So far, more than 800 people have attended these focus groups and there are more to come in October

Switch, supernap.com

  As the Las Vegas-based company Switch expands into northern Nevada, it plans on bringing unprecedented Internet connectivity to the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Founded about 15 years ago, Switch is home to one of the largest data centers in the world in southern Nevada, which provides data storage and management to more than 1,000 online companies. 


Truckee Meadows Community College will use a $4.3 million gift to help high school students prepare for jobs in what is shaping up to be a demanding technical industry in northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has that story.

The grant is the largest gift TMCC has ever received. The money will allow the school to inaugurate the Technical Pathway program and begin the second phase of renovations to the Edison site, the school’s center for technical training.


University Spotlight on Beyond the Headlines

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
University of Nevada, Reno

President Johnson previews Tuesday's annual address

The fall semester is underway on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with a record enrollment of 21,000. A number of exciting new building projects are planned or already taking shape, expanding collaborations and projects are spurring economic development, and a steady stream of faculty and student achievements are increasing the university’s prestige across the country and around the world. With such rapid growth and the opportunities and challenges that presents, University President...
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