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Another person in Washoe County is infected with West Nile Virus. That makes two confirmed in the last week, as well as one horse in Washoe Valley. 

The Washoe County Health District reports the latest individual lives near Hidden Valley in east Reno and was hospitalized for several days with the neuroinvasive form of the virus. This form can access and infect the nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, muscle and joint pain and headache.  

Festival Changes Bug Some Burners

5 hours ago
KNPR

Burning Man's in full force in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that this year there are some significant changes on the playa:

Two big festival changes include the addition of CrowdRx as Burning Man’s new health care provider and the reduction of drone permits from 200 last year to just 30.  

Jenny Kane is the Reno Gazette Journal’s Burning Man Reporter. She says the change that has sparked the most controversy among some “burners” is a new dance music area that has been pushed to the outskirts of Black Rock City. 

The number of traffic-related deaths is up across the nation. But Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that figure remains steady in Washoe County.

Meg Ragonese is a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation—or NDOT. She says the rate of traffic-related deaths in Washoe County remains the same this year.

“Through September 1st of this year there have been 22 traffic fatalities in Washoe County," Ragonese says. "Last year, there was the same amount.”

But Nevada overall has seen an increase.

UNSOM Health Watch: The Student Health Center

10 hours ago
University of Nevada School of Medicine

The fall 2015 semester at UNR is underway with a record 21,000 students in attendance. The year has only just begun and staff at the Student Health Center is already busy. To talk more about student health and wellness for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch is Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, director of student Health Services at UNR and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.  

Nevada lawmakers recently passed SB302, a landmark education bill. Today, as part of our series “Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice” Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores the unforeseen consequences the new law could have on the state.

Julia Ritchey

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio stumped in Reno last night (Monday), the first of a multi-leg tour of the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

About 250 people crowded into a ballroom at the Peppermill Casino to hear Rubio outline what he thinks it will take for America to succeed in the 21st century. 

The Florida Senator spoke extensively on immigration, emphasizing his parents' journey from Cuba to the United States in the 1950s. 

Reno Public Radio likes to catch up with Reno author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to explore language and writing. With schools just getting back into session, Fogarty chats with KUNR's Michelle Bliss about things like where the word "syllabus" comes from and how kids these days misuse the word "versus."

Fogarty also provides behind-the-scenes details of the recent North American Scrabble Championship held in Reno.  

Anh Gray

Washoe County School District officials painted a bleak picture Friday of the future of repair and construction needs to a newly formed committee on public school overcrowding. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

The average age of a Washoe County public school is 39 years old and $25 million a year is the minimum needed for repairs and renovations to the district's crumbling infrastructure.

Drone America

Our series Putting Out The Fire has been exploring new ways of fighting and preventing devastating wildfires, which are a major threat to Nevada and California during this fourth year of drought. In this segment, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss explores how high-tech cameras and drones are rewriting the rules of firefighting.

Mike Richards is CEO of Drone America, a small company on the forefront of changing how emergency responders can fight fires. He likens the drones of tomorrow to comic-book superheroes of the past.  

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With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

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