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5:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway nearing completion

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An effort to connect Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake with a 116-mile trail for bicyclists is getting closer to completion. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway recently opened its newest section in California along the Truckee River.

With a new section of bikeway now open in Nevada County, California, the project is seventy-five percent complete. It's a combination of paved roads, existing dirt trails, and sections of new trails, with funding coming from both federal programs and private donations.

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Education
12:48 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State reprimands WCSD for missing deadline to change special education policy

State officials are telling the Washoe County School District it must change the way it handles Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, for special needs students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that some funding for the district could be at stake if the issue is not addressed swiftly.

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Education
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

TMCC opening new health sciences center next fall

A rendering of TMCC's forthcoming health science center, slated to open next fall.
Credit Trcuckee Meadows Community College

Construction plans are being finalized for a new health science center at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the facility at TMCC's Redfield campus in south Reno will lay the foundation for future expansion to the school's nursing program.

The $10 million project includes renovating an existing building along with constructing a new facility that will house a high-tech nursing simulation lab resembling real-world conditions.

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Business + Economy
4:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Watchdog groups demand transparency on Tesla incentives

Credit Tesla Motors

Nevada and four other Western states are serious contenders for Tesla Motor’s $5 billion battery plant. This week, several watchdog groups issued a public letter asking all those states to tell taxpayers what they are offering to entice the electric carmaker, which is asking for about $500 million in tax breaks and incentives.

Bob Fulkerson is with one of the advocacy groups, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He says the letter makes several demands of the state governments involved in negotiations with Tesla:

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Energy and Environment
12:35 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Nevada regulators to decide on rules for fracking

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Thursday, Nevada regulators will decide on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking." The industry is just beginning to explore for oil in the east, near Elko, using this technique. Environmental groups and some locals worry about the impacts on Nevada's scarce water resources. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more on that debate.

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Energy and Environment
9:20 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New funding is needed for Tahoe boat inspection program

The Lake Tahoe boat inspection program prevents invasive species from contaminating the water. Federal funding for the program lasts just one more year and it’s unclear where the money will come from after that.

For the last five years, boats launched into Lake Tahoe have been inspected to prevent non-native species like quagga mussels from wreaking havoc on the lake’s eco-system.

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Local Stories
5:10 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

State of the City: Reno planning for financial future while facing steep debt

Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger delivers Wednesday's State of the City address in the Reno City Council chambers.

At Wednesday's State of the City address in Reno, officials said they've been doing more with less since their workforce has shrunk by a third in recent years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss was there and has the details.

Over the past five years, the City has gone from employing 1,600 people back in 2009 to less than 1,100 right now. Along with overcoming those staffing hurdles, City Manager Andrew Clinger, who delivered the speech, says Reno is also planning ahead for a solid financial future.

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Business + Economy
10:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Drone company will bring 400 jobs to Reno

The Falcon drone designed by Ashima Devices. The company makes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help first responders gain situational awareness when they arrive on scene in an emergency situation, like a wildfire.
Credit Ashima Devices

A drone manufacturing company is moving its headquarters to Reno, bringing about 400 new jobs to the area over the next two years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Ashima Devices is relocating from Pasadena and setting up shop at the Reno-Stead Airport where the company will be researching, testing, and building unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. The company makes drones to help law enforcement, fire, and emergency crews gain situational awareness.

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Local Stories
11:07 am
Tue August 26, 2014

More than 500 apply for a slice of Nevada's medical marijuana pie

The state has received more than 500 applications for running medical marijuana establishments in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that after scoring and ranking those applicants, public health officials will announce their choices in November. They expect the first medical marijuana purchases to be made by early next year.

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Arts and Culture
10:12 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Morris Burner Hotel brings Black Rock experience to Reno

Morris Burner Hotel hosted Monster and Elves Block Party.
Credit Photo by Decibel Photography from Morris Burner Hotel Facebook.

This is the first year some festival-goers can head to the Morris Burner Hotel in downtown Reno after leaving the playa to continue their Black Rock experience.

Jim Gibson, retired CEO of a micro-chip company also known by his Burner name, “Jungle Jim” bought the old, run-down hotel last year. Gibson says he has managed to revamp it by applying some of the Burning Man principles like communal effort, civic responsibility, participation and self-expression.

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