Several GOP lawmakers in Nevada are urging Governor Brian Sandoval to stand with other Republican-led states in turning away Syrian refugees. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Senator Dean Heller issued an open letter on Monday encouraging the governor to reject Syrian migrants from being relocated to Nevada until it is clear that the state would be protected from terror threats.

U.S. Representative Joe Heck of Nevada's third congressional district also signed onto a letter asking for a suspension in admitting new refugees.

Alexa Ard

Nevada education officials have awarded grants aimed at getting 134 students through fast-track teacher training programs in time for next school year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Nevada Board of Education voted last week to award more than $2.3 million in scholarship money to six institutions with what are called Alternative Routes to Licensure programs, which allow people with bachelor's degrees to transition into teaching.

The grants are part of the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program introduced by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Amy Westervelt

A controversial development plan goes to the Truckee Planning Commission Monday. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has more.

Canyon Springs, a 203-home development, has been on the books in Truckee for close to 30 years now, but is moving closer to reality than it’s ever been. The development’s final environmental impact report – or EIR -- will be presented to the Truckee Planning Commission during an unprecedented two-day hearing.

Julia Ritchey

  A petition to ban the controversial practice of coyote hunting contests in Nevada failed again before the state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners on Friday. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The commission voted 5-2 to deny the petition after nearly three hours of emotional testimony from both sides of the issue.

Julia Ritchey

  The storm that hit Reno earlier this week caused a torrent of tree limbs to come down and the city is backlogged trying to remove them. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Overall, Monday's weather caused fairly insignificant impact to the city's tree canopy, with no entire trees falling but plenty of lost limbs.

Steve Churchillo is the city's chief arborist. He says contrary to what some may think, the limbs that fell were due to the weight of the snow and not the health of the tree.

Julia Ritchey

  Reno’s only all-ages music venue, The Holland Project, has just wrapped up a fundraising campaign to buy its building near Midtown. As Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports, the money will ensure they can stay put in a part of town that’s experiencing growing pains.

Back before Midtown Reno was one of the trendiest neighborhoods in town, it was a collection of empty buildings looking for startups with a do-it-yourself attitude.

City of Reno

  The city of Reno wants to make its data more accessible, be it building permits or violent crime stats. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more the city's new digital transparency platform. 

City manager Andrew Clinger debuted their new data portal, called Open Reno, at last weekend's Hackathon, a day-long conference on technology and government.

The site replaces an older version and makes it easier to search for information.

Kari Barber

All over the U.S., all-black towns helped to shape the history of this country. Many African-Americans escaped to these towns after the Civil War to try to break free from racism. Now, some are disappearing.

A new documentary Struggle and Hope by Reno Filmmaker Kari Barber explores these relatively unknown towns and the people who still live in them. To learn more, Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray interviewed Barber on the film, which is currently in post-production. 

Julia Ritchey

  A nearly one-acre urban farm in downtown Reno is looking for a new home after its lease expired. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey has more.

For the last three years, Lost City Farm has become a landmark in downtown Reno – a surprising sea of green on south Center Street overlooked by a mural of a big blue whale.

Lyndsey Langsdale and her business partner, Toni Ortega, started the farm after working with the planning commission to craft an urban farming ordinance.

Marcus Lavergne

Fifty-one Vietnam veterans recently received a warm welcome in Reno after taking a trip with the Honor Flight Nevada  program. Some of these veterans received thanks for the very first time, more than 40 years after their service. In honor of Veterans Day, Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has this special report.

As veterans walked down Reno’s airport terminal to baggage claim, they were greeted by applause and kind words from strangers, friends and family.