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4:27 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

School Board votes to buyout Pedro Martinez

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted to buyout Pedro Martinez.

The Washoe County School Board voted Tuesday to buyout Superintendent Pedro Martinez in exchange for him leaving. 

After more than an hour of public outrage, the school board voted to end the long debacle with the superintendent that began this summer when the board illegally fired him.

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Local Stories
11:54 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Multimedia exhibit to feature Reno's divorce history

Photo courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno.

For much of the 20th century, Reno was a household name notorious for quickie divorces. Historians with the University of Nevada, Reno have just received a nearly $80 thousand grant to preserve this part of local history.

For nearly six decades, Reno was known as the “divorce capital of the world” with people from all over the globe traveling to the Biggest Little City to end their marriages.

Several Nevada historians, including Mella Harmon, are seeking to document that time, which lasted from around 1910 through the end of the sixties.

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Local Stories
11:13 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Washoe's public transit stunted by funding woes

RTC's Fleet and Facilities Manager David Carr stands in a maintenance bay at the Villanova Bus Maintenance Facility that's too small for the agency's newer electric buses and a tight squeeze for the older vehicles, too.

Right now, public transit in Washoe County is operating at service levels comparable to the ‘90s, and officials with the Regional Transportation Commission say they only have enough money to keep running as is.

Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that securing funding down the road for expanding services and renovating aging infrastructure remains a major question mark, one that could affect everything from economic development to quality of life.

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Local Stories
11:10 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RTC forms special committee to address future funding

The RTC's Blue Ribbon Committee is charged with figuring out creative and new ways to pay for unmet transit needs in Washoe County as federal funding remains unstable.
Credit Regional Transportation Commission

Reno transportation officials say they can't keep up with community needs without more funding. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the Regional Transportation Commission has formed a special committee to come up with a plan for creating new funding sources before the legislature starts back up in February.

Right now, the RTC is operating at transit levels comparable to the 90s. That's partly because federal funding decreased significantly during the recession and has not bounced back.

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Local Stories
10:42 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Rising cost of fighting fires poses challenges for forest management

Photo from www.alternet.org.

The cost of fighting wildfires has more than doubled in the last two decades in the country, according to the federal government. That shift could be serious for Nevada.

To cover the increased expenses, states have had to engage in “fire borrowing,” which means moving federal funds from fire prevention to fighting them instead.

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Breaking
9:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

School board to vote on buy out of Superintendent Martinez

A judge says the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees should buy out Superintendent Pedro Martinez in exchange for him leaving.

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The American Dream
11:16 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Journalist Hedrick Smith on taking back the "American Dream"

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith

Last week, the Reynolds School of Journalism brought Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Hedrick Smith to UNR to talk to students about his work, the future of journalism and to discuss his new book, Who Stole the American Dream?  To learn more, we sent Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli to visit with Smith to talk about his experience covering the most important social movements of the last half century.

Journalist Hedrick Smith has a story to tell.

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New virus
10:09 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Health Watch: Entero-virus D-68

Dr. Daniel Spogen

In this health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about the Entero-virus D-68 that's been sweeping across the country and causing hundreds of children to be hospitalized with Dr. Daniel Spogen, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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Presented by the Community Foundation and KNPB TV
10:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

KUNR helps sponsor financial planning workshops

KUNR is helping sponsor the Family Financial and Estate Planning Series, Sept. 16 - October 28. There's still time to join in and sign up for the remaining workshops. The series of free workshops are presented twice a year by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and KNPB Channel 5 public television, as they have been for the past four years. 

Community Foundation president and CEO Chris Askin discussed the workshop series with David Stipech on Beyond the Headlines (broadcast 9-19-14). KUNR is helping sponsor this fall's series.

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Nevada's Sesquecentennial
5:06 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

36th Star: Nevada Museum of Art celebrates Nevada's journey to statehood

As Nevada celebrates its 150th birthday this fall, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno has assembled a truly historic exhibit that culminates with the unprecedented Reno visit by the original Emancipation Proclamation on Nevada Day weekend.

The exhibit is entitled "The 36th Star: Nevada's Journey from Territory to Statehood," and it runs through Nov. 2. The Emancipation Proclamation will be featured Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

The Nevada Museum of Art's Director of Communications Amanda Horn provided highlights of the exhibit on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (9-19-14).

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