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1:39 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

UNR athletics budget ranks last in MWC

Credit University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno Director of Athletics, Doug Knuth, talks about Nevada's homecoming, the game against conference rival Boise State and what a college athletics department gets for $26 million.

UPDATE: In the beginning of this piece, Knuth discusses the game between Nevada and San Jose State that took place on 9-27-14. The final score from this game was Nevada 21 San Jose 10. The Wolf Pack is now 3-1 as they head into homecoming week and the upcoming game against Boise State.

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Smooth muscles
1:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Health Watch: Smooth muscle physiology

Dr. Kent Sanders

In this installment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks with Dr. Kent Sanders, professor of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, about his current research on smooth muscle physiology, which contributes to treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes and other diseases.

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Politics and Policy
12:24 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Washoe sheriff candidates differ on how to bolster police presence

Chuck Allen (left) and Tim Kuzanek are both running for Washoe County Sheriff. Kuzanek brings institutional knowledge while Allen brings an outside perspective.
Credit Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek campaign photos

Both candidates for Washoe County Sheriff agree that the community presence of local law enforcement must grow, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports they offer different pathways for making that happen if elected in November.

At a debate Thursday night in Reno, hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette Journal, candidates Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek faced off in advance of the upcoming election.

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Politics and Policy
8:52 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Reno rejects automatic aid offer from county

Credit Angelfire.com

The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.

 

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

TMCC is preparing students for Tesla jobs

Students in the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) certificate program at TMCC.

Now that Tesla will be setting up shop in Storey County to make batteries for its electric cars, Truckee Meadows Community College is planning to develop more programs for skilled high-tech workers.  Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that the school will build on what it already has to offer.

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Nevada food stamps
10:18 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Federal funding for Nevada's food stamp program threatened

Credit Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services

Some federal dollars could be at stake for running the food stamp program in Nevada.

Federal officials are warning the state that it may lose some administrative funds needed to run the food stamp program unless the state improves its late reporting of applications for assistance.

The regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service in San Francisco said in a letter this week (Wednesday) that Nevada has one of the worst reporting rates in the country.

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Local Stories
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.

The agreement was hashed out in a long mediation overseen by a district judge and received final approval in a 5-2 vote at the board's public meeting.

But Martinez says this wasn't the way he thought it would end.

"We went in asking for an apology. Frankly, I wanted to stay"

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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 $80,000 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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