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3:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Virginia City: Before Nevada became a state

Before Nevada was a state, Virginia City was a successful mining town. Today, it's a Silver State tourist destination where people can see the territory the way it was in the mid-nineteenth century. Featured here is The Way it Was Museum, one of several museums in Virginia City.

On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the order making Nevada the 36th state.  But long before that, the territory was an integral part of the gold and silver rush.  Famous for its bountiful mineral deposits, Virginia City was a booming mining town and was the place to be in the mid-nineteenth century.  It’s a city shrouded in legend and folklore.  It attracted, presidents, famous entertainers and it even spawned a television show.  This is a special sesquicentennial report on the town that put Nevada on the map, Virginia City.
 

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"Beyond the Headlines"
5:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

KUNR's spooky edition of Grammar Girl

Author Mignon Fogarty

Every month, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss catches up with author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to talk about the intricacies and quirks of the English language.

For Halloween, the two had several spooky topics to explore, including why Halloween sometimes has an apostrophe in it, where the word "brouhaha" comes from, and what in the world a ghost word is. Listen if you dare!

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Local Stories
4:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Governor Sandoval sings with school children to set world record

Governor Brian Sandoval along with First Lady Kathleen Sandoval meet with students and faculty to sing Nevada state song.
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

Nevada celebrates 150 years of statehood at the end of October. There have been many events this year celebrating it’s history and culture. At a recent event, thousands of people across Nevada belted out the state song to set a world record, including more than 400 boisterous elementary school students in Reno.

The kids were dressed in an array of storybook and superhero costumes for Halloween and they gathered in the school cafeteria, so that at 10 a.m. sharp, they could break out into song. A special guest who was helping them set the record became unexpectedly emotional.

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Beyond the Headlines
3:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

University marks 140 years at its birthplace — Elko

Kevin Melcher, NSHE Regent, rings the original University school bell which was dedicated in its new framework in Elko on Oct. 22, 2014.
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

 

As Nevada continues to celebrate the Silver State's Sesquicentennial in hundreds of ways statewide, a special ceremony was held Oct. 22 marking the University of Nevada, Reno's 140th birthday in the place it all started -- Elko.

Most people probably don't realize the University Preparatory School -- precursor to the University of Nevada -- first opened its doors in Elko to seven students on Oct. 12, 1874. The Nevada State Legislature approved the relocation of the University of Nevada to Reno in 1885, and students were welcomed to classes in Morrill Hall in 1886.

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Politics and Policy
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LGBT advocate hopes to win over democratic district in Reno/Sparks

Mike Sprinkle (left) and Lauren Scott (right) are running for Assembly District 30.

Hear Lauren Scott campaign and she sounds like most Republicans—keep taxes low, promote economic development, support the governor. But, unlike the typical GOP candidate, she spent years fighting for LGBT rights in Nevada.

“In the North, it’s a little bit of an oxymoron—a gay Republican—but, down South, it does seem to be a growing group. Nationally, they are very well-known. I do have their endorsement.”

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Local Stories
2:54 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Honoring those lost in battle: a traveling exhibit

Photographs of service members lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars are displayed on the "Wall of the Dead."
Credit Photo courtesy of Western Nevada College

A traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars is making its way across the Silver State. The Nevada 150 Commission selected the display as an official sesquicentennial event. The exhibit's next stop is at Great Basin College in Elko, where visitors will see the faces of nearly 7,000 service members lost in battle.

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Local Stories
2:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

$16 million grant will help connect downtown Reno to Sparks, but transit needs persist

One of four electric buses introduced into the RTC's fleet earlier this year. With this new project better connecting downtown Reno to downtown Sparks, an additional four new electric buses will be making runs.

Transportation officials are celebrating a $16 million federal grant that they'll use to better connect bus lines from downtown Reno to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended Tuesday's press conference at Reno's 4th Street bus station where discussion of the project spurred a larger conversation about the compounding transportation needs in Washoe County and nationwide. 

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Politics and Policy
4:20 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Miller losing ground to GOP's Laxalt in fight for attorney general

It may seem odd that the most expensive and watched race of this election is for attorney general, but a quick look at the last names of the two candidates clears up why that is.

On the Democratic ticket is second-term Secretary of State Ross Miller—the son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. He’s facing off against Republican Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt.

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Politics and Policy
1:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State treasurer candidates vow to replenish Millennium Scholarship funds

Roughly 6,000 students receive Millennium Scholarships to help pay for tuition to state schools like the University of Nevada, Reno.
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

Funding for Nevada's Millennium Scholarships is slated to run out in the next several years. The program is overseen by the state treasurer, a post that's up for grabs this election, and both major party candidates agree these scholarships are critical to maintain for Nevada families. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports they offer different ideas for keeping the program alive.

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Student Outreach Clinics
11:28 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Health Watch: UNR Med students offer free clinics to uninsured

In this health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about the Student Outreach Clinics that are available to the community provided by medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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