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5:17 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Lt. Governor candidates spar over education funding

Lucy Flores, the democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, is criticizing her opponent, Republican Mark Hutchison, for not supporting legislation last year that would have directly helped the Washoe County School District improve its aging infrastructure. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Flores made the comment during a debate that aired Tuesday on KRNV-TV's Nevada Newsmakers program. She said Republicans in the Assembly "punted" on the issue.

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Education
2:17 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Nevada community colleges get $10 million for career-track programs

Credit Western Nevada College

Nevada's four community colleges are getting federal grants for almost $10 million. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the funding, which was announced this week, will go towards programs that train students for in-demand jobs across the state.

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Business + Economy
1:54 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Reno tourism officials have high hopes in wake of Tesla

Washoe County saw its highest average daily rate for hotel rooms ever last month, and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that tourism experts are expecting even more dollars to come in as word about the state's Tesla "win" continues to spread.

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Athletics budget
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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