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1:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NV's Superintendent discusses Common Core

Common Core is coming to Nevada.

School districts across the state are beginning to implement the new k-12 academic standards. State education officials say they'll challenge students with a more rigorous curriculum that better prepares them for college. However, some teachers and education experts also criticize the standards as poorly designed and driven by corporate interests. 

Nevada's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga responds to these concerns and explains what this new chapter in education reform means for public schools here. 

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Politics and Policy
9:11 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Opposites fight it out in Reno's Ward 4 race

Bonnie Weber (left) and Paul McKenzie (right) are running to represent Ward 4 on the Reno City Council.

Reno City Council races are nonpartisan, but, for Ward 4, it's basically in name only.

On one side is Bonnie Weber, a termed out Washoe County Commissioner, who says the choice in this race is "black and white." 

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Republicans take voter registration lead in Washoe County

Republicans are feeling good less than two weeks from Election Day. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports that’s based on registration and early voting numbers across the state, including Washoe County.

Even before early voting began, Democrats in Washoe County had something to be worried about. Final registration numbers showed that the GOP has a lead of more than 6,000 registered voters. That’s the largest, for either party, since the mid-2000s.

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Politics and Policy
11:02 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Why one Northern Nevada race feels a lot like the primary

Lisa Krasner (left) and Randy Kirner (right) are vying to represent Assembly District 26 and both are from the GOP.

While there are several competitive races in Las Vegas, state senate and assembly seats aren't expected to change parties in the north. Nowhere is that more certain than a district covering Incline Village and much of South Reno, but that race still has a twist.  

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Politics and Policy
11:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

In Reno's Ward 2 race, candidates disagree on water, firefighters

Elisa Cafferata (left) and Naomi Duerr (right)

Three seats are up for grabs on the Reno City Council this November. One of those is for Ward 2, which covers much of South Reno and the area south of Midtown.  

    

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Politics and Policy
9:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washoe Sheriff candidate's plan to recruit volunteers under scrutiny

Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen

An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.

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Local Stories
8:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Sparks Middle School shooting: Grief and healing one year later

Credit Washoe County Schools

One year ago, 12-year-old Jose Reyes opened fire at Sparks Middle School, killing teacher Michael Landsberry and himself, along with injuring two students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports students and teachers are gathering Tuesday afternoon in the school's gymnasium to embrace, remember, and heal.

Instead of holding a formal, public event to mark this tragedy, administrators are opting for a quiet, unstructured get-together after classes let out. Overwhelmingly, students and staff have voiced their desire for a typical school day.

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Academic Progress Rate
10:36 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Academic Progress Rate: How Nevada's "student-athletes" fare scholastically

Credit NCAA.com

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds all Division I schools accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete per term.  Every semester, each athlete receives one point for remaining eligible to play, and one point for returning to school, for a total of two points per athlete, per team.  The APR has been in place for ten years now and since its launch, the NCAA is reporting more than 13,000 student-athletes have returned to

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Medical School expansion
9:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Health Watch: School of Medicine dean discusses medical education expansion in Nevada

In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill talks about expanding medical education in Nevada with Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Heath Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Transgender health coverage
10:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Nevada's PEBP weighing cost of transgender health coverage

Nevada’s Public Employee Benefit Program, or PEBP, board is currently looking into the cost and benefits of providing transgender health coverage.

Last month, Brock Maylath, president of the Transgender Allies Group in Reno, spoke to the PEBP board asking members to remove a provision that states,

“Any treatment designed to alter physical characteristics of you to those of the opposite sex and any other services, treatments, drugs, or diagnostic procedures or studies related to sex transformations are excluded.”

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