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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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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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Education
1:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

KUNR's new Grammar Girl segment

Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty

We are debuting our new Grammar Girl segment with author Mignon Fogarty, the creator of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. Once a month, Mignon will explore the many intricacies and quirks of the English language with Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss. 

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Politics and Policy
9:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Mayoral hopefuls differ in style and tone

Reno's mayoral candidates, Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella, met recently for one of their first debates. It was hosted by the Washoe Republican Women and moderated by Sam Shad.
Credit Will Stone

 

With the November election fast approaching, Reno’s two mayoral candidates squared off recently for one of their first debates, but neither candidate was on the offensive exactly.

The race is nonpartisan and what sets Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella apart often comes down to style, personality and backing, rather than policy.

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Education
11:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

UNR has big plans for expansion

In the next seven years, the University of Nevada, Reno has big plans for expansion. At Wednesday's State of the University address, President Marc Johnson said the school will be hiring more faculty and constructing more buildings to keep up with record enrollment.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the speech and has these details.

By 2021, UNR plans to hire at least 250 tenure-track faculty members to teach a projected 22,000 students. The school's current head count is just under 20,000--its highest enrollment ever.

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Local Stories
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Washoe Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers

Washoe County Detention Facility
Credit Hyytinen Engineering

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will no longer hold people in jail based solely on requests from federal immigration authorities. Reno Pubic Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the change comes after a federal judge's recent ruling in Oregon.

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Education
1:44 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sparks Middle School continues to heal

It's been almost a year since 12-year-old Jose Reyes opened fire at Sparks Middle School last October, killing a teacher and himself, and injuring two other students. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports that as the community continues to heal, a federal grant is providing the school with ongoing support.

A $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will pay for trauma therapists to continue working with students and their families. They're keeping in touch with students who are no longer in the building as well.

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Local Stories
10:58 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor in the works

This is a rendering of a typical scenic vista on the envisioned bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor.
Credit Tahoe Fund

An envisioned bike path connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park is officially in the works, now that the Tahoe Fund organization has met its goal of raising $750,000 in private donations for the project.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that meeting that goal means more than $12 million in public funding from local, state, and federal governments will now be triggered.

This project will be the next section of the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, a long-term project to build a path around the entire lake spanning more than 70 miles.

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Local Stories
5:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

WCSD Superintendent won't accept 25K settlement from trustees

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez
Credit WCSD

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez will not accept the $25,000 offered by the board of trustees to settle a lawsuit regarding the board's breach of contract for improperly firing Martinez back in July before quickly reinstating him. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss spoke to Martinez's attorney Bill Peterson to learn why the superintendent is turning down the board's offer.

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