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A Reno developer's donation to help improve the water quality of Virginia Lake was approved by the Reno City Council last week…but not unanimously. Our contributor from ThisisReno, Bob Conrad, has the story.

 

Last fall, Reno developer J. Carter Witt withdrew a donation that he had promised to the city in order to help clean up Virginia Lake. At the time, Witt said the city had defaulted on their agreement, but he also expressed dismay about a proposed city labor ordinance that he said would negatively affect his business.

According to the Children’s Literacy Foundation, nearly 70 percent of America’s fourth graders aren’t reading at a proficient level. A digital company with ties to Reno is giving away a billion ebooks to get more kids reading. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more.

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A new Nevada law has revised how the state refers to car accidents, changing the word "accident" to "crash." Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman explores why.

State officials are changing the verbage used in every Nevada law related to car crashes. 

"Really, the reason is to send a message that many car crashes are preventable," says Meg Ragonese, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation. 

She says 321 people died on Nevada roads last year.

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The Washoe County School District held its annual State of Education address Monday night, and announced a major grant for local schools. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there and has more.

Traci Davis took the stage for the first time as permanent superintendent. And she used her opportunity to share some big news.

“Stacie Mathewson, founder and CEO of the non-profit, Transforming Youth Recovery, has announced [that] she intends to fund a 13-year project with $1 million per year.”

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On the heels of Uber, Lyft joins the list of ridesharing services that can pick up passengers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

Lyft signed an agreement with the airport authority last week that allows its drivers to officially pick-up customers at the airport terminal. Before they were only allowed to drop people off. 

New Law Will Introduce Electronic Sample Ballots

Feb 1, 2016
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New revisions to Nevada’s election laws that were passed last spring recently went into effect. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has details on one of the laws that grants voters more access to ballot information.

 

Registered voters can now receive sample ballots online or by email. Precious Hall is a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and says the new law will increase voter education.

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With the Iowa caucuses behind them, presidential candidates must now turn their attention to the next few battleground states like New Hampshire and Nevada. In a nod to the importance of the rural vote, several candidates have made stops in Elko this election season. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with veteran Elko Daily Free Press reporter Marianne McKown to learn more about the issues that matter most to these voters.  Below are shortened excerpts of their conversation.

A Local Take On Solitary Confinement For Minors

Feb 1, 2016
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President Barack Obama recently issued an executive order that bans the use of solitary confinement on juvenile offenders in federal prisons. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne got a local expert’s take on this change. 

In most cases, juveniles locked in solitary confinement cells will experience limited contact and long periods without much natural light. This can be for days, weeks or even months.

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Elko is extending its ban on medical marijuana shops despite comments from residents who want it lifted.

Elko Daily Free Press reporter Marianne McKown says most people who attended the meeting last week spoke in favor of the dispensaries.

“Pretty much everybody who got up said that they were for lifting the ban on medical marijuana,” she says, “because it’s already hard enough to find doctors; we shouldn’t eliminate being able to get our medicine.”

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Elko's 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up this weekend with song, dance and spoken word. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and talked with a Texas performer who's among the younger generation trying to keep this folk tradition alive. Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Andy Hedges hails from Lubbock, Texas, where at the age of 14 he began playing guitar and collecting traditional cowboy poems and folk songs introduced to him by his father.

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