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4:45 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Wolf Pack's New Men's Basketball Coach To Be Named Shortly

Air Force Falcons forward Hayden Graham attempts a free throw in the first half against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Clune Arena in February.
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The Nevada Wolf Pack could have a new men's basketball coach in place by next Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education is holding a special meeting on Thursday. The agenda for that meeting says UNR President Marc Johnson will request approval for a multi-year employment contract for a new coach.

A national search has been underway since former Coach David Carter was fired earlier this month. Athletic Director Doug Knuth has led that search effort, which has been quite hush-hush.

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Business + Economy
9:31 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Will Wineries Be Setting Up Shop In Washoe?

Grapes growing an the experimental vineyard at the University of Nevada, Reno, run by Professor Grant Cramer.

Nevada has the fewest wineries of any state, with just four filling our glasses today. While advocates want to grow the industry, there’s fear that the state could become a mere “suburb” of California wine with few bottles bearing a homegrown stamp. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports.

There are no commercial wineries in Washoe County, but UNR Professor Grant Cramer has been making wine in Reno for a decade.

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Business + Economy
5:14 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sandoval Urges Lawmakers To Support Tax Plan

Governor Brian Sandoval delivered testimony during a joint committee hearing Wednesday for his plan to increase business license fees in order to raise money for K-12 education. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Despite wide support for improving the state's lagging education system, Sandoval is charged with convincing a Republican-controlled legislature to raise taxes for the cause.

In a rousing speech, Sandoval made his case, saying economic development will suffer if the state can't create more revenue and devote it to students.

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Local Stories
10:52 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Reno City Council Approves Plan To Fight Domestic Violence

The Reno City Attorney’s office is taking new steps to curb domestic violence, under a plan recently approved by the Reno City Council. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

When running for City Attorney last year, Karl Hall told KUNR this would be one of his top priorities:

"I'm going to devote additional resources to the criminal division, specifically the domestic violence issue, to protect our domestic violence victims."

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Education
10:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Students, Lawmaker Call For More Financial Literacy Instruction

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would require elementary and middle school students to learn about personal finance. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Right now, state law only requires financial literacy lessons for high school students.

High school Senior Kyle Walker from Las Vegas is a member of the Nevada Youth Legislature and spoke at a committee hearing on the bill Tuesday. He says simply being prepared for college isn't enough anymore.

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Local Stories
7:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Surviving The Pacific Crest Trail In Winter

Outside the KUNR studio, Justin Lichter (left) and Shawn Forry set-up a few items from their ultra-light backpacking trek through the Pacific Crest Trail in winter. Photo by Alexa Ard.

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, forcing hikers to navigate everything from desert to treacherous mountain passes coated in ice. It’s such a dangerous trip, no one has ever completed it in winter...until this month. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter, who just finished their trek at the Mexican border.

 

 

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Reynolds School Media Watch/Beyond the Headlines
2:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Latino public radio leader, diversity champion inspires J-school students, faculty

Hugo Morales, Reynolds Diversity Fellow in Residence
Credit Courtesy UNR

The Reynolds School of Journalism hosted a special guest the week of March 2 as its first Reynolds Diversity Fellow in Residence: Hugo Morales, co-founder and executive director of Radio Bilingue, the National Latino Public Radio Network. Morales was interviewed by KUNR's David Stipech for the Reynolds School Media Watch segment that aired on Beyond the Headlines (air date 3-13-15).

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Local Stories
12:42 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dairy Farm Sparks Fierce Debate In Smith Valley

Kim Gattuso and Bob Lumbard are part of a local group that's trying to stop a major dairy farm from opening up in Smith Valley. They say the farm poses a public health risk to them and others living nearby. Meanwhile, the operators of the farm say it is a safe and well-regulated operation that will bring jobs and new investment to the region.

For rural parts of Northern Nevada, farming has been a mainstay for generations. But in one community, a new farm has awakened fierce debate over public health, the changing face of agriculture and a region's identity. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has this report.

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"Beyond the Headlines"
5:15 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Grammar Girl: Don't Fight Language Change, Embrace It

Reno author Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, recently gave a talk for the city’s TEDx program held at the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s the local version of the national Ted Talk program, which shares inspiring discussions from leaders across the globe. Mignon’s topic was language, of course, but instead of focusing on the rules, she highlighted some of the rule-breakers. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss joined her to learn more. 

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Local Stories
12:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

DRI's New Global Initiative To Get Clean Water Flowing

Zambian children at a water pump. Photo from the Desert Research Institute.

More than 700 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. One scientist at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute, or DRI, wants to bring that number down because of his own personal experience growing up in Ghana.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talks with Dr.

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