Opponents have dropped a lawsuit against the SouthEast Connector — a major road project that will link Sparks to south Reno. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A coalition of community activists filed the suit, accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washoe County's Regional Transportation Commission of not adequately examining the project's environmental impact.

After twice failing to win a preliminary injunction this year, the coalition voluntarily withdrew its legal action on Wednesday.

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  Fans of super heroes and science fiction will descend on Reno this weekend for the Wizard World Comic Con. Several celebrities will also make appearances, including Adam West, better known as Batman. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey called up the actor to talk about his long career.

Hollywood legend Adam West has been in the business for 60 years, with more than 180 acting credits to his name. Of course, he's probably best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series alongside Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

As the startup boom gains steam in Reno, some female business leaders are working to ensure that women-led businesses are an important part of the scene. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt joined them at a recent networking event to find out more.

“So thank you for being here and what we’ll go ahead and get started is have each of you introduce yourself, tell us what you’ve been up to since the last brekkie, and also ask for help. So what can we do to help you with an event, a product, service or endeavor so that you can play big?”

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  The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved a draft plan Wednesday night to address overcrowding and skyrocketing student growth. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has the details.

The school district finally has an initial game plan for how it wants to alleviate overcrowding and critical infrastructure needs through the year 2024.

Pete Etchart, chief operating officer for the district, presented their "Strategic Blueprint" to the board of trustees on priorities for new construction.

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A new education company with some big-name tech and science backers aims to bring immersive, multi-media science learning into schools, starting with Nevada public schools. 

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Women’s skis are generally softer, smaller versions of men’s skis. But according to Jen Gurecki, CEO of Tahoe-based startup Coalition Snow, it doesn’t have to be that way. As part of our look this week at female entrepreneurship growing in the region, I met with Gurecki to find out more.  

Coalition Snow's tagline sums up everything you need to know about the company:

"We make women's skis and snowboards that don't suck"

As the relationship status of adult children becomes more complex, parents face strained choices about how and whether to include their kids' significant others in family plans.  

As the world continues reeling from the recent terror attacks in Paris, Governor Brian Sandoval is taking steps to focus on homeland security. One new development is Sandoval appointed Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison  to Nevada’s Homeland Security Commission. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray caught up with Hutchison on the phone to learn more.

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  The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the University of Nevada, Reno and the entire region for being bike friendly. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

This is the first time UNR has gotten this recognition, joining 127 other colleges and universities across the U.S.

Amy Fitch is a lecturer and head of the Campus Bicycle Committee, which helped spearhead the nomination.

City of Sparks

For years now, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini has dealt privately with Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic movement disorder that gets worse over time. He recently opened up publicly about his diagnosis, which he learned four years ago.