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11:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Naomi Duerr

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 plans expansion to southern Nevada

In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill talks about expanding the University of Nevada School of Medicine to southern 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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News
8:59 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local brewery wins big at beer festival

Reno's Brasserie Saint James was recently named the best mid-size brewpub in the country. Owner Art Farley (right) and brewery representative Jordan Moore (left) say Northern Nevada's craft beer scene is beginning to take off.
Credit Stone

A popular brewery and restaurant made Reno "beer history" this month when it was ordained the best mid-size brewpub in the country, beating out some better known breweries from places like San Diego and Denver. Brasserie Saint James has been gaining popularity since it opened in Midtown about two years ago. This award is now giving national cred to Northern Nevada's growing craft beer scene.

It’s a double brew day at Brasserie Saint James.

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Local Stories
4:50 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Galena High School offers high-tech football helmets

With football season underway, one high school here in Northern Nevada is trying out a new way to prevent serious head injuries. Galena High School in south Reno is now the first school in the state to offer all players a helmet with special sensor technology.

Galena football coach Greg Sakelaris says the high-tech helmets act like “another set of eyes” out in the field. If there is notable impact, the sensors send a signal to a hand-held monitor.  

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Local Stories
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Voters to decide on tax cap for mining

This November, voters will decide whether to remove the five percent cap on mining taxes in the Nevada Constitution. Last week Vegas PBS hosted a debate on  ballot question 2. Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada argues in favor of it.

“Last year, Nevada’s world class gold industry raked in $8.1 billion dollars and paid to the state general fund $74 million dollars in mining taxes, for a tax rate of less than one percent,” Fulkerson says.

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Local Stories
9:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

National Wounded Warrior Center: a healing place for veterans

Credit Photo from National Wounded Warrior Center

Transitioning out of the military can be uniquely challenging, especially for veterans dealing with an injury or illness. That's why a nonprofit in Mammoth Lakes, California is planning to open a National Wounded Warrior Center. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that veterans, and even active service members, will be able to live at the center, healing physically and emotionally as they make the leap into civilian life.

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