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In Washoe County, 911 calls and transports to care facilities, like the emergency room, usually peak in the summer during special events. But for some reason, there was a surge of requests for help on Monday, April 4 and emergency responders made more medical transports in one day than ever before. It seemed like a fluke at first, but then it happened again on April 7 with even more transports in one day, 178 to be exact.

Symposium on Race and Policing 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Northern Nevada are getting ready to hear the questions and concerns community members have regarding their work. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.

During work hours, there's hardly any time for police officers to hear from the public. Emmanuel Barthe is a criminal justice professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an organizer for this week’s Symposium on Race and Policing. He says the purpose of the event is to create a dialogue.

Julia Ritchey

Nevada lawmakers exchanged cross-fire at the start of U.S. Supreme Court arguments Monday over President Obama's executive actions to protects millions of undocumented immigrants.

Hundreds of ukulele enthusiasts camped out in Sparks over weekend for the 8th annual Reno Ukulele Festival. Our reporter Noah Glick was there to capture their unique sound.

“My name is Moses Kamai and I am the President of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society out on the East Coast.”

“My name is Frances O’Keefe and I’m from Sunnyvale, California.”

That’s the two of them playing the song Honey Baby, just one example of people being brought together through the common language of ukulele.

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We’re headed into graduation season soon, and Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt has the story of one local college student who has already scored a CEO gig. 

By the time Sasha Severance celebrates her graduation from Sierra Nevada College in May, she’ll have been a CEO for about three months.

Severance owes that opportunity to Elevate Blue, a tech accelerator in Incline Village, which essentially builds companies around great ideas.

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At the polls this election season, voters will have one more requirement to prove their identity. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the state's new voter ID law which recently went into effect.

When voting, if your signature does not match the one on file, you will have to respond to a list of questions to confirm your personal data. Erik Jimenez, is a spokesman for the Washoe County Republican Party.

City Of Reno Puts $1 Million Toward Blight

Apr 15, 2016
City of Reno

Reno has set aside one million dollars to tackle blight across the city. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez has more.

The Blight Reduction Initiative is a response to concerns Reno residents have voiced about the image of the city.

Councilman Oscar Delgado says people of Reno deserve a cleaner city.

"I pushed hard to make sure we set aside one million dollars to reduce, to fight blight and a lot of that money is going to go towards these neighborhoods to make people feel good about where they live."

Local Voices: A New Beginning For Downtown Reno

Apr 15, 2016

The reopening of the Virginia Street Bridge marks a new day for downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez spoke to locals about their new outlook on the area.

Reno resident Bob Alto moved to the neighborhood last year to be closer to his favorite spots along the river. He'd like the whole area to be re-branded.

"We just have to make Reno more inviting, not only for the people that live here, but the people that come to visit,” Alto said.  

Leah Wigren spends a lot time downtown working as a lawyer. She says the area is often overlooked by locals.

Julia Ritchey

Students from three Reno high schools will compete in a Paiute language competition next week. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the students are part of a critical effort to preserve the endangered language.

"I'm going to assign you an animal, and what you're going to do is write clues as to what animal you are..."

Instructor Emma Williams is leading a class of about a dozen students at Spanish Springs High School in a Paiute language lesson based on the Pyramid Lake dialect.

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