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11:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

UNR has big plans for expansion

In the next seven years, the University of Nevada, Reno has big plans for expansion. At Wednesday's State of the University address, President Marc Johnson said the school will be hiring more faculty and constructing more buildings to keep up with record enrollment.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the speech and has these details.

By 2021, UNR plans to hire at least 250 tenure-track faculty members to teach a projected 22,000 students. The school's current head count is just under 20,000--its highest enrollment ever.

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Local Stories
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Washoe Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers

Washoe County Detention Facility
Credit Hyytinen Engineering

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will no longer hold people in jail based solely on requests from federal immigration authorities. Reno Pubic Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the change comes after a federal judge's recent ruling in Oregon.

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Education
1:44 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sparks Middle School continues to heal

It's been almost a year since 12-year-old Jose Reyes opened fire at Sparks Middle School last October, killing a teacher and himself, and injuring two other students. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports that as the community continues to heal, a federal grant is providing the school with ongoing support.

A $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will pay for trauma therapists to continue working with students and their families. They're keeping in touch with students who are no longer in the building as well.

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Local Stories
10:58 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor in the works

This is a rendering of a typical scenic vista on the envisioned bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor.
Credit Tahoe Fund

An envisioned bike path connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park is officially in the works, now that the Tahoe Fund organization has met its goal of raising $750,000 in private donations for the project.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that meeting that goal means more than $12 million in public funding from local, state, and federal governments will now be triggered.

This project will be the next section of the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, a long-term project to build a path around the entire lake spanning more than 70 miles.

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Local Stories
5:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

WCSD Superintendent won't accept 25K settlement from trustees

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez
Credit WCSD

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez will not accept the $25,000 offered by the board of trustees to settle a lawsuit regarding the board's breach of contract for improperly firing Martinez back in July before quickly reinstating him. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss spoke to Martinez's attorney Bill Peterson to learn why the superintendent is turning down the board's offer.

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Doug Knuth
6:05 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

UNR Director of Athletics Doug Knuth on future of college sports

Credit University of Nevada, Reno

In this segment from Beyond the Headlines, Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli talks with Doug Knuth, Director of Athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno, about the Nevada Wolf Pack football team, amateurism in college sports and the future of the NCAA.   

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Local Stories
5:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New rules in NCAA will shift power to five richest conferences

Credit NCAA.com

The National Collegiate Athletics Association, or NCAA, recently voted in favor of granting more autonomy to the five richest Division 1 conferences, a change that could negatively affect the other six conferences operating on smaller budgets, including the Mountain West. 

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Local Stories
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Liberian faith leader in Reno sounds call for help with ebola crisis

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While the World Health Organization is reporting more than 2,200 deaths from the ebola outbreak in West Africa, Reverend Father Elijah Bobby Washington is stuck in the United States, here in Reno, unable to fly home to Liberia.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss spoke with Father Bobby to get the latest update on the deteriorating conditions in his home country.

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Business + Economy
10:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Nevada passes huge tax breaks for Tesla

  The Nevada legislature has passed an unprecedented package of incentives for Tesla's massive gigfactory. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the governor signed the bill late Thursday night.

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Local Stories
10:50 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UNR tries new approach for treating suicidal students

Area colleges, including UNR and TMCC, have been hosting events for suicide prevention week, including backpack campaigns to symbolize the roughly 1,100 college students who commit suicide in the U.S. each year. UNR is also starting a pilot program to try a new treatment option for suicidal students called CAMS.
Credit Truckee Meadows Community College

The counseling center at the University of Nevada, Reno is rethinking how to treat its suicidal students. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that this semester the center is hosting a trial study for a new approach in the hopes of saving more young lives.

As students meet with UNR counselors at the center, white noise machines in each doorway keep their conversations private. Behind some of those closed doors, students are seeking help because they’re thinking about or preparing to take their own lives.

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