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This year, officials with Washoe County Schools are hopeful 80 percent of high school seniors in the district will be able to graduate on time. That would mark the highest graduation rate in the district’s history. At the same time, ACT scores have slipped and are beginning to lag behind the rest of the state.

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Officials with the Washoe County School District say they are anticipating a deficit somewhere between $22 and $28 million for this school year, making it the 10th year in a row the district’s expenses outpace revenue. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with Education Reporter Paul Boger to learn more.

So, school officials in Washoe County are looking at yet another year with large funding deficits. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s going on?

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The Anaconda Copper Mine near Yerington, which has been out of operation since the late 1990s, may soon have a new cleanup strategy.

The state of Nevada is hoping to take the lead on restoring the site, and has formally requested that the EPA hold off on adding it to its national priority list.

Urban Reno Art: Adding Beauty, Deterring Graffiti

Aug 21, 2017
Holly Hutchings

Murals are popping up all over Midtown Reno and trickling into the downtown corridor as well. The city counts close to 60, making it easy to spot one. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked with a tagger-turned-muralist who is beautifying the city one painting at a time. 

The murals are everywhere, covering fences, alleyways and entire sides of businesses. These huge pieces of free art are helping define a neighborhood that wasn’t always so appealing.

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A solar eclipse is set to sweep across much of the U.S. Monday morning. And while northern Nevada is not in the direct path, residents here will get a rare glimpse as the moon passes in front of the sun.

One University of Nevada, Reno professor is headed up to Oregon to not only take in the eclipse, but also to hopefully bring back some new findings about the cosmos.

Live Coverage Of The Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
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It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

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The Carson Valley has been the site of some of Northern Nevada’s largest ranches since the 1850's, and soon after that, members of the Washoe tribe who had long lived in the area began to work on some of them as ranch hands and domestic workers. Professional Historian Alicia Barber explores what life was like for American Indians in this segment of Time and Place.

 

Paul Boger

Residents living in and around the Truckee Meadows gathered in Downtown Reno Monday night as part of a vigil to honor the victims of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But as Reno Public Radio’s Paul Boger reports, the remembrance was something akin to a rally against white-nationalists.

Alexa Ard

A University of Nevada, Reno student made headlines this weekend after a photo showing him at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia circulated nationwide.

The 20-year-old's participation sparked outrage among many fellow students and community members, who are calling for his expulsion. But UNR President Marc Johnson said Monday the school does not have a legal reason to do so.

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A 200-mile trail from Reno to Gerlach is being proposed to highlight Washoe County’s cultural, historic, and artistic elements. With $75,000 in grant funds from the the National Endowment for the Arts, Washoe County, working with Burning Man, envisions the trail to pass through Reno-Sparks, small towns, and tribal lands into Gerlach.

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