Will Stone

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Will is thrilled to be reporting for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative newsweekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

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Education
1:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NV's Superintendent discusses Common Core

Common Core is coming to Nevada.

School districts across the state are beginning to implement the new k-12 academic standards. State education officials say they'll challenge students with a more rigorous curriculum that better prepares them for college. However, some teachers and education experts also criticize the standards as poorly designed and driven by corporate interests. 

Nevada's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga responds to these concerns and explains what this new chapter in education reform means for public schools here. 

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Politics and Policy
9:11 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Opposites fight it out in Reno's Ward 4 race

Bonnie Weber (left) and Paul McKenzie (right) are running to represent Ward 4 on the Reno City Council.

Reno City Council races are nonpartisan, but, for Ward 4, it's basically in name only.

On one side is Bonnie Weber, a termed out Washoe County Commissioner, who says the choice in this race is "black and white." 

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Republicans take voter registration lead in Washoe County

Republicans are feeling good less than two weeks from Election Day. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports that’s based on registration and early voting numbers across the state, including Washoe County.

Even before early voting began, Democrats in Washoe County had something to be worried about. Final registration numbers showed that the GOP has a lead of more than 6,000 registered voters. That’s the largest, for either party, since the mid-2000s.

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Politics and Policy
11:02 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Why one Northern Nevada race feels a lot like the primary

Lisa Krasner (left) and Randy Kirner (right) are vying to represent Assembly District 26 and both are from the GOP.

While there are several competitive races in Las Vegas, state senate and assembly seats aren't expected to change parties in the north. Nowhere is that more certain than a district covering Incline Village and much of South Reno, but that race still has a twist.  

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Politics and Policy
11:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Elisa Cafferata (left) and Naomi Duerr (right)

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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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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News
9:17 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Applegate Fire disrupts traffic on I-80, forces evacuation

UPDATE Thursday 8:30 AM:

A fire near Applegate in Placer County continues to burn on the east side of Interstate 80. The eastbound lanes were temporarily shut down Wednesday because of the blaze. As of this morning, only one lane was open for traffic heading toward Nevada.

The fire is 420 acres and about 20 percent contained. So far, 5 homes have been destroyed and 1,000 structures are currently threatened. An evacuation order still remains in effect for locals in the area. 

Check back for more updates.

News
11:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Group fighting same-sex marriage in Nevada has dropped its appeals

Karen Vibe and Karen Goody address a crowd in downtown Reno as they celebrate a federal court ruling striking down Nevada's gay marriage ban.
Credit Stone

UPDATE 11:40 AM Thursday

Gay couples could finally be within hours of the right to marry in Nevada.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has dropped its appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit, which temporarily prevented same sex marriages from going forward on Wednesday. Now, there is no opposition in court to dropping the state's ban.

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Local Stories
4:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nevada's gay marriage ban struck down

Gay marriage supporters gathered in downtown Reno in June of 2013 after historic Supreme Court rulings struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and ended the ban on same-sex marriage in California. Supporters will also gather Tuesday night in Reno to celebrate the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling to end Nevada's ban on gay marriage.

A federal court has struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho today. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more on that. 

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Politics and Policy
8:52 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Reno rejects automatic aid offer from county

Credit Angelfire.com

The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.

 

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.

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