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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Politics and Policy
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LGBT advocate hopes to win over democratic district in Reno/Sparks

Mike Sprinkle (left) and Lauren Scott (right) are running for Assembly District 30.

Hear Lauren Scott campaign and she sounds like most Republicans—keep taxes low, promote economic development, support the governor. But, unlike the typical GOP candidate, she spent years fighting for LGBT rights in Nevada.

“In the North, it’s a little bit of an oxymoron—a gay Republican—but, down South, it does seem to be a growing group. Nationally, they are very well-known. I do have their endorsement.”

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Politics and Policy
4:20 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Miller losing ground to GOP's Laxalt in fight for attorney general

It may seem odd that the most expensive and watched race of this election is for attorney general, but a quick look at the last names of the two candidates clears up why that is.

On the Democratic ticket is second-term Secretary of State Ross Miller—the son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. He’s facing off against Republican Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt.

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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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