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Residents asked to cut back on outdoor water use

Over the last few days, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority has been reaching out to its customers, asking them to cut back on watering their lawns. The request comes as more impacts of the ongoing drought are expected to emerge across the region this week.

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RTC awaits word on wetlands permit for Southeast Connector

As it completes the first phase of the Southeast Connector roadway, the Regional Transportation Commission is now waiting to hear on its application for a wetlands permit for the remainder of the project.

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District to discuss Martinez contract next week

Next week, we may learn more about what's next for Superintendent Pedro Martinez, who was put on leave earlier this week because of personnel issues

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Sup. Pedro Martinez on paid leave

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez is on paid administrative leave until further notice. But the district is not yet revealing why or what his future will be.

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Nevada lags behind in number and variety of doctors

Nevada needs more than 28-hundred new doctors if it wants to catch up with the national rate of physicians per capita. The state ranks 47th in the country for its physician-to-population ratio. That’s according to a new study from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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City reverses decision to stop paying law firm

The Reno City Council is rehiring an outside law firm to handle its costly labor negotiations and lawsuits. The decision reverses a previous vote to stop paying the firm.

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What's hurting NV's rangeland and how to fix it

Pinyon pine and juniper woodlands are encroaching on the Great Basin's natural landscape, leading to loss of wildlife habitat and bigger fires. Experts will be discussing how to combat this problem in Reno this week.

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Fracking debate takes hold of Reese River Valley

A group of farmers and ranchers is suing the federal government in an effort to block the possible use of hydraulic fracturing in a valley near Austin, Nevada.

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Washoe County implements Nevada DNA testing law

This July, the Washoe County crime lab is implementing Nevada's new DNA testing law. The lab is beginning to collect DNA samples from arrested felons in an an effort to track down repeat offenders.

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NV Democrat hopes to eliminate term limits and two-thirds majority rule

Some major changes to how Nevada raises taxes and elects people could be taking place in the upcoming legislative session.

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Nevada gets B+ in business friendliness survey

Nevada is one of the top 15 most business friendly states. That’s according to a recently released national survey.

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Lake Tahoe faces the threat of invasive species

Fourth of July is just around the corner and that means it's prime boating season at Lake Tahoe. But with that comes the threat of invasive species. And wildlife officials are hoping no unwelcome creatures find their way into the lake this year.

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Gun rights advocates pushing back on expanded background checks

A group of Nevadans are trying to expand background checks for all gun sales in the state, but gun rights advocates are already pushing back on what could be a ballot question in 2016.

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Reno appeals injunction, ends contract with law firm

The City of Reno will appeal a district judge's ruling that blocked the layoff of dozens of firefighters. But the issue took an unexpected turn on Wednesday when the City Council did not extend its contract with the private law firm responsible for the case.

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Judge blocks layoffs, Reno to consider other options

The City of Reno is looking into contingency plans today now that a district judge has blocked the layoff of dozens of firefighters. The ruling came down Tuesday evening.

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Educating Children on the Autism Spectrum

Part two of an ongoing series looking at autism in Washoe County.

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Primary favors GOP incumbents, sets the stage for Nov.

The votes are in, and experts say the favorable outcome for the Governor and other incumbents in this primary could shape the direction each party takes heading into November.

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Autism in Washoe County

Families in Washoe County are calling for better treatment of children with autism in public schools. As more children are being diagnosed with the condition, parents say the district needs to reform how it educates students with special needs.

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Autism in Washoe County

Families in Washoe County are calling for better treatment of children with autism in public schools. As more children are being diagnosed with the condition, parents say the district needs to reform how it educates students with special needs.

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Tensions mount between City and Reno firefighters

The local firefighters union is suing the city of Reno in an effort to prevent dozens of layoffs. Meanwhile, the two parties are in negotiations over the union's contracts, but things are tense.

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Lawmakers to pursue tougher anti-bullying laws

Nevada lawmakers are planning to introduce tougher anti-bullying legislation in the coming session.

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Nevada Supreme Court to decide on foreclosure law

There’s a big case currently before the Nevada Supreme Court and the outcome could have far-reaching consequences for investors, banks and Home Owners Associations in the state.

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Truckee River flood project clears Congress, but funding still not certain

The Truckee Meadows is a bit closer to staving off a potentially devastating flood. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate authorized nearly 300 million dollars for flood control. But the project still has a long way to go.

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Humans are causing the Sierra to grow faster

The Sierra Nevada is rising. Decades of pumping groundwater in California's Central Valley has accelerated the growth of mountains across the West Coast, according to UNR scientists.

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What Does It Take To Surf Lake Tahoe?

As KUNR's Will Stone reported on NPR's Morning Edition, skiing is one thing a visitor can do on the slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada. Some locals are venturing into its frigid waters for another sport: Surfing.

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Hunter Falls Fire burns over 700 acres

As of late Tuesday morning, the most recent report of the Hunter Falls Fire burning in Southwest Reno indicates it has burned 760 acres. The fire is at 47% contained and crews expect to have full containment by Friday.

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Low-income workers sue NV over health benefits

Low-income workers in Nevada are suing the state for not enforcing a law that ensures they receive health benefits from their employers.

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Nevada housing market receives "C" grade

Nevada has received its latest grade on the state's housing market and it's not good.

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Police release findings of Sparks Middle School shooting

Police say a seventh-grader in Sparks had been teased before killing a teacher, wounding his classmates and taking his own life in October. On Tuesday, police released their findings on the Sparks Middle School shooting.

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Washoe report examines fire services in the Truckee Meadows

The future of fire services in the Truckee Meadows has been a major topic of debate these past months, from mutual aid to the financial stability of Reno’s department. On Tuesday, Washoe County commissioners will look at a new report that drives home the point that a different approach is needed.

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Tahoe's regional plan legally challenged by environmental groups

The federal agency that oversees Lake Tahoe will be back in court defending its plan for the basin against a group of environmentalists.

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WCSD statement on Code Yellow

Full statement from Washoe County School District on Code Yellow.

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Water outlook for summer even worse than initial predictions

Drought concerns are looming large as Northern Nevada and Tahoe enter the summer months with very little snowpack. On top of that, water officials are reporting the early spring runoff is even lower than predicted.

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Firefighter layoffs dominate budget talks

On Wednesday, the debate over how to prevent the layoff of firefighters continues at Reno City Hall during a second budget meeting.

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Incline Village divided over changes to recreation ordinance

There's a heated debate going on at Tahoe's North Shore. Last month, elected officials from Incline Village voted to expand access to its highly sought after beaches, but some people there are not happy with this decision.

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AFL-CIO withdraw their support on the margins tax

Backers of a tax on businesses to fund education in Nevada are reacting to the state AFL-CIO coming out against the Education Initiative, also known as the margins tax.

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Lawmakers consider the transfer of public lands

The debate over federal control of land in Nevada has heated up in recent weeks. But, transferring control of public land to the state is something lawmakers have been contemplating for some time. Counties are beginning to take a serious look at the idea.

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Beer festival raises money to fund local start-ups

There's a small and growing community of craft breweries in Reno. On May 3 2014, a few are getting together to highlight some of their more unusual offerings, and at the same time promote economic development in the city.

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Revenues rise for Nevada casinos

Nevada casinos pulled in more money in March than the same month a year ago, but that was not the case in Northern Nevada.

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Saving Lake Tahoe: interview with the author

For centuries, Lake Tahoe has been at the center of political, economic and environmental interests. From the early days of mining and water disputes to more recent conflicts between Nevada and California, developers and environmentalists, the list goes on.

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Nevada dairy farmers face high feed costs due to drought

With the ongoing drought, there will be smaller harvests and lower profits for farmers in Northern Nevada this season. Growing less cattle feed in the region will also affect dairy farmers like Isidro Alves, the owner of Sand Hill Dairy in Fallon.

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Initial jobless claims continue steady decline

Initial unemployment claims in Nevada last month dropped 14 percent from the same month a year ago. Despite the improvement, the state's jobless rate remains the second-highest in the nation at 8.5 percent.

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Legalized pot has a shot in 2016, legislators remain cautious

In 2016, Nevadans may choose whether or not to legalize marijuana. Earlier this week, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana filed a petition that could end up on the ballot in the next presidential election.

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Local researcher develops life-saving test

Scientists at the University of Nevada School of Medicine are developing a test to diagnose a deadly tropical disease found mainly in Southeast Asia. Their research could help with early treatment.

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Reno general fund receives extra money, but long-term stability a concern

On Wednesday, City Council Members began to work through Reno's proposed budget. The city has made some progress, but still faces serious challenges in the long term.

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Farmers in Fallon prepare for shorter growing season

As Northern Nevada continues enduring emergency drought conditions, we keep hearing that the snow pack is meager at less than half the norm. But what does that figure really mean for people who depend on the run-off, like our farmers?

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First Lady Sandoval launches education initiative

Nevada's first lady Kathleen Sandoval is kicking off an early education initiative in northern Nevada. Sandoval is calling on businesses and civic organizations to help young students prepare for a lifetime of learning.

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Reno airport adds more flight options

Travelers flying in and out of Reno-Tahoe will now have more flight options. Reno-Tahoe International Airport recently announced that it will add more seats during the summer season.

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The Western Folklife Center presents cowboy poetry-film

The Western Folklife Center is creating a series of poetry-films, combining verse and image to place a spotlight on rural and agrarian poetry of the West. The center has received a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for the project.

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The Hot August Nights Foundation donates $100K to the Boys & Girls Club

The Hot August Nights Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows to help support a new youth center. The donation will assist with the $14 million William N. Pennington Facility that is opening next month.

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Biggest Little City movement gains momentum

You won't just find the Biggest Little City emblazoned only on the Reno Arch anymore. On Tuesday, major players in the Reno Tahoe area came together to throw their weight behind a growing grassroots movement to change Reno's image.

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Four all-electric buses will save Reno money

Four all-electric buses have joined the public transportation fleet in Reno. The new rides will save money while cutting emissions.

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Program helping low-income teens save money to launch in Reno

A program helping low-income, working teens learn how to save their paychecks and budget their finances is rolling out this summer in Reno.

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Sierra Nevada College opens poetry center

One of the largest collections of contemporary poetry in Nevada is now housed at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

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Climatologists say drought will be costly

On Thursday, a climate forum was held at the Desert Research Institute where scientists offered their summer forecast for snow pack runoff in the Tahoe area. Despite a recent string of winter storms, that outlook is less than ideal and could have numerous effects on the local economy.

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Tensions mount over possible new town at Squaw

Squaw Valley Ski Resort is opposing local efforts to create a new town there, known as Olympic Valley.

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TMCC opens Veterans Resource Center

Truckee Meadows Community College just opened a Veterans Resource Center Wednesday to provide support to its 450 enrolled student veterans.

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Regional fire service talks continue after Reno layoffs

Within hours of Tuesday's announcement that the City of Reno is laying off 35 firefighters, the Washoe County Commission took up the question of forming a single regional fire service, which the area did at one time have.

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Reno to lose 35 firefighters and 3 stations

It's the beginning of fire season, but all is not well for the City of Reno's fire department. Yesterday, Reno announced it will soon lose 35 firefighters and shut down 3 stations.

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School board wants WIFI in every classroom, will not pursue ballot question

School Board Trustees are hoping to bring WIFI to every school in the district, but will not pursue a ballot question for capital projects.

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Reno to lose 35 firefighters & 3 stations

The City of Reno will soon lose 35 firefighters and close down 3 stations. The news came Tuesday morning when the department announced it had not received a federal grant.

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TRPA wins land use suit

A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's updates to a broad land use plan for the Tahoe Basin.

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New market brings more families to downtown Reno

If you happened to make it downtown on Sunday, you might have noticed more people out and about, especially near the ReTRAC plaza next to the Reno Arch. That's because it was the kickoff of a new weekly market called Rastro of Reno.

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Nevada children lag behind in indicators of success

A study released this week shows children in Nevada are yet again behind the rest of the nation in academics and other indicators of success.

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Fallon oil refining plant receives safety citations

Nevada safety officials cite an oil refining company in Northern Nevada for multiple violations that led to an explosion back in December.

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Nevada Health Link traffic rises, final numbers not yet known

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under Nevada Health Link has come and gone. While there was a rush on Monday, the final results will not be in until the end of May.

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Tahoe fireworks show a go

The South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July fireworks show will go on this year now that a lawsuit accusing tourism officials of polluting the lake was settled Monday.

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Snowpack improves in March, but still inadequate

Monday's storm dumped about 20 inches of snow in the higher elevations of the Tahoe area. While this and the other recent storms have not made for a "Miracle March," they have brought the snowpack up to a level that’s at least closer to the last couple years.

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UNR to go tobacco-free

The University of Nevada, Reno is joining nearly 1,200 other colleges across the country in becoming tobacco-free.

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Running for Reno Mayor: Robert Avery

Among the nineteen people running for Reno mayor, the candidate pool offers a wide array of professional experience. Robert Avery is the co-founder of multiple technology companies, experience he says he'll use to bring six-figure jobs to Reno if elected.

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Healing Across the Sierra: Horses calm adults with anxiety, depression

Traditionally, horse therapy has been used to help children with severe cognitive and emotional issues, but a new clientele is emerging in Reno--adults looking for alternative ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Running for Reno mayor: Tom Fitzgerald

The field of candidates for Reno mayor is in the double digits with people from all backgrounds. This month and next KUNR is profiling each one, including Tom Fitzgerald.

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South Lake Tahoe July Fourth fireworks could be canceled

A decades-long tradition bringing millions of tourism dollars to South Lake Tahoe could be canceled this year and beyond.

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Washoe County manager predicting flat revenues

During Tuesday's State of Washoe County address, County Manager John Slaughter told his department heads to brace for flat revenues by continuing to rein in spending.

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IGT cutting its global workforce by seven percent

International Game Technology has announced it's reducing its global workforce by seven percent.

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Washoe School Police request officers at middle schools

In light of the Sparks Middle School shooting last fall, Washoe County School Police officials are requesting that every middle school be staffed with an officer.

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Running for Reno mayor: Marsha Berkbigler

The race for Reno mayor is heating up in anticipation of the June primary when the field will be narrowed to two candidates. KUNR is profiling each one, including Marsha Berkbigler, who is willing to give up her current office in order to become mayor.

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Future of Kings Beach topic of town hall meeting

As management switches hands for the Kings Beach State Recreation Area along Tahoe's North Shore, there's been concern about the possibility of seasonal closures to the popular site.

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Running for Reno mayor: DeLores Aiazzi

There are twenty people running for Reno mayor, including microbiologist Delores Aiazzi, whose top priority if elected would be to increase citizen involvement in local government.

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Running for Reno mayor: Michael Bertrand

KUNR is providing a look at each of the twenty Reno mayoral candidates, offering insight into who they are and what they stand for, including Michael Bertrand.

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NV lawyers look to Supreme Court for guidance on medical marijuana

On Friday, Nevada's department of public health approved regulations for medical marijuana. But the path toward implementing the law on a local level is still not entirely clear.

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Lake Tahoe clarity has stabilized over past decade

Despite a dip last year, Lake Tahoe's clarity level has flattened out over the past decade, which is actually good news.

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Expert on school violence to speak in Reno

At the end of last year, Northern Nevada faced the reality of school shootings. A 12-year-old boy came to Sparks Middle School with a handgun and killed himself and teacher Michael Landsberry, as well as injuring two other students.

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Running for Reno mayor: Sean Burke

With the number of Reno mayoral candidates in the double digits, KUNR is providing a look at each one to offer insight into who they are and what they stand for. We begin with Sean Burke.

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Washoe County seeks more money from medical marijuana

On Friday, the state will consider regulations for medical marijuana, but Washoe County Commissioners are now concerned it wont bring in the money they'd anticipated. That was the topic of discussion at Tuesday's board meeting.

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NV ranchers move to block NDOW from coming on private lands

The Nevada Cattlemen's Association has voted to ban state wildlife officials from coming onto their private lands. The move is in response to the department's recent comments on sage grouse, which ranchers call anti-grazing.

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UNR opens natural history museum

The University of Nevada, Reno has opened a museum of natural history with Great Basin plant life dating back more than a century.

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Sparks slowly climbing out of fiscal hardships

The City of Sparks is not completely over the financial hardships of recent years, but there are some promising signs. That was one of the themes when Sparks Mayor Genoa Martini gave his State of the City Address on Monday.

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Substance use higher among Washoe teens vs. Clark

A new state study on risky teen behaviors in Nevada has found higher rates of substance use in Washoe versus Clark County, including everything from cigarettes and alcohol to illicit drugs and painkillers without a prescription.

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UNR student entrepreneur awarded $50,000

A University of Nevada, Reno student has received $50,000 to grow his business, which will automate farm irrigation systems to save time and water.

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Reno mayoral candidate filing kicks off

The race for Reno mayor kicked off Monday with six candidates filing for the office.

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DMV hopes to shorten lines with new queuing system

Many Nevadans dread heading to the DMV for routine business because the wait times can be excruciating. Department officials are hoping to alleviate that frustration with a new system that will allow customers to put themselves in a virtual line.

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Startup Row taking shape in Reno

In the past two years, about a dozen startup companies have popped up along First Street in downtown Reno in an area dubbed Startup Row. Entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered there Thursday to talk about how to make Nevada known as the Startup State.

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Filmmaker Interview: Race to Nowhere's Vicki Abeles

The documentary Race to Nowhere is screening in Reno on Friday. The film examines the physical and emotional consequences of the immense pressure put on young students in America.

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RTC responds to Southeast Connector public comments

The Regional Transportation Commission has responded to public comments on its wetlands permit application for the Southeast Connector project, including the EPA's recommendation that the permit be denied unless the RTC can address mercury contamination concerns.

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STDs rise in Washoe as funding falls

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Washoe County. Public health officials are asking providers to ramp up testing.

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Tesla Motors considering Nevada for gigafactory

Nevada is one of four states Tesla Motors is considering for the site of its future lithium ion battery factory.

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NV expands online gaming market to Delaware

Nevada and Delaware are bringing together their online gaming markets so players from both states can sit at the same virtual table

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Two winter storms bringing snow to Tahoe this week

Two winter storms this week are bringing some much-needed precipitation to the Reno-Tahoe area.

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Trout come early to Truckee Meadows due to drought

Anglers will need to start early this season due to ongoing drought conditions in the Truckee Meadows.

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