Students and supporters rally on the steps of the Capitol during National School Choice Week.
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Nevada Dems May Cap Opportunity Scholarships

There are more than 2,300 students currently enrolled in Nevada’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program, otherwise known as Opportunity Scholarships. It gives students from low and middle-income families aid to help pay tuition at qualified private K-12 schools. While the program has remained popular since its inception, Democratic leaders are considering a measure that would cap the program at current levels.

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The current measles outbreak across several states is highlighting the need for rapid response from local public health agencies. In Nevada, financial investment in public health ranks 50th in the nation. KUNR’s Anh Gray explores what that low investment means for Washoe County.

Karen Foote with Reno Youth Radio reporter Hannah Mills.
Hannah Mills

Karen Foote has been a special education teacher for 28 years. She works at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology with high school students. She spoke with Reno Youth Radio reporter Hannah Mills about her job and what she’s learned along the way.

Foote has been a special education teacher for 28 years and couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. Throughout her career, she has learned that her students are like all the other kids but just might need a little more help and support in different areas.

Lawmakers in the Nevada Assembly are set to pass a measure that could overhaul the state's criminal justice system.
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A bill aimed at making sweeping reforms to Nevada’s criminal justice system is making its way through the legislature. 

two firefighters hold hose in front of blaze
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Firefighters work in high-stress, high-stakes environments, constantly making choices in the face of cascading uncertainty. They’re putting their lives on the line and taking into consideration everything that’s in the path of a blaze, including people, property, animals, and even environmental resources, like water.

In the second-floor girls' restroom at Bronx Prep Middle School in New York, there's a sign taped to the back of the toilet stall doors. It's a guide on how to "properly dispose feminine products." On the list? "Make sure that no one views or handles product."

"It's not even saying the word pad. It just says product!" explains Kathaleen Restitullo, 13. "Just, like, don't let anyone see that you are on your period."

Reno Youth Radio: The Profound Impact Of Motherhood

May 14, 2019
Mother holding her baby in a hospital.
Courtesy of Kylee Warden

For many people, becoming a parent changes everything, from your schedule to your sleep to your outlook on life. Reno Youth Radio reporter Kylee Warden is one of three kids in her family. In this intimate conversation, she spoke to her mom Heather about the profound impact of motherhood. 

A man's arm and side of face can be seen. Behind him is a large crowd of people.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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It was supposed to be the biggest feat of the 2019 legislative session — an ambitious overhaul of Nevada’s 52-year-old education funding formula that once and for all would ensure schools are paid more for the extra cost of educating students with extra needs.

 Dos mujeres de pie fuera de un edificio.
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Se suponía que iba a ser la mayor hazaña de la sesión legislativa de 2019: una ambiciosa reforma de la fórmula de financiación para la educación en Nevada que no ha tenido cambios desde hace 52 años, y que de una vez por todas, aseguraría que a las escuelas se les pague más por el costo adicional de educar a los estudiantes que tienen más necesidades.

Fleming Begaye Sr., one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, has died at the age of 97.

Begaye died Friday in Chinle, Ariz., according to a statement from the Navajo Nation. The nation's president, Jonathan Nez, called him a "brave and selfless" warrior.

 Velas y carteles de protesta se pueden ver en el suelo. Las velas deletrean "DACA".
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak anunció que se unió a una petición para que el Congreso actúe por una solución permanente para beneficiarios de programas que durante años han protegido a miles de inmigrantes de la deportación y les han otorgado permisos de trabajo.

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