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Police say they responded quickly to missing boy — South Lake Tahoe police on Wednesday rebutted claims that they were slow to respond to a report of a missing boy who was later found dead under a 50-foot tree last week. An autopsy report on Dejon Smith, 14, is scheduled to be released Thursday, police said.

Starbucks moves - a bit - in downtown Reno — The Starbucks near Reno's federal courthouse closed Tuesday, in order to gather its cups and move one block north. A new Starbucks will open Friday at the corner of South Virginia and Liberty streets, at the base of the US Bank building. According to a sign on the door of the closed store at 538 S.

Kelly Scott: Jon Ralston joins RGJ political coverage team — The 2015 Legislative session is almost here, and I'd like to introduce you to the RGJ team that will be covering it for you. I'm excited to share with you that our coverage will include exclusive work from political journalist Jon Ralston as we move into 2015.
Dec 17, 2014

@RGJ posts a stout lineup for #nvleg but how will it fit all these egos into its 4-page newspapers?…

Dec 17, 2014

Kelly Scott: Jon Ralston joins RGJ political coverage team via @rgj

Dec 17, 2014

RT @tomgrover: Having burned every bridge in Clark County, including @LasVegasSun & @reviewjournal, Ralston migrates to Reno.…

Dec 17, 2014

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$120K settlement discussions ongoing with ex-WCSD chief — Washoe County School District trustees canceled a special meeting Wednesday to discuss a potential $120,000 settlement with ousted school district Police Chief Mike Mieras. The district said in a statement Wednesday that lawyers "are working out the details of the settlement that will allow both parties to move forward in a positive way."
Dec 18, 2014

$120K settlement discussions ongoing with ex-WCSD chief via @rgj

A tale of 2 roasts: Best Christmas prime rib and ham — At Christmas, folks tend to be either prime rib people or ham people. Yes, there are those who trot out turkey redux or hoist a leg of lamb or, dear heaven, try their hand at a goose, but in mainstream America, it's prime rib or ham for Christmas dinner.

Real estate associations beef up oversight after RGJ investigation — Following a Reno Gazette-Journal investigation earlier this year on questionable short sale practices in Northern Nevada, the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors says it has worked with its national association to strengthen oversight of members involved in potential infractions. The local Realtors group will implement new measures to increase adherence by its members to its code of ethics, said Mark Ashworth, RSAR president.

High Sierra Brewery to open for business in Sparks — The High Sierra Brewery will open its doors to business on Friday at Baldini's Casino in Sparks with a ribbon cutting ceremony, casino officials said in a news release. The 15- barrel brewery and restaurant, which sits inside the casino, features a variety of handcrafted beers and Reno's legendary Awful Awful cheeseburgers.

Fiore again ousted from GOP Assembly leadership — LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada lawmaker Michele Fiore has once again been removed from leadership positions in the Republican Assembly Caucus. Assembly Speaker-elect John Hambrick announced Fiore was removed as majority leader and taxation chair on Thursday. Hambrick said Fiore's explanations of her problems with the Internal Revenue Service were unacceptable.

Nevada State Parks trying to improve fee collection — Tens of thousands of people visit Spooner Backcountry but State Parks not sure how many pay It's no surprise business is booming at Nevada's Lake Tahoe State Park, Spooner Backcountry. The park is home to stunning Lake Tahoe views, its own alpine lake and the Flume Trail which is probably the best mountain biking experience in Nevada.

Murray: Position-by-position breakdown of Wolf Pack vs. Louisiana — Reno Gazette-Journal sports columnist Chris Murray breaks down Nevada's game against Louisiana with a position-by-position analysis. Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW) vs. Louisiana (8-4, 7-1 Sun Belt) When: 8 a.m. (Pacific time) Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (capacity 72,003) TV/Radio: ESPN/94.5 FM Line: Louisiana by 1 Last game: Nevada beat UNLV; Louisiana beat Troy Position-by-position Quarterback: Both teams have veteran, senior, dual-threat quarterbacks.
Dec 18, 2014

Position-by-position preview of Nevada-Louisiana in the New Orleans Bowl. Matchup basically split down the middle:

Coming Thursday: The RGJ investigates questionable short sales — Earlier this year, Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Jason Hidalgo reported on a series of questionable short sale practices in Northern Nevada. In its investigation published in April, the RGJ found that more than 11 percent of the 2,096 short sales of single-family homes in 2013 involved "dual-agency" transactions to prearranged cash buyers.

Utility to require water meter conversion come June — Insisting the time to do so is overdue, directors of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority decided Wednesday to "flip the switch" and require all flat-rate water customers to be billed through meters as soon as possible.

Coleman, newcomers key to Wolf Pack basketball turnaround? — Marqueze Coleman knew he was likely walking into a hornet's nest, but he went willingly. What he learned was not what he expected. Coleman, the Nevada basketball team's junior point guard, was on his way to watch game tape Monday morning when he passed coach David Carter's office.
Dec 17, 2014

Marqueze Coleman, newcomers the keys to reversing Wolf Pack basketball team's misfortune?…

Old Sierra Meats building comes down in Reno — A 60-year-old brick building is being demolished in northeast Reno. Renown Medical Center owns the former Sierra Meats warehouse and outbuildings in the 1700 block of East Second Street near Kietzke Lane. "We are removing the buildings just because they were aging and in bad shape," a Renown spokeswoman said.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @rgj: Have you noticed demolition at 2nd & Kietzke? It's 60-year-old Sierra Meats bldg. More: #Reno…

Owner of Reno-Sparks theater chains cancels 'The Interview' showings — NEW YORK (AP) - The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film. Regal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark have each pulled the movie.
Dec 17, 2014

Owner of #Reno-Sparks theater chains cancels 'The Interview' showings: via @rgj #TheInterviewMovie

Twelve people apply to fill Bobzien’s Assembly seat — Twelve people have applied to fill former Assemblyman David Bobzien's seat after the Reno Democrat was appointed to the Reno City Council ealier this month. Now, the Washoe County Commission will appoint the replacement for the Assembly District 24 seat on Dec. 30.

Murray's three keys and a prediction for Wolf Pack-Pacific

Dec 17, 2014

My three keys and a prediction for the Wolf Pack-Pacific basketball game. Will Nevada end its seven-game skid?

A Wolf Pack weekend in the Big Easy — Wolf Pack fans who travel to the Big Easy this week for the New Orleans Bowl can fill up on gumbo, oysters, andouille sausage and plenty of Nevada sports. The bowl game, against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, isn't the only Nevada show in town.
Dec 17, 2014

It's a Wolf Pack weekend (football, women's hoops and Luke Babbitt) in New Orleans (w/ link to $11 Pelicans tickets).…

Murray: Wolf Pack's must-stop players against Louisiana — The Wolf Pack plays Louisiana at in the New Orleans Bowl at 8 a.m. Saturday on ESPN. Here are the key players Nevada must stop on the Ragin' Cajuns' offense and defense.
Dec 17, 2014

Wolf Pack’s must-stop players against Louisiana: a home run-hitting running back and pass-rushing defensive tackle: