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Reno’s Occupy group allowed to camp

RENO — Reno elected officials have given the go-ahead for a Northern Nevada group to set up a three-month encampment modeled on Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and other cities.

Occupy Reno spokesman and University of Nevada, Reno, student Jared Lowell told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he thought the permit could be obtained soon. The Reno City Council waived a $35-per-day fee for use of the site near an unused municipal swimming pool several miles south of downtown Reno.

One councilman offered to pay for the $103 permit filling fee.

Encampment organizers agreed to follow public safety and health rules and provide portable toilets.

The council rejected a request for protesters to gather at a former regional transit bus station closer to downtown casinos. Officials cited safety concerns.

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