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McCarran Airport's amnesty boxes allows travelers to discard illegal drugs before flying

Marijuana is legal in the state of Nevada, but you can't have it with you when you're preparing to fly out of McCarran International Airport. So, to help flyers avoid breaking the law, a number of big green bins have been placed outside of the airport to encourage people to dispose of their marijuana and other substances before entering the premises.

They're called amnesty boxes, and they're installed outside the terminals of McCarran. Travelers can't miss them; they're kelly green and the size of a mailbox.

"Marijuana is prohibited on airport property," said Christine Crews, spokesperson for McCarran International Airport.

The bins give travelers a chance to toss out any items that may not get past TSA, that could possibly cause someone to be arrested. ... Read More

Police investigate shooting at Twain, Paradise

A shooting is being investigated by Metro Police in the 500 block of E. Twain Avenue near the intersection of Paradise Road.

According to police, one victim has been transported to the hospital.

Twain Avenue is closed near Paradise Road as police investigate... Read More

New hospitality building gives UNLV students real-life experience

UNLV students are attending classes in the brand new hospitality hall.

Since breaking ground two years ago, Hospitality Hall will now lay the groundwork for students like Deanna Wong

"I'm not too sure where but eventually in the long run I want to own my own restaurant," Wong said.

The third year hospitality major experienced her first spring semester class inside the brand new building.

"It just allows us to be more excited about what we're about to go into on the Strip and anywhere else in the hospitality industry," she said.

You can see influences from some of UNLV's big name neighbors.

"Our goal is really to change lives. There's no business like hospitality," said Dean Stowe Shoemaker.

College of Hospitality Dean, Stowe Shoemaker believes the facility's design is just as important as the location.

"What's great about our building is that it mirrors exactly what students will see when they enter the industry," he said... Read More

Report: Woman accused of killing roommates wanted to go to court to evict them

The suspect in a triple shooting spoke with the homeowner about evicting some of the roommates weeks before the deadly incident, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.

Christine Sanchez, 47, is being charged with shooting and killing three of her roommates. The shooting happened Friday near Tropicana Avenue and Mountain Vista Street.

The victims have been identified as a man who goes by the name of "Rico," Cardell Jones and Natasha Henry.

According to an arrest report, after the shootings, Sanchez asked the only surviving roommate, John Nunn, who was also the homeowner, if he could watch her dog because she was going to go to jail. She also used the time before leaving the house to make phone calls, one of which was to her son... Read More

Officials: Las Vegas air traffic up slightly in November

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas increased slightly in November compared to a year earlier.

Data released Tuesday by the Clark County Department of Aviation show more than 3.9 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's 1.3 percent more than in November 2016.

More than 3.5 million of the passengers traveled in domestic flights, while over 296,000 of them traveled in international flights.

Of the top five airlines serving McCarran, Spirit Airlines saw the biggest jump in passengers. The carrier transported more than 292,000 people last month, an increase of 12.3 percent over the year.

Airport officials say more than 44.7 million passengers have walked through McCarran this year. The annual record of nearly 48 million was set in 2007... Read More

UNLV has chance for library grant to document Latino history

Officials say the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has a chance to get a $100,000 library grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to document Latino contributions to southern Nevada.

University special collections and archives chief Michelle Light says the goal is to trace Hispanic history in the region since Raphael Rivera found Las Vegas' original springs in 1829.

The Humanities Access Grant requires the UNLV libraries to raise a matching $100,000 in external funding.

It's one of 253 NEH grants awarded across the nation.

UNLV Oral History Research Center director Claytee White says students would collect oral histories about Hispanic immigration and settlement, discrimination and activism, aspirations, challenges, family life, politics, employment and community events.

The libraries program has conducted similar projects documenting local African-American and Jewish histories... Read More

UNLV questions NLVPD's actions during recent visit to campus

An alleged training session involving North Las Vegas Police officers was questioned Wednesday. UNLV sent out a community alert about an incident in which North Las Vegas Police officers entered the campus for training without notifying campus police or university leadership.

The letter said in part:

"Last night, after the conclusion of the "I Imagine" poetry event outside the Student Union, sponsored by the UNLV Center for Social Justice, Black Lives Matter UNLV, and Students Organizing Diversity Activities, seven police officers from North Las Vegas entered the UNLV campus on motorcycles and drove around the pedestrian-only area.

The officers entered campus without notifying campus police or university leadership. Understandably, this activity caused concern among students, faculty, and staff."

The Black Lives Matter group at UNLV posted video of the incident on its Facebook page... Read More