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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

Air traffic controller attending Route 91 takes action to ground flights during shooting

During the deadly mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, the quick action to clear the airspace and runways at the airport during the mass shooting was that of an air traffic controller who was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

McCarran International Airport is located near the concert grounds and Mandalay Bay, so air traffic controller, Christina Stewart took action.

"People were running; people were carrying people out," Stewart said.

Stewart said she and her fiance first dropped to the ground before running for their lives in between volleys. She said when they finally made it closer to their car on the east-side of the concert grounds she took cover behind a concrete wall and got on her phone, but it was all while the mass killer was still shooting.

"I'm trying to dial the phone. "It's just, I can't, so I had to go to my contacts," Stewart said. "You need to stop the helicopters. Keep them away from the Strip."... Read More

Creating a more secure campus: UNLV installs new phone system

Since 2015, UNLV has been working to upgrade the campus' emergency phone systems.

So far, ten emergency phone systems have been installed on the campus, and campus police say they plan to install eight more.

"The new phone's are much taller, which is important to us. So, students can see them," said Ryan Doyle. "They're about 14 feet tall."

Doyle is an information technology manager specialist at UNLV Police Services.

The phones can broadcast emergency announcements and will soon live stream video to Police Services.

"We'll be able to see exactly what's taking place when that phone is activated," said Doyle.

The Terry brothers say they've seen the old emergency phones around UNLV before. They say a tech upgrade was needed.

"I feel like there should still be a little more on-campus security just to make sure the students and staff are safe," said Malik Terry, a Junior at UNLV... Read More