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Plans for Newton Attraction Expanded

LAS VEGAS  -- Construction is under way on revised plans for a Las Vegas attraction that will bring tourists into Wayne Newton's home.

The singer's sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate has been a flurry of activity in recent months, and work on a tourist attraction to showcase his favorite celebrity keepsakes is almost complete.

Revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding a museum space and a theater where he will perform at least occasionally.

A Newton-themed car wash will also be larger than originally planned. The revised plans provide for a slightly smaller zoo and car museum.

Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue. His collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos includes Nat King Cole's watch, Steve McQueen's Rolls-Royce and a Johnny Cash guitar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

More Passengers at McCarran Again in August

LAS VEGAS -- Passenger volume at McCarran Airport continued its yearlong incremental climb in August, gaining 4 percent over the previous year.

More than 3.6 million people passed through the airport in August, a jump of nearly 150,000 passengers from the same month in 2010. Yearly airport traffic is up 3.9 percent, or roughly 1 million people, over 2010.

Among the airport's major carriers, only Delta experienced a loss of passengers in August, while US Airways – which recently announced upcoming steep cuts in flight volume – and Continental posted double-digit gains.

About 60,000 less people came through the airport in August 2011 than in July 2011.

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

 

The Clark County School District is taking a strong stance against a growing problem in schools-- bullying.

Students, parents and anyone interested in ending the problem will get a chance Monday night to learn how to stop the abuse. The school district is holding a town hall meeting at 6 p.m., at Del Sol High School.

Glenda Marcos understands the trouble bullying can cause. Her son, Acundo, switched schools this year because he was being bullied at his last school. She says in his new environment he is much happier.

“It starts in the family. You talk to the kids. If parents talked to kids regarding bullying, I think it would be no more,” Marcos said.

Valley High School senior Aaron Diaz says he has seen kids bullied. He agrees that teachers and administrators are important to stopping the problem, but not as important as parents and kids.

Player Suspended After DUI Plea

LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV Men's Basketball head coach announced Thursday that Chace Stanback will be suspended from the first game of the regular season after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

Coach Dave Rice says the senior forward will be suspended from the regular season game on November 11, along with the Runnin' Rebels only exhibition game on November 1.

"Chace is a quality person who has had an outstanding track record in three-plus years at UNLV," Rice said. "That said, he made a bad decision that negatively impacted our program. We can't have that." 

Stanback pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor. He was arrested in May on suspicion of DUI. Toxicology reports show the player had marijuana in his system. The judge ordered him to pay a $585 fine, perform 40 hours of community service, attend DUI school and be part of a victim impact panel.

UNLV President Lays Out Plans for the Future

UNLV President Neal Smatresk laid out his vision for the future of the school during his annual state of the university speech Thursday morning.

With deep cuts to higher education, students, faculty and staff have all learned some tough lessons. Thursday morning, Dr. Smatresk talked about where the campus has been, and where he envisions it going. UNLV had to slash $73 million from its budget over the past four years. Six programs were on the chopping block, and UNLV has lost 700 positions over the last four years.

Smatresk acknowledges the school had to make tough choices but he says the core academic programs remain the same. Not only did faculty pay close attention, but students worried about their academic future.

State of the University Speech Planned

State of the University Speech Planned

 

UNLV President Neal Smatresk will layout his plans for the future at the annual State of the University speech Thursday.

Smatresk will address students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m., at Ham Concert Hall on campus. UNLV along with other colleges around Nevada had to make tough choices when the state cut its budget last year. The university had to cut six programs effecting around 500 students. During the speech, the president will celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and outline his plans for the future.

Following the speech, Smatresk will dedicate the new Science and Engineering Building. The new building will house new labs and classrooms. The university hopes the building will bring together different disciplines and improve innovation. 

McCarran Receives Millions for Improvements

McCarran International Airport is receiving a federal grant worth millions of dollars to improve the part of the airport called the apron.

The airport is getting $7.4 million for the project. The apron is the part of the airport that is used for loading and unloading passengers, refueling, servicing and parking of aircraft. 

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the grant Thursday.

“This investment will put Nevadans back to work ensuring that McCarran Airport can support all passengers traveling to and from the world’s premier tourist destination,” Reid said.  “Nevada’s airports are crucial to our state’s economic recovery and these resources will ensure the reliability of McCarran for years to come.”