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Las Vegas a Top Spot for Mexican Independence Day

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of people will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas this year. The city has become a top spot to mark September 16.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, airlines are responding to the demand. For this special week, the number of seats sold on flights between Mexico and Las Vegas is up nearly 70 percent. 

Six cities in Mexico that normally do not have direct flights have several chartered flights a day to Las Vegas.

Ariadna Muro is a visitor who is back for her sixth year in a row. "I love it, the people, the place, the weather," Muro said. She also plans to see several shows while in town.

The resorts have booked big name entertainment from Mexico like Luis Miguel, Marco Antonio Solis, and Ana Gabriel. 

UNLV Teams with Health District for Coaches Challenge

UNLV Teams with Health District for Coaches Challenge

The UNLV Athletic Department is teaming up with the Southern Nevada Health District for a program to get kids moving called the Coaches Challenge.

The challenge works to get kids to eat healthy and exercise more. The program is open to all second through fifth graders in the Clark County School District. Students earn points for eating fruits and vegetables. They also get points for physical activity. The classrooms with the highest average scores will receive tickets to UNLV games.

When teachers sign up for the four-week program, they get lesson plans, teaching materials and point-tracking posters. Each classroom will get encouraging messages from one of the UNLV coaches.

Wet Weather Drenches Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Widespread thunderstorms hit most neighborhoods in southern Nevada Tuesday. Streets turned to rivers and backyards filled with flood water.

Duck Creek Wash near Sam Boyd Stadium filled quickly with rainwater. Jerry Stein and his wife Darlene live by the wash. They normally take a morning walk through the nearby wetlands. 

"It is very rare. I have only seen it maybe once or twice with anything, even remotely, approaching this much water," Stein said. "Usually, you can cross over without getting your feet wet, not today."

Henderson was hit particularly hard. The rain caused storm drains to clog near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Boulder Highway. The flooding forced crews to use a bulldozer to remove rocks, debris and mud from roads near U.S. 95 and Wagon Wheel Drive. 

Philharmonic Brings Well-Balanced Program

Philharmonic Brings Well-Balanced Program

Review: two pieces in Saturday's show please the crowd.

Las Vegas Philharmonic music director and conductor David Itkin did not go for the obscure for the opening of the 2011-2012 season before a near-capacity crowd Saturday at University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Ham Hall. In fact, he noted in his pre-performance remarks that Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, which occupied the second half of the program, is "the most famous tune in all of Western music."

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Oktoberfest Kick Off Saturday

Oktoberfest Kick Off Saturday

Fall is on its way to southern Nevada. One way to mark the change of seasons is Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus.

The annual celebration of German beer and food starts Saturday with the annual keg tapping. A celebrity will open the first barrel of beer brewed just for Oktoberfest. The ceremony kicks off six weeks of celebrations at the restaurant on Harmon Avenue and Paradise Road.

The Hofbrauhaus will work to replicate the annual festivities in Munich with nightly specials along with German music and traditional Bavarian food. 

9/11 Remembrance at UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- Student veterans at UNLV remembered their fellow servicemen Thursday in a special ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event honored those who sacrificed their lives and those who continue to serve.

"It's always in your heart, its always with you," said United States Air Force veteran Joseph Sorge. "Anytime the national anthem is played, I tear up."

Sorge served for five years. He says his tears are an important symbol.

"They represent the hard work, dedication, sacrifices and even death that our fellow service members put forth."

SLIDESHOW: 9/11 Memorial Event at UNLV

Woman Found in Shed Identified

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has ruled the death of a woman whose body was found in a shed over the weekend as a homicide.

The woman is identified as 56-year-old Roseanna Cerrine Shutt of Las Vegas. Shutt was discovered in a shed on Powell Street, near Mountain Vista Street and Harmon Avenue after police were sent to the address to do a welfare check.

An investigation is underway.