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UNLV has Fewer Students, Smaller Budget

LAS VEGAS -- The new year starts with UNLV saying it has hit rock bottom because of all the budget cuts it had to make this year.

There are 900 new students moving into UNLV's Dayton, Tonopah and Upper Class residence halls as they prepare for classes next week.

"This is a mother's privilege. We think we let them go, but we don't really," said Noe Otani's mother who is helping move her daughter, a music major, into UNLV's Tonopah Hall.

"We had a couple of cuts, but we are ok. I did fortunately get all of the classes I needed," said Noe Otani.

Ali Fragoso is moving in nearby. Her father made certain to put aside more money for the 13 percent tuition increase. 

"The cuts kind of put a little deterrent in our budget but we were able to maintain it with savings," said John Fragoso, father of UNLV student.

Hospital Collects School Supplies

Desert Springs Hospital will be helping kids at one local elementary school this year.

Hospital employees have collected school supplies for the children at Lewis E. Rowe Elementary School. The staff collected backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, and more for the kids who may not be able to get those supplies themselves. Some employees also donated money for a subscription to the Weekly Reader. The magazine offers classroom materials for students and teachers.

“This year our hospital celebrates 40 years of caring for southern Nevadans and we thought this was a great way to give back to the community that has given so much to us. Our employees see these students walking to school each day,” said hospital CEO Sam Kaufman.

The supplies will be delivered on Friday. Most schools in southern Nevada start on Monday.

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada is excited to announce their campaign on G-Team Las Vegas, Groupon’s philanthropic arm.

Each week, G-Team features a local campaign that enables Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their community. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Spread the Word Nevada G-Team campaign will raise money and increase awareness about its children's literacy programs. Spread the Word Nevada has been providing books and literacy services to the low-income youth in Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District since 2001.

Fire Station Open Houses to Educate Public

Fire Station Open Houses to Educate Public


Rotating open houses at Clark County fire stations are designed to give the public a look inside fire safety and prevention.

Starting this Saturday, the department will host a community open house at one fire station every other month.

The first open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 17 located at 5110 Andover Drive, near Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway. People can take a tour of the fire station and obtain fire, drowning prevention and other life safety information from the Fire Department and other community organizations.

Participating agencies at Saturday’s event include Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Safe Kids Clark County, Healthy Homes, UMC Burn Center and Healthy Smiles. The Fire Department’s fire safety house, which teaches children how to get out of their homes safely in case of fire, will be at the event in addition to its popular “Captain Be Safe” inflatable firefighter character.

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS will host its second annual 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk to benefit Keeping Kids Fit, an educational outreach program targeting childhood obesity.  The event will kick-off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Vegas PBS building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road.  Registration is open now at VegasPBS.org/KKF5K.  

Sesame Street star and children’s favorite Walkaround ElmoTM from Sesame Street TM will be on hand at the event, as well as a high energy DJ spinning Top 40 favorites, informational booths, healthy refreshments, and awards and prizes for the family-friendly crowd.

Thanksgiving turkey frying safety tips

LAS VEGAS -- Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time of year when serious fires can occur. Thanksgiving Day tops the charts as one of the peak days for home cooking fires.

Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries both in Las Vegas and across the country. Deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Cooking fires are easily preventable. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue offers these tips for safer cooking this holiday:

When deep frying turkeys, there are number of things to remember:

Thanksgiving Travel Survival Tips

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days at McCarran International Airport.

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of travelers will pass through McCarran International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Much of the traffic at McCarran will be locals heading out of town. McCarran International Airport is expected to be one of the busiest airports in the country.

Airport officials already report that Terminal 1's long-term parking garage is full. They are advising travelers to go to the Economy Lot. Allow extra time for the shuttle ride to the terminal.

If you are checking bags, you are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight. Be sure to know whether you are leaving from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. You can plan your journey at McCarran.com.