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McCarran starts $67 million runway paving project

LAS VEGAS -- For the next six months McCarran International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country will juggle thousands of flights with one less runway. Crews started a multimillion-dollar runway paving project Wednesday.

McCarran International Airport authorities said the $67 million renovation project shouldn't be an issue for passengers, and there shouldn't be any major delays in the project.

“We have been working very closely with our FAA tower, planners and construction crews to minimize any type of operational impact,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation, McCarran Airport.

However, some frequent flyers aren't convinced.

“Taking a runway away is not going to improve things, lets put it that way,” said Raymond Brey, frequent flyer.

UNLV grad program ranks poorly in salary study

LAS VEGAS -- A website that analyzes salary data and career topics reported Tuesday that UNLV ranks a lowly 492nd out of 605 American universities studied in terms of salaries graduate degree holders can expect to earn.

PayScale.com estimated that graduates of UNLV's master's degree program earn on average $55,600 early in their careers and $81,200 mid-career.

The master's program at University of Nevada, Reno, didn't fare much better, ranking 461st with average early career salaries of $59,900 and mid-career salaries of $83,800.

Topping the list is Harvard Law School, with average early career salaries of $130,000 and mid-career salaries of $201,000. UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law wasn't ranked separately.

Grand jury indicts man for shooting 4 people

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted a man on numerous charges after a shooting that left one man dead and three other people injured.

Kareem David Wilkes is facing 14 charges including murder, attempted murder, battery, burglary and establishing a forgery lab. Wilkes is accused of shooting and killing Michael McCarthy on June 20 at a home near Sahara Avenue and Mojave Road.

Wilkes accused McCarthy of stealing his wallet. During the confrontation, Wilkes also shot two women in the home. A fourth person, a neighbor, was injured when a bullet passed through a wall and hit her.

Police said they found a forgery lab in Wilkes home.

Wilkes next court date is Oct. 29.

Take Back the Night to raise violence awareness

LAS VEGAS - An event at UNLV is bringing attention to a serious, underreported crime. Take Back the Night aims at putting a stop to sexual assault and violence on campus.

The event will educate students, staff and faculty about the resources available to them. Organizers say they want to empower everyone on campus with information to prevent domestic and sexual violence.

Take Back the Night takes place Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., but help is always available.

UNLV has crisis support, medical, and counseling services. For example, the Care Line is a 24-hour campus hotline for victims and survivors.

The Student Health Center provides medical care, including: wellness exams, treatment for minor injuries and pregnancy tests.

UNLV Police are always on campus ready to respond to emergencies.

Police seek to ID man in casino cage robbery

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police are seeking public help to find a gunman who robbed a cashier at the Silver Sevens Casino & Hotel a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas police released a statement and surveillance video images Tuesday showing a man wearing a backward gray baseball cap and light-colored button-down shirt carrying a portfolio-style satchel as he approaches a cashier cage about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say the man presented a note, demanded money and threatened to shoot the cashier before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No injuries were reported.

The robber is described as black, in his 40s, about 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds with some gray in his beard.

The Silver Sevens is near Paradise and Flamingo roads. It used to be called Terrible's Casino.


3 named as finalists for UNLV president

LAS VEGAS --  The three finalists for the job of UNLV president were announced at a Board of Regents meeting Monday.

The first candidate named was Ricardo Azziz who is currently the president for Georgia Regents University.  The second candidate was Dr. Leonard Jessup who is currently the dean at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. The final candidate named was John White, the provost of UNLV.

The candidates will visit the UNLV campus the week of Nov. 10.

Last November, Neal Smatresk announced he would leave his position as UNLV president to take a job at a university in Texas. 

More than 200 candidates were interviewed by the firm hired to conduct the search. 

Coroner identifies woman struck and killed in parking lot

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who died in an accident Friday afternoon as 69-year-old Michelle Villenave of Las Vegas. Her official cause and manner of death are pending.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in a Walmart parking lot near Eastern Avenue and Russell Road. Police say a Hyundai Elantra driven by 54-year-old Marie Guido struck Villenave. Villenave died after arriving at Sunrise Hospital.

Metro Police said it appears neither the driver nor the victim saw each other. Police have, so far, not arrested Guido.