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Zipcar expands to UNLV campus

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LAS VEGAS — Popular car-sharing service Zipcar announced they have launched a new partnership with UNLV, adding two cars on campus.

"These new vehicles at UNLV come in addition to six Zipcars available at the McCarran International Airport, including a BMW 328i, a Mazda 3 Hatchback and a Toyota Prius," said Zipcar.

In addition, UNLV students, faculty, and staff are being offered special rates: $25 to join, with rates as low as $7.50/hour and $69/day. A special section has been set-up on Zipcar's website specifically for campus.

Zipcar offers a wide variety of cars available for rental by the hour or day in urban areas across the country. To learn more about Zipcar, visit their website.

Woman charged with making bomb threat at McCarran Airport

LAS VEGAS -- A woman is facing charges of making a bomb threat against a plane heading from Las Vegas to Portland, Oregon.

According to Metro Police, 48-year-old Tamara Reid was arrested Friday at McCarran International Airport after an Alaska Airlines representative accused her of making a bomb threat. The representative said Reid was upset about not being allowed on the plane because she was intoxicated and late for boarding.

The representative told police that Reid said, “How do you know if I don't have a bomb in my bag?” while she was complaining about not being allowed on the flight.

The plane was searched and nothing was found. Reid told police she was ranting at the agent because she wasn't allowed on the plane and did not even have any checked luggage on the plane. Reid denied making a threat.


Financial stresses challenge UNLV law school

Budget problems could hurt UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

In a state with few higher education bragging rights, UNLV’s law school stands out.

The law school is ranked among the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report and its graduates are in demand locally, with students doing well on the state bar exam.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Board seeks to delay UNLV stadium project

LAS VEGAS -- The board looking at the proposed UNLV stadium has agreed to ask to delay the project by two years.

The Campus Improvement Authority Board made the decision during Thursday's meeting. Acting university president Don Snyder made the suggestion to delay the project and bring it before the 2017 state Legislature. The board agreed. The timeline extension must now be approved the state legislators.

Snyder said the timing was not right for the project. Under the original timeline, the board was to have a finished proposal for lawmakers by Sept. 30.

The UNLV stadium is one of several similar projects in the works around the Las Vegas valley, including one downtown and one on the Strip. MGM Resorts International has already started work on an arena between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo. 

The plan calls for it to be a state-of-the-art facility with a domed roof on the UNLV campus with seating for 45,000 fans.

UNLV's hotel college to undergo $57M makeover

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's hotel college is set to undergo a huge, $57 million makeover.  The new building in the north field will have a coffee shop, along with brand-new iPad ready classrooms.

The project is expected to be a costly one, but university leaders said it's a necessary expense. 

“The hotel college is an internationally recognized program and yet the facilities are outdated,” Don Snyder, UNLV's president said.

When asked why this project is now the top priority in regards to the university's capital projects, the hotel college dean, Stow Shoemaker said, without the new building, UNLV wouldn't be able to accommodate more hotel students, or compete globally.

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Federal agents uncover drug smuggling ring at McCarran

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport.

An indictment obtained by the I-Team shows three men, Darren Cole, 47, Dewane Blue, 37, and Bryan Bledsoe, 36, were involved.

According to the indictment, Blue gave the drugs to Bledsoe who was a US Airways employee and worked at McCarran. As an employee, Bledsoe would bypass security then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. 

In the most recent incident, the indictment alleges the men transferred the drugs from one another in a men's room, one of the few places in the airport where there are not surveillance cameras, and put it inside a carry-on bag.

It's unclear how many drug runs were made, but suspected money was seized on at least four occasions, according to court documents.

Las Vegas airport traffic up 1.9 percent in July

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed up 1.9 percent compared with a year earlier.

Data released Wednesday show more than 3.7 million people arrived and departed from the Las Vegas airport in July.

The number of passengers flying domestically was up 1.7 percent, while international traffic was up 10.4 percent for the month. Domestic flights account for the vast majority of traffic.

Total airport traffic is up 2.2 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2013.

McCarran ranks as the ninth-busiest airport nationally. Southwest is by far its largest carrier, while United, Delta, American and Allegiant round out the top five.