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Regents Vote to Hike Tuition

LAS VEGAS -- The Board of Regents voted Friday to increase university and college tuition and fees by 8 percent for the next school year.

The decision came after a roller coaster meeting that included a series of votes that even the regents admitted left them confused. At one point, students and faculty were hopeful. Regents voted down a 5 percent hike. Only minutes later, the regents voted to raise tuition and fees by 8 percent.

"It became clear later in the meeting that a fee increase of some sort was going to happen. There seemed to be a will on the board that it happened quickly. Partly, so students could prepare and budget for September, but also, so faculty could perhaps hire [staff]," said University Regent James Dean Leavitt, who voted yes.

Students had hoped for more time to weigh in on the level of tuition and fee increases. Now, they will have to settle for input on how their money will be spent.

Tuition Hike on the Agenda for Nevada Regents

-- The Nevada Board of Regents is considering whether to once again raise
tuition for undergraduate students.

The board is scheduled to vote to raise tuition by 5, 8, or
13 percent Friday during its meeting in Las

Students already had to pay 13 percent more to enroll this
year. Enrollment subsequently dropped at most of the state's post-secondary

The Board of Regents could also vote to end some programs,
including the Fire Science Academy
at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The non-degree training program is $36 million in debt.

The University of Nevada, Las
Vegas might also have to terminate some programs.

13.4 percent unemployment rate is the highest in the nation and an
undereducated work force has been cited as one of the state's top economic

Regents Renew Chancellor's Contract

Regents Renew Chancellor's Contract


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada regents have renewed the contract for Chancellor Dan Klaich.

The board meeting in Las Vegas unanimously endorsed Klaich on Thursday by approving the five-year pact that runs from July 1 of next year through June 30, 2017.

His salary will remain the same at $303,000 annually.

Klaich oversees the Nevada System of Higher Education that includes two universities, four community colleges, a state college and an environmental research institute.

Klaich was appointed chancellor in 2009. He is also a former regent, having served on the board from 1983 to 1997.


Free Bowling for Good Grades

Free Bowling for Good Grades

Boyd Gaming wants to reward students for doing well in school. It is starting a new “Making the Grade” program which gives kids free games of bowling for good grades.

The program is open to elementary, middle and high school students. The offer will be good at bowling facilities at the Gold Coast, Sam’s Town and Suncoast. Students will get two free game passes for every A earned in the most recent grading period. They will also get one free game pass for every B earned.

To redeem the offer, students must bring in their latest report cards and get a membership with Kidz Klub. The club is a free bowling rewards program.

The game passes can be used whenever lanes are available between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a limit of one free game per day. Passes will expire after six months. There is also a charge for shoe rentals and additional games. A parent or guardian is required for children 12 years old and under. 

Cowboy Christmas Offers Unique Gifts for NFR

Cowboy Christmas Offers Unique Gifts for NFR

The National Finals Rodeo brings in thousands of rodeo lovers who are ready to spend money.

Cowboy Christmas is one gift show that offers fans a place to shop for unique gifts. The gift show is expected to attract 140,000 people. It features 400 vendors, selling everything from clothes to saddles and high-end furniture to art work.

“It is nice. Everything is great. Anything you want to see you can see it,” shopper Kevin Colvard said.

“We always save money all year long just for this show and this year we are doing baby shopping,” added shopper Amanda Plehn.

Artist Bradford Williams is selling his work at the show. He says he never misses a chance to show off his stuff in Las Vegas.

“We've done really well. It seems like the higher end and larger and more expensive items are the ones that have been selling, and those are the ones keeping us floating,” Williams said.

Race Reporter Jamie Little At Home in Las Vegas and On Track

Race Reporter Jamie Little At Home in Las Vegas and On Track

A 1996 graduate of Green Valley High School, Little works for ESPN.

    Today, 12 NASCAR drivers will come together for an unscripted, unfiltered meeting with fans at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. The event, After the Lap, is the jewel in the NASCAR Champion's Week crown and moderator Jamie Little expects it to be a free-for-all.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV Defeats UCSB in Double Overtime

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Moser scored 34 points and Chace Stanback had all 19 of his after halftime as No. 18 UNLV beat UC Santa Barbara 94-88 in double overtime Wednesday night.

The Runnin' Rebels (8-0) won their first game as a Top 25 team. They were coming off a 90-80 victory over then-No. 1 North Carolina.

Moser came into the game as the nation's leading rebounder, but he did most of the damage against UCSB from behind the arc. He made six 3-pointers, including five in the second half. The sophomore forward, whose previous career-high was 23 points, had 10 rebounds.

Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (4-2) with 36 points and 10 rebounds. It was second consecutive overtime defeat for UCSB, which lost 76-75 to San Diego State in its previous game.