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Mayors Bet on Heart of Dallas Bowl Game

Mayors Bet on Heart of Dallas Bowl Game

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is showing her support for the UNLV Rebels Football team by betting on the team in the upcoming Heart of Dallas Bowl game.

Goodman has arraigned a bet with Denton, Texas Mayor Mark Burroughs. Denton is home to the North Texas Mean Green, which will face the Rebels New Year's Day.

It is the first bowl game for the Rebels in 13 years.

According to the city, the mayors have agreed that the loser of the bet must wear the winner's team shirt to an council meeting and pay $100 to the winning school's athletic department.

The game is even more interesting because former UNLV president Neal Smatresk recently became the president of North Texas.

McCarran Air Traffic Flat in November

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled the same number of passengers in November as it did a year earlier.

Data released Tuesday shows more than 3.3 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's virtually the same number of people who flew in November 2012.

Total airport traffic up 0.2 percent for the first eleven months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.

Domestic traffic was down by 0.3 percent in November, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 3.7 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, the budget carrier Spirit saw the biggest passenger gain in November.

McCarran is the seventh-busiest airport in the country.

TSA Offers Security Pre-Check at McCarran International Airport

LAS VEGAS -- Millions of people across the country will be getting on planes over the next few days to get to their holiday destinations. Getting through the long lines at the airport screening has some questioning why they make the trip.

"That's a good question. I asked myself that at 4:30 this morning," said Rebekah Pastorella who is from Colorado. "It's especially inconvenient when you have to take off your shoes and put them back on, then there's people behind you waiting for you and it can bunch up."

The promise of getting through the security lines faster and with a lot less hassle is appealing, especially this time of year. The Transportation Security Administration has expanded their TSA pre-check operations at McCarran International Airport and across the country.

UNLV Medical School in the Works

LAS VEGAS -- There are now serious plans in the works to create a new medical school at University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Educators are meeting almost daily to work out how to get it built. They say this will lead to dramatic changes in medical education, research, training and patient care.

Local students who want to become medical doctors often get their undergraduate degree at UNLV but then head north to UNR to continue their medical education.

If UNLV builds a medical school, the hope is to cultivate doctors who will train locally and practice locally.

Doctor Matthew Schwartz, who practices at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, is home grown talent. He went to Valley High School, UNLV and UNR before returning to Las Vegas to practice.

"I wish I could have stayed here for medical school," Dr. Schwartz said.

Now a radiation oncologist, he supports bringing a state-run medical school to UNLV.

Police: Man Shot by Officers Pointed Shotgun At Them

LAS VEGAS - A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after police shot him Monday night.

According to Metro Police, they were called to a home on University Avenue near Harmon Avenue and Pecos Road at around 9:30 p.m. Monday. A man had called to report that his roommate was suicidal and had injected himself with dog insulin.

Police also say the man reported there was a shotgun in the apartment.

When police arrived, they located the man, identified as Jose Luis Aguilar, and asked him to come outside. After several attempts, Aguilar finally walked out of the home with a shotgun, police said.

Officers ordered him to put the gun on the ground and lay face down, which he did. While Aguilar was crawling towards the officers, police say he jumped up and tried to grab the shotgun.

Loss of NFR Will Impact Local Businesses

LAS VEGAS -- The National Finals Rodeo doesn't just carry with it years of tradition, local businesses have built relationships and trust with repeat customers for almost 30 years. The NFR has helped boost the Las Vegas economy during the slow month of December.

Many local businesses depend on the rodeo and they go all out for it by offering sales and specials to get the more than 175,000 NFR visitors through their doors. The announcement by the NFR it plans to leave Las Vegas has businesses owners worried.

Cowtown Boots is a place any true rodeo fan can find just what they're seeking. Manager Mark Akers has been at the business for more than 20 years and has helped the same people who return time and time again.

Judge Accepts Deal in Ex-UNLV Player's Theft Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge accepted a former UNLV basketball player's guilty pleas to reduced petty theft and trespass charges and allowed him to pay restitution for expensive sneakers, cash and video games stolen from a friend's apartment last May.

Savon Goodman didn't appear in court Monday while his defense attorney, Bill Terry, outlined the plea deal to close Goodman's misdemeanor conspiracy and felony burglary and grand larceny case.

Terry says the agreement requires the 20-year-old Goodman to pay $1,370 in restitution, serve 200 hours of community service and stay out of trouble for a year.

Goodman quit the Runnin' Rebels in October, after coach Dave Rice announced in August that the 6-foot-6 sophomore forward would sit out the 2013-14 season.

Terry says Goodman has since moved home to the Philadelphia area.