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Firefighters Respond to House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters have extinguished a house fire in east Las Vegas.

The fire started around 8 a.m. near Harmon Avenue and Mountain Vista Street. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze. One person was in the home and was not injured.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire or the extent of damage.

Las Vegas Airport Traffic up 2.5 percent in March

Las Vegas Airport Traffic up 2.5 percent in March

Airport officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled nearly 3.7 million passengers in March.

That's up 2.5 percent compared with the same month one year ago. McCarran officials said Thursday that traffic at the primary airport servicing Las Vegas is up 3 percent through the first three months of the year.

Allegiant Air posted the largest year-over-year increase by percentage. Nearly 30 percent more passengers used the airline in Las Vegas in March compared with the same month last year.

Traffic for Southwest Airlines was flat. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier. Traffic on US Airways flights was down more than 15 percent. Officials say the airport handled 9.9 million passengers, combined, between January and March

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Nevada Panel Scrutinizes Higher Education Funding

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- How to weigh college courses to determine state support is one the challenges facing a state panel as it works to revamp Nevada's higher education funding formula.

Nevada Chancellor Dan Klaich told a legislative committee Wednesday his proposal recommends state funding for core classes be the same, whether they are taken at a university or community college. He also recommends funding be based on whether students complete a course -- even if they receive an F.

Klaich says anything other than a withdrawal should count to avoid the inflation of grades by professors to protect funding. But some lawmakers and panel members say they'd have a hard time agreeing with that arrangement.

A subcommittee was established to review the funding formula proposal in greater detail.

Three Schools Benefit from Target Program

 

The retail giant Target is providing millions of dollars to schools around the country. Three schools in southern Nevada will be benefiting from the program.

Target is giving out $15,000 in reading grants to Gragson Elementary and Fay Herron Elementary Schools. The funding is part of the Target School Library Makeover program. The schools have already received new libraries. The money will now be spent on new books for those libraries.

The company is also renovating the library at Whitney Elementary School. The school will be getting new books, furniture, carpeting and shelves. It will also get upgraded technology, including iPads. The school will also get a Target Meals for Minds food pantry. Whitney Elementary has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  

The retailer will be providing money to 150 in-need schools around the country. In all, the company plans on spending $12 million on schools.

Students Need Help Getting Car to Competition

Students Need Help Getting Car to Competition

 

Science and engineering students at UNLV have created a car they hope to take to a competition in Portland.

The Society of Automotive Engineers created the off-road car. The car must be designed and built for a four-hour endurance race in challenging mountain terrain. It also has to get through rigorous testing of all of its systems.

"SAE Mini Baja is a project every year.  It is an international competition between various universities.  Every team is given a 10-horse-power Briggs and Stratton motor.  They have to design a car from the ground up to compete in one of two competitions every year," project manager Jarrett Plies said.

While the car is done, the students need help to get a trailer to the competition along with some team members.

Swarm of Bees Sends 2 to Hospital, Closes Road

LAS VEGAS -- Two people were transported to the hospital and Metro police closed a road Thursday afternoon because of a large bee swarm in the area.

The hive was discovered by two landscapers who were chopping down a tree and disturbed the hive. Both were stung and went to the hospital. One of them was said to be in critical condition.

"My guys got attacked," homeowner Mariam Eagles said. The bee hive was in her backyard. The County Fire Department asked residents to stay in their homes and police did close a portion of Hacienda Avenue, just west of Topaz Street while they waited for an exterminator to help remove the bees.

"The bees aren't going to go out and try to attack everybody but where they were disturbed , they're going to attack those in that area," said fire battalion Chief Richard Reid, Clark County Fire Department.

Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

It's one thing to be in the military and constantly moving around the country. It's something quite different to be pregnant while your spouse is overseas and you're left living in a community far away from family and friends.

That is how Operation Showers of Appreciation got started. It's a way to support those military families who need a good friend to throw them a baby shower when they need it most. 

Again this year Operation Showers of Appreciation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will be assisting more than 100 military moms with all the things they need as a new parent, or soon-to-be parent.

"To have the opportunity to support and lift up these mothers is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so they can focus on their mission," said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation.