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UNLV to send business students to Cuba for new experience

For the first time, UNLV plans to send a group of students to Cuba. The trip is part of an educational experience through a business program on campus.

"I'm super excited," said Bruce Gil, a student at UNLV.

Gil is one of 13 UNLV students planning a trip to Cuba next summer.

"This is going to help me understand," Gil said. "It's going to open up my horizons and my perspective to see how other people live."

The Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program is offered as a minor for students interested in starting and growing new businesses. Every year, the program takes students out of the country to see and learn about other economies.

They've been to Poland and Panama, but for the first time in the program's history, their destination is Cuba.

"I think this is a great opportunity to hit a country that has had almost no relationship with the U.S., said Janet Runch, Global Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator... Read More

Firefighters rescue man from wash

Firefighters with the Clark County Fire Department rescued a man from a wash on Thursday.

The call came just after 4:00 p.m. in the area of Flamingo Road and Swenson Street.

Firefighters say the man was combative during the rescue attempt. First responders took him to the hospital for a mental evaluation. ... Read More

Metro investigating suspicious death

Metro Police are investigating a suspicious death after a body was discovered Monday morning.

The body was found near Topaz Street and Tompkins Avenue.

There is no word on the cause of death... Read More

High winds warning causes flight delays at McCarran

A high winds warning issued for the Las Vegas valley affected flights coming in and out of Las Vegas McCarran International Airport Friday.

McCarran says due to the weather, departure traffic to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been delayed 49 minutes.

All other departures from McCarran will experience Gate Holds and Taxi delays that can range between 46 minutes and 1 hour. However, that time may increase, McCarran said.

Planes flying into McCarran will experience delays of 15 minutes or less.

The high winds warning is in effect until Saturday at noon... Read More

UNLV math instructor issues apology about immigration posts

A part-time math instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has issued an apology for social media posts saying he'd tell immigration authorities about students in his class who are in the U.S. illegally.

The instructor, George Buch, acknowledged making the Facebook posts with a statement to his students and to the campus newspaper following criticism and a campus protest Thursday that drew dozens of people.

It said he realized his comments were hurtful, and said he meant them as a joke that wasn't funny.

Buch said he'd never create what he called a classroom of hate or intolerance.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Buch on Friday weren't immediately successful. A telephone number and email weren't found, and he didn't immediately respond to a Facebook message... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

UNLV campus newspaper changing 'Rebel Yell' name

The student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is changing its name from "Rebel Yell" to "The Scarlet & Gray Free Press" in a bid to end criticism that it was named for a Confederate Army battle cry.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday praised the newspaper's decision to change the name, which will debut next semester.

The new name reflects UNLV's color scheme.

Newspaper editor-in-chief Bianca Cseke tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a Confederate battle cry isn't a great name for a newspaper.

The move comes after months of debate, and Reid called following an allegedly racially motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, for the Nevada University Board of Regents to order a name change.

The twice-weekly campus paper has been fighting for funding to continue to publish in print and online... Read More