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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

Metro investigates homicide near Twain, Nellis

Metro Police investigated a homicide near E. Twain Avenue and S. Nellis Boulevard Tuesday night.

The homicide happened outside an apartment complex located at 5101 E. Twain Ave.

There weren't many details released. The area is closed while Metro investigates.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Police provide student safety tips following reported attack at UNLV

Students at UNLV are on alert after a reported attack on campus.

The attack happened Tuesday night when a female student was walking across a campus parking lot near Harmon Ave, according to the UNLV Police Department.

The attacker grabbed the student by her shoulders, pulled her backwards and hit her, police said.

Fortunately the student was able to escape, but so did the attacker.

Campus police say they will now increase patrols as investigators comb through surveillance camera video in hopes a clear image of the attacker will emerge.

They also warn students should stay vigil while walking around at night and to stick together.

"As the year progresses, it's getting darker earlier, so I would also remind them in terms of traveling on campus it's be better in pairs and if they see something, say something, doesn't matter what," said Asst. Chief Jeffrey Green of the UNLV Police Department. "That's why we're here, to respond."... Read More

UNLV Police issue alert following attack on student

University Police issued a crime alert to UNLV students this morning following an attack on a female student Tuesday evening.

According to police, the student was walking westbound on Harmon Avenue toward Lot L when she was grabbed by her shoulders from behind and struck in the back. The student was able to escape and reported the incident the next morning to UNLV Police.

The suspect is described as an African-American male, 5-foot-10 inches tall, clean shaven and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3668.

University Police advise students to take the following actions:

-- Always remain vigilant regarding your surroundings when walking to and from your personal vehicle.

-- When possible, try to travel in pairs when walking to your vehicle... Read More

Mom accused in child's death appears in court

The woman accused in the death of her 2-year-old made her first appearance in court Monday morning.

Diana Eldridge was in Las Vegas Justice Court. She faces one count of murder and two counts of child neglect in her daughter's death.

The child died in an apartment complex on South Maryland Parkway on Oct. 18. Investigators from Metro's Abuse and Neglect section said the child suffered from environmental and medical neglect for a long time before she died.

Eldridge is currently being held on no bail... Read More

Happy Nevada Day! Celebrating the day Nevada was added to the Union

Happy Nevada Day! Nevada Day is a state holiday that is celebrated across the entire state of Nevada.

Nevada Day commemorated the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. However, since the 2000s the holiday has always been celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

On Nevada Day holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close to commemorate the holiday.

Here are some facts about Nevada Day courtesy of Piktochart.com:... Read More

Voters set record numbers first 2 days of early voting

As a key swing state, Nevada's votes really count for the 2016 election. Early voting started Saturday, Oct. 22, and according to Clark County, residents hit the polls in record numbers.

More than 70,000 people cast their ballots. Flor Cordona was one of those votes.

Cardona said she voted Saturday for the first time in her life.

"Sixteen years ago I didn't have papers; I didn't have a language; I didn't have nothing," Cardona said. "I only have dreams."

Cardona's pushing for other Latino's to vote early. However, Cardona isn't the only person making a push during early voting.

Both Democrats and Republicans have also made a final push across the state to sway voters who haven't made up their minds yet.

"Now is the time to really voice your concerns with what's happening with our country and the direction that you would like to see it going," said Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, United States Senate candidate... Read More