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Runnin' Rebels Return to National Rankings After Big Win

LAS VEGAS -- Following a convincing road win Saturday in Chicago, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels are back in the national polls.

The Runnin' Rebels check in at No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and at No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

UNLV (11-2) downed previously undefeated No. 19 Illinois, 73-62, as it continued its brutal stretch of road games against tough competition. The Rebels' only losses came at Wichita State and No. 13 Wisconsin.

The team also spent time in the national rankings earlier this year after upsetting then-No.1 North Carolina at the Orleans Arena over Thanksgiving weekend.

UNLV Beats UTEP 65-54

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Anthony Marshall scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead UNLV to a 65-54 win over UTEP Wednesday night.

Justin Hawkins had 12 points, Carlos Lopez scored 11 and Mike Moser grabbed 11 rebounds for UNLV (10-2).

UTEP (2-5) was led by Michael Perez with 17 points. Gabriel McCulley had 15 points and seven rebounds and Julian Washburn scored 12 for the Miners.

The Rebels closed out the game with a 16-6 run over the final 5:06. Marshall, with two 3-point baskets, one jumper and a dunk, accounted for 10 points during the run. It started after the Miners had narrowed the lead to 49-48 on Perez's free throws with 5:18 left.

There were 14 lead changes in the game. UNLV led 24-21 at halftime.

Metro Investigating Shooting in East Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that was reported just before 3 p.m. at the Century Village Apartments on Spencer Street near Tropicana Avenue.

Police responded to the complex after a call came in that a man showed up to a friend's apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police now believe the man was shot inside the apartment complex, and it was his roommate who called 911. The man was dead by the time police arrived.

Police are searching for a suspect. Detectives found a shell casing from a large caliber bullet.

"We're canvassing the area like we normally do, hoping to find any witnesses, and processing the scene," Metro Lt. Lew Roberts said.

Neighbor Deidra Hodges says the complex has seen a lot of police activity in the last six months.

"It's very difficult. It's scary. I live in my house and rarely go out. It's very, very unnerving," she said.

Milestone Degree to be Awarded Saturday at UNLV

Milestone Degree to be Awarded Saturday at UNLV

 

Saturday’s fall graduation ceremony at UNLV will feature the awarding of the 100,000th degree in the university’s 47-year history.

More than 3,000 UNLV undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this year’s fall commencement ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Graduates range in age from 19 to 79, and hail from more than 60 countries. UNLV awarded its first degree in 1964.

For those unable to attend, the event will stream live at unlv.vegasgraduations.com.

Former Nevada Senator Richard Bryan will be honored with the Distinguished Nevadan award for his commitment to higher education in Nevada. UNLV President Neal Smatresk will also highlight several graduating students during the ceremony for their outstanding achievements both at the university and in the community.

I-Team: David and Goliath Battle Brewing on Boulder Strip

I-Team: David and Goliath Battle Brewing on Boulder Strip

An 84-year-old landowner hopes to renovate and reopen an old casino along the Boulder Strip, but he finds himself facing a lawsuit from the large Station Casinos chain.

Owner, Bob McMackin, says he has a plan for the Roadhouse Casino. Station Casinos’ closest casino is Sunset Station, which is two miles away. The gaming giant says it is unfair that the city of Henderson is allowing McMackin to move forward. It is suing them both.

"I have too much invested. I have millions invested in this place. It is my dream. I have to have something to pass on to my kids," McMackin said.

The Roadhouse Casino opened in 1995. It has closed multiple times over the last decade and has been empty for four years. The city of Henderson let McMackin keep the Roadhouse's gaming license as long as he ran the slots one day a year. The city kept renewing his license year after year.

Now, McMackin has gathered outside investors and drew up plans to restore the casino.

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

LAS VEGAS
(AP)
-- 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
Vegas.

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

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.

Nevada's
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
hurdles.