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State of the University Speech Planned

State of the University Speech Planned


UNLV President Neal Smatresk will layout his plans for the future at the annual State of the University speech Thursday.

Smatresk will address students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m., at Ham Concert Hall on campus. UNLV along with other colleges around Nevada had to make tough choices when the state cut its budget last year. The university had to cut six programs effecting around 500 students. During the speech, the president will celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and outline his plans for the future.

Following the speech, Smatresk will dedicate the new Science and Engineering Building. The new building will house new labs and classrooms. The university hopes the building will bring together different disciplines and improve innovation. 

Las Vegas a Top Spot for Mexican Independence Day

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of people will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas this year. The city has become a top spot to mark September 16.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, airlines are responding to the demand. For this special week, the number of seats sold on flights between Mexico and Las Vegas is up nearly 70 percent. 

Six cities in Mexico that normally do not have direct flights have several chartered flights a day to Las Vegas.

Ariadna Muro is a visitor who is back for her sixth year in a row. "I love it, the people, the place, the weather," Muro said. She also plans to see several shows while in town.

The resorts have booked big name entertainment from Mexico like Luis Miguel, Marco Antonio Solis, and Ana Gabriel. 

Wet Weather Drenches Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Widespread thunderstorms hit most neighborhoods in southern Nevada Tuesday. Streets turned to rivers and backyards filled with flood water.

Duck Creek Wash near Sam Boyd Stadium filled quickly with rainwater. Jerry Stein and his wife Darlene live by the wash. They normally take a morning walk through the nearby wetlands. 

"It is very rare. I have only seen it maybe once or twice with anything, even remotely, approaching this much water," Stein said. "Usually, you can cross over without getting your feet wet, not today."

Henderson was hit particularly hard. The rain caused storm drains to clog near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Boulder Highway. The flooding forced crews to use a bulldozer to remove rocks, debris and mud from roads near U.S. 95 and Wagon Wheel Drive. 

9/11 Remembrance at UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- Student veterans at UNLV remembered their fellow servicemen Thursday in a special ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event honored those who sacrificed their lives and those who continue to serve.

"It's always in your heart, its always with you," said United States Air Force veteran Joseph Sorge. "Anytime the national anthem is played, I tear up."

Sorge served for five years. He says his tears are an important symbol.

"They represent the hard work, dedication, sacrifices and even death that our fellow service members put forth."

SLIDESHOW: 9/11 Memorial Event at UNLV

Woman Found in Shed Identified

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has ruled the death of a woman whose body was found in a shed over the weekend as a homicide.

The woman is identified as 56-year-old Roseanna Cerrine Shutt of Las Vegas. Shutt was discovered in a shed on Powell Street, near Mountain Vista Street and Harmon Avenue after police were sent to the address to do a welfare check.

An investigation is underway.

Hospice Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Hospice Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

One of the largest hospices in the valley recently received a prestigious national award.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice organization, was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2011. Chosen by Modern Healthcare, a weekly healthcare business news publication, Nathan Adelson Hospice will be recognized at a gala on Oct. 18 in Chicago. This is the second time the hospice earned the award.

The award is based upon results from an organization-wide Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey filled out by Nathan Adelson Hospice employees, as well as employee comments from open-ended questions. Results of the survey were compared to national benchmarking data to identify award winners.

Murder Suspect Called Police to Report Crime

LAS VEGAS -- The arrest report of a woman accused of murdering another woman details how the suspect called police to report the crime.

Police arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Kirby on Sept. 1. According to the arrest report, Kirby called police to report the murder saying she had bludgeoned the woman and cut her throat.

Police did find the body of the woman in a bathtub in her apartment at 5501 E. Harmon Ave. on Thursday. According to the arrest report, Kirby said she went through a window to get into the apartment. Police say Kirby told them she hit the sleeping woman on the head and then forced the woman into a bathtub and she stabbed her.

Kirby told police that the woman was ruining a friend's life and that was her motive for the attack.