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Signs of recovery seen in UNLV economic forecast

LAS VEGAS -- The Silver State is still on the mend since the recession, but University of Nevada, Las Vegas economists say they expect improvements in the next two years.

UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Growth released a financial outlook report on Monday.

Casino revenue and residential construction are still off from pre-recession levels, as are car sales. The state also has the highest percentage of homeowners owing more on mortgages than their houses are worth, but overall the economy is on the mend.

Roy VanGuilder made a living as a performer on the Las Vegas Strip and then the economy tanked and he found himself saddled with a home worth less than he paid for it.

"The bubble was just getting bigger and bigger.

UNLV English professor fired for plagiarism


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- University of Nevada, Las Vegas officials say the school has fired an English professor for plagiarism.

UNLV spokesman Tony Allen confirmed Tuesday that Mustapha Marrouchi was fired Nov. 7.

A report from the university's special hearing committee says the school's director of research integrity reviewed 26 reports the professor published from 2008 to 2013 and found 23 were similar to works published by others by using a software program to detect plagiarism.

Marrouchi was a professor of post-colonial literature at UNLV since 2008.

The report says Marrouchi did not accept invitations to attend a special hearing or to present evidence in his defense.

UNLV President Donald Snyder fired Marrouchi based on the committee's recommendation and a written report.

Marrouchi and his attorney could not be reached immediately for comment.

Coroner IDs child who drowned at southwest Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office said 7-year-old Esey Asmelash was the child who drowned in a southwest Las Vegas home.

Metro Police said emergency personnel first responded to the 5600 block of Artesia Lake Court around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday night.  That's near Jones and Russell.  

Esey was taken to University Medical Center where they died, according to police.

There weren't a lot of details released by Metro Police, including how the drowning happened.

Officers are still investigating.

Conflict between state, county could affect medical marijuana dispensaries

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana stores could be up and running in the valley as soon as January; but that doesn't mean a lot of dispensaries will open when that happens.

In all, only 40 dispensaries are allowed to open across the valley. Eighteen of those will be in unincorporated Clark County.

Local commissioners chose 18 applications, but the state only approved 10 of them, so this has caused disagreements between Clark County Commissioners, and the state, which is causing a hold up.

In the end, this may cause fewer dispensaries to open up.

"I guess that's a potential. I certainly hope it doesn't come to that because ultimately who is going to suffer -- the patient,” said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner.

Commissioner Sisolak said he's hesitant to grant permits to applicants the state chose without getting approval from the county first.

Police: 'Kidnapped' 4-month-old returned to mother

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a 4-month-old baby girl who was kidnapped was returned to her mother early Saturday morning .

The child was reported missing around 6 p.m. from Rawhide Street in the Hacienda Heights apartment complex near Mountain Vista Street and E. Russell Road, according to officers.

The details of what led to the baby's disappearance haven't been released, but police said the child was safely returned to her mother around 2 a.m.

Metro said there is an ongoing investigation into the incident and there is no word yet if anyone will face charges.

Hall of Fame coach Tarkanian remains hospitalized

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Family members say Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian remains hospitalized in stable condition at a Las Vegas hospital where he's being treated for pneumonia.

His son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Amy Tarkanian, said Friday that doctors at Valley Hospital Medical Center are still conducting tests.

Danny Tarkanian says doctors were "pretty positive" about his dad's prognosis.

Family members including Lois Tarkanian say the 84-year-old former UNLV Runnin' Rebels coach has had several visitors since he was admitted Wednesday to the hospital intensive care unit.

Tarkanian was hospitalized for 10 days in April after a heart attack, his second.

Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA tournament, including the 1990 UNLV team that won a national title.

Len Jessup new president of UNLV

Len Jessup

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The dean of the University of Arizona's business school is the new president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Regents with the Nevada System of Higher Education voted 12-1 Tuesday to hire Len Jessup to be the university's 10th dean.

Jessup will be paid $525,000 a year for five years.

Jessup replaces Don Snyder who has been serving as president during the search.

Former UNLV president Neal Smatresk left in 2013 to lead the University of North Texas.

Jessup was dean of the Washington State University business school and on the faculty of Indiana University before he moved to Arizona and became dean there in 2011.

Board member Cedric Crear voted against Jessup's appointment.

Crear favored candidate and current UNLV provost John Valery White.