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Chicago airports reopen, flights at McCarran still impacted

Lines at McCarran International Airport

LAS VEGAS -- Flights are taking off and landing again at Chicago's two airports after a fire at a suburban air traffic control center forced the closure of both O'Hare and Midway international airports for more than five hours Friday.

The closure of the airports had a ripple effect across the nation's air travel network, including in Las Vegas. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled around the country and more are expected as the day progresses.

There were some long lines of passengers at McCarran International Airport Friday morning as they tried to change their reservations. McCarran officials said at least seven departures and six arriving flights were canceled.

Las Vegas airport traffic up 3.4 percent in August

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport jumped 3.4 percent in August compared with a year earlier.

Data released Thursday show more than 3.7 million people arrived and departed from the Las Vegas airport in August.

The number of passengers flying domestically was up 1.7 percent, while international traffic was up 12 percent for the month. Domestic flights account for the vast majority of traffic.

Total airport traffic is up 2.4 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2013.

McCarran ranks as the ninth-busiest airport nationally. Southwest is by far its largest carrier, while United, Delta, American and Spirit round out the top five.


School District offers math instruction to parents

LAS VEGAS - Want to help your kids with their math homework, but need a refresher yourself? The Clark County School District is offering a program for parents to get their math skills back on track.

The Clark County School Board of Trustees will discuss Monday a plan to offer free math classes to parents to help them get more involved in their kids' schoolwork.

The classes are currently offered to teachers by the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program.

Bill Hanlon, a former Clark County School District math teacher, is the director of the program that works with local teachers. Starting Oct. 8, he will start working with parents.

The idea is to teach parents math concepts, so they can help their kids with their schoolwork, regardless of grade level.

School Board Trustee Erin Cranor says learning at home is pivotal to a student's academic success.

UNLV Acting President gives State of University speech

UNLV Acting President gives State of University speech

Making UNLV into a respected research institution is what the acting university president said is his main goal in the coming years.

Don Snyder gave his State of the University address Thursday afternoon. He focused on many long term goals like making UNLV a Tier One Carnegie Research School and bringing a medical school to southern Nevada.

Snyder says things like a medical school create other opportunities for revenue and alleviate the pressure on increasing tuition.       

"In my 27 years of working with this university, I've never seen anything that will have more impact on the university than the medical school in terms of elevating what the university is but importantly having the university meet the needs of the community," Snyder said.

Snyder said he is also excited about the electric car company Tesla's commitment to battery research at the university.

Coroner IDs man shot to death in business parking lot

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed in the parking lot of a business complex near Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue as 30-year-old Michael Anthony Johnson of Las Vegas. 

The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and was ruled a homicide.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Department, Johnson was with his girlfriend in the parking lot when he got into an argument with people in another vehicle just before 3 a.m. Monday.

Witnesses tell police, Johnson got out of his truck and pulled out a gun. In response, a person in the other vehicle pulled out a gun and fired one shot at Johnson, police said.

The person responsible for the shooting was interviewed by detectives. The case is being submitted to the Clark County District Attorney's office for consideration of charges.


$26M from feds will rehab Las Vegas airport runway

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A major runway at McCarran International Airport is getting an overhaul with help from the federal government.

Congresswoman Dina Titus announced this week that the Las Vegas airport had landed $26 million that will fund the two-phase reconstruction project.

Titus called the airport central to southern Nevada's economic future and said the improvements will help it keep pace with rising passenger demand.

McCarran sees nearly 20 million passengers each year.


Driving You Crazy: Potholes on Bermuda near Sunset

LAS VEGAS - A viewer is frustrated by numerous potholes on Bermuda Road south of Sunset Road.

Traffic8 contacted Clark County. County officials say they immediately scheduled pothole repair for that stretch of road and included it in a pavement rehabilitation project.

Crews will repave Bermuda Road from Hidden Well Road/Maule Avenue to Sunset Road. Crews will also repair parts of McLeod Drive, Cabana Drive and Paradise Road. Additionally, the county plans to reconstruct various sidewalk ramps to meet the current standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

County officials say they expect the rehabilitation project to start early next year.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.