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Magazine Slams Nevada's Universities

Magazine Slams Nevada's Universities

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's two publicly funded universities didn't exactly impress the folks at U.S. News & World Report when the magazine issued its annual college rankings in September.

At least University of Nevada, Reno, managed to rank 181st among 202 national universities that were ranked. UNLV was relegated to the "rank not published" category. Making matters worse both schools were ranked 231st by high school counselors.

UNR also was ranked 100th among public universities, while UNLV escaped mention. Here's how the two Nevada schools stacked up against the University of California, Berkeley, which the magazine ranked as the nation's top public school and 21st overall.

Two Dead in High-Speed Accident

LAS VEGAS -- Two people are dead in a fatal accident at Flamingo Road and Swenson Street. The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours as Metro Police investigated the incident.

The accident was reported around 9:20 a.m. The accident involved three vehicles. Police say a 2007 Hummer was speeding eastbound on Flamingo, when it ran a red light and struck a Toyota in the intersection. The Hummer then collided with a Chevy van and rolled.

The 58-year-old male driver of the Hummer was ejected and died at the scene. The 26-year-old driver of the Toyota was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he died a short time later. The occupants of the van suffered minor injuries.

Las Vegas Airport Traffic up 6.6 Percent in February

Airport officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled 3.1 million passengers in February.

That's up 6.6 percent compared with the same month one year ago. McCarran officials said Thursday that traffic at the primary airport servicing Las Vegas is up 3.3 percent through the first two months of the year.

Allegiant Air posted the largest year-over-year increase by percentage. More than 26 percent more passengers used the airline in Las Vegas in February compared with the same month last year. Traffic for Southwest Airlines was up 2.7 percent. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier.

Traffic on US Airways flights was down nearly 12 percent. Officials say the airport handled 6.2 million passengers, combined, in January and February.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Unruly Pilot Causes Plane to Make Emergency Landing

LAS VEGAS -- A JetBlue flight headed for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas after a pilot became unruly.

The airline says there was a medical situation involving the captain of the plane, who possibly had a panic attack. A U.S. official confirms that the captain in question was Clayton Osbon.

JetBlue Flight 191 was coming to Las Vegas from JFK Airport in New York. About two hours into the flight, Osbon left the cockpit to go to the restroom. While he was gone, passengers say a flight attendant went to a man who was in partial JetBlue pilot gear. After their brief conversation, that man then quickly entered the cockpit and locked the Osbon out. 

Listen to air traffic audio of the event

Jerry Tarkanian Hospitalized in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Former UNLV Runnin' Rebels head coach Jerry Tarkanian is recovering at Mountain View Hospital following a heart attack Tuesday evening.

Hospital officials say Tarkanian is in stable condition. Jerry Tarkanian's son Danny Tarkanian says his father will remain hospitalized for three days.

The 81-year-old known as "The Shark" coached the Runnin' Rebels to an NCAA championship in 1990.

Moser Leads No. 20 UNLV Past Wyoming, 56-48

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mike Moser scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and had 14 rebounds to lead third-seeded and No. 20 UNLV to a wild 56-48 victory over sixth-seeded Wyoming on Thursday night in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.

Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian watched from his seat behind one baseline as the Runnin' Rebels held Wyoming to just 11 points in the first half, raced to a 22-point lead early in the second half and then let the Cowboys pull to 51-45 with 59.8 seconds left.

Oscar Bellfield and Moser each made two free throws and Anthony Marshall had one in the final 48.9 seconds to help UNLV (26-7) advance to the semifinals Friday night against No. 2 seed New Mexico.

Wyoming made just 3 of 24 shots -- 12.5 percent -- in the first half, including missing all eight shots from 3-point range.

Governor Christens New "DMV in a Box" at UNLV

Governor Christens New "DMV in a Box" at UNLV

 

Governor Brian Sandoval helped cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the opening of one of 18 new self-service DMV kiosks.

Sandoval celebrated the opening of a kiosk at the UNLV Student Union, which is now one of 45 statewide.

New DMV kiosk functions include accepting applications for driver’s license and identification card renewals, duplicate driver’s license, identification cards and instruction permits, and accepting payment for a registration reinstatement resulting from a lapse in insurance.

The DMV kiosks also process registration renewals and decals, and driver history records. Most of the new “DMVs in a Box” are located in area supermarkets.