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Allegiant Delays Flights to Inspect MD-80 Slides

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Allegiant Airlines has taken 30 of its 52 MD-80 aircraft out of service to inspect emergency slides, days after passengers and crew members slid to the tarmac to escape one of its planes in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas-based airline posted a notice saying an unspecified number of flights would be delayed, rescheduled or canceled during the next several days.

Company spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said Friday that Monday's evacuation following reports of smoke in the cabin triggered a maintenance review that found unspecified problems.

No injuries were reported in the evacuation at McCarran International Airport. The 144 passengers and six crew members were bound for Peoria, Ill.

Allegiant Airlines is owned by Allegiant Travel Co. The parent company's shares slipped 81 cents, to $102.18, in midday trading.

UNLV Getting Ready for Solar House Competition

UNLV Getting Ready for Solar House Competition

UNLV's team of students have arrived in Irvine, California for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2013.

The students will start constructing their energy-efficient, solar-powered houses at Orange County Great Park Monday. It will take about 10 days for the teams to build the houses.

Teams from universities and colleges around the world are part of the competition, including Czech Technical University and Team Alberta, Canada.

The houses will be compete in 10 contests that will test the house's performance, livability and affordability.

UNLV's home is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the Mojave Desert but still maintain a low carbon footprint.

UNLV Gets $20M Grant to Lead Health Research Group

UNLV Gets $20M Grant to Lead Health Research Group

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has scored a $20.3 million grant to lead a health research network involving 13 universities in seven western states.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health was announced Wednesday by UNLV and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

School officials say the project, called the Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network, will expand the individual universities' ability to put clinical research into practice to address health concerns including cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Program director Dr. Robert D. Langer says the grant should help address the Mountain West's particular challenges delivering health care.

The network will include schools in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

 

UNLV Gets $20M Grant to Lead Health Research Group

UNLV Gets $20M Grant to Lead Health Research Group

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has scored a $20.3 million grant to lead a health research network involving 13 universities in seven western states.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health was announced Wednesday by UNLV and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

School officials say the project, called the Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network, will expand the individual universities' ability to put clinical research into practice to address health concerns including cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Program director Dr. Robert D. Langer says the grant should help address the Mountain West's particular challenges delivering health care.

The network will include schools in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

 

Flight at McCarran Airport Evacuated

LAS VEGAS -- Officials at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas say people have been safely evacuated from an Illinois-bound plane after reports of smoke in the interior.

Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says Allegiant Airlines Flight 436 bound for Peoria was on the taxiway when the problem was detected about 3 p.m. Monday.

Officials say the airport's firefighters responded, and 150 passengers and six crew members were evacuated using slides.

No serious injuries were reported. Crews says the situation was clear by about 3:45 p.m.

Allegiant spokesman Brian Davis says passengers were shuttled to the terminal to wait for an alternate flight.

According to the airport, the National Transportation Safety Board is now inspecting the aircraft.

 

 

Healthy Kids Festival Hopes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Healthy Kids Festival Hopes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

A festival planned for Paradise Park will help parents and kids understand childhood obesity and hopefully prevent the condition.

The Healthy Kids Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is free and open to the public.

Children will dance to live music, play soccer, participate in Zumba classes, learn to grow their own foods and be part of other activities designed to get them thinking about healthy living.

There will also be information about resources available to the community to help the whole family make healthy lifestyle choices.

At last year's event, more than 1,000 parents and children were able to get information on childhood obesity and prevention.

Airport Welcomes Mexican Independence Day Visitors

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport is more than doubling its number of flights from Mexico for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

The airport says 37 commercial flights will be coming directly to Las Vegas from Mexico on Thursday and Friday, more than double the norm.

The holiday is a major tourist draw for Las Vegas. This year's festivities include a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, parades, a mariachi festival and concerts by Latin music superstars including Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Luis Miguel.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is marketing in Mexico right now. It is running TV ads promoting "el grito" or "the cry," which is a reference to the event that started the Mexican War of Independence.

"The more people that we can get here the more jobs we can get back in the community," Courtney Fitzgerald with the LVCVA said.