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Archive for February 20, 2002

Insurance crisis hits UMC
University Medical Center's trauma center -- the only 24-hour center in the state -- could cut its hours as soon as March 12 unless doctors get relief from rising medical malpractice insurance costs, hospital officials ...
11:06 a.m.
Housing authority chief backs Herrera
The executive director of the Las Vegas Housing Authority said Tuesday that Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera's guidance in calming him during stressful situations is worth the money Herrera is paid as a consultant.
11:01 a.m.
Planned complex may offer 3,600 jobs
A 133-acre regional distribution center planned for southwest Henderson could bring as many as 3,600 new jobs and help the city and the Las Vegas Valley compete with other Western distribution hubs, the project developer ...
11:01 a.m.
LV company selling Australian interests
Park Place is a 20 percent owner of Jupiters Ltd., which owns two casinos in northeastern Australia. Jupiters has agreed to buy back half of Park Place's stock, and institutional investors will purchase the remainder ...
11:00 a.m.
Fed clears path for bank's expansion
The Fed's decision completes a $2.4 billion merger between Paris-based BNP Paribas and its BancWest Corp. affiliate, parent companies of Bank of the West, to purchase United California Bank from UFJ Holdings of Tokyo.
11:00 a.m.
News briefs for February 20, 2002
The cause of death for a man who died after scuffling with Metro Police over the weekend is pending further tests, Clark County coroner officials said.
11:00 a.m.
Legislators say Guinn's budget urgency is premature
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn was premature in ordering no-growth budgets for the next biennium, two key Democrats say.
10:59 a.m.
Southwest Gas earnings drop in fourth quarter
Southwest Gas Corp., the primary natural gas supplier in Southern Nevada, posted fourth quarter 2001 earnings of $31 million, 96 cents a share, the company announced Tuesday.
10:58 a.m.
Touch-screen voting machines OK'd
The machines will cost the county $1 million -- $589,500 from the coffers and $410,500 in a credit from the company for 1,642 existing machines.
10:58 a.m.
Suspect linked to string of thefts
Dean Schaper was good at what he did. Unfortunately, Metro Police said what he was good at was stealing things that didn't belong to him.
10:45 a.m.
LV eyes golf operator that dropped Henderson
The Las Vegas City Council today is expected to decide whether Evergreen Alliance Golf Limited will manage a course in the northwest. At the same time, the city of Henderson is considering legal action against ...
10:45 a.m.
Business center plan is approved
A 133-acre regional distribution center planned for southwest Henderson could bring as many as 3,600 new jobs and help the city and the Las Vegas Valley compete with other Western distribution hubs, the project developer ...
10:45 a.m.
Business briefs for February 20, 2002
The state sued to force Ruth Adams doing business as United Family Services to comply with an order that was issued in May by the Consumer Affairs division of the state Department of Business and ...
10:44 a.m.
LV bankruptcies jumped 35 percent in 2001 slowdown
Personal bankruptcy filings in the Las Vegas area climbed 35 percent to 13,394 in 2001, while business filings jumped 33 percent from 2000, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas reported Tuesday.
10:44 a.m.
Harrah's refiles lawsuit against Penn National
Harrah's subsidiary Showboat Development Co. first filed suit against Penn National Gaming Inc. in Las Vegas federal court last year. Showboat claimed it held an option to operate a casino at a racetrack in Charles ...
10:44 a.m.
Airline's nonstop D.C. flights back
America West Airlines, the No. 2 airline serving Las Vegas, will resume nonstop service to Washington D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport next week.
10:44 a.m.
Miss America slot plan debated
Hurting for funds, the Miss America Organization is trying to turn its 81-year-old brand into slot machine cash. But it's drawing a lot of fire in the process.
10:44 a.m.
Yucca supporters push for speedy approval
WASHINGTON -- The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is vital to the nation's future, representatives from an eclectic group of organizations said Tuesday. The organizations included seniors, electrical workers and African American environmentalists.
10:44 a.m.
Dump a dilemma for gaming
With $750,000, the gaming industry is publicly joining the battle against Yucca Mountain, as a showdown before Congress nears on the fate of a proposed nuclear waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
10:43 a.m.
Two softballers are honored by conference
In four appearances, Kerrigan had two wins and two saves. Glenn, starting all five games at third base, batted .455 (5-for-11) and led the Rebels with six runs, a double, two home runs and seven ...
10:41 a.m.
Nevada unemployment claims drop
"Hopefully the economy has turned around," says Birgit Baker, administrator of the state Division of Employment Security that released the figures Tuesday.
9:59 a.m.
Vegas casino boss checks out new turf in Macau
MACAU -- Conjuring up a mix of suspense and hype as he moves into this Asian gambling center, American casino mogul Steve Wynn said today he plans to come up with something he's never even ...
9:53 a.m.
Indiana committee OKs dockside gambling bill
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Tuesday that would permit the state's 10 riverboat casinos to remain permanently docked, but lawmakers have thrown out a proposal to allow larger casino barges.
9:53 a.m.
Pollen preview: Some say spring may be kind to allergy sufferers
Staying healthy
9:53 a.m.
Surveillance class launched
The six-week, five-day-per-week course is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as casino surveillance personnel, and teaches surveillance techniques and procedures. Training will be offered in a surveillance lab and simulated casino. The first ...
9:51 a.m.
Court briefs for February 20, 2002
Nevada will receive $1.7 million as part of an out-of-court settlement in an antitrust suit filed against six international vitamin makers, Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa said Tuesday.
9:50 a.m.
Legislators say Guinn's tax urgency is premature
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn was premature in ordering no-growth budgets for the next biennium, two key legislators say.
9:49 a.m.
Man fined for scam
The SEC obtained a default judgment against Shaw, who is listed at the Nevada Secretary of State's website as a resident of Coventry, United Kingdom, after he failed to respond to the SEC's complaint.
9:49 a.m.
More Americans heed call to volunteer in communities
For information about how to become a volunteer and for a list of available volunteering opportunities with local organizations, call the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada at (702) 892-2321 or visit its website at www.volunteercentersn.org
9:47 a.m.
Deadline extended for terror program loans
The original deadline was Jan. 21.
9:45 a.m.
Insanity ruling prompts Nevada debate
CARSON CITY -- A Clark County prosecutor says a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday on the insanity defense in Nevada will not result in a rash of new trials.
9:43 a.m.
City Council approves cross-gender massage law
Massage therapists in Henderson will be the first in the Las Vegas Valley permitted to travel to homes and hotel rooms to give rubdowns to members of the opposite sex.
9:23 a.m.
Henderson council briefs for February 20, 2002
"We opened it quietly," Henderson Fire Chief Jim Cavalieri said Tuesday of the Anthem-Del Webb fire station, the city's ninth.
9:21 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Unser likes driving stock cars, but he won't switch
Al Unser Jr. admittedly was having the time of his life last weekend while driving in the International Race of Champions season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
9:10 a.m.
Correction
Correction
9:10 a.m.
Prep state tournament schedules
Boys Basketball
9:09 a.m.
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9:07 a.m.
Report gives Nevada C grade in preventing, tracking birth defects
Nevada is in the middle of the pack when it comes to tracking and preventing birth defects, the No. 1 cause of infant deaths in the United States, according to report released today.
9:06 a.m.
Community briefs for February 20, 2002
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers hikes and walks free of charge, but reservations are required for all programs, which begin at the Visitors Center.
9:06 a.m.
Obituaries for February 20, 2002
Mirtha Aguero, 70, of Henderson died Tuesday in a local hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Cuba. A resident for 37 years, she was a retired eyeglass technician.
9:05 a.m.
Gorman, LV players MVPs in conferences
Joining Watson on the All-Sunset first team were Cheyenne's Keith Richardson and Johnny Wheeler, Cimarron-Memorial's Jason Petrimoulx and Robert Young, Clark's Mike Philogene and Western's Leonta Matthews. Centennial's Greg Bohls and Gorman's Grant Rice shared ...
9:05 a.m.
Former NLV council member Strahan dies
Jack F. Strahan, a former North Las Vegas city councilman who was ousted by fellow council members over a conflict of interest but later was reinstated by a judge, died Monday at University Medical Center. ...
9:05 a.m.
Gators win in shootout, advance to face Cowboys
Tears fell amid boisterous cheers Tuesday after Green Valley's girls soccer team won its second overtime shootout in seven days, defeating Palo Verde 2-1 at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.
9:03 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Nation's best will visit for tourney
The 2002 Callaway Golf Las Vegas Intercollegiate Tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.
9:03 a.m.
Prep boys basketball All-Star teams
All-Sunrise Region: Jeremy Atwater, LV; Kevin Marshall, FH; Mitch Platt, GV; Nick Porter, DP; Allan Smith, Bas; Chris Tisdell, Val; MVP: Atwater; Coach: Kurt Bailey, Bas.
9:02 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Raider fans shouldn't cry about Gruden
As anyone who works for a living knows, you don't want or need an unhappy camper in the office or as part of your crew. A sour attitude can be infectious and at the very ...
9:01 a.m.
Columnist Victoria Sun: Rebel freshman takes top honors
The winds whipped and the rain poured over Lake San Marcos Country Club in San Diego Sunday and Monday, providing miserable conditions for the women collegiate golfers at the Aztec Invitational.
8:56 a.m.
Deal with Pac-10 OK'd
Christmas came about 10 months early for Tina Kunzer-Murphy.
8:55 a.m.
Burned airman's suit goes before jury
Jury deliberations continued this morning in the case of a former airman who is seeking almost $31 million after he suffered severe burns in a November 1994 explosion at Nellis Air Force Base.
8:46 a.m.
Fire academy to remain closed until regents find more money
The state's trouble-plagued Fire Science Academy in Carlin won't reopen until the Board of Regents approves funding to cover cost overruns.
8:45 a.m.
County plans new focus on diversity with reorganization
Clark County's Equal Employment Office may soon take on a new name, and with its new purpose, administrators hope it will also entertain fewer lawsuits filed by disgruntled employees.
8:45 a.m.
Letter: Limit medical malpractice
Lawyers don't want awards limited because this lowers their chance of earning more money. Many lawyers work on a contingency basis, so the higher the award, the more they make. Insurance companies provide a large ...
8:44 a.m.
Letter: Pay us for taking garbage
Just like we pay to have our garbage hauled away, all those wishing to have their nuclear waste stored in Nevada must pay. If every Nevada citizen were promised an annual payment of some sort, ...
8:44 a.m.
Letter: Perfect location found for storing nuclear waste
It has plenty of room for waste on about 1,600 acres, is seismically stable, and a place which only 630 people would find objectionable, rather than millions.
8:43 a.m.
Editorial: Not a place that needs a PR firm
Brown, who was part of Herrera's exploratory committee for Congress, has come under criticism from board members who say they weren't aware of the public relations contract. They cite a policy instituted four years ago ...
8:24 a.m.
Editorial: Land swap that does merit consideration
It would take an act of Congress, however, to make this happen. The reason for that is because a few years ago the Nevada congressional delegation was able to get important legislation passed that put ...
8:24 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Checking out deals overseas
My friends took advantage of one of the remarkable package deals being offered these days. It's no secret that airlines and travel-related businesses are struggling to survive through these uncertain times, so they've sweetened the ...
8:24 a.m.
Savvy wine buys: Cotes du Rhone '99 Domaine Andre Brunel
Available at Marche Bacchus, $9.99, and Las Vegas Wine Company, $10.99.
8:23 a.m.
Never Forget: Sperling-Mack-Kronberg Holocaust Resource Library a history haven
They reveal hate, genocide and racism that occurred during the Nazi reign of Germany and Europe during World War II.
8:23 a.m.

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