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Archive for April 19, 2005

Heller bringing in funds to run for Gibbons' post
WASHINGTON -- Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller, who intends to run for Jim Gibbons' congressional seat, made a flurry of phone calls to donors in the last few days of March to net a ...
11:15 a.m.
Wynn offers inside look at new resort
Wynn Las Vegas opens to the public in less than nine days, and the inside of the $2.7 billion megaresort already looks spectacular.
11:15 a.m.
Mint to make new coin with more gold
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Mint announced today it will begin producing a new 24-karat gold bullion coin early next year, hoping to capitalize on growing international demand for purer gold coins.
11:12 a.m.
Regents impressed with chancellor candidate list
Nevada university system Interim Chancellor Jim Rogers' competitors for the permanent job are now public.
11:11 a.m.
New home prices top $300,000
When apartment-to-condo conversions are included into the equation, the median price of a new house in March was $291,000, SalesTraq reported.
11:11 a.m.
Legislative briefs for April 19, 2005
Homeless people would not have to pay to get a new copy of their birth certificate or driver's license under Assembly Bill 84, passed Monday by the Assembly.
11:09 a.m.
Company forging ahead with plans for high rise in Arts District
A Las Vegas real estate investor wants to bring some "color" to downtown Las Vegas and plans on building a 38-story condominium tower called H.U.E. Lofts in the city's Arts District.
11:09 a.m.
Lawmakers debate digital conversion for televisions
When the United States converts to digital broadcasting from the existing analog system, people could wake up one day, turn on their televisions and see a blank screen.
11:09 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 19, 2005
Aristocrat Leisure Ltd., the world's second-largest maker of slot machines, had its credit rating raised one level to 'BB+' from 'BB' by Standard & Poor's, which cited improved cash flow, cost management and lower debt.
11:09 a.m.
Poker tournament kicks off at Bellagio
Poker tournament kicks off at Bellagio
11:08 a.m.
Justice center builder likely out
The Clark County Commission was expected today to remove the embattled construction company in charge of building the much delayed Regional Justice Center, moving one step closer to opening its doors, county manager Thom Reilly ...
11:07 a.m.
Bill tackles payday loan abuse
CARSON CITY -- The Assembly is expected to vote on two bills this week designed to curtail payday loans.
11:07 a.m.
Housing body runs big deficit
The North Las Vegas Housing Authority could face foreclosure on a $20 million low-cost housing project and is facing multiple financial problems, including a nearly $400,000 deficit in its 2004 budget, according to a recent ...
11:07 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: After delay, justice is served
They're looking to kick the slow-moving general contractor, AF Construction, off the jobsite and assign county workers to finish work on the 17-story complex, which is more than three years behind schedule.
11:06 a.m.
Hotel inspection was delayed by 'worker's error'
A three-week gap between a complaint and full inspection of a downtown Las Vegas hotel co-owned by the mayor's son occurred because a city inspector made a computer error, a city official said.
11:06 a.m.
Fight between Florida tourist and girlfriend turns violent
Omniel Ortiz, 28, was taken into custody on charges of attempted murder and first-degree kidnapping after a hotel security officer witnessed Ortiz attacking the woman in the hallway outside their room, according to a police ...
10:59 a.m.
Rogers hits lawmakers up for another $94 million
CARSON CITY -- Interim Chancellor Jim Rogers urged a legislative budget committee today to provide $94 million more than is in Gov. Kenny Guinn's budget for construction projects at the University and Community College System ...
10:58 a.m.
NAB speakers urge broadcasters to keep pace with technology
At the opening ceremony of the National Association of Broadcasters convention, the keynote speech was given by someone who admittedly has nothing to do with broadcasting -- at least not on the surface.
10:56 a.m.
MGM Mirage reports rosy profit, outlook
MGM Mirage officials said the company shattered profit records at several Las Vegas Strip resorts in the first quarter and that the remainder of the year also looks strong.
10:54 a.m.
Bank of America posts higher first-quarter profit
Bank of America Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose sharply from a year ago as the nation's No. 3 bank benefited from its acquisition of FleetBoston as well as strong commercial loan growth and deposit growth.
10:53 a.m.
Control Board member offers regulation lesson
Keeping up with rapidly changing technology is the biggest challenge facing gaming regulators, a state Gaming Control Board member told a class of UNLV law students Monday.
10:51 a.m.
Riviera's staying power on display
Within months of opening its doors in April 1955, the Riviera hotel and casino went bankrupt -- the fallout of a glut of casinos that opened around the same time.
10:50 a.m.
MGM Mirage announces big plans for Macau casinos
MGM Mirage said today the government of Macau has granted a subconcession to a joint venture with business partner Pansy Ho Chiu-king to build a $975 million casino resort in the Chinese province, which is ...
10:50 a.m.
Penny rocks Sox
Cashman Field Radio: all games on 1460-AM and 870-AM
10:39 a.m.
Wind advisory issued for Las Vegas Valley
Under windy conditions local clouds of blowing dust or valley-wide dust storms can occur. Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution particles, which aggravates those with respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma.
9:49 a.m.
Ebbers asks court for new trial
In a motion filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Ebbers requested "a new trial in the interest of justice." The request came after jurors convicted Ebbers of masterminding an $11 billion fraud that brought ...
9:47 a.m.
Man shot in 7-Eleven parking lot
The victim was taken to University Medical Center and is expected to survive, said Tim Bedwell, spokesman for the North las Vegas Police.
9:46 a.m.
Wholesale prices rise 0.7 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Inflation at the wholesale level, propelled by a surge in the price of gasoline and other energy products, shot up 0.7 percent in March, the government reported today. It was the biggest jump ...
9:40 a.m.
Strip club customer arrested after argument lands in parking lot
Police said the incident started when 39-year-old Royal Jackson of Las Vegas became "verbally aggressive" toward a bartender at the club.
9:40 a.m.
New Internet 'sweepstakes' raises questions in Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. -- Every morning, D.R. "Doc" Carson makes his way to this city's newest Internet cafe and pulls up a chair in front of a terminal. He skips the keyboard, choosing instead to use ...
9:36 a.m.
Nevada professors top national average in pay
Faculty at both UNLV and UNR make slightly more money than the national average, but several thousand more than their peers in other Mountain West states, according to a new report released Monday by the ...
9:21 a.m.
Developer seeks continued blasting
A developer is seeking an injunction allowing it to resume blasting halted by Henderson in March after area residents complained vibrations damaged their homes.
9:20 a.m.
Immunization schedule for April 19, 2005
RAFAEL RIVERA COMMUNITY CENTER: 2900 Stewart Ave., noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
9:17 a.m.
Community briefs for April 19, 2005
A skin care/make-up workshop will begin 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive, North Las Vegas.
9:16 a.m.
Cuban, Maloof support Vegas bid
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a brief response to a Monday inquiry about the NBA exploring Las Vegas as a potential site for its 2007 All-Star Game.
9:16 a.m.
Public Works chief named among top
His department has also earned the association's accreditation, the 23rd public works department in the nation and the first city in Nevada to earn the status.
9:15 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Takefuji gave us something new to see
Unless you count the windmill hole at the local putt-putt, I had never witnessed a 12 in golf until Thursday, when Chris Johnson, a veteran on the LPGA tour, took that many shots to hole ...
9:15 a.m.
Letter: Teachers are grossly underpaid
The building funds come from building bonds that were approved by the voters specifically for new educational facilities and have little to do with the funds that are needed to teach our children, mainly funds ...
9:08 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 19, 2005
On a day ideal for spectators but too warm for runners, and with a headwind that at times became discouraging, an Ethiopian man won the Boston Marathon, America's showcase race, for the first time since ...
9:08 a.m.
Letter: More local input needed to write homeless plan
Phil Mangano, executive director of the federal Interagency Council on Homelessness, travels about the United States trying to get cities to adopt 10-year plans to end homelessness. He and other attendees stayed at the Ritz-Carlon ...
9:08 a.m.
Editorial: A proposal that stinks
The company is trying to make it sound as if this new approach really isn't a reduction in service. But the fact is that this is a reduction in garbage collection, pure and simple. It ...
9:07 a.m.
Editorial: Armstrong's triumph
Nowadays it's not easy finding professional athletes who not only are the best at what they do but who also serve as extraordinary role models. Armstrong is one such individual, who surely will be remembered ...
9:07 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Allegiant returns favor to local racer with sponsorship
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will sponsor local racer Spencer Clark in Thursday night's NASCAR Grand National, West Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
9:06 a.m.
Preps: Today's schedule
All times 3:30 p.m. unless noted: Spring Valley at Clark, Bonanza at Durango 6 p.m., Western at Sierra Vista, Cimarron-Memorial at Las Vegas, Virgin Valley at Pahrump Valley 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Beatty at ...
8:58 a.m.
Peete hired as co-host of sports show
Rodney Peete's 16-year NFL career came to an end Monday when Fox Sports Net hired the quarterback as a regular co-host on "Best Damn Sports Show Period."
8:56 a.m.
NRC's Jaczko set to appear before panel
WASHINGTON -- Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Greg Jaczko will appear before a Senate committee this week for a belated confirmation hearing.
8:31 a.m.
Court upholds prosecution in both state and federal courts
CARSON CITY --In a ruling on a Las Vegas case, a federal appeals court held that a person can be prosecuted by both the state and federal government for the same offense without violating the ...
8:30 a.m.
Trial ordered in immigrant's killing
A 19-year-old man accused of killing a 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder.
8:30 a.m.
Obituaries for April 19, 2005
Sharon Jean Bilo, 52, of Las Vegas died April 7 in Las Vegas. A resident for 48 years, she was born July 18, 1952, in California.
8:30 a.m.
Jury gets case in housing guard's death
After three weeks of testimony, a jury was to begin deliberating this morning about whether a 22-year-old alleged gang member killed a security guard outside a Las Vegas Housing Authority complex last year.
8:29 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Youth is served by magazine
This does not mean running off to Borders for the latest psychobabble from another middle-aged "expert" who wants to retire by telling you how to relate to your kids.
8:08 a.m.
All Rivved Up: Strip survivor Riviera celebrating birthday No. 50
The venerable Riviera, a relatively modest hotel-casino by Las Vegas' new standards, celebrates its 50th birthday Wednesday.
8:08 a.m.
Star-studded lineup has navigated Riviera
When Michael Bolton performs as part of the Riviera's 50th birthday celebration Friday, he will be on hallowed entertainment ground.
8:07 a.m.

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