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Archive for February 16, 2005

Nuke official: Take Yucca benefits
CARSON CITY -- A nuclear power industry official told lawmakers Tuesday the state should start pursuing benefits still available from the federal government for accepting the proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository.
11:08 a.m.
Homeland security funds would cause other law-enforcement cuts
While President Bush's proposed budget calls for increases to homeland security, it is at the expense of other law enforcement funding streams.
11:07 a.m.
Wynn boasts high-tech slot floor
One of the biggest advantages enjoyed by a brand-new casino is the opportunity to offer fresh gaming products, particularly on the slot floor.
11:04 a.m.
Family says man killed by police mentally ill
Monday's fatal shooting of a mentally ill Las Vegas man who kept Metro Police at bay for more than seven hours came after he had held two of his family members hostage in their small ...
11:04 a.m.
Speculation drives up shares of Riviera owner
Shares of Riviera Holdings Corp. surged again this morning on continued speculation that the company's Riviera Las Vegas resort could be redeveloped under new ownership.
11:03 a.m.
Plan to save scholarships offered
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn and the state Legislature's top leaders are expected to announce an agreement today that would save the financially troubled Millenium Scholarship program for at least a decade without floating ...
11:02 a.m.
Education official: Property tax cap would cause shortfall
CARSON CITY -- A 6 percent property tax cap would leave a $44 million hole in school funding over the next biennium, an official from the Nevada Department of Education said Tuesday.
11:02 a.m.
Control Board meetings on MGM, Mandalay buyout set
Nevada's gaming regulators have set special meetings to consider the combination of MGM Mirage and the Mandalay Resort Group, an indication that federal regulators are close to reaching a decision on the $7.9 billion deal.
11:00 a.m.
Slot maker to open Asian office
Reno-based International Game Technology on Tuesday announced plans to develop an Asian division and open an office in Macau. The company said IGT-Asia would be led by managing director Scott Winzeler, formerly IGT's director of ...
10:58 a.m.
LV first in housing appreciation
With just under 50 percent appreciation, the Las Vegas market had the strongest appreciation in the nation for nine months last year, the National Association of Realtors reported.
10:57 a.m.
Gun maker expands to Nevada after ruling by California AG
A gun maker is expanding to Henderson amid criticism that the move is in response to a California order that it stop producing an unsafe pistol.
10:56 a.m.
Bush's top economic adviser leaving his post
N. Gregory Mankiw, the chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote Bush a letter of resignation dated Feb. 9. "It is time for me to return to my family, my students and my ...
10:55 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Feds show Nevada no quarter
We are being asked to store the nation's deadly nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and send back $700 million from land sales to bail out the deficit-ridden national treasury.
10:55 a.m.
Nevada officials dissect Bush's proposed cuts
WASHINGTON -- Buried in the eclectic mix of 154 programs that President Bush asked Congress to scrap or scale back are federal medical care, education and small business programs that operate in Nevada.
10:54 a.m.
State amendment would double lawmakers' pay
CARSON CITY -- A proposed constitutional amendment to double the pay of lawmakers cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday after testimony that legislators should be paid for the days they work.
10:54 a.m.
McCarran castoffs turned into gold
A cleaver with a 10-inch blade. A chainsaw. A sledgehammer.
10:54 a.m.
New tax approved for car rentals
A new performing arts center for Las Vegas moved a step closer to reality Tuesday as the Clark County Commission approved a new tax on car rentals.
10:53 a.m.
Cancer insurance coverage urged
CARSON CITY -- Twenty-five percent of cancer patients in Nevada leave the state for treatment, the president and chief executive of the Nevada Cancer Institute said Tuesday.
10:53 a.m.
Women of Distinction awards ceremony planned
The Southern Nevada chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners on Monday announced nominees and winners for a series of awards that will be presented next month.
10:52 a.m.
Domenici urges support for Yucca
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's top advocate for Yucca Mountain today urged nuclear energy industry leaders to not waver in their support of the proposed nuclear waste repository.
10:42 a.m.
Unauthorized guns brought onto Test Site
The report found that two government handguns were signed out from the Energy Department's National Training Center in Albuquerque, N.M., without following armory requirements, and that the handguns were passed among several individuals at the ...
10:42 a.m.
Budget cutbacks ground weekend weather balloons
Twice a day, every day of the year, meteorologists with the National Nuclear Security Administration launch weather balloons that send vital information to National Weather Service forecasters in the Las Vegas office.
9:45 a.m.
Bill would give guardsmen more health care access
WASHINGTON -- Members of the National Guard and military Reserves and their families would have access to a portion of the military health care system, known as Tri-Care, under a bill introduced in the Senate.
9:45 a.m.
Ensign seeks to ban interstate sale of animal-fighting tools
Ensign, who was a veterinarian before entering politics, said he is "fully committed to bring about the demise of this abhorrent activity."
9:41 a.m.
News briefs for February 16, 2005
A man killed Monday in a room at the Town & Country Manor motel has been identified as 42-year-old Gary Christopher Brooks of Las Vegas.
9:41 a.m.
Angelos family nixes purchase of raceway
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The family of Peter Angelos backed out of a deal to purchase Rosecroft Raceway Tuesday, citing concern about what is happening in Annapolis with slot machines and the racing industry.
9:40 a.m.
Renewable energy report encouraging for Nevada
WASHINGTON -- With the support of Congress, the United States could realistically rely on renewable energy sources for 20 percent of the nation's electricity needs by 2020, a new report says.
9:37 a.m.
Cities negotiates land deals with Oklahoma-based tribe
The Oklahoma-based Eastern Shawnee tribe, which has roots in Ohio, is entering agreements to buy property around the state, positioning itself to build casinos if it can persuade the General Assembly and Gov. Bob Taft ...
9:36 a.m.
Board vacancies stall projects in Illinois
CHICAGO -- Millions of dollars worth of construction and untold numbers of jobs have been on hold for months because Gov. Rod Blagojevich has failed to fill vacancies on the state board that oversees gambling.
9:36 a.m.
Obituaries for February 16, 2005
Guillermo Aguja Calabines, 80, of Las Vegas died Monday in Las Vegas. He was born April 6, 1924, in the Philippines. A resident for 10 years, he was a retired farmer.
9:35 a.m.
State may garnish jackpots won by deadbeat parents
ATLANTIC CITY -- Deadbeat parents who hit it big in New Jersey casinos may not be so lucky next time they win.
9:34 a.m.
MGM could decide soon on stake in MotorCity Casino
Under the $525 million deal, Ilitch would acquire Mandalay Resort Group's 53.3 percent stake in MotorCity. Ilitch already owns 25 percent of MotorCity Casino, so she would become the majority owner if MGM agrees to ...
9:34 a.m.
Lottery chief proposes lower commissions on slot games
Lottery retailers get an average of 28.8 percent of net revenue from video poker machines. Penn proposed a 15 percent rate for revenue from slot-type games when they are added in a few months.
9:34 a.m.
Winnings for casinos remain relatively flat
But eight of the state's 14 riverboat casinos were doing worse than a year ago. In the Shreveport-Bossier City market, the Louisiana Downs slots casino was the only one in better shape than in January ...
9:34 a.m.
Man for all races
Among Mario Andretti's many accomplishments are:
9:31 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Kudos to Sweet Lou, local legend
Although he would become his biggest admirer, there was a time when Jim Gemma, the veteran Las Vegas 51s publicist, and Lou Pisani, the veteran ... well, just about everything else when it comes to ...
9:29 a.m.
Defending champs extended to OT
It's been no secret lately -- teams that can control P'Allen Stinnett have a pretty good shot at beating the Palo Verde boys basketball team.
9:28 a.m.
New big shot on campus
All in all it wasn't too bad a weekend for Curtis Terry and older brother Jason when it came to making clutch baskets. Here's a rundown of what happened:
9:28 a.m.
Funds OK'd for traffic controls
The ubiquitous four-way stop signs controlling many intersections in Clark County could soon become much more rare. The Clark County Commission approved $2.9 million Tuesday for new traffic controls at intersections now controlled by only ...
9:28 a.m.
Airport parking rates are changing
Aviation Department Director Randy Walker said the problem with the existing parking charges isn't revenue, but accessibility. Too many people are now using the parking garage at $10 a day rather than the remote lots, ...
9:28 a.m.
Nation's construction at two-decade high
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes and apartments rose 4.7 percent in January to the highest level in over two decades as low mortgage rates continued to power the nation's housing industry.
9:27 a.m.
Gates promises a more secure Web browser
In a wide-ranging speech at the RSA computer security conference, Gates, Microsoft's chairman, said the company was making progress in its fight against spam, adding that "phishing" software scams were the fastest growing security problem ...
9:27 a.m.
Three plead guilty to rigging insurance bids
Six other executives, one from Marsh and two of them from AIG, had earlier pleaded guilty in an investigation of the insurance industry by the New York attorney general. All nine are cooperating with investigators, ...
9:27 a.m.
Sports briefs for February 16, 2005
Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will attempt his seventh consecutive win in cycling's most prestigious race this summer.
9:26 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Hidden treasure? NCAA futures still carry value
Odds provided by Station Casinos as of Tuesday:
9:25 a.m.
Editorial: Free press at stake
On Tuesday a lower court's decision to hold the two in contempt for their silence was upheld by a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court. We hope the full appeals court overturns the panel's ...
9:21 a.m.
Letter: Arafat's death key to cease-fire
But credit for what? For Arafat's natural death? That is the real -- and only -- reason things are looking up, for this week at least.
9:20 a.m.
Letter: Reid's will won't be easy to dismiss
I suddenly feel that the White House, particularly Karl Rove, has made a gigantic error. Doesn't Rove know that you should never mess with a man from Searchlight, Nev.?
9:19 a.m.
Letter: System depends on hearty input, vigilant activism
Political activists have a healthy cynicism and a knowledge that our founders gave us each the right and duty to petition the government. Along with this responsibility is their insistence that their questions and petitions ...
9:19 a.m.
Desert Pines duo the real deal against Gators
Desert Pines coach Jim Richmond had a goal in mind defensively against Green Valley star Jabrenta Hubbard, and his team hit that goal on the dot.
9:18 a.m.
Editorial: Kindergarten proposal has worthy goal
While most of the iNVest plan was scuttled by the cost-conscious Legislature in 2003, legislators did raise per-pupil funding for Nevada's K-12 schools by about 7 percent. This increase still left Nevada about 13 percent ...
9:18 a.m.
Battle brews over handicapped spaces
There is a battle brewing between disabled people who utilize exclusive van-only handicapped parking spaces and those who are prohibited from parking in those spots even though they drive cars with handicapped parking permits.
9:17 a.m.
Shorthanded Foothill succumbs to Valley's pressure
The Valley High girls' basketball team took advantage of a shorthanded Foothill squad and moved on to the semifinals with a 70-50 win Tuesday in the Class 4A Sunrise Region quarterfinals.
9:17 a.m.
Las Vegas defense in a rush to prove worth
New York quarterback Aaron Garcia ranks among the best in arena football -- that is, when he is actually given a chance to throw the ball.
9:17 a.m.
Will race for food: Past champions compare checkbooks with today's Nextel Cup drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The subject of Daytona 500 payouts came up during Tuesday's "Gathering of Champions" at the Short Track Summit, which was attended by 10 former 500 winners, including Junior Johnson and Marvin ...
9:16 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Even with riches coming, free time is not a luxury Moore can afford
Ryan Moore itches to get back to practicing and working on the steely focus and deft touch that made him the nation's amateur golf sensation last summer.
9:12 a.m.
Bail reduced in abuse case stemming from girls' stabbing
Tamara Ann Schmidt -- the mother of two children who were stabbed in Mesquite -- and her husband, who are both charged with multiple counts of child abuse and neglect, were released from custody on ...
8:52 a.m.
Drug addict's taped testimony fingers defendant in killing
In a court case riddled with tales of crack use and sex-for-drugs, the prosecution's star witness, an admitted heroin addict, told a Clark County jury Tuesday about his sighting of a soon-to-be murder victim -- ...
8:52 a.m.
Water, sewer rates to be raised over next two years
Henderson residents will pay nearly $29 more a year for water and sewer service once new rates are implemented by the end of 2006.
8:49 a.m.
Murder suspect wanted since 1993 in Chicago is caught in LV
Nathaniel Hoskins, 36, allegedly got into an argument on April 19, 1993, with Jerome Lucious over the possible theft of some tires, Metro Police Sgt. Tom Roberts said. Hoskins allegedly pulled out a gun and ...
8:48 a.m.
Legislative briefs for February 16, 2005
A bill to tighten the issuance of driver's licenses to those younger than 18 has been introduced by Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas.
8:42 a.m.
Titus rips Bush plan to take land sales funds
CARSON CITY -- Improvements to Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon would be threatened under a money recapture plan by President Bush that would siphon an annual $700 million out of Nevada.
8:40 a.m.
Immunization schedule for February 16, 2005
HENDERSON PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER: 129 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Building A, Suite 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
8:40 a.m.
Be careful when viewing wildflowers
County environment and air quality officials want residents to remember these tips when traveling in the desert:
8:39 a.m.
Monorail officials offer reassurance
Las Vegas Monorail officials Tuesday assured lawmakers that the monorail's finances were sufficient to carry into 2005 despite various setbacks and that the state would not be responsible if the company cannot repay any of ...
8:39 a.m.
Community briefs for February 16, 2005
David Saxe's third annual benefit for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis will begin 9 p.m. Friday in the V Theater in the Desert Passage shops at the Aladdin.
8:38 a.m.
Stiffer domestic violence law urged
CARSON CITY -- Some domestic violence advocates and prosecutors asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday to require that all misdemeanor domestic battery charges be prosecuted.
8:38 a.m.
Big Business: Fashion industry has designs on expanding plus-size market
For decades consumers have been led to believe "thin is in."
8:10 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Men's mag is loaded with Cargo
More to my liking is Cargo, a super men's mag filled with hip, useful info that usually encourages me to buy things I didn't even know I wanted. The groovy staff manages each month to ...
8:10 a.m.
FTC clears MGM Mirage buyout of Mandalay Resort Group
The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously this afternoon to allow MGM Mirage's $7.9 billion buyout of Mandalay Resort Group to proceed, paving the way for a deal that would put nearly half of the Strip's ...
4:05 a.m.

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