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Legislative briefs for March 7, 2005
The Andre Agassi charter school in Las Vegas wants $900,000 from the state to help build classrooms for kindergarten and first graders.
11:02 a.m.
Two killed in separate traffic crashes today
The victims are not believed to be at fault in either wreck, Sgt. Tracy McDonald said.
11:00 a.m.
News briefs for March 7, 2005
A man sentenced to 131 months in prison for his part in a $345,000 bank robbery in Las Vegas is going to get another hearing before U.S. District Judge Lloyd George.
11:00 a.m.
Guardsmen finally get their due
Far from the roads of Iraq where they were injured, two Nevada guardsmen were finally awarded the Purple Heart Sunday.
10:57 a.m.
Council launches problem gambling TV ad campaign
Starting today, Nevada residents may see their first television ad about gambling that doesn't feature any casinos or slot machines.
10:56 a.m.
Mothers upset by lack of services for jailed youth
The 17-year-old who is currently serving a two-year sentence at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for killing three 15-year-old friends in a November 2003 drunken driving crash is not receiving a proper education or ...
10:55 a.m.
Survey: Many homeless lack basic comforts
Nearly one in three homeless men and women doesn't always have access to a restroom, and nearly one in four can't always get clean drinking water, according to preliminary results from an annual survey of ...
10:54 a.m.
Nevada Power's parent turns quarterly profit
Beneficial regulatory decisions and a productive legal maneuver in its ongoing battle with Enron Corp. helped Sierra Pacific Resources to a fourth-quarter and full-year 2004 profit.
10:54 a.m.
Chief exec gives $15 million
The campus will include senior housing, assisted living, long term care, short term acute care and a K-8 school.
10:54 a.m.
Nevada unemployment rate inches down in January
CARSON CITY -- Despite the snow and rain that hit Nevada in January, the statewide unemployment rate inched down to 3.9 percent with an estimated 46,700 people out of work.
10:54 a.m.
Racists' outreach efforts in LV gain attention
A white supremacist organization has stepped up recruitment efforts throughout the Las Vegas Valley in recent months, so much so that it will be the subject of a discussion at UNLV Tuesday night.
10:54 a.m.
Rejected developer has new plan for Las Vegas
The last time the Ambling Co. went before the Las Vegas City Council, the company's proposed development for land at Alta Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard was rejected after neighboring property owners rose up ...
10:53 a.m.
DOE, Nye officials take Yucca case door-to-door
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department and Nye County officials are taking a door-to-door tour of part of Nevada through which proposed rail routes would haul nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.
10:52 a.m.
Blankson first team all-MWC
UNLV senior forward Odartey Blankson was selected today to the all-Mountain West Conference first team for the second consecutive year.
10:28 a.m.
Sports briefs for March 7, 2005
Fired football coach Rick Neuheisel will receive $4.7 million in a settlement today of his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University of Washington.
10:27 a.m.
LV or California could be Irwin's zoo site
Las Vegas and locations in California are being considered as possible sites for "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's first zoo in the United States, his manager and business partner said Friday.
9:35 a.m.
Shoshone file suit against Yucca dump
The Western Shoshone Nation has rejected millions of dollars in compensation for the loss of their ancestral lands, and now the tribe is suing the federal government to stop nuclear waste from being housed at ...
9:35 a.m.
Study: Philip Morris 'shaped' secondhand smoke review in 2001
Philip Morris, a division of Altria Group Inc., successfully encouraged an author to change his conclusion in a 2001 scientific review of the risk of secondhand smoke, according to a study in Pediatrics.
9:34 a.m.
Profit rises 40 percent
Net income climbed to $3.34 billion, or $2,171 a share, from $2.39 billion, or $1,553, a year earlier, the Omaha, Neb.-based company said on its Web site.
9:33 a.m.
Credit issuer buys Hibernia
Sunday's decision by Capital One, the nation's fifth-biggest credit-card issuer, gives the McLean, Va.-based company 314 branches in Louisiana and Texas. Hibernia agreed to receive 45 percent of the $33-a-share offer in cash and 55 ...
9:32 a.m.
After stopping Diaz, Castillo predicts a KO of Corrales
Little business was left unfinished Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, as the winners of two world title fights were gracious in their assessments of the men they beat even as they publicly turned their attention ...
9:32 a.m.
Company to buy United Defense
BAE, which will become the Pentagon's sixth-largest contractor with the purchase, will pay $75 a share in cash for Arlington, Va.-based United Defense, Chief Financial Officer George Rose said today on a conference call.
9:32 a.m.
Passing game
NASCAR's new aerodynamic rules are certain to be the topic of conversation this weekend when the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series makes its eighth annual visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.
9:30 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: For UNLV's fortune in Denver, toss a coin
So, the guy behind me in line at the pharmacy awaiting his prescription for March Madness wanted to know, how are the Rebels going to do in the Mountain West Conference tournament in Denver this ...
9:28 a.m.
Columnist Ralph Siraco: Declan's Moon announces presence with authority
It wasn't until Saturday that the No. 1 contender for this year's Kentucky Derby finally took to the track, but it was worth the wait.
9:27 a.m.
Fledgling slot-machine law in Pennsylvania faces court test
The lawsuit: Gambling opponents and good-government advocates claim that the procedures used to approve slot-machine legislation in July violate the state constitution. Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on it Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
9:22 a.m.
Yee Haw! Rebels draw Cowboys in first round
PROVO, Utah -- UNLV had just rallied to defeat BYU at the Marriott Center for the first time since 1998. But as the Rebels left the locker room following their sixth victory in their past ...
9:21 a.m.
Obituaries for March 7, 2005
Thomas G. Barnett, 85, of Pahrump died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was born Jan. 10, 1920, in Montana. A resident for 10 years, he was a cabinetmaker and an Army Air Corps veteran.
9:19 a.m.
Property tax cap threaten budgets
CARSON CITY -- Enactment of a 6 percent cap on skyrocketing property tax value could force the state to provide more than $40 million more to Nevada school districts over the next two years.
9:18 a.m.
Lady Rebels' goal loftier than being competitive
The Lady Rebels spent 14 conference games proving that they can hang with the best of the Mountain West.
9:18 a.m.
James accepts the blame
The loneliest number that you'll ever see, it turns out, is actually two. It certainly is for Gladiators coach Ron James after his decision not to go for a two-point conversion after Las Vegas' final ...
9:17 a.m.
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Drivers' appearances
Reed Sorenson -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Galleria at Sunset Mall, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson.
9:16 a.m.
Lobbying blitz begins on Internet poker measure
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Licensing Internet poker sites can help prevent gambling by youngsters, compulsive gambling and other consequences that concern state policymakers, an Internet gambling company executive believes.
9:15 a.m.
Lawmakers push for plan to help casino towns
The aid payments, which are part of Rell's 2006-07 budget proposal, are intended to defray some of the impact of the casinos on the towns, including costs associated with roads and educating children of casino ...
9:14 a.m.
Tribes looking at casino along Lake Sakakawea
Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Linda Phelps said the Three Affiliated Tribes has notified the corps that it is working on the proposal. A Bismarck-based engineering firm hired by the tribes was at Beaver Bay ...
9:13 a.m.
Senate OKs gambling changes
Gamblers who want casinos to refuse them access could put their names on a voluntary exclusion list to be kept by the casino and the Gaming Control Board.
9:12 a.m.
Bill to ban casino boats filed
A judge ruled last year that Georgetown County couldn't ban the boats, saying that power remains only with the state.
9:12 a.m.
Grand Casinos may get new names with merger
The Grand Casinos have resorts in Gulfport, Biloxi and Tunica County.
9:11 a.m.
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Weekend schedule
Noon -- World of Outlaws pit gates open (Half-mile dirt track at LVMS).
9:10 a.m.
Bill for assessment districts criticized
CARSON CITY -- A bill sought by Clark County to create special assessment districts has run into a barrage of criticism from business and tax representatives.
9:09 a.m.
Florida divided over slots impact
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The visions could not be more different.
9:09 a.m.
Preps: This week's schedule
Boys' Golf
9:04 a.m.
Editorial: Sweeps a waste of time
Sweeps should be ended, and not just because they clog Municipal Court with petty cases and saddle nonviolent people with fines they can't afford. They do nothing to attack the root problem of homelessness, which ...
9:03 a.m.
Letter: Lawmakers boost high dropout rate
The Assembly's message to employers is that they must pay more for less. What marketable skills has an employee who can barely follow instructions, let alone draft a literate document, because they chose not to ...
9:03 a.m.
Letter: A state Taxpayer Bill of Rights is long-term answer
Angle's proposal, the California Proposition 13 model, rolls back property taxes to 2002. Words, once spoken, cannot be taken back. The same applies to money once spent, contractually committed or planned. This rollback would only ...
9:03 a.m.
Editorial: A chance for jailed youths
Five years after her appointment Crawford is still working on ways to ensure that inmates do not become repeat offenders upon their release. One of her latest ideas involves giving youthful prison inmates a chance ...
8:59 a.m.
A little 'Sugar' sweetens lineup for 'The Contender'
A fighter for 15 years, Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith was on the verge of quitting boxing.
8:21 a.m.
Defense says killer of sister, grandparents insane
Twenty-one-year-old Dante Hanalei Pattison did kill his grandparents and his pregnant sister, his defense attorneys told a jury Friday.
8:19 a.m.
High court denies appeal in teen killing
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the petition of a Las Vegas man who, at the age of 14, shot and killed another teenager.
8:18 a.m.
McKay, former schools AD, is indicted
Former Clark County School District athletics director Larry McKay was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on four felony counts of mishandling public funds, charges that carry a potential penalty of 40 years in jail.
8:15 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Pushing potty parity
Gender-neutrality is the hot topic on the potty politics frontier, according to a New York Times News Service report.
8:13 a.m.
Rather Unique: Peers share respect for legendary anchor as final broadcast nears
"Our main anchor (Stacy Smith) had a seat in the afternoon meeting that everyone knew was his," Neerman said. "It was kind of a running joke that no one would dare sit in his seat."
8:12 a.m.

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