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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:10:43 -0800

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City of Las Vegas Puts Data - and Progress - Online

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:10:43 -0800

The graduation rate of Hispanic students at Valley High School in 2015/16 was almost 70 percent. This is just below the percentage of Asian graduates.That same year, the graduation rate for black students at Valley was 58 percent.And for the last two years, West Prep has graduated more than 90 percent of their students.The overall graduation rate in Las Vegas is 66.3 percent.

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Mental Health Professionals Seeing People For Post-Election Anxiety

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:58:35 -0800

Slate’s Michelle Goldberg has called it “Trump-induced anxiety” and “a national nervous breakdown.”Whatever you call it, therapists have seen an uptick in patients talking about election anxiety for the last year.And since President-elect Donald Trump was elected, the number of people and intensity of anxiety has increased.

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The Past, Present And Future Of The Black Mountain Institute

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:42:04 -0800

The Black Mountain Institute at UNLV just turned 10. The international literary center grants fellowships and degrees, holds readings and panels, and provides asylum to persecuted writers. Actually, Black Mountain Institute is the old name. The full name for the organization is the Beverly Rogers and Carol C.

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Las Vegas Rents, Occupancy Up; Apartment Construction Strong

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:28:58 -0800

Southern Nevada has one of the highest percentages of people who rent instead of paying a mortgage.

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The Art Of Writing For Hollywood In Las Vegas

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:22:46 -0800

While movies are made in Las Vegas, it is not the capital of filmmaking. But there are screenwriters who call Southern Nevada home. 

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Las Vegas Casinos Hit Visitors With More Fees As Parking Perk Perishes

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:42:01 -0800

The recent announcements by Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts that they would phase out free parking threw more dirt on the grave of a longtime Las Vegas perk.The casino companies last week joined MGM Resorts International in charging to park at their Strip properties. Paying for parking joins the growing list of fees and taxes being shouldered by Las Vegas visitors, including resort fees and higher entertainment and room taxes.

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Heroism Of USS Nevada's Crew Recalled 75 Years After Pearl Harbor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:16:47 -0800

The crew of the USS Nevada provided one of the Navy’s few triumphs during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Ship musicians were playing the “Star Spangled Banner” as Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, dawned and enemy planes filled the sky. The band completed the National Anthem even as machine gun fire rained down on the deck of the battleship.Later in the battle, after being badly damaged by a Japanese torpedo and bombs, the ship limped across the harbor and was intentionally grounded, which kept it from sinking and blocking the shipping channel.

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John L. Smith: The World Won't End Because You Have To Pay For Parking

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:48:50 -0800

As he does each week, KNPR contributor John L. Smith joins us to share his notebook of observations and analysis on news and life in general in Las Vegas.Today, he talked to KNPR’s State of Nevada about the end of an era on the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International and now Wynn Resorts announced plans to start charging to park at their resorts.The companies applying different strategies and standards but some local writers are recalling old Las Vegas and the old rules that seem to no longer to apply. INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

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Death Valley In All Its Majesty (And Desolation)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:30:58 -0800

Alex Ross, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine explored the extraordinary desert bloom at Death Valley National Park.

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Rookie State Lawmakers Preparing To Begin Work In Carson City

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:10:19 -0800

When the Nevada Legislature begins its new session in February, there will be lot of new faces.Term limits and a strong showing by Democrats in the election mean 17 of the 63 seats in the Assembly and Senate will be held by first-term lawmakers.Helping the rookies get acquainted to life in Carson City is a series of orientation sessions, where they learn everything from where the bathrooms are in the Capitol to how to navigate the state budget process.

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