CCSD graduation rate declines slightly

The Clark County School District’s graduation rates for the second year continue to hover around 71 percent, with 16,604 students receiving diplomas in 2014. However, the 70.9 percent graduation rate was lower than the 2013 high of 71.5 percent, when 16,194 students graduated.

7 ways to get an 800 credit score

Good credit is a lofty goal, but what about perfect credit? Securing the best three-digit FICO score can save hundreds of thousands of dollars during your lifetime. With FICO scores ranked from 300 to 850, reaching the top of the pack — the so-called “800 Club” — is a goal few consumers achieve.

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North Las Vegas motorcycle officer injured in I-15 wreck

A North Las Vegas motorcycle officer was injured in a wreck on Interstate 15 South on Monday night. The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. near the Washington Avenue exit, Nevada Highway Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel said.

Municipal election season kicks off Tuesday

It should come as no surprise that Las Vegas promises to have the glitziest election matchup among more than a dozen races spread across three cities as campaign season officially begins Tuesday.

Sports

Hope Solo could miss World Cup

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said on Monday that U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, currently serving a 30-day ban from the national team, is at risk of being left off the roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup.

Entertainment

Vegas clubs sign new DJs for 2015

The dust has finally settled. The Wynn, Hakkasan and Light Group have officially announced which global DJ stars have signed contracts to perform exclusively at their clubs in 2015.

Mark Ruffalo accepts SAG Award via Twitter

Mark Ruffalo couldn’t make it to Sunday night’s SAG Awards ceremony to accept in person his prize for outstanding male actor in a TV movie or miniseries, but thanks to Twitter, he was able to share a makeshift acceptance speech from his bed in London.

Business

IKEA land purchase sets post-recession high

When Sweden-based furniture seller IKEA closed in late December on its purchase of 26 acres of land in southwest Las Vegas, it set a post-recession high for land deals of its type, local observers say.

Caesars makes pitch for Chicago as bankruptcy trial venue

The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp. begins an unusual two-day trial on Monday to decide which of two bankruptcy courts will review its $10 billion debt-cutting plan. In some ways, the decision is not just about which judge, but which law will govern.

Nation and World

Opinion

EDITORIAL: City Hall doesn’t want vote on soccer stadium

Talk about moving the goal posts. City Hall is determined to subsidize a downtown soccer stadium the public doesn’t want to pay for. So determined, in fact, that city officials are actively working to deny voters the opportunity to kill the project.

‘On the threshold of a major transformation’

As we enter 2015 and start the spring semester, I am excited about what lies ahead for UNLV. I also am honored and humbled to serve as the 10th president of the university and appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the Board of Regents and Chancellor Dan Klaich.

Life

What you need to know about cholesterol

Gone are the days where our physician would prescribe medications for cholesterol levels greater than 100. Newly released guidelines by the two major American heart societies are now stating that bad cholesterol levels “are nothing but a number.” Let’s take a closer look at what this may mean to you.

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