The majority of union workers on MGM Mirage’s CityCenter project went on strike late Monday after union negotiations with the developer and construction company regarding the construction site’s safety broke down.
The May 31 death of a sixth worker on the $9.2 billion project led the Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council to take action against MGM Mirage and the project’s general contractor, Perini Building Co. The council demanded that the companies submit to an immediate work site safety assessment, pay for on-site training and grant full job site access to union and safety officials among other things.
Workers ended their strike and returned to work Tuesday night.
Responding to criticism, the president of the state Board of Medical Examiners told Gov. Jim Gibbons and Nevada lawmakers that the regulatory agency is diligently investigating doctors’ culpability in the hepatitis C outbreak.
The medical board’s Investigations Division is "vigorously, urgently and professionally pursuing its investigation," said a letter signed by board President Javaid Anwar.
The federal government’s plan to bury nuclear waste in Nevada took a significant step forward when the Department of Energy applied for permission to build a repository at Yucca Mountain.
The license application represents a milestone for the project that was conceived more than 25 years ago as a resting place for 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel.
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The local cost of a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline swept past $4 for the first time, jumping from an average $3.99 Tuesday to an all-time high of $4.02 Wednesday, according to AAA.
A police officer was wounded and a suspect killed in a standoff near Durango High School in southwest Las Vegas.
Metropolitan Police Department Officer Blake T. Penny was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. Penny was expected to fully recover.
A study published in Education Week calculates that the Silver State has the lowest high school graduation rate in the country at 45.4 percent. The national average is 70.6 percent.
School officials were skeptical of the methodology of Diplomas Count 2008. Gloria Dopf, the Nevada deputy superintendent, said it’s "not a graduation rate, it’s an attrition rate" because it emphasizes the loss of students.Week In ReviewMore Information
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