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Journie Augmon
 
Journie Augmon

Liberty senior Journie Augmon has tremendous basketball instincts — like her father, Stacey, who starred at UNLV from 1987-91 and played 15 years in the NBA. The younger Augmon didn’t grow up playing basketball, though, and was a cheerleader for several years. Her dad never pressured her until playing basketball, and she decided to start on her own in seventh grade. Augmon started for the Patriots last year and helped them reach the Class 4A state championship game. She’s one of the area’s top players this year, and averages an area-best 12.3 rebounds to go with 9.5 points and 2.3 steals.

Las Vegas housing
 
Las Vegas housing

Las Vegas’ housing market accelerated in 2018 with some of the fastest growing prices in the country. But amid affordability concerns, sales have tumbled and inventory is soaring. The median sales price of a single-family house last month was $300,000, up 13% from a year earlier. But 1,823 houses traded hands in January, down 19% from a year ago. Tim Kelly Kiernan, agent, RE/MAX Excellence

Las Vegas housing affordability
 
Las Vegas housing affordability

Las Vegas’ housing market accelerated in 2018 with some of the fastest growing prices in the country. But amid affordability concerns, sales have tumbled and inventory is soaring. The median sales price of a single-family house last month was $300,000, up 13% from a year earlier. But 1,823 houses traded hands in January, down 19% from a year ago. Tim Kelly Kiernan, agent, RE/MAX Excellence

Coronado set to defend Class 4A state flag football title
 
Coronado set to defend Class 4A state flag football title

Coronado’s flag football team is preparing to defend it’s Class 4A state championship. The Cougars struggled at times during the regular season, but rallied to win the Southeast League. They earned a double bye the Desert Region playoffs, and won’t play until Wednesday. Quarterbacks Kaylin Hall and Ashtyn Almeido anchor Coronado’s offense.

LVGEA says Nevada needs to grow its middle class
 
LVGEA says Nevada needs to grow its middle class

A shrinking middle class poses a threat to Nevada’s economic growth, according to Jonas Peterson, CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. The Pew Research Center classifies middle-class citizens as singles who make between $24,000 and $73,000 or a family of four that makes between $48,000 and $145,000. In 2000, Nevada’s middle class made up 57 percent of the population. In 2016, it was 52 percent. Jonas Peterson

What is the Wire Act?
 
What is the Wire Act?

The 1961 Wire Act prohibited the use of interstate telephone transmissions to facilitate betting. In September 2011, the US Department of Justice released a formal legal opinion on the scope of the Act. The 2011 opinion concluded “interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a ‘sporting event or contest’ fall outside the reach of the Wire Act.” But a new Department of Justice opinion dated November 2, 2018 reversed the 2011 opinion. It said that the Wire Act’s prohibitions are “not uniformly limited to gambling on sporting events or contests.” According to research group Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, sShould this matter move through the court system, questions to be addressed include: Does the Wire Act apply to sports betting only, or all types of gambling? Is an online bet placed and received within a single state an interstate bet, since data may have been routed through other states? Does the Wire Act apply to legal online gambling? The uncertainty around the opinion creates meaningful short and long-term risks for the gaming industry, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming said.

Coordination considered key in Clark County homeless housing program
 
Coordination considered key in Clark County homeless housing program

Clark County will direct up to $12 million a year in marijuana fees to homeless programs. The majority will go toward building new housing. Local organizations caution that the new housing needs to be coordinated with other local initiatives. That includes collaborating with cities, nonprofits and providing long-term case management, local organizations say.

UNLV visits a hot Utah State basketball team on Saturday
 
UNLV visits a hot Utah State basketball team on Saturday

Life has been good for Utah State’s basketball team, Sam Merrill The Aggies have silenced their preseason critics Utah State coach Craig Smith has had a lot to smile about UNLV, Kris Clyburn play the Aggies on Saturday Joel Ntambwe is expected to play for UNLV after bruising his ribs

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