LAS VEGAS (AP) — Community colleges in Nevada will soon require a high school diploma or its equivalent to enroll.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Nevada Board of Regents approved the policy at a meeting Thursday. It takes effect in fall 2012.
President Michael Richards of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas has said students are more successful in college if they’re ready when they start.
More than half the state’s 114,000 college students attend community colleges. No admission standards are in place at the schools.
CSN alone has 44,000 students. But officials say only about 9 percent graduate.
Community colleges now have a year to design an alternative path to college for students who have not finished high school.
Wind topples shelter at Nellis AFB, injures 8
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — Officials say eight military personnel have been injured after a severe wind storm toppled a set of aircraft shelters at Nellis Air Force Base.
Air Force authorities say the accident happened about 5 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada base.
The injured people were treated at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital.
Officials say they are investigating the incident and the extent of damages to aircraft.
Liaisons named to assist in superintendent search
CARSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval and the State Board of Education have appointed their respective liaisons to assist in the search for the next Nevada superintendent of public instruction.
Sandoval on Thursday named Terri Janison, who serves as his director of community relations and is former president of the Clark County School Board.
The State Board of Education appointed Chris Wallace, a board member from Henderson. Annie Wilson, who serves on the board and is from Las Vegas, will serve as alternate.
Education reforms pushed by Sandoval and approved by the 2011 Legislature give the governor new authority to appoint the state schools superintendent.
Candidates must hold a master’s degree in education or school administration.
Sandoval says he also wants someone with experience in the classroom and with budgeting.
Private services planned for Nevada Guard victims
CARSON CITY (AP) — Private funeral services will be held this weekend for two of three Nevada National Guard soldiers killed in this week’s attack at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City.
Nevada Guard Maj. April Conway says services are planned Saturday for 35-year-old Maj. Heath Kelly, and Sunday for 31-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney. Both are from Reno.
The body of Master Sgt. Christian Riege of Carson City is being flown at the family’s request to Nebraska.
The National Guard members were among four victims killed when 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion stormed the restaurant Tuesday and opened fire with an assault rifle. Also killed was 67-year-old Florence Donovan-Gunderson of South Lake Tahoe.
Seven other people were wounded.
Sencion, who had history of mental health issues, killed himself in the parking lot.
Early voting in Nevada special election ends
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Friday marked the final day of the two-week early voting period in the special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat representing rural Nevada.
Republican Mark Amodei is facing off against Democrat Kate Marshall for the seat.
Election Day is Tuesday.
More than 56,500 people had voted in the election as of Wednesday. Most of the voters are registered as Republican.
Turnout is expected to stay under 35 percent. There are nearly 400,000 voters in Congressional District 2.
The winner will serve through 2012 and replace Republican Dean Heller in the House.
Heller was appointed to the Senate in May to replace Republican John Ensign.
Ensign resigned over a sex scandal involving his friend’s wife.
NRC allows closure of Yucca Mountain nuclear dump
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed the Obama administration to continue plans to close the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
The commission split, 2-2, on whether to uphold or reject a decision by an independent nuclear licensing board, which voted last year to reject the Energy Department’s attempt to withdraw its application for Yucca Mountain. The licensing board said the government failed to make a scientific case for why the application should be withdrawn.
Despite the split vote, the NRC said in an order Friday that the licensing board should continue steps to close down Yucca Mountain by the end of the month.
The decision is a victory for NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who has worked to close the dump since becoming chairman in 2009.