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Officials Want $27 Million For UNLV Med School

Nevada higher education officials are asking legislators for three times more money than the governor has proposed to ramp up construction of a medical school in Las Vegas.

Nevada System of Higher Education officials presented budget requests to a joint Assembly and Senate committee Tuesday and asked for about $27 million for a medical school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UNLV School of Medicine Dean Barbara Atkinson said increasing funding would help the school attract more donors so it could begin accepting students in 2017.

Higher education chief Dan Klaich also asked legislators for a temporary funding increase for the state's community and research colleges.

Administrators told lawmakers that they needed time to adjust to lower budget allocations after recent changes to the state's higher education funding formula.

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