Dispute Between Nevada Chancellor, Minority Leaders Ends

RENO (AP) - The chancellor of Nevada's higher education system and leaders of Las Vegas minority groups have settled a flap that had threatened the future of monthly luncheons designed to promote
diversity in the system.

Rogers told the minority leaders on Tuesday that he no longer would sponsor Diversity Forum luncheons he started in 2005 because they would not purchase tickets for a fundraising dinner for his pet project - the Nevada Health Sciences System.

But Rogers says he reversed his decision a short time later after minority leaders agreed to support the fundraiser.

Rogers says he was upset because he has been a strong supporter
of minorities in Las Vegas, but representatives of local minority chambers of commerce and other groups weren't supporting him by
buying $500-a-seat tickets to a Saturday dinner to benefit the health sciences project.

Rogers says he has personally spent about $40,000 to $50,000 on
the diversity luncheons, which are held alternately in Las Vegas and Reno.

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