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Events in Nevada towns near Area 51 get final county OK

PIOCHE, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada county has given final go-aheads to two events centered around a “Storm Area 51” drive that began as an internet joke.

Lincoln County commissioners Tuesday accepted a promoter’s plan to hold a music festival for 5,000 people in tiny Hiko (HI’-koh), and an inn owner’s effort to let perhaps 10,000 camp on her property in Rachel, the town closest to the once top-secret Area 51 military base.

The board last month drafted an emergency declaration, with the sheriff planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of Sept. 20-22 events inspired by the internet invitation.

Commissioners and Sheriff Kerry Lee say promoters’ plans to bring in food, water and entertainment could help people survive in the desolate desert nearly three hours’ drive from Las Vegas... Read More

MGM Resorts International reveals future of 1 October site

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International released a statement Tuesday revealing the future of the Village property, site of the 1 October massacre.

A community and athletic center will be built on the north end, where MGM hopes the Aces will practice and kids can play indoor soccer. There are also plans for a space on the property to remember the victims of 1 October.

“We know that for many, the Village property will forever be linked to the tragic loss of life that took place there on Oct. 1. We will never forget the victims and all of those impacted by that evening,” the company said.

In the meantime, the grounds will be reverted back to a parking area for games and concerts taking place at Allegiant Stadium. The public will be kept informed of any developments. ... Read More

Clark County Commission passes sales tax increase with 5-2 vote

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County commissioners passed a sales tax increase with a 5-2 vote Tuesday.

The money collected from the one-eighth of one percent increase will be used by the county for programs for education and social service programs, including initiatives to reduce truancy and homelessness, as well as funding early childhood, adult and hospitality workforce education.

The #ClarkCounty Commission just approved a 1/8 of a percent sales tax increase with money going to education and social service programs. The tax will sunset in mid-2021. County will look to set up a grant process for programs to apply for the money generated. #Vegas pic.twitter.com/GVFjYkBsqM... Read More

New Catholic school opens in North Las Vegas, offers unique experience for students

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School welcomed students to the first day of classes at its North Las Vegas campus.

The new Catholic school has set itself apart from the rest of the field thanks to a unique experience it offers. Students are in class four days a week and work a corporate job on the fifth day. That job is used for up to 60 percent of the student’s tuition costs.

According to its website, St. Viator is “part of the largest network [Cristo Rey Network] of high schools in the country that exclusively serve students of limited economic means.”

The Cristo Rey Network says it is the only of its kind, integrating four years of rigorous education with professional work experience... Read More

TRAFFIC ALERT: Summerlin Parkway nighttime full closure Sept. 5

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Officials have
announced road closures on Summerlin Parkway for Thursday and Friday morning

Parkway will be closed between Rampart Boulevard and Buffalo Drive in both
directions and motorists are encouraged to avoid this section of the parkway as
crews prepare to pour concrete on the pedestrian bridge. 

The closure
begins at 9pm on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will reopen Friday, Sept. 6 at 5am.

Traffic will
be detoured westbound starting at Buffalo Drive and routed back to Summerlin
Parkway at Rampart Boulevard. Eastbound traffic will be detoured at Rampart
Boulevard and routed back to Summerlin Parkway at Buffalo Drive.

To avoid the
closure traffic, motorists are encouraged to take Rampart Boulevard to Alta
Drive or Vegas Drive to Buffalo Drive.

The bridge is currently under construction on both sides of Summerlin Parkway at Cimarron Road and Kellog Zaher Sports Complex.

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Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.

The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said Tuesday it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition, including .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons, after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only... Read More

Search ongoing for thieves who broke into Celebration Church Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police are still searching for the thieves who broke into Celebration Church Las Vegas, inflicting an estimated $20,000 worth of theft and damages.

The crime happened Sunday night at the church, located at Rancho and Gowan. Several items were stolen, including sound equipment, musical instruments, computers, a safe and offerings collected during Sunday’s service.

“It breaks my heart that I walk into our church home, this is where we provide needs for those that are asking for it, that are needy, and they come in and take our resources,” said Pastor Billy Sauceda.

Sauceda revealed the crib in the baby room was broken, leading him to ask why someone would want to destroy things. ... Read More