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‘Little Ethiopia’ community developing west of Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Valley is comprised of  many cultures from around the world — including Ethiopia. Thousands of Ethiopians call Southern Nevada home, and dozens of businesses in the area near Flamingo Road and Decatur Decatur are owned by Ethiopians.

Much of the Valley’s Ethiopian community lives in that particular Spring Valley area as well. Nevada Assemblyman Alexander Assefa (District No. 42) is proposing that the area near Decatur and Flamingo by formally known as “Little Ethiopia.” 

Assefa was born and raised in Ethiopia himself, then became a refugee in Kenya. Now Assefa is the first Ethiopian-American elected to public office in the United States and the first African immigrant to serve in elected office in the State of Nevada.

Assemblyman Assefa hopes the Valley’s Ethiopian community can be recognized as Little Ethiopia by September, by the Ethiopian New Year... Read More

Gilroy gunman killed himself, coroner says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman in the deadly Northern California festival shooting killed himself, according to a finding by the Santa Clara County coroner’s office that contradicts earlier police accounts that officers fired the fatal shot.

Santino William Legan, 19, shot and killed three people— including two children — Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Thirteen others were injured. Authorities have not been able to determine his motive.

Nicole Lopez, a senior office specialist in the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, told The Associated Press on Friday that Legan’s cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee had previously said Legan was shot and killed by three officers who had responded in less than a minute. Smithee has called the officers “heroes” for preventing additional casualties by taking down the shooter... Read More

Man shot after argument over towing in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man was arrested after a shooting Thursday night following an argument over a vehicle that had been towed, police said.

North Las Vegas police arrested Jason Harris, 28, a towing company employee. The victim was taken to University Medical Center. His condition is not known.

The 28-year-old man who was shot went to a towing yard in the 4200 block of Donovan Way with his father on Thursday night. An physical altercation took place after a disagreement over towing prices, police said. The father was driving away with his son in the passenger seat when the shot was fired.

The towing yard is near where East Craig Road crosses Interstate 15.

Harris was charged with two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, one count of battery with a deadly weapon and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle... Read More

4 toddlers suffer broken legs at daycare; worker arrested

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A community is up in arms, and a daycare worker is under fire and facing charges after four toddlers suffer leg fractures in one day.

Christina Marie Curtis of Valparasio, which is in northwest Florida, was charged with four felony counts of neglect of a child that resulted in great bodily harm.

According to Northwest Florida Daily News, surveillance video showed Curtis, 25, walking with one of the victims, an 18-month-old, while holding his hands above his head before rapidly jerking him into the air. ... Read More

Democratic candidates line up for Saturday event in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The pack of Democratic presidential candidates made it through five hours of debating this week without diving deep into two major issues: the economy and labor unions. That won’t be the case this weekend.

The candidates’ next stop is Nevada, an early primary state and battleground state, where pocketbook issues prevail and labor still holds sway. About 500 union members on Saturday are primed to grill the candidates on their economic vision and their commitment to workers at a forum hosted by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a public employees union that counts 1.6 million people among its members. At least 19 White House hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are slated to attend... Read More

Excessive heat warning issued for Las Vegas, surrounding areas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Temperatures in the Las Vegas valley this weekend are expected to be very hot, according to the National Weather Service which has issued an excessive heat warning.

The warning is in effect for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Temperatures in the Las Vegas valley are expected to be between 109 to 113 degrees and between 113 to 117 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Laughlin, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu. Death Valley National Park could reach a high of 124 degrees.

People are urged to take extra precautions if spending time outdoors to avoid heat-related illnesses and heat stroke. Wear light clothing and drink lots of water. Animals should also be given plenty of water and shaded areas to cool down... Read More

Sisolak, Perry tour site where radioactive shipments went

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry once again visited a site near Las Vegas where weapons-grade plutonium is stored and low-level radioactive material was mistakenly sent for years.

Perry confirmed his team gave Gov. Steve Sisolak classified and unclassified briefings during Thursday’s tour of the Nevada National Security Site.

The facility is at the center of a legal battle over plutonium the department secretly shipped to Nevada last year over the state’s objections. Nevada wants a judge to order the Energy Department to remove the waste.

In addition, Perry disclosed last month that the site had been sent low-level radioactive waste for disposal that was mislabeled for as long as six years.

Perry toured the site in May with Nevada’s U.S. senators... Read More