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Nevada legislative audit details problems with Las Vegas foster care agency

January 18th, 2017

CARSON CITY — A review of a privately operated foster care agency in Las Vegas released to state lawmakers on Wednesday found that the business needs to make “substantial improvements” to ensure the safety of children in its care.The review of ART Homes by legislative auditors identified concerns with its administration of medications, treatment plans and personnel records, am...Read More >>

CCSD financial chief Thorn to resign after only 3 months

January 18th, 2017

The financial chief of the Clark County School District will resign next week after barely three months on the job, leaving the district searching for an interim leader as it undergoes an exhaustive budgeting process for its massive reorganization.Chief Financial Officer Nikki Thorn will resign effective Jan. 27, school board trustees learned in an email sent from Chief Operations Officer Rick ...Read More >>

Celebrate Sunset Park’s 50th with a tour led by ‘Pawn Star’ Mark Hall-Patton

January 18th, 2017

Las Vegans’ favorite park turns 50 this month, and Clark County will celebrate by offering a one-time historical tour of the property on Friday.“Since the beginning, from prehistoric times to the present, people have used that land,” said Mark Hall-Patton, administrator for the Clark County Museum system and the day’s chosen tour guide. “This was one of the places ...Read More >>

Coroner identifies man stabbed to death in Las Vegas as North Dakota resident

January 18th, 2017

A man stabbed to death in the southwest valley Sunday night has been identified by the Clark County coroner.Justin Dale Boyer, 40, was a resident of St. John, North Dakota, according to the coroner.Boyer was staying with a family member and roommate in a house on the 4200 block of Warbonnet Way, near South Buffalo Drive and Peace Way, the Metropolitan Police Department reported on Monday.Reside...Read More >>

Box truck overturned, blocking traffic at I-15 and Tropicana

January 18th, 2017

A box truck is on its side on Tropicana Avenue at the Interstate 15 northbound ramp, according to the Regional Transportation Commission.The crash happened about 7:50 a.m., according to Nevada Highway Patrol. The intersection and two turn lanes on westbound Tropicana to the I-15 are blocked.The truck is carrying produce and the Southern Nevada Health District has been called to the scene to ins...Read More >>

Snow coming to Spring Mountains; rain expected in Las Vegas

January 18th, 2017

A winter storm warning has been scheduled for the Spring Mountains as a series of storms prepares to enter the valley.Wednesday will have a high of 57 degrees and an overnight low of 46 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The first storm in the series is expected to hit the valley between 9 and 10 p.m. and will continue through the middle of the day Thursday, meteorologist Reed ...Read More >>

President Barack Obama’s net worth as he leaves the White House

January 18th, 2017

On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States and the Barack Obama era will officially come to an end. While his net worth is nowhere near that of his successor, Obama will leave office a very rich man.Based on a recent study by American University in Washington, D.C., the Obamas could stand to make as much as $242 million once out of the White House. Here...Read More >>

Ex-Desert Pines star Sam Poutasi 1 of 3 Oregon players hospitalized; strength coach suspended

January 18th, 2017

The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week.The school announced the decision in a statement Tuesday evening and detailed a review of the incident. It added that all future workouts have been modified and the strength and conditioning coach ...Read More >>

Las Vegas police investigating fatal crash near downtown

January 18th, 2017

Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal crash near downtown early Wednesday.The intersection of East St. Louis Avenue and Fremont Street is closed while Metropolitan Police Department officers work the scene.Metropolitan police Lt. David Gordon confirmed it was a fatal crash.Police received a call about a crash around 12:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found a mangled motorcycle in the inter...Read More >>

George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

January 18th, 2017

HOUSTON — Houston-area media are quoting former President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff as saying that Bush has been hospitalized in Houston.The Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV reported early Wednesday that Bush chief of staff Jean Becker says the 41st president was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after becoming ill. Becker did not specify the reason the 92-year-ol...Read More >>

Red Carpet Report: 2017 ACM Awards at T-Mobile Arena, Alize, Sir Elton John, ‘Love Letters’

January 18th, 2017

The Academy of Country Music Awards is returning to Las Vegas, and it will be broadcast from our new T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd annual awards will air on CBS live to New York at 8 p.m. ET on April 2, with an 8 p.m. delayed broadcast on the West Coast.I’m told that a second satellite feed will be produced from another location — probably the new Park Theater at nearby Monte Carlo. A th...Read More >>

Chaparral grad’s Missouri State roommates console each other after his shooting death

January 17th, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Rickey Nichols said he and Richard Nelson never called each other cousins, although they were.They were best friends and brothers. They shared a bunk bed and wore the same shoes, even when the sizes didn’t fit quite right. They had matching gold necklaces and made a pact not to oversleep so much this semester.“We were going to hit the books hard this year,&r...Read More >>

Sandoval makes $60M pledge to ESA program for ‘generations to come’

January 17th, 2017

The Education Savings Account program got a $60 million commitment from Gov. Brian Sandoval during his State of the State address Tuesday night.More than 11,000 students could be covered under the program if all $60 million goes toward the vouchers. Between 8,000 and 9,000 preliminary applications have been filed so far, according to state officials.Passed in the last legislative session, paren...Read More >>

UNLV Basketball vs. San Diego State — LIVE BLOG

January 17th, 2017

The UNLV Rebels host the San Diego State Aztecs tonight at 7 p.m. PST at the Thomas & Mack Center. Follow our live blog below.RJ app users click here.Read More >>

Downtown’s Vesta Coffee Roasters craft a pretty matcha latte

January 17th, 2017

It may not be easy being green but it’s easy enough to drink, with the Matcha Latte at Vesta Coffee Roasters. Owner Jerad Howard said he uses culinary-grade matcha (powdered specially produced green tea); only the ceremonial grade is higher, and “it wouldn’t be great to mix that with milk.” Howard steams the matcha with water and steaming milk and pours them together lik...Read More >>

For Vegas’ star couples, it’s time to play at The Space

January 17th, 2017

Wheeling around VegasVille, where love is in air for an all-star lovefest, and we recall Wayne Newton jamming with Night Ranger:OPENING ‘LOVE LETTERS’The performances of A.R. Gurney’s play “Love Letters” at The Space from Feb. 10-14, mentioned in this space Monday, are intended to be as unvarnished and organic as possible. The Space proprietorMark Shunock is asking...Read More >>

Naked Trump artist now selling bobbleheads of president-elect — VIDEO

January 17th, 2017

Richard Schwartz’s new ride is sure to turn heads.Not because the 1961 Lincoln Continental is a classic car — there are plenty of those motoring about Las Vegas. The convertible’s hood and trunk will be covered in 200-some ceramic bobbleheads resembling President-elect Donald Trump in the nude.Schwartz, a 77-year-old venture capitalist, is debuting the vehicle today to promote...Read More >>

Sister of slain Chaparral grad Richard Nelson said he ‘was amazing, like Superman’

January 17th, 2017

Oniesha Coleman can only describe the events leading up to her younger brother’s death as “surreal.”She said it was almost like watching a movie.“I feel like I was watching someone else’s life story, and now it feels like I’m becoming a part of that story,” Coleman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s crazy thinking back and remembering ...Read More >>

Teen suspect in killing of Chaparral grad surrenders in Las Vegas with mother

January 17th, 2017

Las Vegas police said the 17-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of former Chaparral High School football player Richard Nelson surrendered Tuesday, along with his mother, who was reportedly wanted on an accessory charge.Since the suspect is a juvenile, he had not been named as of Tuesday afternoon, but police said he was booked into Clark County Juvenile Hall on one c...Read More >>

DoorDash app will begin delivering food in Las Vegas

January 17th, 2017

A new smartphone app known as DoorDash will launch on Wednesday, joining an increasingly crowded market that matches food delivery with technology.Las Vegas will be the company’s 29th city to be served in the United States and Canada, with more than 1,000 local restaurants expected to participate, DoorDash spokesman Diego Phillips said. Other cities include Los Angeles, New York and Chica...Read More >>

Las Vegas man who crashed Jan. 7 on Blue Diamond Road has died

January 17th, 2017

The driver who crashed near Blue Diamond and Lindell roads on Jan. 7 has died from his injuries, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.Brandon Webb, 28, of Las Vegas died Jan. 15 at University Medical Center, according to the Highway Patrol.Webb was not wearing his seat-belt and was ejected during the single-vehicle crash.His three daughters — ages 6 months, 2 years and 3 years &mdas...Read More >>

Las Vegas police recapture woman who walked away from prison camp

January 17th, 2017

An inmate who walked away from Jean Conservation Camp on Jan. 9 was taken into custody Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department.April Barth has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center, and will be returned to Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas.Barth began serving her sentence of 12 to 48 months in September for attempted grand larceny.Contact Brooke W...Read More >>

Woman found dead in apartment suffered multiple gunshot wounds

January 17th, 2017

The woman found dead in a northeast valley apartment Monday morning suffered from gunshot wounds, the Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday.A family member went to check on the woman at her apartment, 429 North Lamb Blvd., near Stewart Avenue, about 9:45 a.m. Monday. The family member told police that she had not heard from the woman for some time.The relative found the woman, who is beli...Read More >>

Tupac biopic gets June 2017 release date

January 17th, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Lionsgate has set a June 16, 2017 release for the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr.The cast of the Morgan Creek movie, filmed last year in Atlanta, includes Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard, Keith Robinson and Cory Hardrict.“All Eyez on Me” chronicles the life and legacy of th...Read More >>

Shots fired during attempted robbery of east Las Vegas business

January 17th, 2017

A man attempted to rob a business using a handgun in the east valley Monday evening and fired multiple shots.The attempted robbery happened at 5105 E. Sahara Ave., near Nellis Boulevard, about 6:15 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.The man fired multiple rounds after demanding property from an employee at the business. He left the business in an unknown direction, Metro offi...Read More >>

Las Vegas police identify man arrested after 8-hour barricade

January 17th, 2017

The man taken into custody after a barricade situation that lasted more than eight hours Monday has been identified.Daniel A. Pulizzano, 33, was taken into custody at the scene, 7761 Cherry River Drive, after he surrendered to the SWAT team about 5:45 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department said.Police initially went to the residence about 9:15 a.m. to perform a welfare check on a woman. Metro...Read More >>

Excessive force trial opens today against 5 Las Vegas police officers

January 17th, 2017

The civil trial against five Las Vegas police officers, who were sued for excessive force after they shot a family dog to death during a 2009 home entry, opens today in federal court.Jesus Sandoval, the lead plaintiff, owns the residence where the incident occurred. His son, Henry Rodriguez, was a teenager at the time and had been inside the house with two of his friends, Jordhy Leal and David ...Read More >>

Betty White celebrates 95th birthday

January 17th, 2017

Betty White says the best thing about being 95 is that she’s still employed.The actress is celebrating her birthday Tuesday. She tells Yahoo’s Katie Couric that she’s “most grateful” for still getting job offers. She says she appreciates “the fact that people have been so kind to me all these years.”Following a series of high-profile celebrity deaths in...Read More >>

Coroner identifies remains found in south Las Vegas Valley in December

January 17th, 2017

The remains found in the south valley about a month ago have been identified by the Clark County coroner.On Dec. 15, Las Vegas police responded to the 4300 block of West Russell Road about 2 p.m. to investigate a report of apparent human remains behind a fence in the area.The Clark County coroner has identified the remains as those of 61-year-old Lafayette Richardson. His city of residence is u...Read More >>

Howie Mandel says ‘don’t overthink’ Thursday’s Las Vegas ‘Got Talent’ auditions

January 17th, 2017

Las Vegas and “America’s Got Talent” are both better off for having so many working pros from the Strip compete on the NBC talent show.But on Thursday, Las Vegas will be one of the 10 cities that host open auditions for the next season. If you don’t juggle for a living, should you feel a little futile showing up at Bally’s?Absolutely not, says Howie Mandel.“J...Read More >>

Nevada prison inmate, 81, dies in Carson City medical facility

January 17th, 2017

A Northern Nevada Correctional Center inmate died Friday, according to the state Department of Corrections.Daniel C. Richmond, 81, died in the Regional Medical Facility about 6:45 p.m. Friday.Richmond was committed from Clark County in 1980 and was serving 20 years to life with the possibility of parole for sexual assault with someone under 16, the department said.The Carson City coroner will d...Read More >>

Academy of Country Music Awards moving to T-Mobile Arena

January 17th, 2017

The Academy of Country Music Awards are lassoing a new home in Vegas.After returning to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2016 following a one-year stint at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the show will take place at the T-Mobile Arena for the first time on Sunday, April 2.Now in its 52nd year, the ACMs first came to Vegas in 2003 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center before moving to the MGM Gra...Read More >>

Rain moving into Las Vegas Valley on Thursday

January 17th, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry and sunny before a series of storms moves into the Las Vegas Valley later this week.Tuesday will have a high of 56 degrees and winds will be light, according to the National Weather Service.Wednesday’s high should be 57 degrees. The first of three storms will move into the valley Wednesday night, meteorologist Jim Harrison said.Rain is likely Thursday wit...Read More >>

Oregon football players hospitalized after ‘intense’ workouts

January 17th, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — At least three Oregon football players have reportedly been hospitalized following a series of intense workouts.The Oregonian reported late Monday that the players remain hospitalized after being taken there late last week.The school didn’t immediately identify the players who were hospitalized. It says in a statement to the newspaper that it will continue to monitor ...Read More >>

German high court rejects outlawing Neo-Nazi party

January 17th, 2017

BERLIN — Germany’s supreme court on Tuesday rejected a bid by lawmakers to outlaw a fringe far-right party accused of pursuing a racist and anti-Semitic agenda.Andreas Vosskuhle, chief justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, said that while the party’s goals run counter to the German constitution, “there are currently no concrete indications … that its actions wil...Read More >>

Wildlife advocates brace for big changes as GOP takes aim at Endangered Species Act

January 17th, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailin...Read More >>

After 3 years, MH370 search ends with no plane, few answers

January 17th, 2017

SYDNEY — After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane.The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which helped lead the $160 million hunt for the Boeing 777 in remote waters west of Australia, said ...Read More >>

Flooding, snowstorms take toll on U.S. Interstate 80 in Reno

January 16th, 2017

RENO — The flooding and snowstorms that battered Northern Nevada last week have taken a toll on U.S. Interstate 80 in the Reno area.The Nevada Department of Transportation says I-80 travelers should expect delays this week on the west side of town as crews work to repair potholes from the Keystone exit on the edge of downtown all the way to the California state line.Westbound travel was r...Read More >>

Suspect narrowed down but not yet named in shooting of former Chaparral football star

January 16th, 2017

Las Vegas police are “actively looking” for the 17-year-old boy they believed fired the shots that killed former Chaparral High School football star Richard Nelson late Saturday.Nelson, 18, was fatally shot after intervening in a fight between his sister and several other people outside a home on the 4800 block of Sacks Drive, near Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.Family member...Read More >>

Lee Greenwood dealt blackjack, but was no bust in Vegas

January 16th, 2017

One of the scheduled headliners at President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration appeared regularly at the Tropicana.As a blackjack dealer.We speak of Lee Greenwood, famous for “God Bless the USA” and a featured performer in “The Make America Great Again” Official Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Early in his career, Greenwood dealt c...Read More >>