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Clinton Stumping in NV for Gov. Hopeful Rory Reid

LAS VEGAS  -- With 48 days remaining until election day, expect campaigns to pull out every stop they have, even bringing in heavy muscle to make the difference. The heavy of the heavy came to Las Vegas Wednesday -- former President Bill Clinton stumping for gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid.

The Rory Reid campaign is a bit in transition, and who better than the headline grabbing former president to hammer the point home? Reid is softening his anti- tax stance and urging Democrats to join ranks. The end game is finally underway.

"If this election is about what are we going to do now, and who is more likely to do it, who will win this election," said Clinton.

The former president spoke to the partisan crowd of 1,200 about the growing tide of anger and apathy in this election year. Clinton says Reid will bring a diversified economy to Nevada, focusing on more jobs through green energy.

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Fall Comes to the Bellagio

LAS VEGAS -- Fall is about to arrive at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will welcome autumn with a picturesque harvest tableau that celebrates the sights and colors of the season.

In a first for the Conservatory, there will be three majestic fantasy trees that weigh 3,300 pounds each and soar 25 feet overhead as their sparkled branches reach for the autumn sky.

Beginning September 19 through November 27 visitors can walk through the beauty of fall. Not only will there be majestic trees, but a stone-based rustic greenhouse surrounded by weeping California pepper and olive trees. There will also be a bed of colossal pumpkins from Half Moon Bay, California that can be as big as 1,000 pounds.

The Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is free and open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Former President to Campaign for Rory Reid Wednesday

LAS VEGAS -- Former President Bill Clinton will be in Las Vegas to stump for gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid.

Clinton will speak at a rally at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and is free. Tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can get tickets through Rory Reid's website.

UNLV President to Address State Budget in Speech

LAS VEGAS  -- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas president says he plans to talk about the state budget and minimizing cuts to education during a state of the university address.

UNLV President Neal Smatresk says he plans to speak Tuesday about how the university plans to cope with cuts as state lawmakers consider how to plug a large shortage between its budget and revenues.

Smatresk says he hopes the community will get behind education and recognize its value to the community. 

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Metro Looking For Suspect Involved in Fatal Beating

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are looking for man involved in the fatal beating of another man in the area of Las Vegas Blvd and Harmon on Friday September 3rd.

Around 4:30am that morning Metro responded to the area for a report of a male that was beaten. Upon arriving officers found a man unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent head injury.

The man was transported to UMC Trauma where he recently succumbed to his injuries on September 10th.

Metro believes the victim was approached and beaten by one African American male described to be eighteen to twenty two years old, five feet eight inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. According to witnesses, the suspect was with four other people who all fled the scene.

Union Wins Bittersweet Battle Over County Layoffs

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County workers union cried foul over the layoff of 19 senior employees in 2009, saying they should have been spared because of their seniority. Now, a board agrees, ruling Clark County must rehire them and give nearly $1.8 million in back pay.

The union says it is a win-lose situation. The ruling means senior workers will get their jobs back, but because of it, others will likely be laid off to offset the cost of the awarded money that the county simply doesn't have.

"We have a voice and our voice says we have a contract and we want to hold you to it," said Service Employees International Union President Al Martinez. "The county made an error. They didn't follow the contract on the procedures for the layoff and we called them on it."

The Employee Management Relations Board voted two to one in the union's favor. Now the county must rehire and cut somewhere else.

Liberace Museum to Close

LAS VEGAS -- The Liberace Museum will close its doors next month. After 31 years of operation, the museum will close to focus on its monetary contributions on the Liberace Foundation. 

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we feel it is important to close the museum to ensure the future of the Liberace Foundation and to keep the legacy of Liberace alive through its continued scholarship program," said Jeff Koep, Chair of the Liberace Foundation.

So far more than $6 million in scholarships have been awarded to 2,700 students.

As for the memorabilia at the museum, it will be maintained while a national touring exhibit is planned.

The board will also continue to research options for a location change to make the museum more accessible to potential patrons.

The Liberace Museum will close its doors Sunday, October 17.