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Coroner ID's Pedestrian Struck and Killed

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Coroner has identified the man killed after being hit by a car this past weekend.

Kelvin Emanuel Bridges, 28, from North Las Vegas was hit and killed early Saturday morning. Metro Police say alcohol played a factor in the crash. 

The accident happened around 5:08 a.m. near Paradise and Naples. Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicates Bridges and a woman, Adrienne Unis, were walking across Naples Drive from the south to the north, outside a marked crosswalk.

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McCarran International Airport Construction Halted

LAS VEGAS -- A few dozen construction workers were told Monday not to show up for work at the $43 million project to build a new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport. The delay to the project will also cost taxpayers.

More than 4,000 workers around the country have been told to stop work on critical airport modernization projects because Congress has failed to pass legislation that would fund the projects.

"Construction workers across America will lose their jobs and local communities will be hurt the longer this goes on. Congress needs to pass an FAA bill to prevent further economic damage," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This is no way to run the best aviation system in the world."

Giant Slot Machine Gives Assist in Marriage Proposal

 

A San Diego man used the giant ‘Colossus’ slot machine at Bally’s to execute a creative marriage proposal this weekend.

Jim Canfield and his bride-to-be, Paige, traveled from California to celebrate her birthday, but Canfield had other plans in store.  The slot machine inside Bally’s was pre-arranged to land on the words “Will You Marry Me” when Paige pulled the handle.

Canfield got down on one knee with a ring in hand and Paige accepted the proposal. He said Bally’s  will always hold a special place in his heart.

“Vegas was the perfect location for the proposal,” Canfield said. “I feel like I hit the jackpot when I met her so I wanted her to feel like she hit the jackpot today.”

I-Team: Tracking Crime on the Strip is a Tough Endeavor

LAS VEGAS -- All this week, the 8 News NOW I-Team has taken a comprehensive look at the dangers and safety of the Las Vegas Strip. In the final part of the investigation, we look at how and why crimes get reported, and how some stay quiet.

In some cases, casinos and police attempt to reveal only a certain amount of information to the public, instead of the full story. And even if you ask, you may not get the full story.

Las Vegas police do put up a lot of information on the web about different types of crime along the Strip. We've seen the fights, the assaults, and downright strange happenings on the Strip. But to really find where the safest spots are? Good luck.

I-Team: Strip Crime Down, but Dangerous Perception Remains

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Piano Prodigy, 10, Set to Become Vegas' Youngest Headliner

The young man will perform at the Hilton.

Six feet away from a piano, he's a regular kid, stomping around the pattern outlines of colorful carpet because "I'm trying to get dizzy."

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Critic's take: good food balances out spotty service.

As Irish pubs in Las Vegas go, Ri Ra was rather late to the party. By the time it arrived on the scene earlier this year, Irish pubs weren't as novel as they once were, so that was one strike against it. It's also the case that Ri Ra -- one of the newest members of a chainlet centered mostly in the eastern United States -- is not as ornately detailed as some of its local brethren.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

I-Team: Strip Crime Down, but Dangerous Perception Remains

LAS VEGAS -- If you look at the raw numbers, serious crime along the Las Vegas Strip is down in several categories, in part because of a more visible police presence since last fall. But if you take a stroll down the Strip, you might think the statistics are deceiving, based on the rowdy behavior and prevalence of street hustlers that have become all too common.

The transformation of Strip sidewalks into a nightly drunken frat party didn't happen overnight, and fixing it won't happen in a flash either. Increased enforcement and a permanent police presence are the most obvious needs, but this comes at a time when government funds have dried up -- not only money for enough officers, but for the other components that help create a deterrent to troublemakers.

I-Team: Securing the Las Vegas Strip