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Police Memorial Run Underway

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada law enforcement officers began an annual tribute Thursday to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 11th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial run is now on the way to the officer's memorial at the state capitol. Before the ceremony began, everyone in attendance paused for a moment of silence honoring Deputy Ian Deutch who was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

Officers from all state police agencies will carry a baton to Carson City over the next week. The run will culminate with a service at the memorial next Thursday. Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie participated in the first leg with 57 other runners.

 

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Residents Still Haven't Collected Property After Huge Fire

LAS VEGAS -- It has been more than four months since a fire forced dozens of families from their apartments. They were forced to leave when the fire broke out at the Rainwalk Apartments near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn and have not been allowed to return to gather their belongings.

About 20 families gathered Wednesday morning, upset and looking for ways to get into their old apartment units near the ones that burned.

They say the property manager who was once willing to help now says it's out of his hands because their belongings have been exposed to asbestos.

UNLV Player Tests Positive for Banned Substance, Removed from Team

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV basketball player Matt Shaw has been kicked off the team after testing positive for a banned substance.

Shaw is a junior at UNLV and had one more season left with the team.

"I apologize to my teammates, my coaches and the fans. I am proud of the fact that I will earn my degree and am also proud of what we accomplished during my four seasons as part of the Runnin' Rebel program. I hope the fans will remember me for what I tried to give to this program and accept my apology," Shaw said in a statement.

Last season, Shaw averaged seven points per game and went with the team to the NCAA Tournament.

"He was going to be an integral part of our team next season. His teammates are disappointed as well, but they also understand that he has to take responsibility for his actions," said head coach Lon Kruger in a statement.

McCarran International Airport Parking Rates Rise

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport has unveiled a new parking payment program that raises short-term parking costs but aims to cut the time motorists spend in line on the way out.

Las Vegas airport officials are touting the "Express Exit" kiosk payment plan. It eliminates short-term parking meters and gives motorists ticket receipts they can use to pay parking fees at kiosk machines.

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It makes short-term parking $2 per hour up to $6 for three hours, plus $3 each additional hour up to $36 per day.

Long-term parking costs $3 for the first hour plus $1 for each hour up to $12 per day. Economy parking costs $8 per day. Free curbside pickup is still available for motorists meeting arriving passengers.

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Las Vegas Sands CEO Adelson got $5.58 Million in 2009

LAS VEGAS  -- An Associated Press analysis shows billionaire Sheldon Adelson received $5.58 million in 2009 as the chairman and chief executive of casino-resort developer and operator Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Adelson's pay package detailed Friday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from the company. It includes a $1 million salary and $2.73 million in perks -- including $2.45 million for security for Adelson and his family.

Adelson got $1.28 million in 2008, but that did not include roughly $2.1 million for similar security. The AP calculation aims to isolate the value company boards place on CEOs' total compensation package. It includes salary, bonus, incentives, perks and the estimated value of stock options and awards.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Defense in Javon Walker Robbery Case Plans Appeal

LAS VEGAS  -- Lawyers for a convicted felon found guilty of kidnapping, robbing and beating an NFL player in Las Vegas say his trial "was sort of a circus."

The defense is promising to seek a new trial after Deshawn Lamont Thomas was found guilty Friday. Betsy Allen blamed the judge for allowing the jury to see a photo showing her client punching his one-time co-defendant, Arfat Abdo Fadel.

Thomas faces life in prison when he's sentenced June 23 for the 2008 attack. Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker acknowledges he was falling-down drunk after a night partying when he willingly got into a Range Rover with Thomas and Fadel.

He says they stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and that he spent several days in a Las Vegas hospital after the attack.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Earth Day Events Around the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- There are a lot of free events being held around the Las Vegas Valley in honor of Earth Day. 

Living Green in Las Vegas Expo at the South Point Hotel and Casino Convention Center. There will be hundreds of vendors at the free event showing their ecologically friendly products. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday six local Wal-Marts will hold Earth Day fairs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. teaching people how to go green while shopping. The fairs will be held at the Wal-Mart's on 215 and Decatur, 6464 North Decatur, 215 and Rainbow, 7200 Arroyo Parkway, Decatur and Charleston and 4505 West Charleston.