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Las Vegas Sees Big Convention Business

LAS VEGAS -- A popular convention has just renewed its contract to return to Las Vegas for the next six years. The National Hardware Show brings in tens of thousands of visitors. It's great news for many, but some say the extra out of town guests don't help their businesses. 

Hundreds were at the Las Vegas Convention Center setting up for this year's national hardware show, a convention that brings in 30,000 attendees. That translates to tens of thousands of dollars for the local economy.

"I came with a little extra money. Going out to eat is important and then we might see a show or two. Maybe a little shopping. Not a real big gambler," said Emily Smith.

But small business owners like Hari Narang are not excited. His shop Things for You is located right off of Convention Center. You would think he benefits from these conventions. but he says that's not the case.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with School Bus

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a fatal accident on westbound Sahara Ave. just east of Eastern. Police say a motorcyclist has died following a collision with a school bus.

The intersection of Sahara and Atlantic is closed to traffic as is westbound Sahara at McLeod.

Parents picking up children from K.O. Knudson Middle School can pick them up in the west parking lot of the DMV building.

Local Vendors & Tourists React to NYC Bomb Scare

LAS VEGAS  -- A street vendor spotted the unoccupied car at the center of New York's Times Square bomb scare. The vendor contacted police.

8 News Now wanted to find out what vendors on Las Vegas Blvd. and tourists to the area think about all of this.

"I have to pay attention," said Tammy Cruse. "It's part of my job. I have to stop people and talk to them."

"Vendors are out there selling," he said. "That's what they're doing, so they're going to watch their backs as well."

Las Vegas is one of the most visited areas by tourists, similar to Times Square.

Jarryd Gaggon is from Sydney, Australia. "If you wanted to bomb somewhere, you could probably get away with it in either place."

"It makes you think about things," said Tara Tillman, visiting from Nashville, TN. "It really, really makes you think about things, I'm just glad our trip has been great."

Accused Ax Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

LAS VEGAS -- A 34-year-old man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he hacked a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounded the infant's mother with a medieval-style battle ax.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley on Monday set a June 2011 trial date for Harold Montague. Montague could face the death penalty if convicted of charges including murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 11 attack outside his Las Vegas home.

Montague also stands accused of stabbing his disabled sister-in-law before bursting outside and attacking the child and the mother walking a stroller past his house. Defense lawyer Norm Reed says Montague understands the charges against him, but a jury will see he's criminally insane.

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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.

 

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.