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Green Jobs Among Topics at Clean Energy Summit

LAS VEGAS - The prospect of green jobs is one many topics planned for the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 this week in Las Vegas.

Nevada is becoming more innovative when it comes to clean energy, but finding a job in this field is tough. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 3.1 million green jobs can be found in the United States. That represents less than 2.5 percent of the nation's total job market.

The Brookings Institution calculates 9,800 green jobs were created in Las Vegas between 2003 and 2010.

Green jobs will be on the agenda at the National Clean Energy Summit. While these green jobs take time to create, one researcher says the outlook in Nevada remains strong.

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Driving You Crazy: Slow Speeds on I-15 Access Road

Driving You Crazy: Slow Speeds on I-15 Access Road

LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks why the I-15 access road speed limit is only 45 mph, when most motorists travel at freeway speeds of 65 to 70 mph.

The access road, which runs alongside I-15, is meant to move exiting ramp traffic off the freeway. The speed limit is 45 mph, but it's more like a NASCAR course.

Speed limits are determined by the type of road, speed of traffic and sight distance. Taking those factors into account, 45 mph seems too low in this area.

The Nevada Department of Transportation conducted a speed limit survey to determine the average speed of drivers in this stretch and decide if adjustments are necessary.

Preliminary results show most drivers travel at speeds of more than 60 mph. Traffic operations officials are now trying to determine what the recommended speed limit should be.

Reid Talks of Solar Project at Las Vegas Conference

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Clean energy policy, production and promotion are the focus of an annual conference in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Reid opened the Tuesday event with an announcement that the Moapa Band of Paiutes and Las Vegas-based gas station and casino owner Herbst Energy plan to build a solar power generating station on reservation land outside Las Vegas.

He drew applause minutes later when he said people can't be afraid to talk about climate change.

Federal Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff is taking part with Federal Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in an opening panel.

Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are among headliners for the event with the theme "Energizing Tomorrow."

The day-long conference at the Mandalay Bay resort features panels about efforts to develop clean energy.

 

Emerging Tech Scene Brings South by Southwest to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- South by Southwest has ventured outside of Austin, Texas, and is betting on Las Vegas.

Entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world are all learning Las Vegas has an emerging tech scene.

If all goes well, the creative community ultimately could be responsible for creating a lot of jobs.

Visionaries are in Las Vegas, networking and brainstorming at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

"South by Southwest V2V is an extension and reimagining of that legendary event in Austin, Texas, every March," Christine Auten, a producer of the convention, said.

South by Southwest didn't choose Las Vegas just to gamble and party. People are here to pitch ideas and products.

"You cannot deny that the programming that we are specifically focusing on works very well in Las Vegas with the whole change in the tech scene here," Auten said.

Zappos is southern Nevada's success story.

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9/11 Memorial Moves from Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The 9/11 tribute in front of New York-New York has been taken down while the casino expands. Some firefighters in Las Vegas are wondering where they'll pay their respects this year.

For firefighters and anyone grieving in Las Vegas after Sept. 11, 2001, the hotel-casino was as close as they could get to Ground Zero. The spot under the Statue of Liberty replica became a gathering place after the attacks and the offerings began to pile up.

First responders left items, such as T-shirts and written messages, on the fence in front of a fabricated city. A few items turned into thousands of items. It was a way to show respect and remember the day and the lives lost. A shrine was built to hold the shirts and New York-New York became a special gathering place for firefighters.

South by Southwest Comes to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Some of the world's most innovative minds are in Las Vegas this week for the first South by Southwest V2V conference.

The event, a spin-off of South by Southwest's annual event in Austin, Texas, aims to connect entrepreneurs and investors.

SXSW V2V's entrance marks a significant coup for Las Vegas. Our city's emergence as an incubator for technological start-up companies made it an attractive location for SXSW organizers. More than 300 start-ups call Las Vegas home.

South by Southwest combines networking opportunities for innovators and investors with a music, film and interactive festival. Austin, Texas, this year, held its 26th SXSW event.

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce officials say tech start-ups participating in SXSW V2V want to catch a glimpse of business activity in Las Vegas.

Off-Duty Police Officer Opens Fire at Excalibur

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say a man was shot outside the Excalibur casino in Las Vegas after getting into an off-duty police officer's vehicle.

Police say the shooting happened about 9 p.m. Sunday. The suspect was taken to University Medical Center with injuries that don't appear to be life-threatening.

Officials say the officer's family had been unloading packages on the side of the casino when the man got into the vehicle. Police say the officer told the man to get out, but he didn't listen, even when the officer said he was a police detective.

Police Capt. Brett Primas says the suspect then reached down below his waist, and that's when the officer shot him once in the wrist.

The suspect ran toward the front of the hotel and was caught by security.