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Elevated expressways could solve congestion from airport to Strip

A plan to build elevated expressways to and from McCarran International Airport was well-received by Clark County commissioners Tuesday.

However, with the history of plans for light rail trains and monorail extensions that have yet to be built, will it ever happen?

RTC Chairman Larry Brown says, this time, it's different.

Travel times between McCarran and the Strip are expected to surge by 2040. A new study predicts it will take nearly 50 percent longer due to congestion.

"Get off the road," jokes commuter Shirley Mitchell. "Make room for me."

It comes as no surprise to Mitchell.

"I know there's a lot of people traveling here, and a lot of people going out, so yeah."

But what comes as a surprise to many is some of the solutions -- that have long been looked at as pipe dreams for years in the valley -- are actually not that far from reality anymore.

"Now you're starting to see pieces of that plan implemented," Brown said... Read More

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Las Vegas Bellagio fire caused by faulty light

The Bellagio fire on April 13 was accidental and caused by a faulty light fixture on an exterior wall, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

The roof of the retail section caught fire around 11 p.m. Thursday night. More than 70 firefighters fought the blaze.

The faulty fixture was on the exterior wall of the north retail wing of the building. It was about three-and-a half-feet below the roof line of the building.

"Despite strong winds that night, County firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and limit the damage to the exterior wall and roof," County Fire Chief Greg Cassell said. "While we never want to see an incident like this occur, it did demonstrate the extraordinary ability of the men and women of the Clark County Fire Department to keep our residents and visitors safe in an emergency."

No injuries were reported.

Damage to the building was estimated to be around $450,000... Read More

Lawyer sees constitutional fight in Las Vegas journalist arrest

A lawyer for a journalist arrested covering a weekend protest at President Donald Trump's hotel in Las Vegas says the misdemeanor case raises several constitutional and legal issues.

Attorney Dominic Gentile said Monday the arrest has First Amendment free press implications, and he said he'll investigate whether KLAS-TV photojournalist Neb Solomon was on private property, as police alleged.

Police say Solomon was arrested Saturday on Fashion Show Mall property, across the street from the Trump International Hotel.

Police say Solomon was uncooperative and refused to provide personal identification.

The 33-year-old photojournalist was jailed briefly on trespassing and obstructing an officer charges. He's due in court June 29.

Gentile says other people on at the Tax Day rally weren't arrested.

He says a private sidewalk can also be a public forum... Read More

Lessons learned from past Las Vegas fires

Las Vegas hotel owners learned a difficult lesson after two deadly fires back in the 1980's. Since then, fire and buildings codes have come a long way to prevent injuries and deaths during an emergency.

The Thursday night blaze a roof at the world famous Bellagio hotel was the latest fire to cause damage to a resort property.

"You always worry about the high-rises and stuff," said Jamie Santillo, a visitor staying on the Las Vegas Strip. "It's kind of scary actually."

In 2015, black smoke consumed the iconic Las Vegas skyline after a cigarette butt caused a foam palm tree to burst into flames at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Then rewind to 2008 when frantic visitors called 911 to report a fire at the Monte Carlo. The decorative exterior, also made of foam, on the top floor was damaged... Read More

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Clark County Fire says Bellagio fire may have started from decorative styrofoam

Clark County Fire is investigating a fire that broke out on the Bellagio Hotel's roof Thursday night.

The initial call came in shortly after 10 p.m. when the alarm system inside the fire control room went off inside the hotel. Due to how quickly the fire was burning, a second alarm was called in.

Fire officials say 12 firefighters battled the blaze on the roof and were able to contain it in a little more than hour.

As crews battled the blaze, Flamingo Road at Las Vegas Boulevard was shutdown in both directions.

Clark County Fire says the fire may have started from decorative styrofoam. The damage is about 30 to 40 feet above the retail shops which were closed at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported and no guests were affected... Read More

Las Vegas Strip getting e-sports arena with nightclub overhaul

The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first space dedicated for competitive gaming when the Luxor hotel-casino transforms its only nightclub space into a multi-level e-sports arena.

MGM Resorts International on Wednesday said work on the venue will begin in early June with the goal of opening in early 2018.

This will be the second e-sports arena in Sin City. The first one began hosting gamers in March in downtown Las Vegas.

The arenas are part of a trend that the casino industry hopes will attract the millennial crowd.

The arena at Luxor will occupy the space of the now-closed LAX nightclub. It will feature a competition stage, LED video wall, daily gaming stations, food and beverage options and a streaming and television-quality production studio... Read More

Caesars debuts interactive game to attract millennials

Keeping up with the evolving world of gambling, Caesars Entertainment debuted an interactive game in hopes of attracting more of the millennial audience.

Orlando Machuca tried out the new skill-based table game. There isn't a dealer, and there's always a winner. Sounds like a pretty cool game right?

I keep winning," said Machuca. "I generally don't win."

Caesars Entertainment is showing off three new tables with two interactive video games. The machines have a new home inside Planet Hollywood's main casino.

"We're the very first in all of the world to introduce these games, and we think about the way our company has tried to push the boundaries on being innovative on the casino floor," said Ryan Hammer, General Manager, Caesars Entertainment.

Both games can be played by two to four players, and each bet is $2. One of the games is poker, but with a twist... Read More