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Driving You Crazy: Traffic lights on Tropicana Avenue

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says traffic along Tropicana Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard is a nightmare with numerous traffic lights.

The viewer says one of the worst lights, Tropicana at Wilbur Street, routinely backs up traffic to Maryland Parkway. He says similar problems arise at Koval Lane and Eastern Avenue. Many of these problem lights take multiple cycles to get cars through, resulting in road rage for many drivers.

FAST technicians monitored the area and discovered the problem. A broken controller at Duke Ellington Way is causing delays along the entire corridor.

FAST crews, along with Clark County workers, are rebuilding the controller. They expect to have the work completed by the end of the week.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.

Court date reset in Strip bird death case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A court appearance was postponed Monday in Nevada for a University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate completing prison boot camp for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Prosecutor Frank Coumou says Justin Alexander Teixeira's court date was rescheduled to May 5.

Teixeira is facing three to five years' probation before he can ask to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.

Whether Teixeira is admitted to practice law in California could on depend on whether a felony remains on his record.

He pleaded guilty last May to killing another person's animal in the October 2012 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo hotel-casino.

Two other Berkeley students entered pleas to reduced misdemeanor charges, paid fines and served community service.

Cabbie admits to longhauling, says it's necessary to make money

LAS VEGAS -- Cabbies taking tourists on a longer route than necessary to run up the meter is a practice known as longhauling.

The I-Team has been reporting on the problem for years. Now, one cab driver is admitting he does it and says he has no regrets.

On any typical afternoon, Ken Peterson is driving tourists around the Strip in his taxi cab. Right now, he is at home on suspension for getting into a fender bender.

"It is time somebody stood up for the cab drivers. It is time something is done." Peterson said.

He is upset at the way the Taxicab Authority and most cab companies run their business. He says the companies encourage meeting daily quotas, which is difficult to do without longhauling. He adds the Taxicab Authority uses sneaky tactics to bust drivers.

"Yes, we do long haul. I long haul, but it is to a point with the consent from the customer," Peterson said.

State laws are posted in every cab.

Police ID woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is releasing more information about the shoe-throwing incident involving Hillary Clinton.

According to police, 37-year-old Alison Michelle Ernst walked past security that was outside the venue where Clinton was speaking Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

She got within 60 feet of Clinton, reached into her purse, took out a shoe and threw it at the former secretary of state, police said.

The shoe did not hit Clinton. Ernst was taken into custody by security personnel. She is facing  disorderly conduct charges. The District Attorney's Office has not received the case and formal charges have not been filed.

On Friday, a judge released her on her own recognizance and set her next court date for June 24.

Clinton was speaking at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting.

SLS Las Vegas taking reservations for Aug. opening

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Owners of SLS Las Vegas say they're now taking online reservations for the new hotel opening up on the north end of the Strip.

The hotel's president says guests can reserve rooms for Aug. 25 and later. Labor Day weekend is the official grand opening for the SLS, which is opening at the site of the shuttered Sahara casino.

Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment began construction last winter after securing the $400 million needed for the project.

Managers closed the 59-year-old Sahara, which once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, in May 2011, saying it wasn't economically viable.

SBE says the new resort will bring celebrity chefs, nightlife and 1,600 guestrooms and suites to the Strip's older and less glitzy north end, which includes the famed Stratosphere.

Jury awards comic George Wallace $1.3 million in lawsuit

LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada jury has awarded comedian George Wallace $1.3 million in his lawsuit against a Las Vegas Strip resort.

The verdict was announced shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Wallace was also awarded additional money for his medical expenses.

Wallace claims he suffered a serious leg injury while performing in December 2007 at the Bellagio.

The 61-year-old stand-up comic known to many as Jerry Seinfeld's friend was seeking at least $7.1 million from the Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino.

Wallace said he is happy with the jury's finding but not necessarily happy with the amount of money he was awarded.

"I'd rather have a good foot than to have the money," he said.

The verdict from an eight-member jury came after two weeks of testimony in Clark County District Court and about 12 hours of deliberations.

Strait wins entertainer of year at ACM Awards in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- George Strait won his second entertainer of the year -- 25 years after he won his first -- and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

Strait's victory was not unexpected. The 61-year-old is a few months from retiring from the road and won the same trophy at the rival Country Music Association Awards five months ago. But the ACMs entertainer award is fan-voted and some wondered if Strait's older fan base might vote.

"I've always said I have the best fans in the world," Strait told the crowd. "I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case."

No one will begrudge Strait the win, including co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who were also nominated in the category with Lambert and Taylor Swift.

"Our hero," Shelton said in a genuine moment. "Our hero won tonight!"