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Fire damages apartments near Maryland & Hacienda

Courtesy: Thomas Aley

LAS VEGAS -- Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire at an apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Hacienda on Sunday.
The Clark County Fire Department says the blaze started in a garbage can on the east side of the building.

A total of five units were affected by smoke and water damage. The Red Cross is assisting one person from one of the units.
Arson investigators are looking into the cause, but say there's nothing suspicious about the fire at this time.

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Coroner IDs man killed in crash at Pecos and Hacienda

Francisco Contreras-DeJesus

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the motorcycle rider who was killed Monday night as 40-year-old Ian Arche of Las Vegas.

Metro Police say Arche was riding his Honda motorcycle southbound on Pecos Road near Hacienda Avenue, when a Ford Explorer turned in front of him.

Arche lost control of his bike. He was separated from the motorcycle, which then crashed into the truck.

Emergency crews took him to Sunrise Hospital, where he died.

Police arrested the driver of the Ford, 41-year-old Francisco Contreras-DeJesus, on one count of felony DUI-death. According to the arrest report, Contreras-DeJesus admitted to police that he had had two beers in the hour before the wreck.

The arresting officer also said that the suspect failed the field sobriety tests he was given following the crash.

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.

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.

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No postseason play for UNLV football

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's football program will not be eligible to play in the 2014 postseason because it did not reach the minimum academic requirements from the NCAA. It missed the requirement by just 5 points.

The decision came after the university's final appeal to the NCAA was denied.

"We as a University accept the subcommittee's decision and are using this as an opportunity to improve," UNLV President Donald Snyder said. "I am confident in the plan that our athletics director and head coach have enacted to address the issue."

This year, the NCAA required all athletic programs to show their student-athletes are making academic progress.

Teams must have an average Academic Progress Rate, or APR, score of 930 out of 1,000 over the past four years. UNLV's average score was 925. 

Underground house used as Cold War hideaway sold for $1.15M

The legendary underground home has been sold.

The Underground House at 3970 Spencer St., one of the valley’s most unusual houses, went on the market about a year ago. The house was initially listed at $1.7 million and on March 28 it sold for the bargain basement price of $1.15 million.

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UNLV has to agree: One-and-done rule needs to be revised

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- UNLV has had to deal with issues on the one-and-done rule just this past year with Anthony Bennett going pro.

NCAA officials and Kentucky coach John Calipari at least agree on something: The one-and-done rule in college basketball needs to be revised.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said during his annual news conference Sunday that he is in "vocal opposition" to the rule established by the NBA and its union that requires players be at least one year removed from high school before declaring for the NBA draft.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby went further, saying "the NFL and NBA have been irresponsible in not providing other legitimate opportunities for kids that really don't want to go to college."