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'Brady's Bill' to ease penalties of underage drinkers

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mother is teaming up with a valley teen in an effort to change a Nevada law involving underage drinking.

Kimberly Caipa and 18-year-old Rose Asaf introduce State Senate Bill 464 to the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. SB 464, also known as 'Brady's Bill,' will give immunity to minors who were drinking if they end up having to call 911 to help a fellow teen.

"We want to stress that SB 464 addresses concerns about underage drinking by empowering young people to make the right and responsible decision to seek medical assistance without hesitation and without fear of legal consequences," said Rose Asaf, Nevada Youth Legislature.

Similar laws already exist in 23 states and the District of Columbia.



Metro IDs arrested hit-and-run driver that critically injured teen

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police identified Steve Chavez, 28, of Las Vegas, as the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a teen critically injured.

Officers said the 14-year-old pedestrian was crossing at the intersection E. Hacienda Avenue and S. Topaz Street in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck by a white pickup truck driven by Chavez Thursday morning.

The teen, who hasn't been identified, was taken to Sunrise Trauma Hospital. Witnesses told police, the driver immediately fled the scene, but they gave police officers a description of the car and the license plate number.

Around 1:30 p.m., Metro Patrol Officers found a white 2001 Nissan Frontier pickup that matched the description of the suspect's truck. Police said the pickup was damaged on the front end, and that damage was "consistent with a pedestrian accident."

Poor education in So. Nevada scares prospective businesses

LAS VEGAS -- The poor quality of the Southern Nevada school system may be keeping away prospective businesses that wanted to move to Las Vegas.



Bill would let Nevadans refinance student loans

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow Nevadans refinance their student loans and get a better interest rate.

Sen. Aaron Ford and a long list of Democrats are sponsoring SB215, which would create a refinancing program under the Nevada Department of Business and Industry. The director could issue revenue bonds to pay for the program.

The measure also creates a variety of resources that would educate students about loans, including a database ranking lenders and how favorable they are to borrowers. It would require colleges to distribute detailed information about the cost of higher education.

Ford says the bill will help ensure graduates can stay in the middle of class rather than struggling with debt.

The bill was introduced Thursday, but hasn't yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Lawmakers review bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports.

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary heard testimony Thursday morning on AB 148, which has captured the attention of numerous advocacy groups and education officials concerned about the proposal's impact. Supporters of the bill said the measure would expand 2nd Amendment rights to law-abiding concealed weapon holders and prevent sexual assault.

"With all of the anti-gun nuts out there spending millions of dollars out of New York City -- I think Nevada made a loud-and-clear statement -- don't touch our guns," said Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, sponsor of AB 148.

Richard Martinez is against AB 148.





Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

Some 28,000 square-feet will house a rotating display of memorabilia and artifacts rarely seen outside Graceland's Memphis, Tennessee, property. In addition, the very showroom where Presley performed several hundred sold-out shows when the casino-hotel was first known as The International and later the Las Vegas Hilton will be revamped by the Graceland crew to look much like it did in Elvis' day, complete with semi-circle booths.

LVCVA plans to buy Riviera as part of 2.5M sq ft expansion

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Tuesday its plans to buy the Riviera Hotel & Casino and present the plans to its Board of Directors in a special meeting on Friday.

The move to purchase the Riviera was first reported by 8 News NOW last week.

LVCVA officials want to spend as much as $191 million to buy the Strip property.

The two-phase project would take anywhere between 5 to 8 years to complete and would create the $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District, a news release said.

LVCVA says it's the largest project of its kind since the convention center was built in the 1950s.