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Four-Year-Old Autistic Child Dies in House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A 4-year-old autistic boy has died after being injured in a two-alarm house fire at 7921 Wichita Court, which is near Warm Springs Road and the 215 beltway.

The Clark County Fire Department has identified the young boy as Maximiliano Rene Ibarra-Martinez. The boy's mother and sister were home at the time and were able to get out of the house safely. 

Metro Police tell 8 News NOW that the child died from cardiac failure while being treated at University Medical Center. 

According to the fire department, the fire was first reported at around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames could be seen from the northwest side of the house.

Neighbors were the first to answer the calls for help, when the house went up in flames.

Homeowner David Bennett lives behind the home that caught on fire, and he was one of the first to help. 

Driving You Crazy: Long Light at Tropicana and Eastern

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says she routinely sits through four cycles of traffic lights when attempting to turn from southbound Eastern Avenue to eastbound Tropicana Boulevard.

She says this happens daily between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Regional Transportation Commission FAST tested the signal coordination during a two-day period. Technicians noticed a few cars making u-turns that slowed traffic at the intersection, but did not observe vehicles waiting through four traffic cycles before getting the left turn green light.

Traffic8 timed the light and found it took 14 seconds for the light to change. That is a short amount of time to get a lot of vehicles through the intersection. Traffic8 sent that evidence to the RTC.

RTC officials agreed to monitor the intersection for one more week to see if technicians missed any problems.

New Price Board Designed to Stop Las Vegas Taxi Long-Hauling

LAS VEGAS -- Long-hauling, the problem of cab drivers taking passengers the long way for more money has plagued Las Vegas for years, but now there is a new tool to help prevent getting taken for a ride.

The I-Team has done dozens of stories investigating this problem. About 10 percent of the 3,000 violations, the Taxicab Authority wrote up last year, were for long-hauling. An I-Team investigation showed about half of the cabs leaving McCarran International Airport took their passengers on a longer ride than necessary. Those are some significant numbers because McCarran is one of the busiest airports in the world.

The Taxicab Authority unveiled its new information board Friday at McCarran that is designed to put an end to long-hauling. The board shows the prices it should cost a cab rider to travel to various destinations. The board lists prices to nearly two dozen hotels on and off the Las Vegas Strip.

Driving You Crazy: Large Pothole Near Tropicana and Nellis

LAS VEGAS - An annoying pothole has popped up on eastbound Tropicana Avenue between Nellis Boulevard and Andover Drive.

Drivers say road work may have occurred there, but what is left is a square pothole with a three-inch lip.

Efforts are already underway to smooth this section of Tropicana. Nevada Department of Transportation inspectors are researching the cause of the pothole, whether it's former construction, temperature, moisture, wear and tear or all of the above.

Once that research is finished, crews will begin repair work.

Meanwhile, several southern Nevada governments and agencies provide ways you can report potholes on valley streets. If you see a pothole, report it.

Russian Ballet Coming to UNLV

Russian Ballet Coming to UNLV

The art of Russia's famous ballets is coming to UNLV in February.

The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing at the UNLV Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. It is part of the Charles Vanda Master Series.

The company will perform the classic "Cinderella." The Moscow Festival Ballet was created in 1989 by a principal dancer from the legendary Bolshoi Ballet. Sergei Radchenko wanted to focus on the classic elements from the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballets.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $75 and can be purchased at the center's box office or online at pac.unlv.edu. There are discounted tickets available for students, faculty and staff. 

Contract Awarded to Study UNLV Stadium

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A Texas consulting firm has been awarded a contract to study the feasibility of building a stadium on the UNLV campus.

The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved the $325,000 contract with Conventions, Sports and Leisure International.

The firm will prepare a report by mid-September to the UNLV Campus Improvement Authority Board.

Bonds issued for improvements to the Thomas & Mack Center will be used to pay for the study.


Offer Could keep National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association made a counter-offer Tuesday in ongoing negotiations that will determine whether the National Finals Rodeo leaves Las Vegas.

Spokesman Jim Bainbridge said the association made their offer to Las Vegas Events on Tuesday afternoon.

The Las Vegas Events board is expected to meet Wednesday to consider the proposal.

The counter-offer responds to a 10-year proposal Las Vegas Events made in an attempt to keep the Super Bowl of rodeo in southern Nevada.

The cowboy association is considering leaving for Florida after 29 years in Nevada, depriving the town of an event that ropes in $100 million for the local economy each December.

The 10-day competition takes place in the city's tourism slow season. Tourism officials have vowed to launch a competing rodeo should it leave.