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Study: Fewer Kindergartners are Overweight

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A new report from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shows that Nevada kindergartners are becoming more active, and fewer of them are overweight than in years past.

The report issued Thursday found 30 percent of the state's kindergartners are overweight or obese. That's a four percent drop from last year and an eight percent drop over the past five years.

But the survey also found more families are uninsured this year than last year. Researchers say 13.5 percent of the children don't have coverage.

The results come from the fifth annual Kindergarten Health Survey conducted by UNLV's Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy.

Researchers collected about 8,400 surveys that asked about children's insurance status, access to health care and eating habits.

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

 

Registration opens Thursday for swimming lessons at Clark County's pools.

The swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer. They are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at all 14 of the county's pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Overton and Indian Springs.

Programs and schedules vary at each location. To see brochures for each location, go to clarkcountynv.gov.

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College Students Learn Lesson From Salmonella Outbreak

LAS VEGAS -- Educators at UNLV are using the salmonella outbreak at Firefly tapas restaurant to teach future chefs about proper kitchen hygiene.

Firefly at Paradise is facing 120 possible lawsuits from people who said they were sickened while dining at the restaurant.

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Harrah's Hotel College, professors are teaching students methods to prevent such an outbreak.

The students are picking apart every aspect of the Firefly salmonella outbreak.

"They are going to learn firsthand how these kind of outbreaks affect our business and it's not only our food service classes," said Jean Hertzman, assistant dean of operations.

Hertzman said students are using Firefly as an example in hospitality law, security and risk management and even in marketing classes.

Power Out Near Eastern and Tropicana

LAS VEGAS -- NV Energy is working to restore power to about 1,200 customers in the area of Tropicana and Eastern Avenues. Originally, 1,400 customers were impacted.

According to the company, the power went out at 3:17 p.m. Monday. The cause of the outage is unknown.

 

Lawyer Representing Firefly Clients Visits Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A Texas attorney is in Las Vegas meeting with victims who were sickened with salmonella after eating at Firefly on Paradise. 

Ron Simon, the managing partner for Simon and Luke Law Firm, specializes in food poisoning cases. Simon made his way to Las Vegas because of the Firefly salmonella cases.

"It's very, very unusual to have one restaurant sicken over 200 people," said Simon.

A number of those 200 people have contacted Simon for legal representation. Simon said with all the evidence, he's confident customers sickened by salmonella will have a strong case.

"I think our greatest concern is that there is not going to be enough insurance money available, because there are a lot of really, really sick people all over the world because of this," said Simon.

200 Believed Sickened at Firefly on Paradise

200 Believed Sickened at Firefly on Paradise

LAS VEGAS -- As many as 200 people might have contracted salmonella eating at Firefly on Paradise during a six-day period in late April, Southern Nevada Health District officials said Friday.

Sixteen cases of salmonella are confirmed and another 184 people are believed to have been sickened eating at the popular tapas restaurant. Of the 200 people, four are employees.

People from 20 states, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom, reported becoming ill after eating at Firefly on Paradise between April 21-26. Health district officials said based on the timing of these reports, the highest likelihood of illness exists for customers on April 22 and 23.

Witness: Harris Targeted Wrong Person in Strip Shooting

Ammar Harris

LAS VEGAS -- Secret grand jury transcripts in the case against suspected Las Vegas Strip shooter Ammar Harris have been released and there is an eyewitness who claims to have seen the shooting and crash that followed.

The nearly 200-page transcript shows what happened in the early morning hours of Feb. 21.

According to the witness, problems started at the Aria Hotel when Ammar Harris, along with a group of friends, left a nightclub after a fight broke out.

Before Harris got into a car with three women, another woman, who identified herself as "Ashley" told the grand jury, a driver of a black Maserati flashed a gun at Harris and took off. Harris ended up following a tan Maserati instead.

"Ashley" said Harris told the three women inside his Range Rover to get down as he loaded his gun and fired into Kenny Cherry's tan Maserati.