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Elevated expressways could solve congestion from airport to Strip

A plan to build elevated expressways to and from McCarran International Airport was well-received by Clark County commissioners Tuesday.

However, with the history of plans for light rail trains and monorail extensions that have yet to be built, will it ever happen?

RTC Chairman Larry Brown says, this time, it's different.

Travel times between McCarran and the Strip are expected to surge by 2040. A new study predicts it will take nearly 50 percent longer due to congestion.

"Get off the road," jokes commuter Shirley Mitchell. "Make room for me."

It comes as no surprise to Mitchell.

"I know there's a lot of people traveling here, and a lot of people going out, so yeah."

But what comes as a surprise to many is some of the solutions -- that have long been looked at as pipe dreams for years in the valley -- are actually not that far from reality anymore.

"Now you're starting to see pieces of that plan implemented," Brown said... Read More

American Airlines flight leaving McCarran delayed in take off due to threat on social media

An American Airlines flight that was scheduled to leave McCarran International Airport may have had to be evacuated Tuesday night, according to reports.

A McCarran spokesperson said American Airlines flight 0073 was on the runway about to depart to Los Angeles, but it never got off the ground.

According to a McCarran spokesperson, the passengers were deplaned and taken by shuttle buses to the terminals with a threat being made via social media. No word on what kind of a threat was made.

A traffic camera in the area revealed that the plane was surrounded by multiple emergency vehicles on the runway.

This is a developing story. ... Read More

Man runs off with cash following bank robbery near Tropicana and Maryland Parkway

Metro Police investigated a bank robbery near E. Tropicana Avenue and S. Maryland Parkway Friday evening.

According to officers, around 4:59 p.m a man walked into the Bank of America located at 4795 S. Maryland Parkway near UNLV and demanded money. Metro said the man handed the teller a note that said he had a bomb.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the area.

The only description police released of the suspect is that he's a white man in his 30's. Metro Police said further investigation into the bomb threat revealed that it wasn't legit.

No one was hurt, and the FBI was notified.

Authorities are still investigating... Read More

WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

PD: Truck hits juvenile female near Sandhill and Viking

A juvenile female was hit by a truck in central Las Vegas Wednesday, Metro Police said. It happened around 2:45 p.m. near S. Sandhill and E. Viking roads.

No word on what happened in the moments leading up to the crash, but officers said the girl's injuries appear to be critical.

This is an active scene, so drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Person suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle near Flamingo and Paradise

Metro Police investigated a serious crash near Flamingo and Paradise roads Tuesday night.

According to Metro, around 6:38 p.m. a person was struck by a vehicle as they were walking in the area of E. Flamingo Road and Palos Verdes Street.

No word on what caused the crash, but the pedestrian was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of Flamingo had to be closed while Metro Police investigated.

No other details were released, but officers said the driver stayed at the scene... Read More

Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More