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McCarran wraps up first phase of paving project

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran Airport has reopened a runway that has been under construction since last October, marking the end of the first phase of a two-phase project.

The runway is McCarran's longest — and typically handles about one-third of the airport's annual traffic.

“While I am pleased to report that Phase I was completed with minimal impact to the airlines and their schedules, I do acknowledge that there was increased aircraft noise in different parts of the valley during this work period,” said Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Clark County Director of Aviation. “We appreciate the community's patience and understanding as we work to not only maintain, but improve our airport. McCarran is one of the most important economic assets in Southern Nevada and an essential part of our hospitality and tourism industry.”

PD: 3 dead in domestic dispute turned murder-suicide

LAS VEGAS -- Police investigated a shooting incident that left three people dead at an apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road Sunday afternoon.

Metro homicide investigators said it began as domestic violence that spilled out of an apartment complex and into the street in the 1000 block of Lisbon Avenue. 

It ended as an apparent murder-suicide between a man and his girlfriend and another woman, police said.

Officers say the man killed the women and then turned the gun on himself.

Witnesses said they heard about ten gunshots at around 2:30 p.m.

"I was just upstairs with my son and I was watching Netflix and next thing I hear a whole bunch of gunshots, about ten of them," said neighbor Maria Flores.

MGM arena to serve Coca-Cola, feature Toshiba products

MGM Resorts arena rendering

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Resorts International and entertainment company AEG say their 20,000-seat arena being built behind the New York-New York casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip will feature Coca-Cola beverages and Toshiba technology.

The companies announced the sponsorship deals with Toshiba and Coca-Cola on Tuesday and said the arena will be an entertainment and technology experience unlike any other.

While an area of gravel may not look like much now, in a year, it will be known as the Toshiba Plaza. Toshiba also gets naming rights to a two-acre plaza outside the entrance where an elevated outdoor stage is being built for additional concerts and events.



Twenty thousand spectators will pass a 200-foot electronic billboard and there will be more than 500 smaller screens inside and a space called Las Vegas Interactive.







Las Vegas wants to host 2016 presidential debate at UNLV

 LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas wants to be an official host site for one of the 2016 presidential debates.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and UNLV are pursuing a bid for a debate which would be held at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.

"Las Vegas would be a natural choice for a presidential debate given our ability to host high-profile special events, and the world-class experience our destination provides," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of LVCVA.

Ralenkotter and UNLV President Len Jessup are co-chairs of the Las Vegas 2016 Presidential Debate Committee. 



'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.