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Program can shorten long lines at McCarran checkpoints

LAS VEGAS -- A growing program is helping travelers say goodbye to those stressful, long lines at the airport security checkpoint.

More than 4,700 people have been approved for TSA pre-check at McCarran International Airport making it one of the top airports in the country for the special screening program.

Matthew Dixon is flying through security instead of the usual, time-consuming routine.

"Taking off my shoes, taking off my belt,” Dixon said. "I travel quite a bit for my job, and so this usually cuts off a good 15 to 20 minutes when you're going through security anywhere you go. It's very convenient."

McCarran now has its own TSA pre-check enrollment center.

"TSA Pre-check is expedited screening through dedicated lanes at the security checkpoint,” TSA Spokesperson Lorie Dankers said. "It's very quick, and it's very convenient, and passengers love it."

Las Vegas customs line set to shorten with new program

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Overseas visitors coming to Las Vegas could soon be spending less time in customs lines.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that McCarran International Airport will be participating in a pilot program that offers more flexibility in scheduling customs agents.

The public-private partnership will allow the airport to schedule agents for later hours and move them around to terminals where they're needed most, as long as the airport foots the bill for the overtime. Existing rules are more restrictive of agents' schedules and locations.

Las Vegas has been trying to attract more foreign tourists, who tend to stay longer and spend more money than domestic visitors.



Reid says the new program will give visitors a better first impression and get them out of the airport and spending more quickly.







BREAKING NEWS: Passenger pickup at T1 at McCarran Airport closed

LAS VEGAS -- The passenger pickup area of Terminal One at McCarran International Airport is closed after a shuttle smashed into a height-restriction bar.

According to Metro Police, the accident happened at around 3:50 p.m. Thursday. One person has been taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There is no word on when the passenger pickup area will be reopened. People are advised to use the short-term lot on level two to pick up arriving passengers.

Tax hike proposed to fund stadium at UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials are throwing around the idea of increasing the sales tax throughout Clark County to raise money for a proposed stadium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UNLV stadium board member and regent James Dean Leavitt also suggested raising the hotel room tax on the Las Vegas Strip to help fund the project.

Leavitt said the university, the resort industry and all of Clark County would reap the benefits of a stadium.

Costs for the project range from $523 million for an open-air, shaded venue of 42,000 seats, to $833 million for a domed stadium of 60,000 seats.

Opponents at a stadium board meeting Wednesday said raising the sales tax would disproportionately hurt people on fixed incomes.

Any tax increase must first be approved by the Legislature.

I-Team: Strip club raided by police wants to reopen

LAS VEGAS -- A strip club shut down since a Metro Police raid says it can't reopen.

The I-Team found allegations some dancers may have drugged customers to pile up charges on their credit cards maybe behind the raid.

On Wednesday, Club Paradise asked a judge to order Metro to return money and property seized in the raid. The club says it is cooperating with the police investigation, but it hasn't been able to re-open because Metro seized computers containing essential business software.

Club Paradise has been closed since June 6, when Metro Police served search warrants there.

Nobody has been charged yet in the probe but the search warrant says police were looking for credit card information and commonly used date-rape drugs like GHB, ecstasy and rohypnol.

The implication is that some dancers may have drugged customers to rack up credit card charges, while the customers were in a stupor.

I-Team: Search warrant gives clues into strip club raid

LAS VEGAS -- Allegations of strippers drugging customers then racking up bogus charges on their credit cards appears to be the focus of a Metro Police investigation at a local topless club.

However, the club's owners and management say if anything, it is the work of a few rogue contractors.

Nobody has been arrested so far, but court records show what police expected to find. Metro detectives raided Club Paradise in June and the cabaret has been closed since then.

The affidavit supporting the search remains sealed but the search warrant itself suggests the type of crimes police suspect happened there.

Among other things, the warrant says police were looking for credit cards and devices that can store credit card information and controlled substances used for what is commonly called ‘dosing,’ including GHB, ecstasy and rohypnol.

Las Vegas woman dies in rollover near Mountain Vista and Russell

LAS VEGAS – The 33-year-old woman who was killed in a crash Sunday morning has been identified as Shannon Lee Pool from Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner's office.

The crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. near Mountain Vista Street and Russell Road.

Police say the woman was driving her GMC Yukon north on Mountain Vista near Carol Circle, when she lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit a curb, continued onto the sidewalk, went back on the road, struck the median and traveled north in the southbound lanes of Mountain Vista before striking a light pole, water main box and block wall. The impact caused the vehicle to roll, and partially ejected the woman from the truck. She was not wearing a seat belt.

The woman died at the scene of the accident.