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“Stuff the Bus” kicks off in the valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – United Way kicks off its “Stuff the Bus” event.

It helps our under-served students and local schools. “Stuff the Bus” collects things like backpacks, black and blue pens, pencils, crayons, and more.

United Way is collecting items through July 19. You can make donations to United Way of Southern Nevada, located at Flamingo and Jones. Or at SOS Radio, at 6th and Sahara. ... Read More

Road upgrades to Eastern Ave. from U.S. 95 to North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Eastern Avenue is about to get a major $3 million renovation for safety and mobility.

The Nevada Department of Transportation begins the improvements Monday morning on Eastern from U.S. 95 all the way to North Las Vegas. The project calls for new sidewalks, better lighting, and pedestrian crosswalks. There will also be bicycle lanes added and higher medians.

According to NDOT, there were more than 1,200 crashes along the corridor during a five year period between 2009 and 2014.

As for construction, drivers will see road work on weekdays between 6:00am to 4:00pm. Work will start at Eastern and Bonanza with crews moving northbound.

The renovations are expected to be finished by December... Read More

Big rollers: Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at $17B

Eldorado Resorts will buy Caesars in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $17.3 billion, creating a casino giant.

The acquisition Monday puts about 60 casinos and resorts in 16 states under a single name, one of the biggest gambling and entertainment ventures in the United States.

“Together, we will have an extremely powerful suite of iconic gaming and entertainment brands, as well as valuable strategic alliances with industry leaders in sports betting and online gaming,” Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg said in a prepared statement.

The company, which will be called Caesars, will be led by Reeg, along with Eldorado Chairman Gary Carano. It will be based in Reno Nevada, where Eldorado is based, with a “significant corporate presence” in Las Vegas, where Caesars is based... Read More

Autism advocate asks public to sympathize with parents who lost child in accidental drowning

An 8-year-old boy is dead, after what police are calling an accidental drowning.

Saturday was Jacob Davis’ birthday. But sadly Saturday night, Metro Police say the 8-year-old’s body was found in a backyard swimming pool.

Several people on social media are asking where his parents were during all of this. But autism advocates say not to place blame on anyone just yet, because raising a child with autism can be challenging.

Davis was reported missing earlier in the evening, believed to have walked away from his home near E. Russell Road and Mountain Vista Drive. Detectives say the boy had autism.

“When you think they’re safe, you can’t ever know,” said autism awareness advocate Melanie Bash... Read More

Hawaii crash claims 9 men, 2 women, most in their late 20s

HONOLULU (AP) – Casey Williamson’s love of adventure led him to winter snowboarding in Vail, Colorado, and summer skydiving in Moab, Utah. A year-and-a-half ago, he found his way to Hawaii, where he could skydive year-round.

On Friday, the 29-year-old was among 11 killed when their skydiving plane crashed and burned at a coastal airfield on the island of Oahu. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011.

Williamson was his mother Carla Ajaga’s only child, his cousin Natacha Mendenhall said.

“We’re all very upset,” said Mendenhall, speaking from her home in Fort Worth, Texas. “She cannot really talk right now. What she wants everyone to know is how full of life her son was, how loving he was.”

Williamson, who was from Yukon, Oklahoma, worked as an instructor and as a videographer who filmed customers as they dove. He was trying to earn more jumping hours and learn the trade, Mendenhall said... Read More

Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he’s won an ugly one.

The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, won an appearance with Scamp on the “Today” show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter – and a trophy the size of a Rottweiler.

“He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,” Morones told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat after the victory. “I think the audience saw his beautiful spirit and everything he’s given back to the community.”

Scamp makes volunteer visits to schoolchildren and a local senior citizens center.

The street dog from Compton was rescued by Morones in 2014 after she spotted him on Pet Finder... Read More

Police: Officer shot in ambush had no chance of survival

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A rookie Sacramento police officer who died during a domestic violence call was ambushed by a gunman and had no chance of surviving after she was shot, police said.

The disclosure came late Friday amid criticism that it took police 45 minutes to get to 26-year-old rookie Officer Tara O’Sullivan during the armed standoff.

O’Sullivan was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

O’Sullivan was hit several times and one of the wounds was “non-survivable,” Sgt. Vance Chandler said at a news conference where the department released police body camera video of the Wednesday night attack.

Police Chief Daniel Hahn said the gunman had stashed two assault rifles , a shotgun and handgun in different rooms and opened fire as officers knocked on the door.

“The officers were essentially ambushed,” Hahn said... Read More