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Henderson declares pigeons unwelcome

The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to declare pigeons a public nuisance. Police will cite residents who “encourage the roosting or lingering” of the bird by feeding them. The new law relies on a complaint-based system, which means neighbors will have to sing like a canary if they want relief.

Hearing focuses on former Nevada Test Site’s future

Most of the 11 speakers at Tuesday’s hearing on the Nevada National Security Site’s future expressed anti-nuclear sentiments, saying they want to see more solar energy projects and more respect for Western Shoshone interests in the land where U.S. nuclear weapons were tested. They also requested more time to review and comment on an environmental impact statement that covers operations at the former Nevada Test Site.

Jurors in Navy SEAL’s trial hear recordings of firearms deals

A jury spent Tuesday listening to secretly recorded firearms sales, but one voice was absent from the recordings: Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle. Prosecutors claim Bickle smuggled machine guns, other weapons and explosives into the country from the Middle East. Three other defendants, including two Las Vegas men, accepted plea bargains.

At least well-to-do folks like Las Vegas

The 2011 Mendelsohn Affluent Survey revealed Las Vegas was the No. 1 travel destination in 2010 for adults with an annual household income of more than $100,000. The research by Ipsos Mendelsohn, which collects behavioral data and trend information on luxury consumers, was presented Tuesday by the Luxury Marketing Council.

County OKs prosecutors union concessions

Clark County officials approved an agreement Tuesday with the prosecutors union that will save the county $1.2 million, almost 7 percent, on its $19.2 million contract through the remainder of the fiscal year. The county is working to plug a $42 million budget gap for fiscal year 2012. The 90-member Clark County Prosecutors Association agreed to take a 3 percent pay cut, a 12-month freeze on longevity pay, a decrease in group health insurance benefits and forfeiting two vacation days.

Renewable energy’s job-generating power touted at Ivanpah Valley site

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar stopped in Nevada on Tuesday to tout the job-generating power of renewable energy development, speaking at the Silver State North Project, a solar energy plant being built in the Ivanpah Valley, not far from where Interstate 15 crosses into California. The project is the first solar energy facility approved for construction on federal land in Nevada.

Death penalty sought for one of three suspects in Katherine Cole slaying

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for one of three people charged with the July slaying of 68-year-old Katherine Cole. Cole’s daughter, Autumn Cole, 44, was one of the defendants spared a possible death sentence.
Instead, prosecutors will seek capital punishment for Joseph Perez, 45, the person authorities believe strangled Katherine Cole with a pillowcase.

Nevada ranks first in domestic violence killings

A report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Violence Policy Center says Nevada had the highest rate of domestic violence killings of men against women in the nation. Nevada’s rate of homicides per 100,000 people was 2.7. Alabama was second with a rate of 2.64 per 100,000 people.

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