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Permit hopes rise with lantern festival test launch

Promoters of the RiSE Festival cleared one of their last hurdles Tuesday night with the successful test launch of a couple hundred sky lanterns before an audience of several dozen public lands officials.

Blue ribbon panel on child welfare convenes

The newly formed Blue Ribbon committee appointed to examine shortcomings in Clark County child welfare services met on Tuesday to hear a wide range of problems facing the system and the courts.

Clark County takes aim at ‘taverns’

Clark County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that would affect taverns like Dotty’s that serve food and offer gaming. Among the proposed changes, taverns with slot machines would be required to get at least half of their revenue from the sale of food and beverages.

Ebola concerns prompt travel questions in Southern Nevada ERs

Questions about travel with an emphasis on any recent visit to West Africa have increased in priority in Southern Nevada emergency rooms because of concerns about the Ebola virus.

County OKs $11 million UMC raises

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday approved an $11 million contract that includes longevity pay for University Medical Center employees who are represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1107.

AG candidate Laxalt promises to cut rape test kit backlog

Attorney General candidate Adam Laxalt vowed Tuesday to push to drastically cut or eliminate a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in Nevada, including 4,385 in Las Vegas — some dating from a decade ago.

Las Vegas man killed in off-roading crash identified

A Las Vegas man who died Sunday in an off-roading accident at Dumont Dunes was identified Tuesday by the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. Justin Matthew Walker, 22, died after his all-terrain vehicle flipped several times and he was ejected, according to the coroner.

County sheriff takeover of constable’s office OK’d

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement that will allow the sheriff to take over the duties of the abolished Las Vegas Township constable’s office in January.

Police: Man accused of child abuse beat, bit toddler

A man accused of severely beating a 3-year-old boy — fracturing a bone near his eye, causing bruising all over and even biting him — was known to be violent, Las Vegas police said Tuesday.

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