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EDITORIAL: Don’t give VA another $17.6 billion; privatize the agency

In case you’re keeping score at home, the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly ignored and hid warnings from whistleblowers about a pattern of negligent practices resulting in delays in care, shoddy treatment and needless patient deaths at its medical centers. According to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., VA negligence cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements over the past decade and may have killed up to 1,000 veterans.

International arrivals up sharply at McCarran

International passenger arrivals at McCarran International Airport continued its torrid pace in June as 3.7 million people passed through the gates at the Las Vegas airport’s terminals, a 1.3 percent increase over June 2013.

3 North Las Vegas officials promoted

North Las Vegas promoted three acting department heads to permanent posts on Wednesday, finalizing appointees picked to lead the city’s finance, utilities and fire departments.

New fishing kayaks turning heads

Anglers who have been thinking about purchasing a fishing kayak but have been holding back due to concerns about craft stability, seat comfort or the need to use a paddle, can set those concerns aside.

Fishing report, July 24, 2014

■ LAKE MEAD — Anglers are reporting prime fishing time from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m. The heat of the desert sun pushes the stripers to deeper water and anglers off the water. Vegas Wash has produced good results for those netting shad. Striper boils have been found in coves across the lake, though the majority of the fish caught are about 1 pound or less. Shoreline anglers are having increased success as largemouth and smallmouth bass are hanging in the shallower water near shore. Those in the areas of Boulder Harbor and Echo Bay are reeling in fish using various lures, including crankbaits and plastics. For nighttime anglers, increased opportunity should come during the new moon on Saturday. Try fishing under a light or use a submersible light.

Gustafsson out, Belfort in

Injury knocked Alexander Gustafsson out a rematch with Jon Jones in UFC 178 at MGM Grand on Sept. 27. And the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday cleared the way for Vitor Belfort to fight Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title in December.

Four-run fourth inning dooms 51s in loss at Tacoma

Gabriel Noriega hit a go-ahead two-run double and scored on Abraham Almonte’s single as Tacoma scored four times in the fourth inning in a 6-4 win over Las Vegas in a Pacific Coast League game Wednesday night in Tacoma, Wash.

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