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Commuters got money’s worth with 10 projects

For a good chunk of the last decade, the state of Nevada and local cities had gobs of money to spend on major transportation projects. The days of plump budgets are certainly in our rearview mirrors now, but it’s important to reflect on what was accomplished around the Las Vegas Valley to improve our commute.

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Officials aim to improve pedestrian safety in Las Vegas

The Danish offset crosswalk on Maryland Parkway on the UNLV campus, an S-shaped crossing, forces pedestrians to face traffic while in the median, making them more aware of approaching cars and reducing accidents.

Crews preparing for annual Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas is preparing to welcome 120,000 technology aficionados to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday for the largest trade show of the year, the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. CES drew 110,000 attendees last year.

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: Traffic shutting down on Strip as parties begin

Police are closing traffic on the Strip (from the Sahara to Mandalay Bay) to make it safe for walking during tonight’s celebrations. Cars won’t be allowed on the Strip again until a few hours after midnight, at which point traffic will resemble a giant parking lot.

Police unions advise silence in inquest process

In a first for Clark County, the heads of the two largest police unions are telling members not to cooperate with investigators after officer-involved shootings or in-custody deaths.

Sister of missing dancer fears, hopes, searches

Celeste Flores-Narvaez has been searching for sister Debbie for weeks now. Debbie Flores-Narvaez, 31, was last seen Dec. 12. Celeste Flores-Narvaez posts fliers around where her sister was last seen, uses the media to get the word out and interacts with the public on a blog.

Winter’s grip eases for New Year’s fireworks show

Braving the bone-chilling winds atop Treasure Island on Thursday, a small group of workers ran spools of wire, set up launching boxes and put other finishing touches on the fireworks show that will welcome 2011 tonight.

Salvation Army gets additional $14,000 donation

For the second time in consecutive days, a gaming company has donated thousands of dollars to the Salvation Army after its headquarters were burglarized of $13,000 last weekend.