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Accordionist Pete Contino Squeezes into Winchester Center

Accordion featured in performance at Winchester Center.

Accordionist: The Next Generation. That's one way of describing Pete Contino, who continues the accordion tradition of his pop, Dick Contino, when the Pete Contino Band brings its repertoire of blues, zydeco and rockabilly to the Winchester Center Saturday afternoon.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ex-DMV Clerk Pleads Guilty to Bribes for Licenses

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles clerk has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for accepting thousands of dollars to provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

The 28-year-old Nancy Brown of Las Vegas entered the plea Tuesday to one count of federal program bribery. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing March 6.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office in Nevada say Brown was a front-line clerk at the DMV office on Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas.

Authorities say she used third parties to recruit customers who didn't have identifying documents, and typically charged $1,500 to $3,000 for each license. A plea agreement says she issued about 214 licenses illegally between February 2010 and April 2011.

Agriculture Secretary Meets with Business Leaders

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with a handful of Las Vegas-area business leaders Tuesday to push President Obama’s jobs plan.

The secretary held a White House Business Council Roundtable at the East Las Vegas Community Center. Vilsack encouraged the business leaders to apply for a federal loan to build and operate a waste recycling plant. The plant would produce biofuel for the Navy. He says there are a few plants that will be built and one in Nevada would help create jobs.

(Associated Press contributed to this report)

Police Investigating Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on the scene of a shooting on Palo Verdes St. near Swenson St. and Twain Ave. Police say one person was shot in the back and has been transported to the hospital.

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

 

Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

13-year-old Turns Birthday Party into Fundraiser

Most 12-year-old girls are thinking about all the presents they’ll get when they turn 13. A Las Vegas girl is turning her 13th birthday party into a fundraiser for breast cancer.

Kimberlee Wiggins is holding a party starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. Instead of asking for presents, she is asking for donations to the Las Vegas American Cancer Society. The party has grown from just friends and family to more than 100 guests.

There will be a remembrance tree for people to write messages to loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. One generous party guest has already pledged a dollar for every message on the tree. There will also be a balloon launch in honor of those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Cowboy Christmas Offers Unique Gifts for NFR

Cowboy Christmas Offers Unique Gifts for NFR

The National Finals Rodeo brings in thousands of rodeo lovers who are ready to spend money.

Cowboy Christmas is one gift show that offers fans a place to shop for unique gifts. The gift show is expected to attract 140,000 people. It features 400 vendors, selling everything from clothes to saddles and high-end furniture to art work.

“It is nice. Everything is great. Anything you want to see you can see it,” shopper Kevin Colvard said.

“We always save money all year long just for this show and this year we are doing baby shopping,” added shopper Amanda Plehn.

Artist Bradford Williams is selling his work at the show. He says he never misses a chance to show off his stuff in Las Vegas.

“We've done really well. It seems like the higher end and larger and more expensive items are the ones that have been selling, and those are the ones keeping us floating,” Williams said.