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Gov. Sandoval Pitches Nevada to Tech Executives

Gov. Sandoval Pitches Nevada to Tech Executives


Nevada's chief executive was rubbing shoulders at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday.

Governor Brian Sandoval’s visit is a first for a Nevada governor. As he walked the convention floor, his reaction was the same as most people, amazement at what gadgets can do.

"For me as a dad, I have a 16 year-old, a 15 year-old and a 7 year-old, and it's exciting for me to see the things they are going to grow up with," Sandoval said.

The real reason Sandoval is at CES is to make his pitch to electronics executives. The governor plans to talk up Nevada’s assets in an effort to persuade high-tech companies to move here.

Las Vegas Workers Reaping Benefits from CES

LAS VEGAS - The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has innovative new gadgets and hi-tech hardware. It takes hundreds of workers to help the nearly 150,000 registered attendees get around - both at the convention and on the Strip.

Holly Coombs has worked at CES for six years. She makes $125 a day to ensure traffic flows smoothly.

"We get up at the bus stop probably six a.m. We work until about eight o'clock at night, go to bed, get up and do it again, about seven days in a row," she said. "If I didn't have this right now, I'd be unemployed. I'd be collecting unemployment, which isn't good either. So, I'm glad this is here every year."

Conventions are bread and butter for many workers. Seventy-four-year-old Rosie Anderson has worked at the Las Vegas Convention Center for seven years.

Electronics Show Donates $75k to Vegas Nonprofits

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The organization that's putting on the International Consumer Electronics Show this week is donating $75,000 to environmentally friendly nonprofits in the show's host city of Las Vegas.

The Consumer Electronics Association says it will donate the money to Green Chips and Repurpose AMERICA.

Green Chips is a charity supporting energy-saving initiatives, and plans to use its $50,000 grant to put solar panels on the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

A similar donation last year to the Salvation Army helped the organization save an estimated $7,000 annually in energy costs.

A $25,000 grant to Repurpose AMERICA will help the group recycle the signs and other materials used during the show.

The show is bringing about 140,000 people to Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday.

CES Vendors Give Las Vegas a Sneak Peek of the Latest Gadgets

LAS VEGAS, NV -- The eyes of the digital world will be focused on Las Vegas this coming week.

The largest consumer electronic trade show, also known as CES, is taking over the convention center starting Tuesday. But some tech companies are unveiling their products a little earlier.

Dozens of them put their latest gadgets front and center Sunday night, at an event at the Bellagio. Austin, TX based Allure Energy brought the "Ever Sense," a device that can sense when someone is coming home using GPS technology. Then, it begins heating or cooling the user's house. The idea is to save energy and cut down on the homeowner's power bill.

Another new item is the Power Bag. The device acts like a big battery. You can plug in your phone, tablet or other electronics to charge up while on the go.

Police: Suspect Responsible for 2 Robberies

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for a suspect that is responsible for two recent robberies.

The first robbery took place near Sloan Ln. and Sahara Ave. on Dec. 12 when a suspect accosted a woman outside of a business. Police say the suspect threatened the woman and stole items from her.

The second robbery took place near the 4900 block of Charleston Ave. on Jan. 4. Police say the armed suspect stole items from a business.

The suspect is described as an African-American man around 5-foot-10 inches tall and weighing around 260 to 280 pounds. He had a goatee, stud earrings and was wearing a white baseball cap, black hoodie and dark-rimmed glasses.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702)828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.



No Longer a Hilton: Las Vegas Casino Changes Name

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino officially changed its name to drop its hotel chain moniker on Tuesday after a license agreement expired at the start of 2012.

Workers changed the hotel marquee to reflect the new name for the property east of the Las Vegas Strip: The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Its new motto: "Same Fame. New Name."

It's the second time Elvis Presley's former haunt has changed its name. Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian opened the property in 1969 as the International Hotel, then sold it to the Hilton chain. It became the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971.

The hotel-casino sought to end the agreement last year as the property contended with financial troubles. It defaulted on a $252 million loan in 2010 and used operational expenses to make payments during three months last year while it tried to restructure debt.

Person of Interest Sought in Valley’s First Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the valley's first murder of the year that occurred on January 1.

A woman was found dead inside of a home at the 1000 block of Bracken Ave. at around 5:12 p.m. Sunday. Police say there may have been an altercation between the woman and her attacker, whom police believe she knew. The woman was shot to death.

Detectives are looking for a person of interest, 29-year-old David Monarrez. Monarrez stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 170 pounds.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to call the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Homicide Section at 828-3521 or contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.