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Police investigate shooting in northeast Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Metro police investigated a shooting late Tuesday morning in northeast Las Vegas.

Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Juniper Hills, near Vegas Valley Drive and Nellis Boulevard, just before 11:30 a.m.

According to police, someone was shot in the leg after some type of argument. Initial reports indicate it might have been over a dog and that both the suspect and victim live in the complex.

The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

No other information was immediately available.

Metro Police work to keep property crime down

LAS VEGAS -- October is national Crime Prevention Month, so Metro Police said they want to make sure people in the valley take the proper steps to protect their loved ones and personal property.

Police said some people unintentionally leave themselves vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. They said home burglaries and car burglaries are consistent problems, especially in the northwest valley.

One way to help protect yourself against it is by making sure your doors and windows are locked at all times, according to Metro Police. They also said make sure gates are properly secured.

A metro crime prevention specialist said it's important to scan your home from the outside in, in an effort to make sure criminals can't get in.

Metro said a cohesive neighborhood is another way of protecting against property crime. They said neighbors that band together can help each other keep property crimes down.

Casino mogul says experience, not gambling, is key

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Steve Wynn says it's not the gambling that's the key to casinos' success. It's everything else -- including giving people a chance to live big.

The billionaire developer who has shaped the Las Vegas Strip gave that advice Tuesday night to a crowd gathered for the gambling industry's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo.

The industry has been rattled by troubles in Atlantic City. Four casinos have closed there this year, eliminating 8,000 casino jobs.

Competition has grown fierce as more states have legalized casino gambling. Industry leaders say an emphasis on non-gambling revenue sources including restaurants, shopping and entertainment is what will win the day for the industry.

Wynn says it's the customer experience, not the slot machines, that make casinos a success.

 

KOA RV park moving to Sam's Town

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas KOA which was located on the Las Vegas Strip will make its new home at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.

The campground which sat next to Circus Circus for the past 35 years was closed to make room for the City of Rock which will feature open-air concerts starting in 2015.

Under its agreement with Boyd Gaming Corporation, KOA will assume operations of Sam's Town RV Park, one of the largest in the valley. The park will be renamed Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town and open on Oct. 1.

Police: DUI crash throws passengers from pickup truck

LAS VEGAS --  A DUI crash in the valley critically injured one passenger and hurt others Saturday.  Metro Police said the driver of a 2000 GMC Sierra was making a left turn from S. Nellis Boulevard to E. Sahara Avenue at 2:55 a.m. when the driver lost control, left the roadway and went over a curb. 

Due to the impact, two passengers that were riding in the bed of the truck, were thrown from it during the collision.  The truck flipped and landed on its roof in front of the Walgreens parking lot.

One of the ejected passengers was transported to Sunrise Hospital with critical injuries, while the remaining occupants who were also hurt, but not as bad, stayed at the scene.



Metro PD investigate crash possibly caused by street racing

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said two vehicles that were possibly racing down a street caused a crash that closed the area for a while Saturday afternoon. Officers said the three cars were driving really fast down Nellis Boulevard east of Sahara Avenue.

They said the accident happened when the black car crossed into the center lane and struck a pick up truck. Right after that, detectives said the car swerved right and hit another car that they suspected of racing.

At that point, the driver of the black car lost control and rolled the car. That driver sustained minor injuries.

At this time, it's unclear if anyone has been charged. Metro Police is still investigating.

Nevada's poverty rate, median income improve

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada had an average percentage of residents living in poverty last year compared to other states, an improvement from 2012 when the state's poverty rate was slightly above average, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

The state's estimated median household income also rose at a much higher rate in 2013 than was true nationally.

The bureau said 433,576 Nevadans lived below poverty in 2013 when the state's poverty rate stood at 15.8 percent, same as the national average.

In 2012 the state had 446,840 residents living in poverty and had a poverty rate of 16.4 percent, compared to 15.9 percent nationally.

Poverty thresholds in 2013 averaged $11,888 a year for individuals, $15,142 for couples and $23,834 for families of four.