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County receives 206 medical marijuana applications

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County officials are considering 206 applications from people seeking to start medical marijuana-related businesses in the Las Vegas area.

County spokesman Dan Kulin reports that 109 different entities submitted documents to the Business License Department before a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

They include 70 applications related to cultivation, 90 in the dispensary category, one in the laboratory category and 45 in production.

Clark County became the first jurisdiction in southern Nevada to accept applications for marijuana-related businesses after approving regulations last month.

Nevada voters approved medical marijuana in 2000, but that law provided no legal way for patients to obtain the drug except to grow it themselves.

The Legislature passed a law last year setting up a county-by-county framework for distributing medical marijuana.


Police: Man struck on Vegas street was jaywalking

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police say a 57-year-old man wasn't in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle and badly hurt on a busy boulevard several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Jiahong Wang was taken to University Medical Center with what police called life-threatening injuries after the crash a little before 9 p.m. Tuesday on Jones Boulevard near Flamingo Road.

Police say Wang was crossing Jones near Fairbanks Road when he was hit by a 2005 Lexus driven by 47-year-old Gabriel Petrescue of Las Vegas.

Police say Petrescue received minor injuries.

No summonses were issued. The accident is still under investigation.


Nevada to review short sale practices

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada agency will review practices in the real estate industry following an investigation by a Reno newspaper that showed dual-agency short sales involving a prearranged cash buyer accounted for more than 10 percent of home sales last year.

Such transactions are when the same real estate agent or entity represents both the buyer and seller and collects commissions from both.

An investigation by the Reno Gazette-Journal found that many of the properties were sold below market value, allowing investors to see a larger appreciation when the properties were resold.

Nevada Department of Business and Industry Director Bruce Breslow tells the Gazette-Journal that his agency will look into the practice to see if real estate firms are taking advantage of distressed homeowners for their own gain.


Homeowners: Former landfill rips apart houses

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) - Homeowners in a Nevada community say their floors are shaking and their walls cracking as the weight of a former landfill tears them apart.

Some residents of the Highland Hills neighborhood in Mesquite say about half the homes there went up inside a supposed 200-foot buffer zone surrounding the former municipal landfill.

City Manager Andy Barton tells the Spectum of St. George the city is reviewing residents' complaints.

RFMS Inc. project manager Rick Hawes says the company built the homes about a decade ago but had no idea the former landfill's edges stretched that far.

He says the company is willing to cooperate with homeowners and the city to resolve the problem.

An outside consulting company found that up to eight homes sit atop the former landfill.


BLM: no significant impact from Eureka pipeline

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management has given the go-head for a pipeline project in Eureka County.

The agency on Tuesday signed a record of decision and findings that the pipeline right of way will have no significant environmental impact.

Prospector Pipeline Co. intends to bury a 12-inch pipe along an 18-mile route to deliver natural gas from the North Elko Pipeline to Newmont Mining Co.'s Leeville and Gold Quarry mines.

The project requires a 100-foot wide temporary right of way during construction, and a 30-foot wide permanent right of way when completed.

Officials say the project will improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and enhance safety.


Tahoe plates generate $350,000 for projects

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nine projects to help preserve and project Lake Tahoe have been awarded grant funding from the Nevada Division of State Lands.

The grant money comes from the sale of Lake Tahoe specialty license plates that last year generated $350,000.

State officials announced grant recipients on Tuesday.

Money will help support the East Shore Express, a transit service between Incline Village and Sand Harbor that runs during the busy summer months.

Other projects will target control of evasive species in the lake and monitoring environmental indicators that influence nearshore lake clarity.

Officials say the Lake Tahoe license plates have generated more than $6.7 million since they became available in 1998. The proceeds have funded about 100 projects.


Nevada first lady promotes Denim Day

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - First lady Kathleen Sandoval is encouraging Nevadans to wear blue jeans on Wednesday as part of a campaign to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day.

The Denim Day campaign evolved in the 1990s from a ruling by Italy's Supreme Court. Justices overturned a rape conviction, saying that because the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her attacker remove her pants, thereby implying consent.

The next day women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in a show of solidarity with the victim.

Denim Day has since spread to the United States as a way to raise awareness of sexual violence through education.

Sandoval says this year's focus will be on educating the community at large on the legal definition of consent.


Food Network star Guy Fieri's eatery open in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Food Network star Guy Fieri's restaurant is now open for business on the Las Vegas Strip.

The restaurant, named Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, is located at the Quad Resort & Casino and welcomed its first customers last week.

The 200-seat eatery features casual foods including a wide selection of burgers, wings, tacos and craft beers. Fieri's tattoos appear as design elements on the restaurant's coasters, napkins and dishware.

Fieri is known for several Food Network series, including "Guy's Big Bite," ''Guy Off the Hook" and "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1990, and earned an honorary doctorate from the school in 2012. UNLV memorabilia is incorporated in the restaurant's decor.

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