SOUTHERN NEVADA FLOODING
Feds pledge $1.5M for repairs to I-15 in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says Clark County will get $1.5 million in federal emergency funds to help pay for repairing flood damage on Interstate 15 northeast of Las Vegas.
Reid's announcement came Tuesday, with county lawmakers considering a disaster declaration and road crews continuing a $5 million job to repair a washed-out stretch of I-15 near Moapa.
One lane has been opened in each direction on the key route between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
But northbound trucks still face daytime detours onto a route adding 50 miles and several hours to their Nevada-to-Utah trip.
County officials have tallied 139 damaged homes after floods last Monday in Moapa, Overton and Logandale, and more than $1 million in public road damage in the rural Moapa Valley and Sandy Valley areas.
GUINN SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
Winner of Gov. Guinn scholarship to be announced
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall plans to announce one of two winners of a $4,500 memorial scholarship named after late Gov. Kenny Guinn.
The announcement is set for Tuesday afternoon at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Kenny Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship provides aspiring teachers with extra money beyond what they win through the state's Millennium Scholarship program. It's funded with the more than $200,000 donated to the state after Guinn's death in 2010.
One student from northern Nevada and one student from southern Nevada are selected each year.
The southern Nevada winner is expected to be announced at a later date.
Driver in Stratosphere crash freed pending charges
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge ordered a 40-year-old man released from jail while prosecutors prepare charges stemming from the crash of a pickup truck through the glass doors of the Stratosphere casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen released Ryan Brown without bail on Monday, with an Oct. 15 court date.
Police say Brown drove on a sidewalk past pedestrians and argued with at least one man near the valet area last Wednesday before accelerating through the front doors of the casino.
No one was hurt.
Police say Brown admitted using drugs for several days, and more than 1 gram of crack was found in the vehicle ashtray.
Police say Brown told officers he wanted to jump off the Stratosphere tower.
VEGAS AIRPORT-RUNWAY REHAB
$26M from feds will rehab Vegas airport runway
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A major runway at McCarran International Airport is getting an overhaul with help from the federal government.
Congresswoman Dina Titus announced this week that the Las Vegas airport had landed $26 million that will fund the two-phase reconstruction project.
Titus called the airport central to southern Nevada's economic future and said the improvements will help it keep pace with rising passenger demand.
McCarran sees nearly 20 million passengers each year.
DANCER-FATAL DUI CHARGE
Dancer due for sentencing in Vegas fatal DUI case
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 28-year-old former Las Vegas strip club dancer is facing up to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony driving under the influence in an after-work crash that killed a man and injured the man's 2-year-old son.
Shauna Diane Miller is due for sentencing Tuesday before Clark County District Court Judge Valorie Vega.
Miller was accused of having five times the legal limit of marijuana in her blood when she crashed her boyfriend's Hummer into the driver's side of a Ford Escort early March 23, 2013.
The crash killed 33-year-old James J. White.
White's son was in a car seat and received minor injuries.
Police said Miller told investigators she drank two beers and took the anti-anxiety medication Xanax at work overnight at the Spearmint Rhino.
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