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S. Nevada gets money to keep the Strip safe from terrorists

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LAS VEGAS -- A terrorist attack has never happened on the Las Vegas Strip. Because of that, Clark County's emergency manager says the county has been getting less money to prevent any future attack.

After a year of being turned down for federal grants, security agencies got $1 million to add some new anti-terrorism teams, like an extra hazardous materials crew, and keep old programs that have been keeping the Strip safe going.

Last year, the Boston Marathon bombings reminded everyone how vulnerable popular areas of the United States are to terrorists.

"I had some friends that ran the marathon last year. So, we were worried and we didn't know what was going on. I couldn't believe it when it happened. It was tough, it was tough but the city rose again," Noel Quinte, a tourist from the East Coast, said.

The Las Vegas Strip and its 40-million visitors make it a prime terrorist target according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Southern Nevada, which received $9 million from DHS in 2007, has been trying to get money for more than a year. Last month, the area received $1 million, which was still the smallest amount ever allocated.

The money won't be going to fund the usual bomb squad or extra security presence on the Strip.

"Currently, with this round of funding, they don't have a proposal for either of those two, now security of the Strip does go through the Fusion Center," Clark County Emergency Manager John Steinbeck said.

The Metro Police-run Fusion Center is the headquarters for preventing and responding to emergencies.

Emergency manager and deputy fire chief John Steinbeck says without the money, the Fusion Center would be losing vital programs, which have prevented terrorist acts from disrupting the Strip.

"That doesn't mean there have been no attempts. They have just done an excellent job," Steinbeck said.

For an economy founded in tourism, security keeps the lights on at night and guests coming back.

"Yeah it does. It is really important to support national security and trust people with the security they need," tourist Noel Quinte said.

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