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Vegas sees same number of January visitors, 3.4 million

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourism officials say 3.4 million people visited Las Vegas in January, virtually the same number as last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its latest statistics Friday that the number of visitors was up one-tenth of a percent in a month when the city was filled with Consumer Electronics Show attendees, New Year's Eve visitors and fans of the Super Bowl leading up to the Feb. 1 game.

The agency says hotel occupancy was down on the Las Vegas Strip and area-wide in hotels, motels and during the week and weekends. The downtown Fremont Street area was the exception with 77.6 percent of its rooms occupied, up 4.2 percentage points.

Average daily rate for a hotel room in the destination climbed 15 percent to $136 a night.

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UPDATE: Girl on bike struck by U-Haul truck

LAS VEGAS -- A 7-year-old girl fell off of her bicycle into the street and was struck by a U-Haul truck Tuesday afternoon.

According to Metro Police, the girl was riding her bike on the sidewalk in the 5200 block of E. Craig Road, near Nellis Boulevard, around 1:45 p.m. when she fell into the street and was hit just north of Las Vegas Boulevard.

The girl's injuries were minor and she was treated at the scene.

 



Tarkanian honored with dimmed lights on Strip, downtown

LAS VEGAS -- At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night The Strip, Fremont Street and other parts of the valley dimmed their lights for three minutes to honor legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. 

PHOTOS: Dimming the Lights for Tark



It's done to show respect for those who have had a deep impact on the city.  The push to dim the lights for Tarkanian started as a social media movement right after his death.

'Tark the Shark' as he was lovingly called was a Hall of Famer who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV, but he was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA.

Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin' Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990.



Metro amps up efforts to keep pedestrians, roadways safer

LAS VEGAS — This year is off to a deadly start on valley roads. Just six weeks into 2015, 12 pedestrians have died across Clark county – nine of those were in Metro's jurisdiction. That's a 350 percent increase over the same time a year ago.

Samira Tamules says a lack of basic infrastructure, like crosswalks or sidewalks, prevent her from walking in her neighborhood with her two children.

“Rarely, very rarely,” she said. “If we do, we're walking around the park here, maybe. Maybe on our street, which is a cul-de-sac, but as far as walking anywhere else, never."

But even when there are crosswalks, police say the bulk of pedestrian who are killed aren't using them. 

The most recent traffic data released from Metro shows half of the deaths this year are from pedestrian error.

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Bicyclists fear for safety on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS -- Only six weeks into 2015 and police say almost two people are dying on local roads per week. Some are pedestrians, while others are bicyclists.

The majestic beauty of the Las Vegas desert and miles of open road beckons thousands of people looking to take a recreational bike ride. However, cars and cyclists must share the roads as they both plan to carefully navigate into the Red Rock scenic loop and back.

Greg Fasano, a cyclist for 15 years, says while mechanical failures make up a portion of bicycle accidents, the biggest concern lies with motorists.

"Every component has a safety aspect to it, whether it be the pedals, the brakes, the wheels, and things ought to be inspected at every ride", he says. “Motor vehicles are probably the biggest danger to a cyclist."

Fasano has had -- not one but two -- brushes with death. He collided head on with a vehicle and escaped with minor injuries in his first accident.







Resorts, businesses plan to 'Dim Lights for Tark' Wednesday

 LAS VEGAS — The lights on the Las Vegas Strip will be dimmed in observance of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian following Wednesday's UNLV vs. Boise State game.

The lights are expected to be turned off at 10:30 p.m. and remain off until 10:33 p.m. The movement began after a social media push in the days after his death.

Tarkanian will be the eighth person the lights of the Strip have been dimmed for. The previous seven observances include: President John F.



Frustrations rise with long lines at DMV

LAS VEGAS -- If you're planning to go to the DMV anytime soon, expect a long wait for your service.

According to Nevada DMV's website, the typical waiting time for most locations in southern Nevada is around three hours.

In some cases, the frustration has turned to violence. 

On Saturday, a man tried to enter the DMV office on Sahara Avenue and broke the glass front door after he realized the door was locked because the office was officially closed.