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Las Vegas Gets Attention from Australia Zoo

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- In a city known for its world class entertainment, dining and shopping, Las Vegas is once again kicking around the idea of bringing the Australia Zoo to town.

A plan was in the works several years ago with the world famous crocodile hunter Steve Irwin before his sudden death. The Australia Zoo, would even include crocodile wrestling.

Everything is still in the preliminary stages but the land down under could be bringing a small taste of its culture to Las Vegas.

Wombats, platypuses, koalas, and crocodiles are among the attractions that would be featured at the zoo.

In a 2004 interview with Larry King, the crocodile hunter himself, Steven Irwin, made no secret about his plans to build a zoo in Las Vegas. But the idea was shelved after his death.

Las Vegas Mayor Wants Historic Building Leveled

The mayor of Las Vegas wants what's left of the historic Moulin Rouge leveled.

The Moulin Rouge was the first racially integrated casino in Las Vegas when it opened in 1955. It was nearly destroyed by fire five months ago. Mayor Oscar Goodman says the remains of the building are a blight and if no one will invest in it and make something out of it then it should be torn down.

However, not everyone agrees. The Moulin Rouge Preservation Group says the city isn't working hard enough to save the historic site.

"There's a lot in this area that needs to be torn down. I don't know why the big hurry to start here," said Katherine Duncan, Moulin Rouge preservation Group.

Duncan has worked for years to get the Moulin Rouge recognized officially as a historic landmark. 

A Seattle based company called Olympic Coast Investment oversees the Moulin Rouge.

Police Hunt Son in Parent's Murder

A peaceful afternoon at the Heritage Village Mobile Home Park near Boulder Highway and Mojave was shattered by violence. Metro says an argument got heated and turned into the murder of a couple.

"I saw the son coming in the park with another guy at 3 o'clock," said resident Joseph Hughes.

Hughes didn't notice anything suspicious at the time, but authorities say the couple's 18-year-old son, Timothy Chester, and the family's car soon were missing. "It's just crazy. It's unbelievable. For the two people, they are so nice and they've given everything to their son and their daughter. And for him to turn around and supposedly do this to them, it's crazy," he said.

The couple was brutally killed. Police say the woman was confined to a wheelchair and stabbed to death. The man was also murdered.

Boy Suffers Critical Injuries in Morning Accident

An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a car while riding his bike to school. People who live in the area of Washington and Decatur say it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. at Washington and Minnesota, which is near Decatur. Police say that two children on bikes were in the bike lane and darted into the street. Police say the first child avoided being hit when one driver stopped but a driver in the second lane did not see the children and hit the second child.

The child was pinned under the car and did suffered head injuries. Medics rushed the boy to UMC where he is in critical condition. Metro says the boy was not wearing a helmet and most of his injuries are to his head. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Women Dies After Accident Involving Ambulance

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal accident involving a ambulance which occurred Sunday evening at the intersection on Las Vegas Boulevard and Bridger Avenue.

According to Metro, the ambulance was traveling northbound on Las Vegas Boulevard in far left travel lane and the driver of the Pontiac Vibe was traveling eastbound in the left travel lane when both entered the intersection at the same time.

The front of the ambulance struck the side of the Pontiac driving both vehicles into the northeast corner of the intersection. The driver and passenger of the ambulance were treated on scene with minor injuries. The 52-year-old male driver of the Pontiac was transported to UMC Hospital with minor injuries. The passenger was transported to UMC and was listed in critical condition.

Blues Festival Scheduled for Saturday

The city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Blues Society are hosting a blues festival this weekend at Lorenzi Park.

Michael Grimm and Delta Bound with the Big Easy Horns, The Andy Walo Trio, Ronnie Rose, Glenn Patrik and The Lucky Cheats are scheduled to play Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza.

Tickets are $5 at the gate, which opens at 11 a.m. Food and beverages will be sold. People are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Glass containers, pets and outside food and drinks aren't allowed. The outdoor performance plaza is off Twin Lakes Drive near Washington Avenue and Rancho Drive.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

County Shelves UMC Parking Lot Plan

Clark County officials have shelved a plan to let University Medical Center build a large parking lot that residents fear would affect one of Las Vegas' oldest neighborhoods.

A county spokesman says postponing Planning Commission action will give the seller of the land near Charleston Boulevard and Shadow Lane time to address concerns of neighbors in the Scotch 80s development.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)