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111-year-old Golden Gate hotel reopens after expansion

The 111-year-old Golden Gate hotel-casino on Fremont Street has reopened after an expansion project that reflects the resurgence under way in downtown Las Vegas.

The hotel-casino officially marked the reopening Friday.

The property, famous for hosting the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, nearly doubled the size of its casino floor, expanded its outdoor bar and redesigned its facade drawing inspiration from the Jazz Age.

The expansion is part of a series of projects that over the next few years is expected to transform a section of downtown Las Vegas.

CEO Derek Stevens says his company intends to "respect and relish" the property's history while "introducing amenities suited for today."

The expanded casino floor includes a 360-degree, 24-foot tall tower of televisions that encases a chandelier... Read More

Mission High School to help students struggling with sobriety

There's money headed to the state of Nevada that will help the state fight the opioid epidemic. Nevada has already received more than $8 million in grants, but the battle to destroy the opioid epidemic, by enacting new laws will get a $1.2 million boost.

The first publicly-funded campus in the nation geared toward helping kids struggling with sobriety opens Monday. The recovery high school for students battling drug and alcohol addiction is set to open on Monday.

Mission High School's campus in downtown Las Vegas is the first publicly-funded campus like this in the nation.

"I couldn't go a day without doing drugs," said Maria Vasquez, a Mission High School student.

Maria, just 14, will soon start her freshman year at Mission High School. According to Maria, she started using drugs in 6th grade to numb the pain of getting bullied... Read More

Vegas Vickie going to 'rehab' after decades on Fremont Street

It's the last night for Downtown Las Vegas' beloved cowgirl. Vegas Vickie will be plucked from her perch on Monday.

Vegas Vickie has overlooked Fremont Street for more than three decades.

She'll be taken down to make way for a new resort casino in the space that was once occupied by the Las Vegas Club.

Many people are concerned what will happen to the Las Vegas icon.

Derek Stevens, the owner of The D Hotel and the businessman who's pursuing the new resort says he working to find her a good home.

"Well, Vickie needs to have a little rehab. So we're going to take her down and we're going to spend a little time in getting her back into shape," Stevens said.

"We have not determined the final location yet, but we're pretty big fans of Vegas history so I know she's going to have a great home by the time we get done."... Read More

LVFD: Fire sparks from barbecue grill

The windy weather caused some problems for firefighters battling a blaze Thursday near N. 27th Street and Sunrise Avenue.

The house fire near the downtown area sparked around 2:10 p.m. Two people were in the home at the start of the fire, but they were able to escape without any injuries, Las Vegas Fire said.

According to firefighters, the homeowners were using the barbecue grill on the patio, they left for a minute, and when they returned the back of the house was on fire.

There weren't any other details released. This is a developing story... Read More

Crime's decreasing in downtown Las Vegas, Metro says

Crime has, and continues to drop in downtown Las Vegas, and this is despite the recent fatal beating of a tourist during bachelor party weekend.

In a Metro Police report that shows crime trends across the valley areas, downtown was the only area without an increase in violent crime compared to last year.

According to Metro, murders in downtown are down 63 percent; sexual assaults dropped by 11 percent, and there was 10 percent dip in robberies. Assault and battery with a deadly weapon was also down 5 percent.

The downtown area has about 70,000 residents, and about 17 million visitors come to the area every year.

"We're all sort of working together to keep eyes on the street and to deter crime before it happens," said Drew Cohen, co-owner of the Writer's Block.

"Not just policing the community, but actually interacting with it on a daily basis," said Drew Cohen, co-owner of the Writer's Block... Read More

Pedestrian struck on Las Vegas Blvd., driver arrested

A 40-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries Thursday morning after she was struck by a pickup in downtown Las Vegas.

The driver of that pickup, 24-year-old Felicia Webb, was arrested for DUI.

Witnesses told police, the woman was in a crosswalk when she was hit.

The incident happened on Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonanza Road around 4:30 a.m. and caused road closures that lasted for a few hours. ... Read More

Report: Man arrested in tourist's killing planned to turn himself in to police

The man accused of punching and killing a tourist in downtown Las Vegas told police he had planned to turn himself in to authorities, according to his arrest report.

James Beach, 27, is facing a murder charge in the 1-punch death of 45-year-old Luis Campos who died a few days after the April 30 incident. He made his first court appearance on Wednesday morning.

Campos was in line with his brothers outside of a downtown nightclub when he was punched.

According to the arrest report, Beach approached Campos and asked, "Is there a problem? Why are you mad dogging me?" There was an exchange of words and Beach punched Campos causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the sidewalk. Beach and a friend then fled east on Fremont Street. The report did indicate that Beach's friend, Javier Gaona, appeared to try and hold him back during the confrontation.

Campos, the father of five, died on May 4... Read More