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Recession to Steal Some Glitz from Las Vegas Gadget Show

The International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the U.S., opens this week in Las Vegas with a full slate of giant TVs and inventive gadgets, despite the pall of a recession hanging over the industry.

The economic downturn will temper the normally dizzying extravaganza, and some attendees are wondering if the whole technology trade show business is past its peak.

Last year, 140,000 people went to the show, and there were 2,700 exhibitors. The Consumer Electronics Association, which is hosting, expects the same number of exhibitors this year for the 42nd annual show, but on a slightly smaller floor space: 1.7 million square feet, or about 29 football fields. That's down three football fields from last year.

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

Changes in Bus Fares and Routes

If you are a bus rider, you will be paying more to get around the Las Vegas Valley.

The Regional Transportation Commission has announced it is increasing its transit fares starting Sunday, January 11th. A single ride fare will increase from $1.25 to a $1.75 and a monthly full fare pass will go up $15 a month. The only fare that will not change is the reduced fare 30-day pass which is $25.

The RTC is also making changes to more than 30 of its routes. The following routes will have some changes. For more specific information, click here. You can also call 228-RIDE.

  • 101 - Rainbow
  • 102 - Jones 
  • 103 - Decatur 
  • 104 - Valley View 
  • 105 - Martin L.

Body Found Inside a Dumpster

Police are investigating a body that was found in dumpster.

The body was found by a homeless man looking for cans on Carson and 8th Street late Wednesday afternoon.

Officers say the body was of African American descent, but they won't give an approximate age or gender.

Police are checking video cameras in the area for any footage that may be helpful.

Springs Preserve to Celebrate Black History Month

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Springs Preserve plans to host a Black History Month celebration to commemorate the importance of African-Americans to the history and culture of southern Nevada.

The festival is scheduled for Sunday at the 180-acre institution of galleries, gardens and trails. Organizers say the festival will feature a historic photo exhibit, a children's film festival, food and live entertainment. The Springs Preserve says tickets will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 17.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Downtown to Welcome New Arts Center

LAS VEGAS -- A young arts-minded couple has a unique vision for a part of Downtown Las Vegas, and it appears to be taking off.

Emergency Arts is a creative collective of working artists, photographers, musicians and other young entrepreneurs who plan to set up shop soon in a former medical center.

Back in the 1960's in New York, it was cheap rents that attracted an array of struggling artists to an area known today as Soho. Now, picture a smaller modern day version of that in an old Downtown Las Vegas medical building. That's the soon-to-be Emergency Arts.

The 1940's building at Fremont and Sixth Street was originally home to a J.C. Penney department store. As its neon sign reveals, it later became the Fremont Medical Center.

But soon, the old building that has sat empty for years, will be teeming with new life, fueled by the energy and passion of young artists and entrepreneurs at work.

Residents Wonder When Redevelopment will Begin

LAS VEGAS -- In the heart of West Las Vegas lies F Street and Jefferson. There's the Town Tavern Casino and a street filled with dozens of churches.

But some residents believe F Street is a symbol of how the city has passed them by.

When F Street was cut off from much of Downtown Las Vegas because of the I-15 widening project, it created a perception for some residents that they were being cut off from the rest of the city.

Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce President Katherine Duncan points out the freeway wall she says also became an unfortunate symptom of redevelopment gone wrong.

"It could have been a beautiful park atmosphere, instead, it's left just dirt. I don't believe that any other neighborhood you would find a freeway wall being built this close to residential properties without some consideration for landscape. To me, that's an atrocity," she said.