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UMC's Transplant Program Celebrates a Success

After months of not being allowed to perform kidney transplants, UMC's program is back online with the help of some Utah doctors. Thanks to them, one local couple is starting a new life -- one free of dialysis and stress.

And while it has a happy ending, the beginning and middle of Kevin and Jennifer Johnson's story is full of stress and worry. In the midst of planning Jennifer's kidney transplant, UMC's program stopped performing transplants, leaving them wondering where they would go for help.

The last six months of Jennifer's life has been full of dialysis and pills. Her kidneys were failing and she was in desperate need of a transplant, "If I would have chosen not to do dialysis, I would have ultimately died."

Kevin, her husband of three years and a Metro Police detective, said there was no question what he needed to do, "It was something I wanted to do for her.

Las Vegas MLK Parade Draws Thousands

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Las Vegas to watch the annual parade to honor Dr. Martin Luther King who would have been 80 years old.

Parade goers say they are full of appreciation for the sacrifice Dr. King made for this country. They danced, chanted and celebrated in the streets of Las Vegas for this 27th annual parade. Many parade goers say this year's parade is especially significant because they say when President-Elect Barack Obama's takes the oath of office, they will no longer have to dream about equality.

"It is really significant it seems like the timing is just perfect so that's the best way to honor Dr. King's memory as well and that his dream did come alive and it's through Barrack Obama," said Margaretta Rice.

"Living the Dream: For One America" was this year's theme. The grand marshals were Dr. Barbara Jackson and Dr. James Tate.

"Now we know in this country, all are created equal.

Highway Patrol Looking for Drunk Drivers

The holiday season is in full swing and law enforcement agencies want to make sure drunk drivers stay of the roads.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety and Stop DUI launched the Red Ribbon Campaign as part of National Drunk Driving Awareness Month.

Along Kyle Canyon Road, the ribbons will be placed at one mile increments to remind people not to drink and drive.

"Every one of those red ribbons you see symbolizes a life lost to a drunk driver, and it's also a stark reminder that we need to find one of the many alternative ways home after you've had anything to drink," said Trooper Kevin Honea with the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

The Nevada DPS will also be holding many saturation patrols throughout the holiday season to protect innocent drivers from those who are impaired.

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.)