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One Dead in Early Morning Accident

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a 19-year-old woman is dead following an early morning accident near Maryland Parkway and Bonanza Road.

The crash happened Saturday at approximately 12:30 a.m. Police say an Acura Integra and Ford F-150 were traveling north on Maryland Parkway at a high rate of speed. The drivers of both vehicles lost control as they approached a curve.

The Acura crashed into a light pole. The Ford slid into the median. The driver of the Acura died at the scene. A 22-year-old male passenger in the Acura was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

The 17-year-old male driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries. Police arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the victim once next of kin have been notified.

Las Vegas Visitor Count Down in September

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourism authorities say the number of visitors to Las Vegas went down slightly in September compared with last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported Thursday that about 3.3 million visitors came to town in September, down 1.6 percent from the same month last year.

The number of conventions and meetings held in Las Vegas in September was up 6.1 percent year-over-year.

Room occupancy ticked down slightly from last September to just more than 85 percent, and average hotel room rates remained flat at about $113 per night.

Gambling revenue for the Las Vegas Strip was up more than 3.4 percent to $563 million.

Gaming Win Rises in September

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada gambling revenues are up 7.4 percent in September compared with a year earlier.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Control Board say Thursday that the state's casinos brought in $959 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip winnings of $563 million were up 13.4 percent from the same month last year, while downtown Las Vegas revenues of $45 million were up 2 percent.

Reno casinos saw their winnings drop 2.3 percent to $48 million. South Lake Tahoe saw revenue jump 23.2 percent to $22 million in September.

The state collected $62.9 million in taxes based on September gambling winnings. That's an 11.5 percent drop from the same month last year.

Las Vegas Park Gets a Facelift

Las Vegas Park Gets a Facelift

A Las Vegas park got a much needed facelift Tuesday.

More than 100 volunteers planted trees and painted curbs red at Lorenzi Park. All of them were Starbucks employees who donate their time for service projects.

Las Vegas city leaders says there is a 60 percent increase in the amount of groups like this one that have been doing volunteer work for the city since the economic downturn.

"This is an awesome thing for the city, especially with the reduction of staff that we have been seeing because of the economy. It has been awesome to see the community really step up and fill the gaps to help maintain our parks and our communities and make the city vibrant," neighborhood outreach specialist for the city of Las Vegas Harry Williams said.

Tuesday's project is just one of many beautification projects planned this week for Las Vegas. The city says there will be about 40 service activities like this one this year.

Coroner ID's Man Killed in I-15 Crash

LAS VEGAS-- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a crash along I-15 this weekend as John William Shonts III, 34 of Las Vegas.

The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries from a car crash and the manner of death is listed as accidental. 

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, two cars crashed along the southbound lanes of I-15 near Sahara Avenue. Shonts, who was riding a motorcycle, then hit one of those cars. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman who was riding with him was critically hurt in the crash.

Crews Cleaning Up from Life Is Beautiful Festival

LAS VEGAS -- The giant Life Is Beautiful festival is over.

Thousands flocked to downtown Las Vegas this past weekend to check out big names in music.

Life was great for the estimated 60,000 music fans who went to the downtown festival. Chart-topping bands like The Killers and Empire of the Sun closed out the party Sunday night.

The crowds at Life Is Beautiful seemed to skew a little older than a typical music festival.

Blocks sometimes seemed a bit empty, and some acts performed to sparse audiences. Lines were rare, and the event's two Ferris wheels sometimes turned with no passengers.

Downtown businesses benefited from the extra traffic, especially those within the blocked off area. La Comida tells 8 News NOW that the festival was the busiest two days in the restaurant's five-month history.