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Fire near downtown Las Vegas displaces 30 people

 LAS VEGAS -- Thirty people were displaced after a fire Tuesday morning at an apartment complex near downtown.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. at an apartment in the Stewart Plaza Apartments on 2700 block of Marlin Avenue near Eastern and Stewart avenues. 

No one was injured in the fire.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families displaced by the fire.

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Paul Culley School evacuated after smoke alarm activates

LAS VEGAS -- Students at Paul Culley Elementary School were evacuated Monday morning after one of the school's smoke alarms activated, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. 

The school is located on 1200 N. Mallard Street near Jones Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Firefighters say odor from the dryer set off a smoke alarm.

No injuries, fire or smoke was reported near any students.

Vegas sees same number of January visitors, 3.4 million

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourism officials say 3.4 million people visited Las Vegas in January, virtually the same number as last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its latest statistics Friday that the number of visitors was up one-tenth of a percent in a month when the city was filled with Consumer Electronics Show attendees, New Year's Eve visitors and fans of the Super Bowl leading up to the Feb. 1 game.

The agency says hotel occupancy was down on the Las Vegas Strip and area-wide in hotels, motels and during the week and weekends. The downtown Fremont Street area was the exception with 77.6 percent of its rooms occupied, up 4.2 percentage points.

Average daily rate for a hotel room in the destination climbed 15 percent to $136 a night.

UPDATE: Girl on bike struck by U-Haul truck

LAS VEGAS -- A 7-year-old girl fell off of her bicycle into the street and was struck by a U-Haul truck Tuesday afternoon.

According to Metro Police, the girl was riding her bike on the sidewalk in the 5200 block of E. Craig Road, near Nellis Boulevard, around 1:45 p.m. when she fell into the street and was hit just north of Las Vegas Boulevard.

The girl's injuries were minor and she was treated at the scene.


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Tarkanian honored with dimmed lights on Strip, downtown

LAS VEGAS -- At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night The Strip, Fremont Street and other parts of the valley dimmed their lights for three minutes to honor legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. 

PHOTOS: Dimming the Lights for Tark

It's done to show respect for those who have had a deep impact on the city.  The push to dim the lights for Tarkanian started as a social media movement right after his death.

'Tark the Shark' as he was lovingly called was a Hall of Famer who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV, but he was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA.

Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin' Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990.

Metro amps up efforts to keep pedestrians, roadways safer

LAS VEGAS — This year is off to a deadly start on valley roads. Just six weeks into 2015, 12 pedestrians have died across Clark county – nine of those were in Metro's jurisdiction. That's a 350 percent increase over the same time a year ago.

Samira Tamules says a lack of basic infrastructure, like crosswalks or sidewalks, prevent her from walking in her neighborhood with her two children.

“Rarely, very rarely,” she said. “If we do, we're walking around the park here, maybe. Maybe on our street, which is a cul-de-sac, but as far as walking anywhere else, never."

But even when there are crosswalks, police say the bulk of pedestrian who are killed aren't using them. 

The most recent traffic data released from Metro shows half of the deaths this year are from pedestrian error.

Bicyclists fear for safety on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS -- Only six weeks into 2015 and police say almost two people are dying on local roads per week. Some are pedestrians, while others are bicyclists.

The majestic beauty of the Las Vegas desert and miles of open road beckons thousands of people looking to take a recreational bike ride. However, cars and cyclists must share the roads as they both plan to carefully navigate into the Red Rock scenic loop and back.

Greg Fasano, a cyclist for 15 years, says while mechanical failures make up a portion of bicycle accidents, the biggest concern lies with motorists.

"Every component has a safety aspect to it, whether it be the pedals, the brakes, the wheels, and things ought to be inspected at every ride", he says. “Motor vehicles are probably the biggest danger to a cyclist."

Fasano has had -- not one but two -- brushes with death. He collided head on with a vehicle and escaped with minor injuries in his first accident.