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Life is Beautiful Festival offers something for everyone downtown

LAS VEGAS -- The biggest party downtown Las Vegas has ever seen started Friday.

The 2nd annual Life is Beautiful festival will go through Sunday and has something for everyone.

Big name music acts like Foo Fighters and Outkast will perform. Celebrity chefs like Cat Cora and Scott Conant will show of their skills and speakers will be there to inspire the crowds.

Organizers expect 100,000 guests throughout the three-day event. Fifteen-blocks of downtown Las Vegas are blocked off for the festival, which is supposed to promote collective happiness and singularity.

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Cool at School: Bonanza students perform 'Peter Pan'

LAS VEGAS - “Peter Pan” is a story about staying forever young, but some Bonanza High School students look like seasoned actors in the school's performance of the classic tale.

Striving to reach the level of a professional production on a high school stage starts with a talented cast, but it doesn't stop there.

"The lights, the sounds, the sets, the props - anything you can do to make it that much more believable," said Bonanza High School Theater Director Gary Sessa.

Buy tickets to Bonanza High School's performance of "Peter Pan"

This performance of “Peter Pan” requires commitment.

"One of the questions that I asked the actors when auditioning was, ‘Do you have any problem with heights or flying?'" Sessa said.

Driving You Crazy: Lights along Lake Mead Boulevard

LAS VEGAS - Marcia wants to know why it seemingly takes forever to access U.S. 95 from Lake Mead Boulevard. She says she often gets stuck at red lights on Lake Mead between Torrey Pines Drive and Rainbow Boulevard.

City of Las Vegas representatives say there is an active paving project along that stretch. Crews had to remove the wire sensors in the pavement in order to fix the road. Those sensors detect vehicles at traffic lights.

Without them, the lights operate on a preset amount of time, regardless if vehicles are present. This can cause traffic delays, and it's not as efficient as having in-ground sensors.

Adding new vehicle detectors is usually done last. That's why drivers are still experiencing delays, even though the paving work looks finished.

Crews are currently installing these new sensors. Traffic should return to normal within the next few weeks.

Life is Beautiful festival ready for Friday opening

LAS VEGAS -- Last-minute preparation are underway as downtown gets ready to host the second annual Life is Beautiful festival.

Nearly 100,000 people are expected to make their way to the festival on Fremont Street and the surrounding area.

Stages are going up and performers are getting in last minute rehearsals. Several streets are already closed because of the festival which will last all weekend. Even more roads will be shutdown at midnight Thursday.

Organizers say they've been working with local businesses to help them prepare for a busy weekend.

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Downtown waiting to cash in on 'Life is Beautiful'

LAS VEGAS -- Rapper, Kanye West and the rock band, The Foo Fighters, are just a couple of the many headliners that will draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Las Vegas for the Life is Beautiful Festival.  This is something businesses in the area are hoping to cash in on.  

“We're expecting a lot of people.  We're going to be selling beverages outside of the restaurant because we're expecting that many people,” said Marissa Nichar, E.A.T. Restaurant Manager.

'Life is Beautiful' road closures impact downtown

LAS VEGAS — Those looking to travel downtown from now through the weekend should be prepared for detours and road closures during the Life is Beautiful festival. The 3-day event kicks off Friday.

The following streets are already closed: 

Lockdown at CC Ronnow Elementary School lifted

LAS VEGAS — A lockdown at a Las Vegas elementary school has been lifted. 

CC Ronnow Elementary School, near Pecos Road and Washington Avenue, was put on lockdown shortly after 8 a.m. and Metro lifted the lockdown at around 11:30 a.m.

Police arrested the robbery suspect they were looking for in the area.