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RTC to Consider 'Complete Street' Design

LAS VEGAS -- The rising death toll on Las Vegas valley roads has the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada considering the adoption of a street design for the entire region.

Called a "complete street," it is designed in such a way that considers the needs of drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and public transit.

Although the RTC is considering implementing the design into valley roadways, it is a timely and costly process.

Some areas already have implemented the complete street design, including parts of Henderson, which has bike lanes next to curbside transit and wider sidewalks.

RTC commissioners are expected to approve such a design during a meeting Thursday.

Jan McWhirter, who runs a business in Henderson's downtown Water Street District, said she is pleased with how well the complete street design works there.

Railroad Cottages Moved for First Phase of Restoration


A group of historic railroad cottages have been moved again to their final destination inside the Springs Preserve.

The cottages were moved to the preserve in 2006 to avoid destruction. Now, they’re being moved again for the first phase of their restoration.

Between 1909 and 1911, the cottages were constructed to house mid-level workers from the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. When they were first built, they sat between Second Street, which is now Casino Center, and Fourth Street, and Graces and Clark streets.

The cottages were one of the first track developments in the western United States, and they were an important part of the development of downtown Las Vegas.

When the project is finished, the cottages will depict life in Las Vegas in the early part of the 20th century with interior exhibits, a recreated town site and store fronts, as well as an historic train depot.

Free Legal Seminars Targeted to Business Owners

Free Legal Seminars Targeted to Business Owners


A downtown law firm will partner with the city of Las Vegas to hold a series of free seminars on legal topics.

Small claims court will be the topic of the March 19 seminar, one in a series from the city Lionel Sawyer & Collins. The seminars focus on legal issues for businesses and will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 9:30 a.m.

Other seminars in the series include:

Couple Accused of Murdering Boy Could Face Death Penalty

Markiece Palmer

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors are considering the death penalty for a mother and stepfather who pleaded not guilty to murder and felony child abuse in a case alleging they beat the woman's 7-year-old son to death for lying about reading the Bible.

An aide to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday that a decision could be made next week about whether Dina Palmer and Markiece Palmer will face capital murder charges in the death of Roderick "RJ" Arrington.

The boy died last Nov. 30 at a Las Vegas hospital, after authorities say child welfare investigators failed to respond to school officials' concerns about his injuries.

Dina Palmer and Markiece Palmer entered their pleas Tuesday in Clark County District Court. A judge scheduled a March 27 hearing to set a trial date.

I-Team: 'Most Dangerous' Sexual Offender Behind Bars

Sean Tuitama is a convicted sex offender.

LAS VEGAS -- The man Nevada Parole and Probation officers call Las Vegas' most dangerous sex offender is now behind bars. He was such a risk, parole officers kept him under 24-hour surveillance.

A loophole in the law allowed Sean Tuitama to stay out of jail for months. Now, Tuitama is locked up and is facing trial for even more sex crimes.

Starting at age 17, Tuitama was convicted of molesting three girls, including a 6-year-old. Tuitama's psychological exams proved alarming. Doctors diagnosed him as a pedophilic with schizoid traits who fantasized about rape.

Acts of Kindness: Lori Shoup

LAS VEGAS - Lori Shoup has built relationships across the valley. She volunteers her time and money to several charities, including St Jude's Ranch, CP Squires Elementary School, Catholic Charities and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"To just see that gratitude, and get the hugs, and the relief, and build the relationships, that's huge," she said.

In addition to the hours of volunteering she does, Shoup gets her friends, family and co-workers involved.

"Lori's the one always carrying the flag, waving the banner, getting everyone rallied and fired up to do these types of things," said Texas Station Vice President Michael Jerlecki.

Whether it's collecting food for needy pets, feeding the homeless a hot meal or making sure underprivileged children are warm in the winter, Shoup's efforts are inspirational.

Cat Group Celebrates Successful Spay-a-Thon

Cat Group Celebrates Successful Spay-a-Thon

A national group dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats is celebrating a successful spay-a-thon this past weekend in Las Vegas.

Alley Cats Allies held the event Saturday at the Heaven Can Wait Society of Las Vegas. Volunteers with Community Cat Coalition of Clark County humanely trapped dozens of feral cats around the Las Vegas valley and 188 of those were spayed or neutered.

Volunteers then worked through the night Saturday and Sunday to trap and spay or neuter another 52 cats. In all, 240 cats were fixed.

The event was held ahead of what is known as kitten season, which is when female cats go into heat and give birth to kittens after only 63 days of pregnancy.

For more information on humanely controlling the cat population, go to alleycat.org for tips and resources.