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Ex-sub teacher gets probation for student relationship

LAS VEGAS -- A former substitute teacher with the Clark County School District was given a suspended sentence and will be on probation for five years for having a sexual relationship with a student.

Tannika Queen, 22, was sentenced on one count of luring children or mentally ill persons with the intent to engage in sexual conduct and one count of sexual contact with a pupil. She was given a suspended sentence of up to 10 years if she violates her probation. She is also under lifetime supervision.

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Man rips up homeless vet's sign downtown, makes magic happen

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LAS VEGAS — A homeless veteran in downtown Las Vegas is now a viral star, thanks to local magician Rob Anderson.

After hearing about Alan McKracken with a sign that said "anything helps," Anderson said he wanted to see if he could do just that — by ripping it in half.

But you've gotta watch to see the rest.

By the way, there's now a GoFundMe page set-up for McKracken, which has raised $16,000 in less than a week. 

New grocery store set to open in downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Las Vegas may be up and coming but it had been missing an important piece of the puzzle, a grocery store.

Now, a new market set to open Thursday on East Fremont near 7th Street is hoping to fill that need.

The Market is not your typical grocery store. It is smaller, features a cafe and a craft beer station. It is a grocery store with a downtown flair.

Managers say 35 people work here, mostly full timers. It is funded and overseen by the Downtown Project which recently laid off 30 people, but none of those layoffs were at The Market.

Clark County to issue same-sex marriage licenses Oct. 8

LAS VEGAS -- Gay rights groups are celebrating after an appeals court struck down Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage.

Clark County said it will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting at 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Originally, they had planned to start issuing them Oct. 28.  

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I-Team: Squatters' twisted tale angers homeowner

LAS VEGAS -- An I-Team investigation reveals squatters are turning to the courts to keep from being thrown out of homes they occupied without permission.

One Las Vegas homeowner is furious; after a judge let alleged squatters continue to live in a house that was never rented to them.

The I-Team has done stories about people who rented homes from con artists, who didn't own the home or have authority to lease it.

Now, people are allegedly claiming to be victims of that kind of scam in order to occupy a home. And the homeowner now has to go through a lengthy civil eviction process, when he says what's really happening is a crime.

Harry Deitz has owned a house on Starcrest Drive since 1984. He came by with a contractor to do some repairs one day and found a family of strangers living in his home - without permission.

“They're in here illegally. Yet they're being allowed the benefit of this residence,” Deitz said.

Biden talks minimum wage in downtown Las Vegas lunch stop

LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden stopped at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Las Vegas to make a pitch for raising the minimum wage nationally to $10.10 per

hour. Biden

had facts at his fingertips when he met for lunch Monday afternoon with three Hispanic business owners, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and local Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford.

The vice president said that boosting the minimum wage from the current $7.25 nationally would pump $19 billion into the national economy. He said small businesses are the life blood of the economy and raising the wage at those businesses would lift millions of people out of poverty, including 256,000 people in Nevada.

"Every time we raise the minimum wage, we talk about how it will hurt small business. The irony is it actually has helped small business," Biden said.

He said all that money would lead to more spending and ultimately more jobs.

Stadiums built without public money a rarity in U.S.

The city of Las Vegas idea to have developers to pay for the entire proposed downtown soccer stadium is a rare one.

The Las Vegas City Council recently approved nonbinding plans for a $200 million soccer stadium that mandates no public money — but it’s a rare public-private stadium deal in this country that includes no public dollars.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.