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Ruvo Center: Alzheimer's study shows most drugs don't work

LAS VEGAS -- An alarming statistic on a study done in Las Vegas shows most Alzheimer's drugs fail to work. The study was conducted by the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

The center found 244 drugs tested in the past decade failed to be effective. Only one has been approved for use. The failure rate of the drugs was 99.6 percent.

Nearly 44 million people, and 28,000 Nevadans, are living with Alzheimer's. The numbers are expected to increase as baby boomers age.

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Two people transported from house fire

Photo credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

LAS VEGAS -- Two people were transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation Thursday afternoon following a fire at a home near Sahara Avenue and Richfield Boulevard.

The fire started around noon in the attic of a one-story home on Merritt Avenue. There were three people in the home at the time of the fire and all were able to escape.

According to Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, one of the residents said there was a loud pop in the attic and then they smelled smoke. The home was in the process of being remodeled.

Szymanski said the cause of the fire, which is under investigation, may be related to something electrical. Damage was limited to the attic.

Restrictions on booze in downtown Las Vegas will stand

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge will allow the city of Las Vegas to restrict packaged liquor sales at the Fremont Street Experience, in spite of opposition from the souvenir stores that sell it.

U.S. District Chief Judge Gloria Navarro on Wednesday dissolved a temporary injunction that blocked enforcement of two new ordinances. The rules restrict alcohol advertisements on store windows and cap the size of malt liquor or beer containers at 32 ounces.

Navarro also declined to block a third ordinance, which prohibits glass bottles and aluminum cans at the pedestrian mall.

The council has been clamping down on store-bought liquor and steering people toward more expensive casino and restaurant liquor, saying people getting drunk fast are scaring away visitors.

The souvenir stores sought to block the rules, saying they wrongfully favor casinos.

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Las Vegas council proposing more downtown booze rules

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas city councilmembers are pushing forward with their crusade against heavy drinking at the Fremont Street Experience.

The City Council previously passed an ordinance requiring nearby stores to put packaged liquor in a sealed bag after purchase. A rule set to be introduced Wednesday bans people from opening the bags while on the pedestrian mall.

City officials say alcohol-fueled fights are giving the downtown attraction a bad reputation. They've placed some blame on souvenir stores that sell liquor at cheaper prices than bars and casinos.

Council members took aim at the stores in June with a rule that bans people from drinking from open aluminum or glass containers. Souvenir stores say the new rules violate their rights and will hurt their bottom line.

Police searching for man who robbed business

Police searching for man who robbed business

Metro Police are searching for a man who robbed a business near Rainbow and Charleston boulevards.

According to police, the man walked into the business just before 11 p.m. June 23. Police say he pretended to be a customer, but when he got to the counter, he put his right hand into a bag, simulated a weapon and demanded money.

The clerk gave him money and the man left the business on foot.

The man police are looking for is described as a black man between 5 foot 11 and 6 foot 1. He is between 190 and 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue button-up, short-sleeve shirt over a black T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, blue, deck-style shoes with white calf-length socks.

He was carrying a black drawstring bag.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers (702) 385-5555. 

Nevada gambling revenue up 8 percent in May

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- State officials say Nevada gambling revenue was up 8 percent in May compared with the same month last year.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Friday that the state's casinos brought in $970 million last month. Las Vegas Strip gambling revenue was up 17 percent to $593 million, while downtown revenue was down 8 percent to $39 million.

Reno casino revenue was up 4 percent in May to $52 million, and South Lake Tahoe gambling revenue was up 18 percent to $17 million.

Nevada officials collected $56 million in taxes on the May winnings. That's down more than 2 percent over last years.

Gambling revenue statewide is up 2 percent in the past 11 months compared with the same period a year ago.