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Historic Westside area undergoes positive changes

LAS VEGAS -- While Dr. Martin Luther King was fighting for civil rights across the country, many African-Americans were flocking to Las Vegas to live on the Westside.

The neighborhood is now a historic landmark with African-American owned hotels, casinos and businesses, but it wasn't always that way.

F Street, which served as the primary route from the Westside to downtown Las Vegas, closed in 2008 and some people said it was racially motivated.

Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.

Mexican consulate to issue birth certificates

LAS VEGAS -- Mexican nationals living in Nevada can now get birth certificates at the consulate instead of traveling back to Mexico.

The consulate launched the "Act now and Apply for your Birth Certificate" program Thursday.

Right now the office is taking walk-ins, but starting in February, you will have to make an appointment.

To get a copy of the birth certificate, you must appear in person at any consular office with a valid ID and provide what's known as a CURP form. 

The cost is $13.

School bank helps Las Vegas kids save money

LAS VEGAS -- One Las Vegas elementary school is doing its part to help students become more financially savvy. It's part of a unique program called "Piggy Bank" launched by United Way's Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) local business leaders three year ago.

Since then it's done so well that the initiative is expanding. 

Starting in 2012, Bracken Elementary School has given its students something that hasn't been offered in any other school in the valley -- a bank just for kids.

Now this initiative will soon expand to another school to help more children learn how to make money work for them.

Students at Bracken Elementary School don't have to go far to learn about saving money.

City clerk error puts stadium signatures in limbo


LAS VEGAS — An error by the Las Vegas City Clerk's office has made the number of signatures needed for a petition on the proposed downtown soccer stadium quadruple.

The clerk's office originally said it needed 2,306 signatures, or 15 percent of the turnout from the last city election, on a petition that would put the stadium on the ballot. However, because the petition "purports to create a new ordinance for the City of Las Vegas," it should be treated as an "initiative petition" — which has additional rules set out by the Nevada Constitution.

That particular article was left out by the clerk's office, which states "in counties and municipalities initiative petitions may be instituted by a number of registered voters equal to 15 percent or more of the voters who voted at the last preceding general county or municipal election."

Young child reported dead at Las Vegas motel

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro police were called to an extended-stay motel room Tuesday after a 3-year-old child was reported dead.

The deceased child was at the Budget Suites in the 2200 block of N. Rancho Drive near Carey Avenue. Paramedics called police to the motel around 5:15 a.m. 

The coroner identified the child as Kameron Watts of Las Vegas.

Metro's Abuse and Neglect unit determined the death did not appear to be suspicious, but they will wait to see what the coroner's report shows.

Police did not release any further details.

NHP: Trooper hurt in crash, driver struck squad car on US 95

LAS VEGAS -- The patrol car of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a car Sunday afternoon, according to law enforcement.

It happened around 12:25 p.m. in the southbound lanes of US 95 and N. Eastern Avenue. That's just east of the downtown area.

Troopers said fast driving in rainy conditions was to blame. There were five crashes on that stretch of road, and it all happened within minutes.

"All five of these collisions are attributed to going too fast in the wet, rainy environment," said Sgt. Yvan Pittmon, NHP.

NHP said the trooper was sitting in his car after investigating a different crash when his squad car was hit.

"The trooper did suffer a small injury to the bad of his head. He was treated and released at UMC trauma," Sgt. Pittmon said.

The car that struck the trooper ended up flipping over, and now at least one lane of traffic is blocked while rescue crews work to free the driver, NHP said.