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Griffith gets 10 to life in dancer’s death

Jason “Blu” Griffith was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for choking to death “Fantasy” dancer Debbie Flores Narvaez on Dec. 12, 2010, after their year-long on-again, off-again tumultuous relationship.
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Las Vegas man faces child porn charges in Nye County

The Nye County sheriff’s office arrested a Las Vegas man Wednesday morning in a child pornography investigation.

Henderson charter change to keep Hafen fails

A citizens’ group appointed by the Henderson City Council and state legislators rejected a proposal Wednesday to change the city charter in a move that could have allowed Mayor Andy Hafen to remain in office, and seek another term in 2017.

Biden stumps for Bilbray, criticizes Heck on campaign trail

Saying “not all Joes are cut from the same cloth,” Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday criticized U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and promoted his Democratic opponent, Erin Bilbray at a raucous rally in Henderson.

Woman killed in auto-pedestrian accident identified

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the woman who died Monday night in the southwest valley after being struck by a car.

Tax hikes urged for UNLV stadium

A UNLV stadium board member, Regent James Dean Leavitt, said he will tell his fellow board members at Wednesday’s panel meeting that the Clark County sales tax and the room tax should be increased slightly to pay for an on-campus domed stadium.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer’s

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer’s disease. The 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the club’s daily operations, the Broncos announced Wednesday.

47 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash

A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Tax hikes urged for UNLV stadium

A UNLV stadium board member, Regent James Dean Leavitt, said he will tell his fellow board members at Wednesday’s panel meeting that the Clark County sales tax and the room tax should be increased slightly to pay for an on-campus domed stadium.

McCarran OK’d for overtime reimbursement

McCarran International Airport will receive federal funding to pay overtime expenses to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers that have been swamped with last year’s 30 percent increase in international passenger traffic.

Investigators gain health insurance using fake IDs

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

Charter schools: More bang for the buck

As states around the nation wring their collective hands over the cost of education, a little study by the University of Arkansas might shed a little light on an otherwise difficult situation.

Sharp increase reported in teen use of HGH

Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.