During the last ten years as Las Vegas expanded both vertically and horizontally, there were a slew of projects that never manifested. There was a plan to build a hotel that would have been a replica of the Titanic.
Las Vegas has recently been added to the top 10 cities for organized retail crime, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation. The report outlined that of the 129 local retailers surveyed, nearly 95% said they’ve been a victim of organized retail crime in the past 12 months.
KNPR's "State of Nevada" first went on the air in 2003. And nearly eight years later, we've reached our 2,000th program. We listen to some of our favorite moments and we talk about what's been happening in Las Vegas in the boom and bust years since 2004. We also reflect on the big stories over those years and think about the future of Southern Nevada.
The voter approved indoor smoking ban is being challenged by the tavern lobby. But, does it have enough to pass? And, does it mean that Nevadans have changed their minds about banning smoking inside some establishments?.
Las Vegas is the suicide capital of America. We have the highest metropolitan suicide rate - 50 percent greater than residents elsewhere. Why do so many people kill themselves here? Is it our high unemployment and foreclosure rates? Do we have enough suicide prevention resources? We talk to sociologist (and former Las Vegas resident) Matt Wray about why the suicide rate is so high, and what factors push a person to suicide.
On Friday the Las Vegas Review-Journal posted live footage of a police beating. The video comes from a March 20 altercation between videographer Mitchell Crooks, and Metro Police officer Derek Colling.
We talk with David Otto, Crooks' attorney, about the incident, the video and the complaint against the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
Advocates are preparing for the 2011 Homeless Count at the end of January. For two days volunteers will try to get a head count of those who are homeless in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. The count is important because it can help determining the number of services needed and help get federal money to pay for those services.
San Diego, Los Angeles and Denver: These cities, like many others across the country, have been working on revitalizing their downtown areas. There's been work on cleaning up streets and getting rid of crime.
Mayor Oscar Goodman wants to build a sports Arena in Las Vegas and lure either an NBA and/or NHL team to the area. The city is talking with a group about the possibility of building the arena in Symphony Park. But, the city is being very hush about their plans.
Should the state give a casino tax rebates to build an arena? Or if the city builds one, do taxpayers want to see a $500,000,000 facility built in this economy?
A May piece in the Phoenix New Times, "Why your cocktail waitress hates you", lists 19 types of customers that anger cocktail servers. These servers, along with bartenders, bouncers and bussers form the backbone of Las Vegas's club industry.
Remember the days when a driver would stop and help someone with a flat tire? Or when someone would buy a homeless stranger a hot meal? What happened to those days? Do people still reach out to others? Two college filmmakers are traveling the United States and testing out the kindness of strangers, and they tell us what they found in Nevada. Do you reach out to help others? Or have you faced tough times, and has someone been kind to you? Are there any stories that really touched your heart? In this recession, where are we seeing the kindness of strangers? Share your story with us below.
Where are some great casino coffee shops (or three-meal restaurants)? Max Jacobson and John Curtas offer their top five. And Eat It or Beat It? Max
and John spar over Hue Thai's Famous French Sandwiches, Naked City Sandwich Shop, and American Fish.