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Devastated Family to Appeal to Henderson City Council

HENDERSON, Nev. --  A Henderson boy who was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike to school will be laid to rest on Thursday.

The family of Nathaniel Miller is using their loss to lobby the city of Henderson to make streets safer for other students. The family feels tremendous pain, but they say, they want his death to have purpose so they'll appear in front of the Henderson City Council Tuesday night.

"That's my baby, yep that's him," said Kay Miller, Nathaniel's mother, as she looks at pictures of her son. She shuffles through snapshots of Nathaniel's greatest moments as she struggles to prepare for his funeral.

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Voter Registration Drive Set at Las Vegas Malls

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County election officials plan to help register voters before a deadline this Saturday in advance of the June 8 primary election.

The Election Department will hold voter registration drives Saturday at four Las Vegas-area shopping malls. After that, people who want to register and vote in the primary election can only register in person through May 18 at election offices at the county Government Center in Las Vegas or in North Las Vegas.

The daylong sign-up effort runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard and Meadows malls in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Outlet Center south of the Las Vegas Strip, and the Galleria Mall in Henderson.

People can check voter registration status online by clicking here or by telephone at 702-455-VOTE.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Gulf Oil Spill Impacting Las Vegas Seafood Market

LAS VEGAS -- The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is having an impact on people in Las Vegas. Whether you love seafood or own a restaurant that serves it, the economic impact will be felt.

In the coming days and weeks, seafood distributors say getting a box of oysters will be nearly impossible. Distributors like Supreme Lobster and Seafood say they'll have to buy and ship oysters and shrimp from other locales and that will cost them more.

"When this right here is gone, then we won't see anything else coming in the rest of the week," said John Sands, a seafood purchaser, who shows nearly empty shelves of oysters at his seafood company near Russell Road.

"The Louisiana oyster is probably the largest selling oyster nationwide. This just won't have an effect on Las Vegas, this will effect oysters nationwide," he said.

Census Workers Hit the Streets

LAS VEGAS -- If you didn't mail in your census form, you can soon expect someone to show up at your door. Nearly 5,000 census workers are sweeping through Nevada's streets to make sure you are counted.

It only takes take a few minutes to fill out, but each form has an huge impact on Nevada's future.

Only 69-percent in the state have reported so far, and now comes the tough task of counting the rest.

Workers statewide are doing what they can to count each resident. Ten simple questions could have serious impact on healthcare, education, roads and transportation.

"Our state is in desperate need of additional federal funding and this is going to help reallocate close to $400 billion worth of federal funds to our state and to our local communities," said Henderson census office manager Nic Kirmse.

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Lake Las Vegas Resort Closes

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas hotel has closed after seven years as an upscale anchor for a sprawling residential, commercial, hotel, golf and retail development in Henderson.

The closure of the 348-room luxury hotel was announced in February and took place yesterday. The 3,600-acre Lake Las Vegas development is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of June.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Large Trucks Propose Going Through School Zones

HENDERSON -- Large trucks hauling rocks may soon be passing through two Henderson school zones. The trucks would be using the same road where a 13-year-old boy was hit and killed by a vehicle earlier this week.

A dozen large gravel trucks could be passing through the school zones every day if Henderson's Planning Commission gives the go ahead at a Thursday night meeting at Henderson City Hall at 7 p.m.

Henderson resident Patty Ulrey walks around the quarry and rock crusher site near her home. Some neighbors were pleased when they heard Capriati Construction planned to take more than 700,000 cubic yards of dirt away from the site. For some, the piles were an eyesore.

They were happy until they heard the construction companies application to the city of Henderson called for more than a dozen trucks to move across two nearby school zones daily.

More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.