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Motorcyclist identified in deadly hit-and-run crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Police are searching for a driver who fatally struck a motorcyclist and also hit several stopped cars.

Las Vegas police say a woman driving a white Nissan Altima ran a red light and crashed into a motorcycle on Saturday night.

Police say she then veered into the opposite lane and struck several stopped cars before jumping out and running away.

According to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, the motorcyclist has been identified as 59-year-old Thomas Robert Wallenta, a Navy veteran.

Wallenta was also hit by other cars after the collision and pronounced dead at a hospital. One other driver suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Las Vegas police... Read More

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Dress as a cow for free Chick-fil-A on Tuesday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Cow Appreciation Day means eat some chicken on Tuesday. At least that’s Chick-fil-A’s take on things.

The chain of 2,400 restaurants across the nation is giving away a free entree to any customer who visits Chick-fil-A dressed as a cow. Well, they at least have to have some kind of “cow attire,” according to a company news release.

The Tuesday, July 9, event lasts from opening until 7 p.m.

The giveaway options include the Egg White Grill or classic Chicken Biscuit during breakfast hours, or the Original Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Nuggets during lunch and dinner hours. Children can receive a free breakfast entrée during breakfast hours or a free Kid’s Meal during lunch and dinner hours for dressing in a cow costume.

According to the company, almost 2 million “cow-dressed customers” took part in the event in 2018... Read More

‘Spam-a-Rama’ festival

AUSTIN, Texas (CBS) — “Spam-a-Rama” is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a festival that’s all about Spam.

 It became a fixture in Austin, Texas after the inaugural event in 1978. Two friends started it as a joke, saying there were too many chili cook-offs.

 The festival took a break in and this year’s Spam-a-Rama is the first in 12 years.

“You fry it up with eggs or fried potatoes or put it in a sandwich. The best part about Spam is eating it in front of people that don’t like it,” said Tom McCormick.

The festival is not only about preparing Spam in different ways, the event also includes sports, appropriately called “Spam-Olympics... Read More

LEARNING TO WALK: Baby giraffe’s first steps

Colorado Springs, Colo. (CBS) — Take a look at some of this giraffe’s wobbly first steps just minutes after it was born! The giraffe was born Saturday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. The baby giraffe is about 6 feet tall and doesn’t have a name yet... Read More

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Earthquake alert system 55 percent complete in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California and Southern Nevada ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast.

The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about 55% complete, with much of the remaining installation of seismic sensor stations to be done in the Pacific Northwest, said Robert de Groot of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Areas that have the appropriate number of sensors include Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area and the Seattle-Tacoma region, de Groot said.

The system does not predict earthquakes. Rather, it detects that an earthquake is occurring, rapidly calculates expected intensity levels and sends out alerts that may give warnings ranging from several seconds to perhaps a minute before potentially damaging shaking hits locations away from the epicenter... Read More

Man charged after body found in burning car in east Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Joshua Martinez, 29, was arrested on a murder charge after a man’s body was found early Saturday morning in a burning vehicle in the east valley, Las Vegas police said Monday.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

The vehicle was near the Las Vegas Wash at East Desert Inn Road.

Clark County firefighters responded to a report of a burning vehicle just after 4:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Greenwood Springs Drive. When the fire was out, a body was found on the passenger floorboard, and homicide detectives took over the investigation.

Detectives learned a possible address for the victim in the 4900 block of East Hildago Way, about two miles west of the scene near Nellis Boulevard and Desert Inn. During the course of investigating there, they contacted Martinez.

Further investigation determined that the victim was probably killed there before the vehicle was burned near the wash... Read More

Nevada to launch caucus voting by phone

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Nevada and Iowa will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states’ traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February.

The tele-caucus plans unveiled by the state parties are aimed at opening the local-level political meetings to more people, especially evening shift-workers and people with disabilities, whom critics of the caucuses have long said are blocked from the process.

The changes are expected to boost voter participation across the board, presenting a new opportunity for the Democratic Party’s 2020 candidates to drive up support in the crucial early voting states.

The Nevada Democrats’ caucus director, Shelby Wiltz, calls the system “a no-excuse option” for voter participation... Read More