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I-Team: Court Battle Keeps Construction Project Halted

At least 300 Las Vegas contractors could be working on an expansion of the 215 but they aren't because of a long court battle between two paving companies.  Allegations of child pornography, botched licenses and union bias are all keeping the jobs from happening.

Clark County wants to expand the 215 to four lanes from Decatur to Tenaya. For the last few months, Las Vegas Paving and North Dakota based Fisher Sand and Gravel have been feuding in court to get that job. Las Vegas Paving's bid was higher and they still got the contract. Fisher cried foul after feeling like targets for past discretions and anti-union bias.

The fight over widening part of the 215 has taken a strange path recently. To Fisher's attorney, Stan Parry, it's unacceptable.

"It's ludicrous.

Authorities Arrest 7 for Suspected Arson Fires

Las Vegas fire officials say two adults and five juveniles have been arrested on arson charges after unrelated fires in three spots over the weekend. No names have been released.

A fire spokesman says a man was arrested Saturday after setting a tree afire on Bruce Street. Four juveniles were arrested Saturday afternoon after a trash fire caused minor damage to a  restroom in a community park in northwest Las Vegas. And a man and a juvenile were arrested early Monday morning after a car fire on a remote part of Wyatt Avenue.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Bicyclists and Hikers May Pay at Red Rock

Bicyclists and hikers on foot would no longer get in free at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area under a proposed federal Bureau of Land Management fee increase.

A BLM spokeswoman says the new fees could go into effect in March at the area west of Las Vegas. Bicyclists and hikers would pay $3, and fees for vehicles entering the 13-mile scenic drive would rise from $5 to $7 per car and $2 to $3 per motorcycle.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Suggestions Wanted on Bicycle Trail

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans an open house Thursday, January 8th to collect suggestions about a planned bicycle trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

This will be the third public session looking at proposals for the trail roughly parallel to State Route 159.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

2 Men Shot in Possible Domestic Violence Situation

Two people are recovering after a shooting during an argument. It happened in a home near Buffalo and Grand Teton at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Metro says the two men, who were in their 20's, were roommates. They each shot the other multiple times.

Both were rushed to UMC. Their wounds were said to be non-life threatening.

Metro is considering this to be a domestic violence situation.

Metro Investigates Homicide at Centennial Hills Gas Station

Metro are at the scene of a murder at a gas station on Sky Pointe and Cimarron in Centennial Hills.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. when an employee at Guru Market Express was shot several times in the office.

Metro investigators said that an employee was shot several times inside of the back office. Metro crime scene investigators are there working the case inside. They are also waiting on the coroner's office to come and positively I.D the victim.

Police officials said that a store employee was in the back office having a conversation with another man who they believe may have worked there as well. A witness says they heard several shots.

Investigators say that nine people were inside the store when the shooting happened.

Mervyns Will Close 4 Nevada Stores

Mervyns will close four stores in Nevada, including all three locations in northern Nevada, as part of a cost-cutting move.

The Hayward, Calif.-based department store chain, which operates about 175 stores primarily in California, cited "under-performance" for closing stores in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Las Vegas. The Las Vegas location that is closing is located at 4265 S. Grand Canyon Dr.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that they're among 26 stores that will be closed companywide. The chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, has seen its sales drop as California is among the hardest hit by the real estate slump.

Mervyns Chief Executive Officer John Goodman says the company will focus attention on remaining stores that meet performance objectives in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)