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Truancy officer implicated of illegally going into trainee’s home

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Picture courtesy CCSD Scott Weissinger A Clark County School District truancy officer is implicated of unlawfully entering a trainee’s house and assaulting him earlier this month, according to officials.

Scott Weissinger, 56, was apprehended Wednesday for the incident that apparently took place on Oct. 18, CCSD Authorities Chief Ken Young said. The 16-year-old student did not suffer serious injuries.

Weissinger was booked at the Clark County Detention Center one count each of battery by strangulation and theft, both felonies, and one count of kid abuse and endangerment, a misdemeanor, Young stated.

According to an investigation, Weissinger was on duty and acting on a truancy report when the event happened, Young said.

Weissinger, who’s been used by the school district considering that 1991, was suspended without pay while the examination continues, cops said. Prison records show he’s out on bail.

Report: Tom Petty dead at 66 after going into cardiac arrest

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP From left, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dhani Harrison perform “I Won’t Pull back” at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017|1:34 p.m.

Tom Petty, the long-haired rocker whose famously nasal voice was behind some of rock’s biggest hits, died Monday after going into heart attack, CBS News verified.

The “Free Fallin'” singer, 66, was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he “had no brain activity,” inning accordance with TMZ.

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Trump'' s options on North Korea going from bad to even worse

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Ministry through AP In this picture supplied by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korea’s Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during a workout at a concealed area in South Korea, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. In South Korea, the nation’s armed force said it conducted a live-fire workout imitating an attack on North Korea’s nuclear test site to “highly alert” Pyongyang over the most recent nuclear test. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the drill included F-15 fighter jets and the nation’s land-based “Hyunmoo” ballistic missiles. The launched live weapons “precisely struck” a target in the sea off the country’s eastern coast, the JCS stated.

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WASHINGTON– Sanctions on North Korea have been attempted, and failed. Severe negotiations seem like a pipedream. And any military strike would nearly certainly bring mass devastation and horrific civilian casualties.

The Trump administration’s options are going from bad to worse as Kim Jong Un’s military marches ever better to being able to strike the United States mainland with nuclear weapons. Just as President Donald Trump looks for to reveal global willpower after the North’s most powerful nuclear test, his leverage is limited even further by new tensions he’s stoked with South Korea, plus continued opposition from China and Russia.

With South Korea, the country most directly threatened, Trump has actually taken the uncommon action of highlighting disputes between the U.S. and its treaty ally, consisting of by drifting the possibility he might take out of a trade deal with South Korea to protest trade imbalances. He also recommended on Twitter the two countries lacked unanimity on North Korea, faulting brand-new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has actually been more conciliatory to the North, for his federal government’s “talk of appeasement.”

It’s an inconvenient time for grievances to be aired, and on Monday the 2 leaders sought to show they were challenging North Korea together– and with may. The White Home said that in a telephone call with Moon, Trump gave approval “in concept” to lifting limitations on South Korean missile payloads and to approving “lots of billions” in weapons sales to South Korea. Though no details were released, the concept was to reveal the nations were teaming up to bolster defenses against Kim’s government.

“He is pleading for war,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley stated of the North Korean leader Monday at the U.N. Security Council, where diplomats were called into emergency session despite the Labor Day vacation in the United States

Haley called for exhausting “all diplomatic ways to end this crisis.” However to those who tried and failed over a decade-plus to resolve it, there appear to be couple of such means that haven’t already been attempted– and tried again.

What has actually changed is the sense of urgency, and the growing view among national security experts that it may be time to abandon “denuclearization” and accept North Korea into the nuclear club. The North claimed Sunday’s test, its sixth given that 2006, was a hydrogen bomb created to be mounted on its new intercontinental ballistic rockets.

Short of enabling Pyongyang’s weapons programs to advance, Trump’s alternatives all appear to variations on exactly what’s been considered before:

THE MILITARY ALTERNATIVE

The U.S. military for many years has had a full variety of contingency strategies gotten ready for possible strikes on the North to attempt to interrupt its nuclear program or dissuade it from establishing further. On Sunday, Trump dispatched Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to warn of a “massive military reaction if the North keeps threatening the U.S., while Trump hinted in a call with Japan’s leader that the U.S. might even deploy its own nuclear toolbox.

However for many years, the military choices have regularly been considered as unfeasible, owing to the large scary that would occur if North Korea struck back– as would be expected– by striking South Korea. The North Koreans have huge military assets stockpiled on exactly what is the world’s most greatly fortified border.

The U.S. has approximately 28,000 soldiers in South Korea, and there are numerous thousands more American people simply in Seoul, the capital, with a city location population of 25 million. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said if war broke out, there would be heavy civilian casualties in the very first couple of days before the U.S. could reduce the North’s ability to strike Seoul.

TRADE SHUTDOWN

Trump on Saturday declared on Twitter that the United States was thinking about “stopping all trade with any nation doing business with North Korea.” That would be a significant escalation of the longstanding U.S. method: increasing financial pressure on North Korea by restricting its access to funds needed for its weapons programs.

But lots of countries do business with North Korea– specifically China, a top U.S. trading partner and economic leviathan. Cutting off trade with China, not to point out the others, would devastate the U.S. economy and be exceptionally tough to impose. Numerous American companies would be shuttered or difficult hit, removing tasks along with them.

SANCTIONS AND ISOLATION

An overall trade shutdown aside, the United States has actually worked for years to squeeze Pyongyang economically and encouraging others to do the exact same– especially China. In a diplomatic triumph for the Trump administration, the U.N. last month authorized sweeping new sanctions targeting roughly one-third of the North’s economy, with China’s support.

However the current nuclear test and recent rocket tests suggest Kim is undeterred by those sanctions. And there’s strong hesitation from nations consisting of China and Russia, both permanent Security Council members, to do more approving.

Advocates for more sanctions state there’s still room to up the pressure. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions specialist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the next rational step is for the U.S. to impose “secondary sanctions” targeting banks or businesses in China that work with North Korea, a method the U.S. used effectively to push Iran to the table over its nuclear program several years back.

“The possibility for sanctions to work is that playbook,” Ruggiero said.

DIPLOMATIC TALKS

China, backed by Russia, has actually been urging an instant go back to talks, predicated on the United States halting joint military workouts with South Korea and the North suspending its weapons advancement. However few in the U.S. government have promoted direct talks with the North Koreans until their habits significantly changes. In the past, talks with the North have actually failed to prevent it from advancing its weapons program for long, and the United States has implicated Pyongyang of unfaithful on an earlier contract.

The Trump administration has actually left the door available to talks with the North, and has actually tried to coax Kim into abstaining from intriguing tests enough time to validate a U.S. return to the table. So far, that coaxing hasn’t worked.

Former GE CEO Immelt out of going to lead challenged Uber

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Eric Risberg/ AP This Wednesday, March 1, 2017, image shows an outside view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017|3:29 p.m.

Former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt has taken himself from the running to lead Uber as the ride-hailing huge looks for to conquer its ethical scandals and turn itself into a profitable organisation.

Immelt announced Sunday on Twitter: “I have actually chosen not to pursue a leadership position at Uber.” He added that he has “immense regard” for the business and its creators.

Uber’s fractured eight-member board has actually been fulfilling this weekend to discover a new leader. Immelt was amongst the finalists for job.

One faction within the board, led by Silicon Valley equity capital firm Criteria Capital, wanted Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, who a number of times openly disavowed any interest. The group had wanted to convince her to leap aboard, but Whitman would have none of it. On Friday, she restated that she’s not interested, saying through a spokesperson that she has no plans to meet the Uber board. Her previous disinterest stays, stated HP Business representative Henry Gomez.

Uber has been afflicted much of the year by prominent missteps including accusations of espionage and deceit, and discoveries of rampant unwanted sexual advances and bullying among employees. The business also has been rocked by management upheaval. All the problems triggered co-founder and previous CEO Travis Kalanick to step down from the management post in June, leaving the job vacant.

Uber now is being run by a 14-person committee of executives however has a number of leading positions open that will not be filled up until a CEO is hired. That committee is aiming to change the company’s culture so it’s better acted, a difficult task without a top leader.

Some on the board preferred Immelt to rapidly bring stability to the business. Others wanted to make another run at Whitman or keep searching.

Immelt, who will remain GE’s chairman until Dec. 31, stepped down as CEO at the end of July. His experience running a diverse corporation and dealing with a corporate board was considered a huge plus by some Uber board members who wish to bring experienced leadership to the business.

Uber, the biggest ride-hailing business on the planet, is valued at around $70 billion, however that may have dropped throughout this year’s corporate turmoil. Its board has actually ended up being fragmented amid a legal battle in between one of the business’s leading investors and Kalanick.

Going Public with #Intersexy Fat

Just a couple of short years ago, sociology teacher Georgiann Davis was building her scholastic career in the traditional method: releasing documents, dealing with her first book, and providing at conferences.

“In some cases at conferences I seemed like I was preaching to the choir,” she remembered. “I wanted more feedback, a pulse on the effect the research was having.”

Now, as the country contends with so-called “transgender restroom expenses” and traditional views of what defines male and female butt up versus medical facts, Davis has become something of a star. It began with her dissertation and an individual blog that grew from it. She signed up with UNLV in 2014 as she finalized her first book. She was welcomed to give a campus public lecture and composed “ 5 Things I Wish You Learnt about Intersex People” for the UNLV News Center to promote the occasion. It quickly became our website’s most-read article and her media protection has blown up because. This spring she was featured as a specialist in “ Gender Transformation,”a groundbreaking cover story in National Geographic and its companion documentary from Katie Couric.

Her book Objecting to Intersex: The Dubious Medical diagnosis(2015, NYU Press) checks out how intersex– which describes numerous conditions in which a person is born with both male and female reproductive or sexual organs– is “dealt with” in the medical community. As was the case with Davis, parents and medical professionals frequently select an intersex kid’s gender and after that subject them to surgery to make them appear more clearly male or female. Davis was told she had ovarian cancer when in fact the doctor eliminated internal testes.

She hesitated to write about her own experiences as she released in research journals until she understood they were inseparable. It was then that her research started to make an impact beyond academic circles and her public persona took off.

“As I see it, it’s not just desirable, however a moral obligation to discuss our understanding outside the academy,” Davis stated. “It’s what Lee Badgett refers to as the public professor. Being able to get my work before a more comprehensive audience– and to use it to counter misinformation– why wouldn’t I do that just because I’m an academic very first?'”

Being feted alongside John Legend and Melissa McCarthy at the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles was a blast, she stated, however her top distinction came from a U.S. Supreme Court amicus short. Contesting Intersex was mentioned in a transgender restroom rights case prior to the court.

“There is some expense to being a public teacher,” she said. “I have actually gotten some emails that are vicious and hateful, but for every one of those, there are a dozen other helpful ones. A 9-year-old and his mom sent me a video sharing his experience with physicians and how it’s reassuring for him to understand there are individuals like him out there.”

Next up: Davis is studying the aspects at play when a physician picks his or her specialized. Not remarkably, there are gender and racial differences in those options and Davis wants to discover what drives them.

She’s also working on a second book, which once again is growing from a post, titled “#IntersexyFat.” It checks out how the two traits come together amidst a society focused on the pursuit of the perfect body– a topic her NYU Press editor thinks will resonate with an even wider audience than Objecting to Intersex has.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hate my fat body,” Davis composed, “not since my fatness straight harms my health (it does not– my last physical and laboratory workup confirmed I am healthy), but because society repeatedly sends a loud message that fatness is unhealthy (wrong) and widely unsightly, as if attractiveness isn’t subjective.

“10 years ago I would not dare to publicly recognize as intersex, not to mention state I’m proud to be intersex. But I got here by owning, personally and expertly, that part of my body.”

Now she wonders if owning her fatness might change her life in a comparable way.

Station Casinos reveals plans for a going public

Station Casinos, which has been privately held given that 2008, revealed plans Tuesday for a going public that will return the business to the stock exchange.

The casino operator filed an S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing plans to offer stock in the company. Station Gambling establishments did not offer an amount of time nor did it say which market– the New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq– where the business’s stock will be listed.

“The number of shares to be offered and the rate variety for the proposed providing have actually not yet been identified,” the business stated in a declaration.

Business authorities decreased remark beyond the quick statement.

In a separate filing with the SEC, Station Gambling establishments said it promoted company president Steve Cavallaro to executive vice chairman; Rich Haskins, from executive vice president and basic counsel to president; and Dan Roy from executive vice president of operations to executive vice president and chief running officer. The management modifications take effect on Nov. 1.

Station Casinos runs 19 large and little casinos throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The business likewise manages two Indian gambling establishments, one in Northern California and one in Michigan.

The business was publicly traded before 2008, when private equity ownership took control of Station Casinos. A year later on, Station Gambling establishments applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and emerged in June 2011 with a brand-new ownership structure, having actually trimmed $4 billion of financial obligation from the business’s books.

Company creators Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta kept a 45 percent ownership stake in Station Gambling establishments, due to a $200 million financial investment the brothers took into the business. But a year later, the Fertittas paid $73 million to buy out JP Morgan Chase & & Co.’s ownership stake, giving the family a controlling 58 percent ownership.

In addition, the management of the company’s gambling establishments was held under Fertitta Home entertainment. As part of the IPO, Station Gambling establishments will get Fertitta Entertainment for $460 million.

Germany-based Deutsche Bank owns 25 percent of Station Gambling establishments. The bankruptcy reorganization gave the bank an option to position Station Gambling establishments into an IPO in June 2016, the five-year anniversary of the restructuring.

Reports of a pending IPO surfaced in February during the business’s fourth-quarter earning conference call.

In May, Nevada video gaming regulators accepted an amendment to the company’s pc gaming license that allows payment of monetary distributions to the business’s owners without approval from the Video gaming Control panel. The condition was a holdover from its private equity ownership days. At the time, Station Gambling establishments Chief Financial Officer Marc Falcone stated the ruling had nothing finish with a potential IPO.

Falcone also stated in May company’s balance sheet has enhanced since emerging from bankruptcy with capital growing 48 percent. Station Casinos’ net income grew 4 percent in the second quarter while capital enhanced for the 17th straight three-month duration.

Because of the company’s $2.1 billion in long-lasting debt, Station Casinos reports quarterly revenues.

The relocate to return to the public markets comes as Wall Street is offering a clean bill of health to the Las Vegas locals pc gaming market. The residents sector is up 3.1 percent through September, according to the Video gaming Control panel.

Morgan Stanley pc gaming expert Thomas Allen said in a report last week the competitive environment among the locals market was “reasonable, with no meaningful changes in marketing spending.”

Characteristic, including those operated by Station Casinos, are expanding their nongaming facilities.

The company carried out a $55 million capital enhancement effort at its flagship Red Rock Resort and Environment-friendly Valley Cattle ranch Turn to upgrade different nongaming aspects of the buildings such as new dining establishments and hotel spaces.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com!.?.! or 702-477-3871. Find @howardstutz on Twitter.

8 years after going private, Station Gambling establishments aims to be openly traded once again

Station Gambling establishments stated today that it plans to become a publicly traded company once again, about eight years after the locals gaming giant was taken personal.

The company submitted a registration declaration with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering, but it did not define the variety of shares it will offer or the cost range. In a separate securities filing today, Station stated it plans to get its management business, Fertitta Entertainment LLC, for $460 million in money, although that amount undergoes alter.

Station also did not specify on which market its stock will be traded. The locals-oriented company declined to comment beyond its governing filings and a short press release.

Station has 19 homes in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Cattle ranch and Palace Station. The company also manages two tribal casinos.

What Is Blackstone Going To Buy with its Latest $15.8 Billion Real Estate Fund?

Global Mutual fund’s Targets Include Significant U.S. Characteristics

Blackstone held final close this previous week on its latest worldwide property fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, and said that only 20 % of the $15.8 billion it raised is currently committed. And that raises the concern. Exactly what is the world’s largest investor going to finish with the other $12.6 billion?

Based on an assumed blended 65 % take advantage of across its investments for its newest international real estate fund, BREP VIII’s uncommitted capital would indicate an overall spending power of around $36 billion.

Based upon Blackstone’s previous realty financial investment technique and exactly what its top executives have actually said, we see a few possible targets where that money might go.

Blackstone has actually decreased to determine particular targets, but Jonathan Gray, Blackstone’s worldwide head of real estate, stated in a ready statement: “The size of this fund offers us the ability to commit capital in scale with speed and certainty.” For sellers, that roughly equates into: “We can pay you now with no funding contingencies.”

Kathleen McCarthy, the worldwide chief operating officer of Blackstone’s realty group, said the big fundraise shows the company’s strong relationship with limited partners the PE company has actually had for more than twenty years and Blackstone remains to see “compelling chances to deploy capital.”

So here is exactly what we know about some of those engaging chances. Among the fund’s preliminary investments (the 20 % it has actually currently dedicated) are the purchase of a a great deal of property possessions from General Electric Capital Corp. The BREP VIII fund bought GE Cap’s U.S. equity assets for $3.3 billion. Those assets consisted mainly of workplace buildings in Southern California, Seattle and Chicago.

We also understand where another 40 % is going:

Hotels, Offices: Appealing and Targeted

Last month, BREP VIII struck a deal to acquire hotel firm Strategic Hotels & & Resorts Inc.’s profile for about $6 billion, including financial obligation. The REIT owns 18 high-end hotels in the U.S. and Germany. That offer is still pending approval by Strategic’s shareholders.

Workplaces and hotels are not unexpected targets now in the industrial property cycle, and the the present discount in REIT stock values is something Blackstone is on record as wanting to capitlaize on.

There’s a gaping hole between the net possession values and stock costs for much of the REIT sector – “a detach and that produces opportunities for us,” Blackstone’s Gray said last week at a conference sponsored by the Pension Real Estate Association in San Francisco.

And according to research from REIT mutual fund giant Cohen & & Steers, no place is that REIT assessment detach more apparent than in workplaces and hotels, where valuations are at appealing levels relative to their four-year typical range.

Hotel REITs are trading at a -13.2 % premium/discount to net possession values and office REITs are trading at a -16.3 % discount rate, both are at the bottom of their four-year varieties.

Blackstone, naturally, stepped right into that gap last month with the contract to purchase Strategic Hotels for $6 billion.

The private equity giant has also apparently been eyeing another REIT, BioMed Real estate Trust.

BioMed’s stock, which had actually been selling a variety between $18.50 and $19.50 per share since mid-August, jumped up to a variety of $20 to $21.50 on the reported speculation late last month. For its part, the REIT has not announced any objective or strategies to shop its portfolio or the company.

BioMed Real estate office portfolio fits neatly, though, into Blackstone’s performance history of purchasing properties in well established select markets. BioMed’s portfolio consists of workplace homes in centers for clinical research study, including Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Maryland, New York/New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Seattle and Cambridge (United Kingdom) and research parks near or surrounding to universities and their associated medical systems. As of June 30, 2015, it owned or had interests in a building portfolio with an aggregate of roughly 18.4 million rentable square feet.

“I believe that it’s very obvious that the acquisition market has actually become really active that there is significant amount of capital flowing or trying to find a place to go in all of our core markets,” Alan Gold, CEO of BioMed told financiers this past August. “And that cap rates have remained to trend lower and values higher and so that’s what we are seeing in all our core markets.

“There are a great deal of potential personal equity guys that have expressed interest in getting into the life science sector in a variety of various ways,” Gold added.

As a side note, Gold said the REIT was focused on making best use of the value of assets that it wanted to deal with, primarily those located in the New Jersey area.Have Capital Searching for Opportunistic Plays

BREP VIII is an opportunistic fund that was set up to target large realty deals internationally with a concentrate in U.S. and Canadian entrance markets and distressed markets in Europe.

But as levels of distress have actually declined in the united state, opportunistic personal real estate funds have been decreasing in favor among financiers internationally, according to Preqin, one of the alternative assets market’s leading sources of information and intelligence.

Preqin tracks 124 opportunistic realty funds currently in market, targeting an aggregate $46 billion in institutional capital commitments. That figure is substantially lower than the same time in 2014, when 139 primarily opportunistic funds in market were targeting $54 billion.

The reduction in number of funds being raised and aggregate capital being targeted does not necessarily recommend a decreasing cravings for opportunistic realty funds; it might just be a reflection of a rise in cravings for other kinds of vehicle, Preqin noted.

Blackstone’s Gray acknowledged the decrease in distressed realty chances this week while speaking at Bloomberg’s Empire Building: Talking International Realty conference, particularly in the united state

“The challenge with investing throughout the united state today is that there is not a great deal of distress,” he stated. “Europe still has a lot of chances. We’re seeing throughout Southern Europe banks who still own possessions. Southern Europe distress today is still really intriguing. We’re doing a lot around Spanish housing,” Gray added. “So we’re investing a great deal of time there.”

Although BREP VIII was developed to focus in U.S. and Canadian gateway markets and distressed markets in Europe, Gray sounded as if the firm is significantly searching worldwide for the ideal chances.

“Checking out the world, a location like India is ending up being significantly interesting to us,” Gray added. “We have actually seen a lot of need growth. We’re the biggest office owner because country,” he stated. “What we’ve seen there is huge need growth from U.S. and European nationals.”

“And returning here to the U.S., we still like the residential sector, not the simply the single-family however multifamily,” Gray said. “If you look at total housing completions this year, there will certainly have to do with a million. We probably require about a million 6 to keep up with population. And we’ve had a deficit now for five or 6 years.”

Post Characteristic is one home REIT that analysts have speculated could be the topic of a takeover offer eventually.

Dave Stockert, Post Properties’ president and CEO, acknowledged last month that the firms stock is trading at a high discount rate to asset value– someplace on the order of -15 %. The REIT reserved $100 million to buy back some of its own shares due to the fact that of that space.

“We see the stock trading at a considerable discount rate underlying NAV,” Stockert stated. “Like we carried out in 2013 when we likewise redeemed shares, we are prepared to make use of all the tools available to us when we believe conditions correct to do so. So we do expect to be purchasing shares as opportunistically as possible over the next several quarters.”

But again, like other possible targets, Post Characteristic has not stated it is considering any widespread sale of homes. Though, it has stated it will likely offer individual properties as a method to money new property advancement.

So there are some most likely targets for Blackstone’s most current global realty fund. And as they have actually been given that 2006, Blackstone bears seeing in the coming months as measure of where CRE markets are and where they are heading.

New school zone safety laws going into effect in Nevada

A sign indicates a crosswalk in a school zone near a Las Vegas-area school. (File/FOX5)An indication suggests a crosswalk in a school zone near a Las Vegas-area school. (File/FOX5).
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New school zone safety laws are going into result in Nevada to attempt go minimized injuries to youngsters throughout the rushes when drivers to drop students off and pick them up.

U-turns are out starting Thursday in school zones and school crossing zones, and passing other automobiles is forbidden.

Erin Breen is director of the Susceptible Road Users Project at UNLV. She states the state Legislature passed the new laws by earlier this year to to aid minimize the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

She states that so far this year, 30 pedestrians have been killed on Clark County streets.

School zones are near school campuses.

School crossing zones are streets that children need to cross to get there.

The Clark County School District has more than 320,000 students.

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