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Rep. Horsford Leaves Hospital After Heart Surgery

Rep. Steven Horsford

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Rep. Steven Horsford has been released from a Washington, D.C., hospital following heart surgery to correct what his office described as a hereditary condition.

The first-term Democratic congressman from Nevada's 4th Congressional District underwent the procedure Monday. He was released from the hospital Friday.

Horsford's office says doctors discovered his condition during a recent routine physical and told him he needed surgery.

Spokesman Tim Hogan says Horsford will remain under doctors' care for the next few weeks while recuperating at home.

Doctors say he should make a full recovery.

Cooling Stations Open Due to High Heat

LAS VEGAS -- Officials with Clark County say they are opening several cooling stations around the valley as temperatures are expected to reach 112 degrees on the Fourth of July.

The stations will be open to the public in an effort to move the homeless and other individuals out of the heat and keep them hydrated.

The stations are in addition to other efforts that provide shelter on an as-needed basis.

  • Catholic Charities, 1511 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Men only)
  • Salvation Army, 31 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Adults only)
  • The Shade Tree, 1 W Owens Ave., North Las Vegas, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Women and children only)

The following additional locations will also be open:

Tornado-Like System Hit North Las Vegas

Strong winds tore the tiles off roofs, uprooted trees, damaged cars and caused a power outage in North Las Vegas Tuesday night.

The tornado-type system known as down burst winds hit a neighborhood near Simmons Street and Ann Road just after 11 p.m.

One group of North Las Vegas firefighters were in their fire station when the system hit, tearing tiles off the roof. The firefighters said it sounded like a train was on the roof.

No one was hurt in the system. The total cost of the damage is not known.  

 

Seniors Seek Shelter from Heat at Senior Centers

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Extreme heat can be unforgiving to even the most healthy person, but doctors say senior citizens are the most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

The senior center located at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue has been packed for the past few days as a desert heat wave bakes the Las Vegas valley.

Leroy Mullen, 60, has taken solace from the scorching sun inside the center.

"I don't have electric right now. I use an electric generator."

Mullen has no air conditioner. He uses a gas run generator to operate fans in his home.

"This is the worst part of the year for me," he said.

Hundreds of valley senior citizens are heading to senior centers to escape the heat.

"It's maxed out. We're to the point where sometimes we don't have enough seats," said Calvin Hilson, who coordinates activities at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Road Closures in North Las Vegas for Independence Day Jubilee

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Road closures for Independence Day Jubilee event parking will be in effect between 10 a.m. and midnight on Wednesday, July 3. The event will be held at Seastrand Park, 6330 Camino Eldorado. The following roads will be closed:

• Azure Avenue from Revere Street to Kitamaya Street,

• Black Oaks Street from Centennial Parkway to the next block south,

• Black Oaks from Centennial to the next block north,

• Centennial Parkway from Camino Eldorado to Revere,

• Choctaw Avenue from Revere to the next block west,

• Cloud Dance Court from Camino Eldorado to Shadow Oak Drive,

• Cornerstone Place from Revere to the next block west,

• Deer Foot Circle from Camino Eldorado to Shadow Oak,

• Dry Valley Avenue from Revere to the next block east,

• Little Mountain Street from Centennial to the next block south,

Despite Gun Injury, Former Rep. Giffords Goes Shooting in Vegas

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly.

LAS VEGAS -- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fired a weapon for the first time since a mentally ill man shot her more than two years ago. She chose a Clark County shooting range to pull the trigger.

A longtime gun owner, Giffords is now urging southern Nevadans to support expanded background checks. She believes it will stop more gun violence.

Giffords can only use her left hand, but that didn't stop her from hitting the target at the Clark County Shooting Complex. She and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have always owned guns.

"I don't think there are many people out there who are stronger supporters of the Second Amendment than Gabby and I," Kelly said.

The couple is pushing for stronger gun background checks. They believe it will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

I-Team: Copper Thieves Target Parks and Railroad Signals

Brent Martin

LAS VEGAS -- Copper wire thieves are getting more imaginative and more dangerous in their crimes. Now, they're targeting railroads and park trails. It's a lingering problem that costs taxpayers plenty of money.

The price of copper is around $3 a pound. Last year, North Las Vegas street lamps were the hot target for thieves. Now, thieves have moved to Henderson parks and railway signal boxes around Nevada.

Henderson Police say two accused copper wire thieves told them they were "just out for a bike ride" when questioned by police.

The story seemed unusual, police said, because one suspect had a kid's bike and the other bicycle was broken. Brent Martin and Devin Mann were arrested. Officers reported finding copper wire from two light poles in the car the suspects used.