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WalletHub slams North Las Vegas in fitness rankings

LAS VEGAS -- Having endured a nightmarish past several years due to budget shortcomings, North Las Vegas is now confronted with news that it is one of the worst cities to pursue an active lifestyle, according to rankings released Wednesday by consumer information website WalletHub.

Of the nation's 100 most populated cities, North Las Vegas ranked 95th. That contrasted with the fourth place ranking assigned to Reno, as well as the 22nd and 27th place rankings given to Las Vegas and Henderson respectively.

The fittest city in America was awarded to Omaha, Neb., while Laredo, Texas, finished dead last.

Dept. of Welfare building evacuated in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A North Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman says graffiti cleanup is to blame for sickening a few people inside a welfare office.

Capt. Cedric Williams said Tuesday that firefighters shut down the office at 3223 West Craig Rd. earlier after receiving reports that people inside were feeling nauseous.

He says firefighters treated three people at the scene and one woman was sent to a local hospital in stable condition.

Williams says firefighters tested the air quality and eventually determined that an effort to clean up graffiti on the building's backside was sending fumes through an air vent.

He says the fire department recommended the office stay closed for the rest of Tuesday to allow it to air out before employees return to work Wednesday.

Two people hurt in North Las Vegas fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Two people were hurt in a fire near Decatur Boulevard and Washburn Road, according to a spokesperson with the North Las Vegas Fire Department.

Officers said the fire at 4515 Buddy Holly Ct. happened around 4:33 p.m. in a single story home.  It was a fire that accidentally started in the garage, according to NLV Fire. 

Fire officials were able to put it out quickly, but it still caused $75,000 in damage. 

A man was treated at the scene, but he and the woman victim were both taken to the hospital.  The woman's condition is stable.

The Red Cross is assisting them.  North Las Vegas Fire is investigating.

Conflict between state, county could affect medical marijuana dispensaries

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana stores could be up and running in the valley as soon as January; but that doesn't mean a lot of dispensaries will open when that happens.

In all, only 40 dispensaries are allowed to open across the valley. Eighteen of those will be in unincorporated Clark County.

Local commissioners chose 18 applications, but the state only approved 10 of them, so this has caused disagreements between Clark County Commissioners, and the state, which is causing a hold up.

In the end, this may cause fewer dispensaries to open up.

"I guess that's a potential. I certainly hope it doesn't come to that because ultimately who is going to suffer -- the patient,” said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner.

Commissioner Sisolak said he's hesitant to grant permits to applicants the state chose without getting approval from the county first.

Father charged with abusing daughter

Terrance Dixon

 NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas father is facing a charge of child abuse in a case involving his 2-year-old daughter.

According to police, Terrance Dixon took his daughter to the hospital on Oct. 20 claiming she had fallen and suffered several injuries, but police say the injuries were not consistent with a fall. The girl did survive.

Dixon was arrested on Nov. 21 at a home on Azure Avenue.

Driving You Crazy: No walkways at 5th and Centennial

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Ralph, a disabled man, says he can't get to stores on North 5th Street or on the north side of Centennial Parkway. He says there are no walkways in the area.

This intersection is still largely undeveloped. City of North Las Vegas representatives say that is the problem.

Most of these kinds of traffic improvements are contingent upon development. At this time, the City of North Las Vegas has no plans to improve this area.

People can urge the North Las Vegas City Council to address the issue during the council's monthly meetings. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at North Las Vegas City Hall.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

President Obama leaves Las Vegas

 LAS VEGAS -- After spending the weekend in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama left Nevada Sunday to return to Washington D.C.

Air Force One departed from McCarran International Airport around 10:45 a.m. Over the weekend, Obama stayed in Henderson and spent some time golfing at Reflection Bay Golf Club.

The president arrived in Las Vegas on Friday for and visited a Las Vegas High School to sign an executive order on immigration.

With him aboard Air Force One was a delegation of congressional Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford.

The president says his executive order will protect as many as 5 million immigrants who are illegally in the United States from deportation.