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Coroner's office IDs child in North Las Vegas death investigation

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office said Saturday that 1-year-old Hadriel Darnell was the toddler who died Thursday in North Las Vegas.

The coroner's office, however, did not release the manner or cause of death for the child.

North Las Vegas Police said they started investigating Hadriel's death when they were called to a home just before noon on Monday in the 4900 block of Goldeneye Way, near Lone Mountain Road and Camino Al Norte, for an unresponsive child.

Hadriel was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He later died.

"The circumstances that led to the death of the child are currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau," police said.

No charges have been filed as of now.

No other information was immediately available.

North Las Vegas police investigate death of 1-year-old

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — North Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a one-year-old boy.

Police were called to a home just before noon on Monday in the 4900 block of Goldeneye Way, near Lone Mountain Road and Camino Al Norte, for an unresponsive child, a news release said.

The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police said he died Thursday.

"The circumstances that led to the death of the child are currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau," police said.

No charges have been filed as of now. The child's name and cause of death will be released by the coroner's office.

No other information was immediately available.

Medical pot businesses face challenge of getting seeds

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's first medical marijuana stores and legal grow houses are preparing to launch.

Many applicants received state approval last week, but there are still challenges they'll face before opening.

One of the biggest challenges is how to legally get the seeds to grow their product, while navigating some tricky federal regulations.

The problem is it is technically illegal under federal law to transport marijuana seeds across state lines. People planning to open grow houses and dispensaries, which need to get their stock ready within the next year, have a big hurdle to overcome.

Mark Bradley, among others, is approved to open marijuana cultivation facilities in the section of North Las Vegas called the Apex Industrial Area.

This is where the majority of the state's medical weed will be grown.

"They're calling it the green zone,” Bradley said.

MGM donates $250k toward veteran family housing

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- MGM Resorts International has given a big boost to a proposed house where people could stay while relatives receive treatment at a Las Vegas veterans hospital.

The casino company has pledged $250,000 to the Nevada Military Support Alliance for the Fisher House project, which would be built on the campus of the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Medical Center.

The 16-suite complex would include private bedrooms and bathrooms for families, along with a common kitchen, laundry room and dining room.

There are 67 Fisher House properties in the nation. Nevada is the only state with a major military installation that doesn't have one.

The support alliance is seeking another $1 million for the project, which is expected to be finished in 2015.

Changes coming to VA hospitals, clinics in S. Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Big changes are coming to Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics across the country, including right here in Las Vegas.

On Monday, the new head of the VA, Robert McDonald announced his new plan to reorganize the agency.

It follows months of reports about long wait times for care, and in some cases, scheduling cover-ups at hospitals.

According to McDonald, 5,600 people have already been disciplined and more firings are on the way.

The VA system also plans to hire 28,000 medical professionals nationwide to work at its facilities. The changes have been described as a clean sweep, taking out the bad and starting new.

The director of the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System says it's an opportunity to make necessary changes to ensure care for the 300,000 veterans living in southern Nevada.

Living Green: Recycling facility to break ground in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The recycling effort in southern Nevada is growing with the recent installments of single-stream recycling in Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County.

Now, Republic Services is expanding its recycling effort. Company executives and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee will attend a groundbreaking Thursday on a new recycling facility.

Company representatives say the facility will be bigger and more efficient in order to keep up with residents' recycling demands.

“It will drastically increase Clark County's recycling rate, as well as the State of Nevada. We anticipate when all is said and done, we will see an increase of fifteen percent in recycling rates,” said Republic Services Las Vegas Area President Tim Oudman.

He says the company is excited about the anticipated recycling success when the new facility comes online.

$6 million settlement looms over NLV

The city of North Las Vegas is fighting for its financial life and now has to pay out $6 million to settle a lawsuit.