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New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

Wet 'n' Wild is gearing up for its second season with a new ride. The tornado slide takes riders on through a 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and fourth through the eye of the storm.

Park employees got to test out the new slide Friday before it officially opens to the public Saturday. However, it's not the only big thing helping Wet 'n' Wild kick off its summer season.

"This Memorial Day weekend we're kicking it off with a DJ and some special events, including a Twister game, which actually benefits our friends over at Opportunity Village," Trevor Wilson with the water park said.

This is the second year the park has been open. It starts its daily schedule Saturday. This year they are also offering more parking and shaded areas along with longer hours.


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'Mutt Mixer' plans to help rescue dogs find homes

LAS VEGAS -- In order to help at-risk dogs at the Animal Foundation get adopted, Shaggy Chic and Tivoli Village will host a "Mutt Mixer" Thursday. In addition to the shelter, Home 4 Spot and Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue will be at the event and also have adoptable dogs.

"The special doggie-themed evening featuring various vendors, including dog fashions, pet obedience training, caricatures, a pet psychic, pet CPR demos, and even “doga” (doggie yoga)," a news release said. For the humans, there will be craft beer and wine tastings.

The event is being held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Shaggy Chic at Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 140, Las Vegas. All dogs must be on a leash.

A third of homeowners in Las Vegas have underwater mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- About a third of the homes with mortgages in Las Vegas are underwater, meaning the homeowners owe more than their house is worth.

Real estate watch group Zillow says Las Vegas homeowners owe $10 billion more than the worth of their homes; however, it is all an improvement from the last few years.

The housing market was booming in North Las Vegas until the recession hit. Homeowners were then stuck with mortgages they couldn't make. By 2011, homes were being auctioned off for quarter of their original price.

"Lots of homeowners were either stuck in their mortgages or they couldn't afford their mortgages. So, we had a lot of foreclosures in this neighborhood particularly," homeowner Crystal Thiriot said.

In one zip code in southern Nevada, 89031, Banks foreclosed on nearly 2,000 homes between 2008 and 2011. Rich cash investors were buying the houses. Regular homeowners could not afford the prices and could not compete.

NHP looking for people who do not buckle up

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol says people are losing their lives nearly every day on Nevada roads. Many times, troopers say, people die because they miss one crucial step: fastening their seat belt.

Last year, the NHP saw 144 car accidents where someone died. Of those deadly crashes, 41 had someone fly through the windshield because they didn't wear their seatbelt.

Monday marked the launch of the national Click it or Ticket campaign. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are out on the roads, searching for people not wearing their seat belts.

Behind the glass at NHP, administrator Alan Pineda often just deals with the paper side of problems on the road.

"All I see is names and numbers and speeds but it is not what it is like to actually be in an accident," Pineda said.

On Monday, he decided to experience an accident or at least what one could feel like, firsthand.

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Opening date announced for Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS --   Downtown Summerlin will open to the public on Oct. 9,  executives with the Howard Hughes Corporation announced Thursday.

The project previously known as The Shops at Summerlin will now be called Downtown Summerlin.

David Weinreb, CEO of the Howard Hughes Corporation, led a hard-hat tour of his company's latest project Thursday. It is a development that has been a long time coming.

A new addition to the development is a nine-story office building that is already leasing space for new businesses.

"We believe downtown development would be great catalytic of great things we hope to see here over the coming years," Weinreb said.

When the entire 106-acre development is complete, it will include retail, restaurants, entertainment, office space and multi-family residences.

Two-alarm fire damages school, classes canceled for Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Fire Department says a two-alarm fire caused by solar panels damaged Faith Lutheran Middle School. All the students were evacuated before fire crews got there.

Wrongful death suit filed in Summerlin Hospital TB outbreak

Rubin and Vanessa White

LAS VEGAS -- The man whose wife and newborn girls started an outbreak of tuberculosis at the Summerlin Hospital and ultimately died from the disease filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital for failing to diagnose the disease.

Rubin White filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the hospital, doctors and nurses for the wrongful death of his wife Vanessa White and his newborn girls Abigail and Emma White.

Vanessa White, who did not know she had the disease, was allowed to visit her twins in the Summerlin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this past summer. The lawsuit claims those visits exposed the children to the disease because the unit disregarded safety standards and precautions.

Her visits caused an outbreak of the disease in the NICU Level III unit.

Hundreds of people, including newborns, had to be tested for the potentially life-threatening disease.