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Downtown Summerlin opens to the public

Trader Joe's is one of the stores at Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS -- After years of planning and delays, Downtown Summerlin finally became a reality Thursday morning when it opened to the public.

The 1.6 million square foot complex will have more than 125 stores and restaurants when completed. The shopping center boasts big name department stores like Dillards and Macy's as well as new dining options like Crave and a bar by Wolfgang Puck.

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Union to protest Station Casinos in Summerlin

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Union workers from Las Vegas casinos plan to march in an upscale master-planned community in Las Vegas as part of ongoing labor protests of Station Casinos.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 says it will march at 5 p.m. Thursday. Protesters plan to walk south from a local high school on Pavilion Center Drive to Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The resort is owned by Station Casinos and is also the company's headquarters.

The union says it represents 55,000 culinary workers in the Las Vegas area. A Station Casinos spokeswoman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there is no labor dispute.

The march coincides with the Thursday grand opening of the long anticipated Downtown Summerlin shopping development, which sits south of the casino and opens at 10 a.m.


Sorry, Chick-fil-A fans, no plans for Vegas location yet

LAS VEGAS — Social media was abuzz Wednesday morning with reports of a Chick-fil-A coming to Downtown Summerlin next year. But sadly for fans of their chicken sandwiches, those rumors are just that.

"We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Carrie Kurlander, Vice President of Public Relations for Chick-fil-A. "We would very much like to serve the communities of Las Vegas, and while we are actively seeking the first few sites in Nevada, we have no locations to confirm just yet."

In addition, a spokesperson for Downtown Summerlin, which opens Thursday, called the information "inaccurate."

If and when the chain does move here, it would be a first for Nevada.

New shopping center in heart of Summerlin opens in three days

LAS VEGAS -- Three days and counting until the new shopping area Downtown Summerlin officially opens to the public.

The construction of this 1.6 million-square-foot urban entertainment center was stalled for nearly 10 years due to the tough economy, but now developers say the grand opening is a sign that Las Vegas' financial future is brighter.

Dillard's, which is one of the main anchor department stores, opened for business a few days ago. Macy's is open as well, along with Old Navy and the Regal Movie Theater.

Downtown Summerlin's official grand opening is Thursday, where more than 80 other shops and restaurants will greet their customers for the very first time.

8 News NOW got a sneak peek of the property as construction workers finished up.

Fashion retailers like True Religion and Francescas are ready to open and Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret and Teavana also look close to being done.

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Two arrested in marijuana grow bust at Summerlin apartment

LAS VEGAS -- Two people in their 50s are under arrest in connection with a marijuana grow operation busted Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex in Summerlin.

According to Metro Police, someone tipped them off to suspicious activity at the apartment, which is at the Red Rock Villas at 400 Crestdale Lane. Police did some surveillance on the apartment and got a search warrant for it, which was served at around 1 p.m.

Once officers got inside, they realized it was a marijuana grow operation. Police said the suspects had turned the garage and an upstairs bedroom into marijuana growing rooms. 

In all, police confiscated 67 mature marijuana plants that were ready to harvest. The grow house was located near Bonner Elementary School.

Police said a southern Nevada task force which busts marijuana operations has taken down 11 in the last 30 days.

1 dead, 1 hurt in motorcycle crash at Red Rock

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man is dead and a woman is critically injured after their motorcycle went off the road in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Las Vegas police say the crash happened a little after 9 p.m. Sunday on Calico Basin Road, north of State Route 159.

Authorities say they're not sure why the motorcycle crossed a double yellow line on the road and then drove over sand and dirt nearby until the passenger and the driver were ejected.

The 53-year-old male driver from Las Vegas was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 57-year-old female passenger from Las Vegas was airlifted to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The man's name has not yet been released.

Electrical issue fixed at Palo Verde High, school to resume normally

LAS VEGAS -- An electrical issue that caused an early dismissal at Palo Verde High School Friday has been fixed, that's according to Clark County School District.

CCSD said the problem that Las Vegas Fire described as a "switch issue" caused students to be evacuated from the school Friday afternoon.

However, CCSD said the issue was fixed by crews that work in the school district, and on Monday, Sept. 29, classes will resume at their normal schedule of 8:00 a.m.- 2:16 p.m.