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140K expected each day of Electric Daisy Carnival

140K expected each day of Electric Daisy Carnival

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Organizers expect more than 140,000 people to descend upon the Las Vegas Motor Speedway each night for the Electric Daisy Carnival.

The three-night rave that kicks off Friday features the biggest names in electronic dance music, plus carnival rides, fireworks and other spectacles.

A study commissioned by parent company Insomniac estimates that last summer's event injected $278 million into the Southern Nevada economy. Attendees paid for about 92,000 hotel room nights and spent more than $45 million on food and beverage.

The study says nearly 95 percent of attendees traveled from outside the Las Vegas area to attend.

It's EDC's fourth year in Las Vegas. The event moved from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum amid controversy over the 2010 death of a 15-year-old attendee who was treated for drug intoxication.



Electric Daisy Carnival big money maker for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A festival all about electronic dance music might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but there is no denying Electric Daisy Carnival makes southern Nevada a lot of money.

Last year, EDC pumped $278 million into the economy. It is not just from hotel rooms.

Farrihn Enos and Sherrie Roy are looking for the perfect ensemble to go with Indian headdresses they bought online to wear to music festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

They live in Las Vegas and don't need to spend money on a hotel, but they've already broken out their wallets for EDC.

“At least, like, $600 each, so far yeah,” they said.

Last year's EDC brought in 345,000 people. The party goers provided $25 million for hotels, $45 million for food, and $11 million for stores.

Vice president of Halloween Mart Heather George says many businesses do whatever they can to cater to the unique crowd.

Electric Daisy Carnival by the numbers

The annual three-day music festival known as the Electric Daisy Carnival always brings big numbers to Las Vegas.

With the Electric Daisy Carnival just days away, just how big an undertaking is the three-day event? Here’s a look at the numbers.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Commander leaving Nellis AFB

Colonel Barry Cornish

LAS VEGAS -- Colonel Barry Cornish, the Commander at Nellis Air Force Base, is leaving southern Nevada for Hawaii, military sources tell 8 News NOW.

Cornish will be the executive officer for the Pacific Air Forces command at Hickam Air Force Base. Cornish has been stationed in Nevada since  June 2010 when he was the Vice Commander of the 57th Wing. He has been the Commander of the 99th Air Base Wing since June 2012.

Crash investigators learn valuable lessons at motor speedway

LAS VEGAS -- Car crashes happen on southern Nevada roads every day, causing billions of dollars in economic and societal harm each year.

However, investigators can learn something from each accident, and Monday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they had real-life, hands-on training with a series of crash tests.

Rusty Haight got behind the wheel of a clunker, on a collision course with other junk cars. Parts flew, fluids leaked and the old Crown Vic is now wrecked.

Haight is in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting more than 1,000 crash tests, but he is not playing bumper cars for fun.

"The goal here is to give the accident investigator and reconstructionist an opportunity to see a crash first hand. Because normally, they get to see crashes once they've already occurred. There is bent metal on the roadway. There are dead bodies on the scene, and they're getting there in the aftermath," Haight said.

Red Flag Exercises returning to Nellis Air Force Base

Red Flag Exercises returning to Nellis Air Force Base

People living near Nellis Air Force Base will be hearing and seeing more military aircraft in the area with the return of Red Flag Exercises in July.

Red Flag will return to the base July 14 through 25. During that time, aircraft are scheduled to leave Nellis twice a day and remain in the air for up to five hours.

The exercises provide valuable real-world type experience for air, space and cyber forces. Forces and aircraft from across the United States and from several allies participate in the exercises.

Troops use the Nevada Test and Training Range just north of the base for much of the exercises. It provides 15,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land.


Biden: Changing world needs new officer skills

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says this year's Air Force Academy graduates are entering a changed world that requires the nation to decide when it should act alone and when to build coalitions.

In a speech at the academy commencement Wednesday, Biden told the graduates their country needs them to be strategic thinkers as well as warriors.

Biden echoed President Barack Obama's remarks earlier in the day, saying the U.S. must approach foreign policy with "wisdom and humility" when deciding when to get involved.

Speaking at West Point's graduation, Obama urged restraint before any new military engagements.

Biden says the nation needs a strong economy, a reputation for defending human rights and a strong presence in the Pacific to remain a global power.

Nearly 1,000 cadets are graduating from the academy.