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Driving You Crazy: No speed limit signs on Nellis Boulevard

LAS VEGAS - A viewer asked why there were no speed limit signs on southbound Nellis Boulevard between N. Las Vegas Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

The viewer said no one goes slower than 45 mph and few police officers patrol the area.

This stretch of Nellis is maintained by the Nevada Department of Transportation. Traffic8 reached out to NDOT. Thanks to Traffic8's inquiry, NDOT installed three 45 mph signs along that two-mile stretch.

Now that the signs are there, people know how fast they can go.

As for enforcement, if you see people consistently speeding in your area, you can file a complaint with Metro Police's Traffic Bureau at 702-828-3535 and request increased enforcement in your area.

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

ATV crash kills 1, injures another near I-15

LAS VEGAS -- Officials with the Clark County Fire Department and Metro Police investigated a deadly ATV crash Sunday. One person was killed and another was hurt during the rollover accident at mile marker 59 near Interstate 15. 

Metro Police said it occurred at the Apex/Nellis Dunes OHV area located near Clark R. Peterson Boulevard.  They said evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated that a Yamaha Rhino off-road vehicle rolled down a foothill in the desert area and the driver of the Rhino was ejected from the vehicle.

Police said the male rider died at the scene, while the female rider was airlifted by Flight for Life to a nearby hospital.

Clark County Fire said her injuries consisted of bruises and lacerations.

The names of the man and woman haven't been released.

Metro Police are investigating the crash.

Industrial area could be home to medical pot grow operations

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana is coming to the Las Vegas valley and some neighborhood concerns are coming with it.

One of those is the smell of marijuana coming from production facilities near residential areas.

The city of North Las Vegas is offering incentives for the grow houses to open outside of town.

On Tuesday, 30 businesses were approved to open legal grow facilities in the 18,000 acre Apex Industrial Park, which is 25 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

They still need state approval but soon, the area could be the valley's new green zone.

For years, the Apex Industrial Park has been as barren as the desert surrounding it, not many businesses were willing to set up shop there. For North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, the open area is an opportunity.

“We decided that that would be the green zone that it would be the place that we would put this particular product," Mayor Lee said.

State releases scathing audit of juvenile facility

LAS VEGAS -- State auditors have uncovered serious flaws at a local juvenile detention facility, including kids not getting the right medication and others stealing tools, which they used to escape.

Inspectors recently investigated Red Rock Academy, which has been open for less than a year and hosts around 90 kids. It is a correctional facility run by both the Division of Child and Family Services and private company Rite of Passage.

The academy is on the former campus of Summit View, where conditions were so bad, kids rioted on the roof back in 2001. Now, there are new problems that state lawmakers say need addressing.

"We don't have enough time this afternoon for all the questions that I have," Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-District 14, said.

Auditors discovered employees who did not go through proper background checks. The facility was found to be too lenient in who they allowed to work there.

Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is directing military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at under-achieving military health care facilities.

Hagel released findings Wednesday of a 90-day review of the health care system, serving 9.6 million active-duty troops, their families and retirees. The review was prompted by an investigation into allegations of treatment delays at Veterans Affairs facilities.

He says the military health care system is comparable to average private sector care, but adds that while it has pockets of excellence it also has gaps in care.

He directed military officials to write a detailed plan by the end of the year to fix and track uneven performance across the military health facilities.

 

Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al-Qaida cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, where it still controls large sections.

Human rights groups say coalition airstrikes have killed as many as two dozen civilians. U.S. officials say they can't rule out civilian deaths but haven't confirmed any.

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration wants to put a stop to excessive payday or car title loans for military service members.

The Defense Department is trying to close legal loopholes that have put hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive fees.

New rules would toughen the Military Lending Act's limits on interest rates for certain types of credit for service men and women and their dependents.

Under current law, lenders cannot charge members of the military more than 36 percent interest. But loans covered by the law are so narrowly defined that lenders can make simple adjustments to get around its provisions.

The proposed rules would broaden the definition of consumer credit so that more loans would fall under the 2006 law.