city redevelopment funds is expected to make up the difference. Officials say the loans were the last major apiece of the project and make the stadium a reality. The goal is to open the new stadium in 2015. Meanwhile despite stadium plans, Los Angeles remains the only major city without an NFL franchise. LA is the second largest media market in the nation.
A Utah man attempting to pay his taxes with silver is being rebuffed by state and county officials who say
it's impractical to accept precious metals as payment. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Orem resident Carlton Bowen is not being allowed to use the metals despite a state law passed earlier this year that made gold and silver legal tender. The legislation didn't require that the coins had to be accepted.
The prototype for Coca-Cola's curvy bottle and its original concept drawing brought in record sales at auction in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions, which handled the sale yesterday, says the prototype bottle went for $240,000. A sketch of that first bottle brought $228,000.
Rare items reflecting a shadier side of Nevada's past have been sold at auction in Reno. Mustang Ranch brothel memorabilia, including nude photos of working women in the 1970s and 1980s, fetched $3,000 from what auction organizers would only identify as an "institution of higher learning." The original Black Book of persons excluded from the state's casinos went for $5,250.
State officials say California welfare regulators for years have allowed, and even required, counties to
go after minors to reclaim welfare over-payments made to their parents. Attorneys who filed suit last month to try to stop the practice say they believe thousands of young people throughout the state are being unfairly required to repay millions of dollars in welfare money that mistakenly or fraudulently was obtained by caregivers or guardians.
A battle of perceptions is being waged over whether Nevada's economy is recovering or still falling four years after the collapse of its housing, tourism and construction industries. The state continues to top the nation in unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates, but the tepid return of tourists has drawn cheers from government and business leaders. University of Nevada, Reno economist Elliot Parker says Nevada's recovery is at least a year behind the rest of the nation.
All major Republican presidential candidates have met a deadline to pay $10,000 to participate in Nevada's Feb. 4 caucus. Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that even Jon Huntsman met the Friday deadline. Huntsman had threatened to boycott the caucus until Nevada Republicans moved back the date of the caucus to February.
Sen. John McCain says he thinks his home state of Arizona and other areas in the U.S. with large Hispanic populations are "up for grabs" in the upcoming presidential election because President Barack Obama hasn't convinced those voters that he's on their side. McCain tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Republicans have
a shot at capturing the Hispanic vote in 2012 if the GOP can address immigration in a humane and pragmatic way. McCain said that part of that plan must include addressing the some 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States, while securing the border to deter more people from trying to cross. The 2008 GOP presidential candidate said he thinks most Hispanics would appreciate this "careful balance" by GOP candidates.
With the exit of Herman Cain, the 2012 Republican presidential field appears to be narrowing to a two-man
race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. GOP voters have a month before the Iowa caucuses. And Gingrich is showing strength in the latest Iowa poll. Romney has maintained a political network since his 2008
presidential bid, especially in New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying on his debate performances and the good will he's built up with some conservatives. Gingrich's efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found Gingrich leading the GOP field with 25 percent support, ahead of Ron Paul at 18 percent and Romney at 16.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is traveling to the Middle East to swap ideas with law enforcement
agencies from across the globe. Gillespie will be in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the Gulf States Global Police Symposium, scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday. The conference addresses the need for international police cooperation and sharing information between agencies. The sheriff will represent Clark County in talks about global trends such as human trafficking, money laundering and cyber crimes. Also attending is Clark County Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy, who oversees Homeland Security. Las Vegas is unique in its position of being, along with Disneyland, one of two targets on the 9-11 computers as researched and planned targets not hit on that infamous day. The terrorist also met here prior to the attack. Clark County is on the I-15/ Union Pacific drug corridor, which is also increasingly a conduit for illegal arms, much of which is military grade. The symposium is co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of the Interior and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The trip is paid for by the symposium organizers.
Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the nonprofit medical center filed for bankruptcy protection Friday to help complete the sale.The sale is occurring with a negotiated restructuring with the cancer institutes lenders, and institute co-founder and board member Heather Murren says the banks have written off $50 million of debt. UC San Diego spokeswoman Jacqueline Carr says her university is impressed with the cancer institutes facilities and staff, and is excited about the prospect of bringing it into the UC, San Diego Health System family. In its bankruptcy filings, the institute claimed $91 million in debt to a group of secured lenders headed by Bank of America.