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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities are awarding more than $2 million in grants to police and sheriffs in two Nevada communities to recruit new officers. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced that North Las Vegas will receive $1.6 million to hire 13 police officers. Officials say grant awards are based on need, local crime rates and community policing plans.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans. Riveted denim jeans first were created by Reno tailor Jacob Davis in a downtown shop in 1871. Tourism officials say the "Blue Genes Jam" next Oct. 2-4 will celebrate the iconic trousers' impact on popular culture.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas City Council members postponed until December voting on a plan to float $50 million in bonds for a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium. Officials say the partially covered 24,000-seat stadium could host a pro soccer team if the developers win a Major League Soccer franchise. The latest proposal would have the city bonds repaid using annual hotel room tax collections.

PHOENIX (AP) — This year's Southwest monsoon season will be remembered for unusually intense storms that brought months' worth of rain in just one day. The National Weather Service says some areas in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico received more rain in a day than in a typical season. Some homes and roads in the region are still awaiting repairs from flood damage.

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