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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of a northern Nevada civil rights group says the incoming state Legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use instead of leaving the question up to voters in November 2016. The National Organization for the Advancement of Colored People chapter president in Reno and Sparks pointed to studies that say blacks are far more likely than whites to face arrest and prosecution for marijuana possession.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say 175 tickets were issued in just five hours during a recent effort to curb trespassing by motorists and pedestrians on railroad track rights-of-way in the Las Vegas area. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports one driver stopped completely on the tracks and crossing arms came down on his vehicle. Officials say that in 2012, 433 people died and 411 were injured trespassing on railroad property in the U.S.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court date was reset to Monday for a 24-year-old Las Vegas man facing a felony hit-and-run charge after authorities say he backed a car into two car wash employees earlier this month and drove away. A defense lawyer listed in Christopher Blalark's court record didn't immediately respond to messages.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is again highlighting a program to recycle Christmas trees. The program runs through Jan. 15, with more than 30 drop-off locations around the valley — including many local parks and neighborhood Lowe's stores. UNLV's Rebel Recycling director says more than 15,000 trees were recycled last year, producing 133 tons of chipped mulch for landscaping projects and dust control.

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