- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - In the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, state lawmakers have approved a major increase in funding to bolster security for New Year’s Eve events in the city.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports legislators on Thursday approved $357,000 so they can have a record 358 Nevada National Guard troops working. They will be stationed at the Las Vegas Strip, Freemont Street and at McCarran International Airport.

That’s triple the funding set aside last year when the state paid about $120,000 to have 160 troopers working.

Clark County Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck said the boost is needed because New Years’ Eve in Las Vegas has been given the highest-possible assessment from Homeland Security in the same tier as events such as the Super Bowl.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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