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No Ban On Strip News Racks

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(photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Clark County commissioners aren’t banishing news racks from the Las Vegas Strip just yet.

Commissioners discussed the ban at their meeting Tuesday, but didn’t take any action.

Ban proponents say the racks, which contain everything from newspapers to racy catalogs for escort services, are cluttering Strip sidewalks and hampering pedestrian traffic.

Opponents describe the plan as a violation of free speech. The Las Vegas Sun reports some people testified that the measure would put publications, including the Italian-American community newspaper La Voce, out of business.

The measure is the latest attempt to clean up the tourist corridor. Commissioners have already put new restrictions on unlicensed vendors and handbillers, who are often seen passing out ads for adult services.

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