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Tourist town seeks independence in Nevada
Nevada tourist town seeks independence in unusual ballot fight
By The Associated Press

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) ' Something strange is going on in the small gambling mecca of Laughlin.

In this notoriously anti-government state, residents here are clamoring for more bureaucracy.

Laughlin voters are expected to vote to incorporate the tourist town on June 12. The move is unusual in Nevada, where most of the state is unincorporated and many people prefer to live far from government centers.

Laughlin is a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, where Clark County Government Center is located.

Many residents say they are fed up with having to drive 100 miles to get building permits and address their elected officials. They want a mayor, City Council and independent police, fire and parks departments.

Critics warn more government will cost more money.

Laughlin attracts 2.3 million annual visitors to the Nevada-Arizona border.

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