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In brief: High-speed rail to LA, a PT’s brewery and Piff the Magic Dragon on ‘AGT’


In vain? A new attempt to link Las Vegas and LA by high-speed rail has an interesting new backer: the People’s Republic of China, or at least a group headed by its national railroad. Last week, the Xinhau News Agency announced a partnership between that group and Las Vegas-based XpressWest, with plans calling for the line to extend beyond Victorville, into LA itself. We’re all about quick, cheap train rides to Amoeba Records, but it’s unclear whether the group has secured rights of way in either state, so it’s doubtful the Barstow Del Taco will lose our roadtrip business anytime soon. —Spencer Patterson

Local brew PT’s Entertainment Group is a ubiquitous force across the Las Vegas Valley, and in fact its parent company Golden Gaming operates 46 taverns in Southern Nevada. Now PT’s is getting into the beer game on a whole new level: PT’s Brewing Company is set to open in the first quarter of 2016 at the site of the former Tenaya Creek Brewery and restaurant in northwest Vegas. The building will be remodeled, the brewery will have a capacity of 3,000 barrels annually and the new brewer will also produce seasonal crafts for all of Golden’s properties. —Brock Radke

Dragon watch Las Vegas’ favorite mythical creature, Piff the Magic Dragon, has been winning hearts across the country on America’s Got Talent all summer long. The former Vegas Nocturne performer and his Chihuahua sidekick Mr. Piffles didn’t take home the million dollars, but they did make it all the way to the show’s September 16 finale, placing in the bottom five of the top 10. —Mark Adams

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