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Spirit Airlines has announced new budget flights between Las Vegas and the East Coast.

The company said that it will launch daily nonstop service April 25 between McCarran International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland.

It's also starting daily nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Philadelphia International Airport.

Officials who oversee McCarran say Baltimoreand Philadelphia arealready among its top 20 feeder airports.

The two airports combined have been sending about 1,300 travelers to Las Vegas each day in recent weeks.

New Ga. tourism guide features ‘Walking Dead' city

A Georgia city featured as a filming location in the TV show "The Walking Dead" is featured on the cover of the state's new tourism guide.

State tourism officials say the city of Senoia has been featured in more than25 movies and television programs, with the AMC zombie drama being the latest to shoot in its downtown area. Senoia is about 25 miles south of Atlanta.

This year's Georgia Travel Guide was unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal. The state is publishing 750,000 copies of the magazine-sized guidebook.

Deal praised tourism as a "main driver" of Georgia's economy. State tourism leaders presented the governor with a check for $1.263 billion - the amount of tax revenues tourists generated for the state in 2011.

Kentucky releasesnew highway map

Kentucky has released its new highway map for 2013.

The official map is now available statewide at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all state parks.

The map is published each year by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The 2013 map reflects a number of highway improvements, such as along Kentucky 313 in Hardin and Meade counties, a widened, four-laneU.S. 27 in Garrard County and the new Kentucky 873 in Clay County, which now accesses the Hal Rogers Parkway from U.S. 421.

The map cover features horses and riders cantering along a lake shore of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Western Kentucky. The map's "Only One Kentucky" theme highlights the scenery, natural attractions and features unique to the bluegrass state.

Gabby Douglas donates Olympic items to Smithsonian

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is donating personal items to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Douglas won Olympic gold at the age of 16 in the 2012 London games. She was the first African American woman to win gold in the individual all-around competition. The U.S. women's team also won gold.

The Virginia Beach, Va., native is giving the museum the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003. She's also giving the wrist tape and uneven bar grips she used in the 2012 Olympics, along with her mother's ticket to the games, personal photos and her Olympic credentials.

The items are on display at the National Museum of American History. The black history museum is slated to open in 2015.

- Wire reports

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