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Students Keep Memory of Fallen Astronauts Alive

LAS VEGAS -- Future astronauts and scientists at a Las Vegas elementary school are keeping the memory of space shuttle Columbia alive. Eight years ago, the shuttle broke up during re-entry, killing all seven member crew members.

The parents of one astronaut aboard lived in Las Vegas. Students are remembering him and the mission at the William McCool Science Center at Lamping Elementary. The center opened five years ago in honor of Columbia's commander William McCool -- a pilot making his first space flight.

At just 10 and 11-years-old, fifth graders at Lamping are learning what some spend their entire lives trying to understand. Working as a team is the only way the model space shuttle simulator inside the McCool Science Center can accomplish anything.

Clark County schools from all over the district spend almost an hour per week at this center.

Mayor Andy Hafen to Deliver his State of the City Address

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Mayor Andy Hafen is expected to talk about the city's economy, recent successes and plans for the future in his upcoming State of the City Address.

Ford Credit Branch Closing in Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- More than 200 employees are expected to lose their jobs at a southern Nevada Ford Motor Credit center.

The company says they are closing their Henderson location on March 31. Two years ago, 300 employees were laid off at the same at the location.

Congressman Joe Heck announced the closing, saying ford was trying to lessen the impact on employees.

Station Casinos Plans to Hire for 1,000 Jobs

LAS VEGAS -- Station Casinos, which has 18 properties around southern Nevada, has announced it plans to fill more than 1,000 positions throughout the company.

About 500 of those positions will be full-time jobs and the rest will be part-time. The majority of the hiring will be done over the next two months and is focused on the company's guest services.

"We know we're in the most competitive gaming market in the world and our guests have a lot of choices when it comes to entertainment, which is why we need to ensure that we earn our guests' loyalty each and every day by providing the best service and value possible," said Kevin Kelley, Chief Operating Officer of Station Casinos.

There are openings at all 18 Station Casino properties, and anyone can apply, even if you don't have casino experience.

Henderson Residents Warned About Copper Thieves

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The lights are back on along Lower Meadows Avenue near Eastern Avenue and Green Valley Parkway. Crooks ripped out all the copper from the street poles. The thieves left the neighborhood in the dark and ran away to cash in the copper at scrap yards.

John Penuelas, Jr. is Henderson's traffic engineer. He says thieves are targeting the city, tearing street lights apart and grabbing all the copper they can get their hands on.

"Any place is vulnerable," he said. "As copper prices peak, the activity peaks. If copper goes back down, then they kind of move on to other things. So, it's completely cyclical with the market."

Penuelas says Henderson residents should call 911 if they see a suspected copper thief. "If it's after our normal work shift, which is six in the morning to four in the afternoon, they are definitely not authorized," he said.

Man's Unsolved Murder Brings Community Together

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police still have no leads in the death of a local actor. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Dufort's body was discovered by a jogger in November. He was beaten, strangled and died from blunt force to the head.

While nearly two months have passed, his friends and family aren't giving up their fight to find the person responsible.

Josh Dufort moved to Las Vegas with a dream to become a professional actor. Friends say he didn't have a care in the world and don't know why he was targeted. Police have ruled his death a homicide and now members of the local acting community are rallying to catch his killer.

Along Eastern Avenue, at the corner of Pecos Ridge is a memorial. This is where the Dufort's body was found.

Free Rides Offered to Tipsy Drivers on New Year's Holiday

LAS VEGAS -- New Year's Eve revelers who have too much to drink will have some options when it comes to getting a safe ride home.

AAA Nevada is offering its Tipsy Tow service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The free service will provide one-way transportation for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home.

"We want everyone to ring in the New Year by having fun and enjoying the evening with friends and family," said AAA spokesperson Michael Geeser. "But we want everyone to do it safely and responsibly."

Drivers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800)222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow of up to 10 miles.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is also offering free transit rides on all routes from New Year's Eve at 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. on New Year's Day.