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Counseling Center Offers Free Mental Health Help

LAS VEGAS -- Fewer people filed for unemployment benefits last week, but many people are still having a tough time coping with the recession. A new counseling center has opened to help anyone who's suffering.

Nevada's record unemployment has led more people into the arms of mental health counselors. But there are very few clinics that offer clinical services for free. The new one inside the Henderson University of Phoenix campus near US-95 and Auto Show Drive does.

The new counseling center will provide 8,400 appointments for free this year. Licensed counselors, along with graduate counseling students will man the center six days a week. This is a training and studying opportunity for them and a free service for the public.

Suicide rates and depression cases are up, and many blame unemployment. But one of the counselors says the recession has helped people get over their fears.

Website Ranks Las Vegas as Great Trick-or-Treating City

LAS VEGAS -- Although Las Vegas residents may be working through some tough economic times, the city is ranking among the top for trick-or-treaters.

According to Zillow.com, Las Vegas is 9th in the nation when it comes to trick-or-treaters bringing home the most loot. The index represents cities that provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.

The city in the number one spot was Seattle, Washington followed by San Francisco, California.

There are lots of Halloween events happening around the Las Vegas valley. For a complete list, click here.

Consumer Spending on the Rise

LAS VEGAS -- Consumers are starting to spend a little more. For the third straight month, retail sales are on the rise nationwide, and the trend is being seen in Las Vegas. Experts says there's still a long way to go in turning around the economy.

Shoppers spent more than $367 billion at retailers in September, marking the third straight month of increased sales. Jeremy Aguero with Applied Analysis says it's a step in the right direction.

"What it is, is a reflection of is that consumers are starting to spend again. They're starting to be a little more optimistic about the future and that's being reflected in their spending patterns," he said.

Sales increased only a small percentage from August, but we saw a more than 7-percent increase from September of last year. Auto sales continue to drive the numbers, fueled by new 2011 models making their way to dealerships.

City Posts Trick or Treating Hours

HENDERSON, Nev.  -- In an effort to keep trick or treaters say, the city of Henderson is suggesting that they should only trick or treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween.

City officials say motorists and pedestrians need to use special caution that weekend. They are also offering some safety tips.

  • Use makeup instead of masks so your child's vision isn't blocked.
  • Make sure costumes are not too long to prevent your child from tripping.
  • Attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and make sure your trick-or-treaters carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • Remind your children not to eat any treats until they've come home.
  • Check all treats at home and dispose of anything that is no longer sealed or not in factory wrapping.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activities to the police department

 

Early Voting Begins Saturday, Oct. 16

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of voters are expected to cast their ballot during in the weeks prior to the election.

Early voting begins on Saturday, Oct. 16 and lasts until Friday, Oct. 29. There are dozens of locations around the Las Vegas valley where you can vote at your convenience.

Click here for a list of all the Early Voting sites and times

Teens Take Safe Driving Pledge

LAS VEGAS -- Driving safety experts say while the number of teen driving deaths is down this year, the number of crashes is going up. Teen Driver Safety Week continues with a education push at local high schools.

Nevada teens have to go through a 30 hour class that can now be done online in much less time. They also have to log 50 hours of behind the wheel time with their parents. But there's a push to make professional drivers training mandatory.

Some students at Henderson's Green Valley High School are actually waiting to get their driver's licenses.

"I think a lot of them just get caught up in school and their extracurricular activities and everything. They either don't have the time to come down to the DMV and sit there or go through the process of getting their license or their permit," said student Tessa Hanson.

Teens Take Safe Driving Pledge

LAS VEGAS -- Driving safety experts say while the number of teen driving deaths is down this year, the number of crashes is going up. Teen Driver Safety Week continues with a education push at local high schools.

Nevada teens have to go through a 30 hour class that can now be done online in much less time. They also have to log 50 hours of behind the wheel time with their parents. But there's a push to make professional drivers training mandatory.

Some students at Henderson's Green Valley High School are actually waiting to get their driver's licenses.

"I think a lot of them just get caught up in school and their extracurricular activities and everything. They either don't have the time to come down to the DMV and sit there or go through the process of getting their license or their permit," said student Tessa Hanson.