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Census Workers Hit the Streets

LAS VEGAS -- If you didn't mail in your census form, you can soon expect someone to show up at your door. Nearly 5,000 census workers are sweeping through Nevada's streets to make sure you are counted.

It only takes take a few minutes to fill out, but each form has an huge impact on Nevada's future.

Only 69-percent in the state have reported so far, and now comes the tough task of counting the rest.

Workers statewide are doing what they can to count each resident. Ten simple questions could have serious impact on healthcare, education, roads and transportation.

"Our state is in desperate need of additional federal funding and this is going to help reallocate close to $400 billion worth of federal funds to our state and to our local communities," said Henderson census office manager Nic Kirmse.

Middle School Student Hit and Killed

HENDERSON -- A bike ride to school turned deadly for a 13-year-old Nathaniel Miller Monday. He was riding his bike to Brown Junior High School in Henderson when he was hit and killed by a minivan.

Police say the accident happened around 7 a.m. at the corner of Pueblo Boulevard and Warm Springs. Police say Miller was riding his bike on the sidewalk and was trying to cross the intersection when he was struck by a white Toyota minivan. 

Henderson Police say witnesses rushed to help the teen but he was declared dead at the scene. The teen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The driver, 56-year-old Ki Fung, has not been charged. Police say alcohol and speed were not a factor in the case and the driver is cooperating in the ongoing investigation.

Police are urging both bike riders and drivers to use extra caution when on the roads.

Earth Day Events Around the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- There are a lot of free events being held around the Las Vegas Valley in honor of Earth Day. 

Living Green in Las Vegas Expo at the South Point Hotel and Casino Convention Center. There will be hundreds of vendors at the free event showing their ecologically friendly products. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday six local Wal-Marts will hold Earth Day fairs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. teaching people how to go green while shopping. The fairs will be held at the Wal-Mart's on 215 and Decatur, 6464 North Decatur, 215 and Rainbow, 7200 Arroyo Parkway, Decatur and Charleston and 4505 West Charleston.

Unions, District Debate Layoffs and Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Unions and the Clark County School District remain gridlocked on layoffs and budget cuts. All four unions met with school district leaders and still came to no solution, even though a new, revised budget is due in three weeks.

Stephen Augspurger, head of the Clark County Association of School Administrators, says he came in optimistic with a plan of how to keep jobs and cut salaries as little as possible. But after the meeting was over, he was frustrated with the district for giving them wrong revenue numbers. 

Now they have to start over while the clock is ticking.

"The concern we still have is there's not a sense of urgency on the part of the district to get this resolved. We've got families and employees who are losing income and jobs and no one wants to be in that predicament for any longer than is necessary and the longer it goes, the worse people are gonna feel," he said.

New Search Set in Henderson for Missing Utah Man

SALT LAKE CITY -- The father of a 30-year-old Utah man who vanished in December says searchers plan to comb an area near a southern Nevada airport for clues about his disappearance.

Rolf Koecher says a tipster told a private investigator hired by Steven Koecher's family to look in desert terrain south of the Henderson Executive Airport outside Las Vegas.

Steven Koecher has been missing since Dec. 13. Authorities say he drove from his home in St. George and was seen on a surveillance video walking away from his vehicle in the upscale Sun City Anthem neighborhood of Henderson.

Koecher's family has offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case. Rolf Koecher acknowledges that prospects for finding his son alive seem slim. But he says the family hopes for closure.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

Las Vegas Schools Facing 1,000 Layoffs

LAS VEGAS  -- Cash-strapped Clark County school trustees are poised to lay off more than 1,000 employees by July 1 unless the Las Vegas-based district can find another way to close a big budget shortfall.

Board members of the nation's fifth-largest school district approved a tentative spending plan late Wednesday that aims to close most of a $140 million budget gap left by reduced state funding and declining property tax revenues. The board has until June 8 to submit a final balanced budget to the state.

Administrators say classroom and administrative positions are on the block. But specifics haven't been made public. Officials say they hope the district's four employee unions will agree to concessions including salary reductions and furlough days to reduce the number of layoffs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Budget Deadline Nears for Clark County School District

LAS VEGAS -- Some big changes are expected for the Clark County School District in the coming months. School board members meet Wednesday to adopt a tentative budget designed to cut $123 million.

One of the proposals -- eliminating year round schools -- would save $18 million. Already school board members have agreed to change 21 schools from a year-round schedule to a nine-month schedule.

"I think it'll give them a chance to save money," said Shaunrice Hill, a former student.

Even with that change, there are still 55 schools operating 12 months a year. Some parents want that to change.

"I have older kids who are in a traditional nine month school, so we're able to take our vacations the same if we are all on a nine month school," said Delilah Ascencion, parent.