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Laid Off NLV Workers Plan to File Grievance

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. --  About 120 North Las Vegas employees experienced their first day of unemployment Monday. They lost their jobs as a result of the city's $33 million budget deficit.

The majority of the layoffs occurred at the city's jail. Some of those workers believe they were treated unfairly and plan to seek legal action. The former workers say the city unfairly terminated them and their union, Teamsters Local 14, is not doing anything to help them.

"Put black and white stripes on us," said Beverly Walton, a former security control technician at the North Las Vegas Detention Center.

More than 10 former jail workers say they feel like they're the prisoners.

"Shackles on my feet, shackles on my back," said Hollace Thompson, also a former security control technician.

"No severance pay. No nothing, you're out the door," Walton added.

Monster Truck Fans get Close Up View of Bigfoot

Monster Truck Fans get Close Up View of Bigfoot

The world-famous monster truck Bigfoot made an appearance at the Star Nursery on Ann Road Monday afternoon. Fans of the truck were able to get close to it and meet the driver.

"Bigfoot was actually the first monster truck. It started 37 years ago. We could not do it without the fans. It is because of the fans that we are still around. We have the greatest fans in the world," Bigfoot driver Larry Swim said.

Bigfoot will be crushing cars Tuesday night at the Bullrings’ Night of Fire at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The monster truck will be part of a whole night full of extreme cars and trucks.

The event will include a 76-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature, a jet car burn, waterless boat races, a car-drifting exhibition and more. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks will be at 10:20 p.m.

NLV Prisoners Move to City of Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- More than 100 North Las Vegas employees are out of their jobs as of Monday morning.

The financially struggling city says it had no choice but to go ahead with the layoffs in an effort to balance its budget.
July 1, 2012 was the city's deadline.

The biggest cut was realized by shutting down the North Las Vegas jail.
8 News NOW captured  video of some inmates being moved to the city of Las Vegas jail Monday morning. An agreement to house inmates there was reached last week.

There were also cuts to the fire department. The fire fighters union president says  it will mean fewer engines available to respond to calls during one of the busiest days of the year. Union president Jeff Hurley says the Fourth of July is always busy.

"Usually we add one or two pieces fire apparatus. This year, we are cutting multiple units back and that's our biggest day of the year."

Budget Cuts Become Reality for North Las Vegas Police and Fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Budget cuts became reality for North Las Vegas and its employees Sunday as the city began its new fiscal year.

The cuts included eliminated positions, cut hours at community centers and libraries, and the closure of the North Las Vegas Detention. It was all to fill a $33 million budget shortfall.

Officials also confirmed the North Las Vegas Fire Department had to shut down station 54 located near Camino Al Norte and Ann Road because they simply did not have enough people to staff it.

The closure is not permanent and officials said it could reopen as soon as Monday, dependent on staffing levels.

North Las Vegas Police were also dealing with a new routine Sunday. Inmates housed in the North Las Vegas Detention Center were booked in the Las Vegas Detention Center.

Firework Stands Using Profits For Good Causes

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of non-profits around Clark County will wait patiently for the Fourth of July.

Proceeds from fireworks stands around the valley will bring in much-needed dollars for their causes.

However, business has been off and on in the triple digit heat for Chrissie Coon and her fireworks stand, Sunday.

"It started pretty slow so far and I will tell you the people who have come by are definitely some of our loyal customers. There has been a lot of people who came by last year who supported us and have come back again," said Coon.

This is the second year she has raised money for families affected by myotubular myopathy, a rare genetic disorder, also known as MTM.

"MTM is a disorder that my son ultimately passed away from in February in 2009, so in a way this has kind of been his legacy,"

The labor of love is helping her family deal with the tragedy of losing her son, Joey.

CCSD Names Four New Turnaround Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District has designated four new school to join their Turnaround program. 

According to the district, Roundy and Sunrise Acres Elementary Schools, along with Mike O'Callaghan Middle School and Canyon Springs High School will be added to the district's turnaround efforts, which provides additional resources and support for the community's lowest performing schools.

As part of the initiative, all four schools have named new principals. In addition to new principals, each school will be given the ability to reassign and rehire for several staff positions.

The announcement comes after news that Nevada will receive $3.5 million to improve low-achieving schools.

Employees Facing Last Days on the Job at NLV

Employees Facing Last Days on the Job at NLV

North Las Vegas is closing a $30 million gap in its budget by laying off 108 employees starting this weekend. Most of those layoffs are from the North Las Vegas Detention Center.

One of the people being laid off is Sergeant Tim Giarmo. He is one of the night supervisors at the jail and a member of the Police Supervisors Association. Giarmo has worked in law enforcement for 19 years and at the North Las Vegas jail for four and a half years. Right now, he is looking for new ways to earn money and support his wife and four children.

"I have even thought of looking into opening up or trying to get a Subway franchise, something like that," Giarmo said. “I'm not a politician. I'm not an accountant. I think there was probably a better way to do things.”

Giarmo thought his job was safe. He was a field-training officer. He also has extensive training with the city’s Special Response Team, which handles emergencies.