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10-Year-Old Hit by Car in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A 10-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a car Wednesday morning.

The child was hit near Civic Center and Cheyenne. Police say the boy was conscious and alert when he was transported.

The accident is under investigation.

Police ID Officer Involved in Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have identified the officer involved in a shooting early Sunday morning.

Police say Officer Jeremy Jacobitz opened fire on a man near Michael Way and Cheyenne.

Officer Jacobitz was responding to a possible shooting in the area. When he got to the scene, he saw a man shooting a handgun into the air. Police say the suspect then turned the weapon toward officers. Jacobitz fired one round, but missed the suspect.

The suspect was later taken into custody and charged with discharging of a firearm in a public place. Metro's homicide detectives are investigating.

Police Investigate Early Morning Officer Involved Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Police are trying to decide what charges, if any, will be filed against three men involved in a officer involved shooting early Sunday morning.

It happened near Michael Way and Cheyenne. Officers were responding to a report of shots fired. When they got to the area they saw three men walking away from the scene. Officers stopped the men and at least one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting. The officer returned fire, but no one was hit.

All three men are in custody.

 

Las Vegas Barbary Apes Get New Exhibit

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Zoo has made some big changes to one of its exhibits. The zoo has expanded the area which houses its family of Barbary Apes.

The apes had been living in two separate areas, now they have been brought together in a habitat that is 10 times larger then the one they were living in before.

The exhibit is part of the zoo's expansion plan which will take place over the next few years. "Everything in here at the Las Vegas Zoo needs improvement" said Pat Dingle, the zoo's director. "That's been our attitude and I can assure everyone in our 30 year history, we have never had the momentum and public support we have today. So we are very hopeful over the next year or two we will be able to have that gem of a Las Vegas zoo we all deserve."

The Las Vegas zoo is home to a variety of endangered species. In fact the Barbary apes at the zoo are the last family of their kind in the entire United States.

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.

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First-Time Unemployment Claims Increased

WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year. California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.

North Las Vegas, Firefighter's Union at Odds Over Layoffs

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The City of North Las Vegas says it has no choice but to start laying off firefighters by the end of the week unless the Firefighter's Union agrees to forfeit, rather than postpone, their cost of living raises.

Both sides agree laying off firefighters would jeopardize public safety, but both also claim the other is to blame for the impasse.

The North Las Vegas City Council held a special closed door personnel session where this issue was discussed.

At least one North Las Vegas City Council member said publicly he believes the only way to avoid firefighter layoffs is to get the union to agree to forfeit altogether, not defer, a 4.25-percent cost of living raise.

Without an agreement, 16 firefighters are expected to receive pink slips by the end of the week.