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California-Based Bank Takes Over Failed North Las Vegas Bank

California-Based Bank Takes Over Failed North Las Vegas Bank

A North Las Vegas bank that was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was back open Friday under a new name and new management.

Plaza Bank, based in Irvine, California, moved quickly to take over for First Commerce Bank.

It had people at the location at Washburn Road and Camino Al Norte early Friday morning.

According to Plaza Bank, customers will notice nothing different, except the name and some differences in what is available to them.

"We are a much bigger bank than First Commerce was. They were about a $20 million dollar bank. We are a $430 million bank," bank president and CEO Gene Galloway said. "We have a lot more products and services. We have a major bank location over on the west side on Flamingo, and we will continue to operate out of here in the short term."

The failure of First Commerce puts the total number of banks that have failed around the country so far this year at 15.

I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned the North Las Vegas jail is only days away from a possible takeover by Metro Police that could result in up to 100 layoffs.

Sources tell the I-Team the city of North Las Vegas is working out a deal that would close its jail and move about 170 inmates to the Las Vegas jail. The potential move would be necessary because of a $33 million dollar budget shortfall in North Las Vegas.

United Way Launches Free Tax Service

United Way Launches Free Tax Service

The United Way of Southern Nevada wants people to keep more of their money.

The organization launched its “Earn It Keep It Save It” service Friday. The program offers free tax preparation services for people with a household income in 2011 of less than $50,000. The tax preparers are IRS-certified volunteers who are trained to find credits to maximize federal refunds

The first free event was held Friday morning at the Doc Pearson Community Center in North Las Vegas. The next big event for the program is set for Saturday, Feburary 11 at the Pearson Community Center. There will be several other events throughout the tax season until Tuesday, April 17. People interested in using the service can go to eksnv.org for more information.  

People Line up for Mortgage Modification Event

People Line up for Mortgage Modification Event

Las Vegas valley homeowners looking to modify their mortgages in an effort to keep their homes will have a chance over the next five days. Experts will be on hand at one of the country's largest loan modification events.

People started lining up Thursday morning as the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America or NACA kicked off its first day of a five-day free loan modification event. People who can't afford their mortgages can talk to lenders about changing the terms of their loans. The event starts at 8 a.m. and lasts through 8 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

North Las Vegas Looks for Input on Budget Deficit

North Las Vegas Looks for Input on Budget Deficit

The second of a pair of meetings seeking input from North Las Vegas citizens on budget issues will be held tonight.

The town hall meetings are intended to allow public discussion of the city’s plans to address the $22.6 million budget deficit it faces for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The city’s budget reduction plan includes some reductions in services and staff.

Tonight’s meeting will be held in the gym at Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

For more information, please call Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth at 633-1178 or Donna Gamble at 633-1007. 

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

With Tax Day upon us, helpful tax-related information can be found on the IRS YouTube channel. The channel, which debuted in August 2009, features numerous IRS experts answering common and not-so-common tax questions.

The IRS YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from how to choose a tax preparer to filing your taxes for free to checking on your refund.

Videos are posted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. To date, there have been more than 1.7 million views.

Taxpayers can even subscribe to the channel to receive notice of new video offerings. In fact, the IRS will soon be featuring summertime video tax tips.

Young Men's Conference Comes to West Las Vegas

Young Men's Conference Comes to West Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas will present the Young Men’s Conference for ages 10-25 on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

'Exercising our voices,' is the theme of this youth-led young men’s conference, providing the opportunity for young men ages 10-18 to dialogue with community leaders, educators and advocates. Young men will gain personally and professionally from hearing keynote speaker retired Michigan District Judge Gregory Mathis and his stories of growing up as a young man in the streets of Detroit.

Before transitioning into a well-respected and productive citizen, his life was impacted with hardship, discontent and a twisted disrespect for the law.