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Driver pronounced dead on scene in car crash on Commerce

LAS VEGAS -- The North Las Vegas Police Department has confirmed the driver in a single vehicle crash on Commerce Street, north of Gowan Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver was heading north on Commerce Street at around 10:40 a.m., when the car veered off the road and struck a power pole. They said a fire immediately erupted from inside the car. 

The identity of the driver is not known at this time. No other people are believed to be hurt or were involved in the crash.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information comes into the newsroom.

Pipeline key to water supply for NLV Apex project

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Big promises of more than 100,000 jobs and nearly $200 billion of economic impact over a 20-year period is attached to the development of the Apex Business Park in North Las Vegas.

"Apex is the project that will set us and the whole region apart from where we are today," said North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee in a conference on Jan. 27, 2015.

However, the question of whether or not there will be enough water to support the project lingers over the Apex development. Ledcor Construction completed a $150,000 study to figure out how to get as much as seven million gallons of water per day at peak demand to the 18,000-acre site located off of I-15.

2 Fresh & Easy stores to close in valley

LAS VEGAS — Fresh & Easy is closing about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada in the coming weeks as the grocery chain pursues a new business model.

The stores at Tropicana and Jones in Las Vegas and Centennial and Simmons in North Las Vegas will close, the company announced Monday.

The company said by selling the stores, it can invest in new fresh food convenience stores.

Los Angeles-based The Yucaipa Cos. bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013 from British retailer Tesco.

Since that time, the company gradually changed the stores' look and introduced a new "click and collect" service in Las Vegas that allows shoppers to buy online and pick up the purchased items at the store.

Fresh & Easy said the service will serve as a test for a wider rollout.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

14-year-old shooting victim still hospitalized

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas teenager is still hospitalized after police say someone shot him at a house party early Saturday morning. Witnesses said the victim is a 14-year-old named Tay who may not have been the intended target.

Tay and the witnesses are minors so their identities cannot be released at this time.

People who were at the party say they were sitting inside the house when someone fired several shots through the windows and walls. Witnesses said a group of people tried to get into their party, but weren't allowed so shots were fired at them.

There are bullet holes all over the front of the house and one of the shots hit Tay in the chest.

"We was all just sitting right here," said a witness. "All we heard was boom, boom, boom, and my homie Tay was standing right here, so they shot him right here in the chest."

NLV family gets results of floors tested for formaldehyde

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas couple now has more reason to suspect their brand new floors are making them sick after learning their flooring from Lumber Liquidators tested beyond acceptable levels for a cancer-causing chemical.

Noah Bennett's case gained national attention and he's now part of a class action lawsuit against the discount flooring business.

Parents concerned about kids' safety in school parking lots

LAS VEGAS -- An incident in which a little girl was hit by a car in a school parking lot has left valley parents concerned about their kids' safety.

North Las Vegas Police said the girl suffered critical injuries after she was struck by the maroon SUV in the parking lot of Perkins Elementary School near Gowan Road and Commerce Street around 9 a.m.

Some parents are worried it could happen again.

"So many times people are in a rush, and they don't respect the speed limits,” said Jose Hernandez, parent.

Hernandez lives a block from the school his kid attends, but he says he walks his child all the way up to the gate every day.

"It's better for them and for my peace of mind because I want to make sure my kids are in the school,” Hernandez said.

Private North Las Vegas company shows off space module

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Top NASA officials were in southern Nevada Thursday to pick up a technological marvel that could represent the future of human space exploration.

The team at Bigelow Aerospace, a private North Las Vegas company, made good on its promise to build an expandable spacecraft that could one day form the backbone of human colonies on the moon, Mars, and beyond. 

It will be the first privately built module to be attached to the International Space Station. 

Called the BEAM, for Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, will be launched, then attached to ISS in September. The craft is inflated with oxygen and nitrogen once it is in orbit. It is about 13 feet long and 11 feet wide. It will catch a ride on the Space X rocket.