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Voters Prep for New Election in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Two candidates in a North Las Vegas City Council race will get a second shot at the seat after last week's election results were thrown out because of a voter error.

A new election is planned in the precinct where the error happened, but that presents a huge challenge with little voter interest and less than 10 percent turnout.

The results had challenger Wade Wagner beating incumbent Richard Cherchio by just one vote. But now, all that's out the window.

Everyone registered in precinct 4306 where the error happened will have a second chance at selecting their next city councilman, and the race has ignited a lot of interest.

City Council Orders New Election in Contested Race

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A race won by just a single vote was tossed aside Wednesday night when a voting error was discovered. Now, the two candidates will face off again in a new election.

Even if you don't live in North Las Vegas, the election for their City Council Ward 4 seat was interesting. Challenger Wade Wagner beat Councilman Richard Cherchio by a single vote. But an audit of the election showed an illegal vote had been cast.

"I don't think I have the right, or any of us on council have the right, to say that we are going to decide the outcome of this election as opposed to the voters," said City Councilwoman Anita Wood. "So I truly believe to make that decision would be disenfranchising the voters."

The North Las Vegas City Council carried the heavy burden of deciding whether to throw out the election for part of Ward 4.

Police Supervisors Sue North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The North Las Vegas Police Supervisor's Association has filed a lawsuit against the City of North Las Vegas alleging breach of contract, unfair labor practices, and intentional misrepresentation.

The lawsuit alleges the city is refusing to recognize the association as a separate collective bargaining unit.

The supervisors say they offered concessions to save jobs, but claim the city declined and instead told the union it wanted to draw up an entirely new contract.

Pink Slips Going Out Monday for Police Officers

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- More than a dozen police officers in North Las Vegas are expected to receive pink slips on Monday.

The union that represents those officers tells the I-Team the city informed it this morning that layoffs are imminent.

Among those on the chopping block -- according to the union's preliminary numbers -- 13 police officers, 20 detention officers and five marshals.

NLV Firefighters Sound the Alarm After Layoff Notices

NLV Firefighters Sound the Alarm After Layoff Notices

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas firefighters are sounding the alarm, saying layoffs could cause longer response times, and even cost lives.

"If your house is on fire, the fire doubles in size every minute. You want to increase your response time for a fire engine to your house by two minutes? You see the damage that would be? Imagine holding your breath for an additional two to three minutes and waiting," said Jeff Hurley, NLVFD union president.

This comes after North Las Vegas sent pink slips to 40 firefighters on Monday. North Las Vegas has a $31 million budget hole. It now becomes the first city in Clark County to lay off firefighters and next it will be police officers. Despite having the state's highest crime rates, it's expected that more than a dozen officers will be taken off the streets. 

North Las Vegas Lays Off 40 Firefighters

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Public safety has become the latest department to fall victim to budget cuts. Monday, 40 firefighters were given pink slips as cash-strapped North Las Vegas tries to balance its budget.

With three weeks left until the next fiscal year, the final motions are in play. North Las Vegas is in the red $31 million, and its costing city services and jobs to make up for it.

Bradley Iverson is one of 40 North Las Vegas firefighters who started the week learning he'll soon be out of a job. Iverson and the others who are going to be laid off have just 30 days left on the job.

"You want to provide your children with opportunities, those types of things, and all the sudden your facing a period of time where you won't have income, you won't get a check and so that's intensely difficult," he said.

Two City Attorneys Recognized by Business Publication

Two City Attorneys Recognized by Business Publication

Nevada Business Magazine named Acting City Attorney Nick Vaskov and Deputy City Attorney Jeff Barr among the state’s top 15 government attorneys in its Legal Elite 2011 issue, which published this month.

The magazine’s Legal Elite list represents top attorneys in Nevada, including 100 Southern Nevada Lawyers, 35 Northern Nevada Lawyers, 20 Best Up-and-Coming Lawyers and 15 Best Government Lawyers. Vaskov and Barr are the only two municipal government attorneys on the list of 15 Best Government Attorneys.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of the entire staff within the City Attorney’s Office,” Vaskov said. “Their outstanding efforts make such individual recognition possible.”