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Price of Pork Expected to Spike

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The price of pork is about to reach new highs this summer. Rising operating costs hit farmers, who are passing on the price to restaurants and grocery stores.

Rising corn prices make it costlier to feed pigs. At R.C. Farms rising costs are getting passed on to our plates.

"When corn is expensive, then the costs to raise that pig, which was fed mostly corn, is more expensive to produce that pig. In many cases, people quit and there became a shortage. It's a supply and demand issue," said R.C. Farms owner Robert Combs.

R.C. Farms feeds younger pigs a mix of corn feed. Their adult pigs get fed scraps from casino restaurant leftovers.

But rising corn prices are forcing pig farmers to raise the price of their pigs nearly twice what it was this time last year. Farmers also getting hit by rising fuel and vehicle costs.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against 2 NLV City Council Members

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The North Las Vegas Police Supervisor's Association has filed an ethics complaint against city councilwoman Anita Wood and city councilman Robert Eliason.

Both Wood and Eliason voted there should be new election in Ward 4 after Wade Wagner defeated Richard Cherchio by one vote in the General Election.

The union is making the case that Wood and Eliason both admitted to giving Cherchio campaign money and should have abstained from voting.

Shrimp Farm Opens in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Around 90 percent of the shrimp eaten in Las Vegas come from Southeast Asia and China. But there's a new fish farm in North Las Vegas growing local seafood and providing local jobs.

The shrimp from Asia are injected with preservatives and frozen before shipped. But for the first time, Nevadans are finding jobs growing our own shrimp.

"We consume more shrimp per capita in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world -- 22 million pounds of it annually," said Greg Orman with Ganix Bio Technologies.

Dozens of tanks filled with 50,000 shrimp each is the work of Ganix Bio Technologies. They opened southern Nevada's first shrimp farm at Apex, near I-15 and U.S. 93. New water recycling technologies allow the shrimp farm to exist in the desert, closer to the Las Vegas restaurant chefs looking forward to using this fresh shrimp for their menus.

Dozens of Fires Blamed on Fireworks for Fourth

Dozens of Fires Blamed on Fireworks for Fourth

The City of North Las Vegas says its fire department doused dozens of fires caused by fireworks in the days surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

The fire department says in all, crews responded to 34 fires around the city between June 28 and July 4. Sixteen of those fires were brush or grass fires, seven house fires, four arson vehicle fires and seven trash fires. Firefighters estimate the damage at $140,000. No one was hurt.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges everyone to use fireworks with caution before, during and after their fireworks display. That includes properly storing the fireworks and making sure they are totally out before they're put in the trash. Now that the holiday is passed it is illegal to set off fireworks in Clark County.

 

Las Vegas Fire Officials Urge Proper Disposal of Fireworks

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In a matter of minutes, a boarded-up garage near Tropical Parkway and Pecos Road went up in flames Sunday night. The fire destroyed everything inside. The car was damaged beyond repair.

"Everything in the garage is just disintegrated, melted away," said homeowner Henry Oliva. "I mean car, wheels - that just melted into liquid metal. So, I mean the heat was intense. Definitely nothing in there is noticeable."

"Nobody was home, so, fortunately, the house was empty. But, I mean it probably took a half an hour for everything to burn up, so it just burns up quick," Oliva said.

Fire officials blame the fire on inappropriately disposed fireworks. Oliva thought he took all the precautions to prevent this $125,000 mistake.

"According to the fireworks not being fully extinguished, they were able to catch back on and burn whatever was surrounding them and spread from there," he said.

Judge Blocks Layoffs of NLV Police Officers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- District Judge Nancy Allf has ruled in favor of the North Las Vegas Police Officers association halting the layoff of police officers for at least 90 days.

After hearing lasting three days, Judge Allf issued a preliminary injunction that impacts about 40 public safety employees, including more than a dozen police officers.

The police officers began receiving pink slips this week as part of the city's plan to balance the budget. The police union argued the layoffs would cause public safety issues and violated a contract agreement made with the city to not have layoffs after the last round of wage concessions.

"I can't sit back and let the city breach this contract when it has potential ramifications to the community," said Judge Allf.

North Las Vegas, Police Union Argue Over Budget

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The City of North Las Vegas is in a financial crisis. Layoffs have taken place across all departments, but the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association is trying to stop layoffs of police officers.

Twelve police officers, five marshals and 21 corrections officers recently received pink slips.

Wednesday and Thursday, attorneys for the city and the police union poured over financial documents and page after page of the budget.

They focused on everything - from how much money was spent on furniture at the new city hall to collective bargaining and a memorandum of understanding between North Las Vegas and the police union.

The city council agreed to send out the pink slips, because North Las Vegas' fiscal crisis has gone from bad to worse.