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Salvation Army Christmas Toy Sign Up Off to Slow Start

LAS VEGAS -- The Salvation Army reports that its sign up for Christmas toys is the slowest it has been in 10 years.

So far, 2000 children are signed up for toys but the Salvation Army says it expected to have 7,000 sign up by now.

Salvation Army officials are not sure why so few people have signed up considering the poor economy. The deadline to sign up is the first week of November.

To sign up, please call 649-8240.

Motorcyclist Dies in Highway Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal accident on I-15 northbound near Craig Road.

Information is limited, but police say a person on a motorcycle collided with an SUV. The person on the motorcycle died at the scene.

North Las Vegas Promotes Fire Prevention Week

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- All North Las Vegas fire stations will be open to the public for station tours and fire safety information on Oct. 16, Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m.

Firefighters will be educating citizens on how to install smoke alarms and prepare for a family emergency.

Fire Station 50 Fire Station 51
3001 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. 2626 E. Carey Avenue

Fire Station 52 Fire Station 53
4110 Losee Road 2804 W. Gowan Road

Fire Station 54 Fire Station 55
5438 Camino Al Norte 5725 Allen Lane

Fire Station 56 Fire Station 57
3475 W. Elkhorn Drive 3120 E. Azure Avenue

Early Voting Begins Saturday, Oct. 16

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of voters are expected to cast their ballot during in the weeks prior to the election.

Early voting begins on Saturday, Oct. 16 and lasts until Friday, Oct. 29. There are dozens of locations around the Las Vegas valley where you can vote at your convenience.

Click here for a list of all the Early Voting sites and times

Fresh & Easy to Close 6 Las Vegas Stores

LAS VEGAS -- Six Las Vegas Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets will close their doors because of the severity of the recession.

Fresh & Easy management says the closures are temporary until the economy improves and the employees impacted will be reassigned to other stores. Here is a list of the local stores that are impacted:

  • Desert Inn & Pecos McLeod
  • Vegas & Jones
  • Lake Mead & Hollywood   
  • Warm Springs & Eastern  
  • Eastern & Fremont
  • Las Vegas & Lake Mead

"It's going to be tough, especially on the ones that don't drive. They walk back and forth with their little carts," said shopper Barbara Haber.

A spokesperson for Fresh & Easy says the closures come as a temporary move because of the severe economic conditions. The particular stores are not performing as well as the other locations in the area.

Councilwoman Says Some Layoffs Could Have Been Prevented

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- In one week, 45 North Las Vegas Detention Center employees will be out of a job. But some North Las Vegas City Council members believe some of these positions could have been saved had unions given some concessions.

About 250 inmates are on their way out, shipped to a new facility in Nye County. Two dormitories are being closed and 45 employees are being laid off. Councilwoman Anita Wood says unions have repeatedly been asked to make concessions, but have produced nothing.

"No money is no money and the only way -- we don't have another way of generating money, so this is where we say we either need the concessions so we can hope to save some of those bodies or we had to do what we had to do," she said.

Halloween Means Big Money to Retailers

LAS VEGAS -- Ghosts and goblins will roam the night this Halloween, but based on sales predictions, the upcoming holiday is looking anything but scary for retailers. They're hoping Halloween creates momentum that carries them through the rest of the year.

Experts predict Americans will spend almost $6 billion on Halloween, with the average person spending about $66. That's $10 more than last year.

Consumers are getting confidence and retailers will reap the rewards.

"You can spend your money and stimulate the economy, but it creates extra jobs if you need a part time job or you want to work a couple extra hours," said Halloween shopper Dawn Weir.

Halloween City is hiring 10,000 temporary workers nationwide. Daniel Allison hopes to land one of those jobs.

"I have a lot on my plate right now. I'm going through a rough time financially and just trying to get through it," he said.