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City Council Approves 4-Day Work Week and Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Some major changes to the way the City of Las Vegas does business were approved Wednesday. In an effort to save jobs and as much $24 million, Las Vegas city employees and the City Council have agreed to shorter work weeks and longer days.

A lot of other concessions were made as well. The city is facing a $47 million budget shortfall, and the agreement reached between the city and its largest labor union will help to balance the budget.

Union workers will move to a four day, 38 hour work week. That's nine and a half hours each day. Many non-essential city operations will shutdown on Fridays, saving the city $170,000 annually.

The city will also shut down the week of December 26, forcing workers to take a week of unpaid furlough time. Cost of living increases will also be suspended for two years.

Walker Furniture Looking to Help 25 Families

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas furniture company is looking to help 25 families in need by supplying them with a houseful of new furniture.

This is Walker Furniture's 17th annual Home for the Holidays program. The program relies on the public to submit letters on behalf of prospective recipients. In the past, furniture has gone to families who have lost their homes due to fire, families impacted by illness or violence and to those suffering with physical or mental disorders.

To nominate a family, just send a letter about their situation to Walker by December 6, 2010. Furniture deliveries will begin on Dec. 17.

The address is:
Larry Alterwitz, CEO
Walker Furniture
301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV  89106
FAX (702) 384-7772

You can also email you letter by clicking here.

Public Weighs in on Coroner's Inquest System

LAS VEGAS -- Members of the public will get a chance to weigh in on how to improve the controversial coroner's inquest process. Anyone can give their opinion on the process, which determines if a police officer's actions are justified, excusable or criminal.

The first of four meetings happens Monday at the Clark County Government Center.

In 2007, there were some changes made to the process, but this time around, a nine member panel is taking a closer look at what needs to be done to improve the process, and it starts with your input.

The inquest is a fact finding process, but critics have argued it's a biased one. That was the general feeling, based on Tre'von Cole and Erik Scott's recent high profile inquests.

"There always seems to be a cover-up, always a justifiable shooting. When is someone going to step up and take responsibility that a person's life is gone," said a resident named Eugene.

Angle Tells Hispanic Students They Look Asian

Comments made by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle to a group of Hispanic high school students is gaining national attention.

Sharron Angle spoke to the Hispanic Student Union at Rancho High School Friday afternoon after students expressed anger with her campaign's anti-illegal immigrant message.

"I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me." She also added, "I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

Watch the clip on YouTube

The response caused some students to gasp. The news media was not allowed to the question and answer event. Angle's exchange with students was secretly recorded on a cell phone by a student at the meeting.

UMC Offering Free Breast Exams

LAS VEGAS -- In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UMC is offering free clinical breast exams.

The American Cancer Society says more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.

The free breast exams will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1000 Shadow Lane. You can call 207-8265 for more information.

The exams will be performed by health care providers who will check the breasts for lumps or irregularities that could signal breast cancer.


College Students get Lesson on Green Vehicles

LAS VEGAS -- In the next few years, more hybrid and all electric cars will come on the market providing plenty of options for car buyers.

There was a look into the automotive future Friday at the Community College of Southern Nevada. Several vehicles that run on propane, hydrogen and electricity were featured. Automotive students at CSN got a chance to drive them to see just how quiet and clean they run. It's all part of the National Alternative Fuel Odyssey Day. A day to show automotive students like Josh Mcelry what types of cars he'll be working on someday.

"It's much quieter, much smoother, much more fluid. Everything works together," said  Mcelry, CSN automotive student.

Final Construction Beam Placed in New Las Vegas City Hall

LAS VEGAS -- The framework for the new Las Vegas City Hall is now in place on the seven story structure.

The building near Clark and Main was topped off Friday meaning the final steel beam was put in place.

City leaders and construction employees got to put their signature on the beam. Despite the recession, Mayor Oscar Goodman pushed hard for the new hall. He says it created needed jobs and is another step in the effort to redevelop downtown and it will replace the current aging headquarters.

"We're building a building that everybody's going to be very proud of, they're going to want to come into it and do business," said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Construction on the new City Hall will finish in 2012. It's being financed with more than $180 million in bonds along with money from the stimulus package.