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City Workers Offer Vegas Alternative Pay Cut Plan

LAS VEGAS -- A union representing more than 1,000 city workers has offered Las Vegas officials furloughs and skipping a raise as an alternative to 16 percent pay cuts to avoid massive layoffs.

The Las Vegas City Employees Association says its members would agree to forgo a 3 percent cost-of-living increase next year and take 96 hours of furlough time next year.

Union President Don King says the union presented the plan to the city last week and has asked the city to respond by Friday. City officials have offered its worker unions the option of taking 8 percent in cuts this year and another 8 percent next year. The city council has already approved program cuts and about 146 layoffs if the unions do not agree to pay cuts.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

Dishing with Chef Gale Gand plus a wine and jazz preview

Exec. Pastry Chef Gale Gand offers quick and simple ways to spruce up a meal. Her latest book, Brunch, features dozens of approachable and affordable ways to entertain. Plus, it's time to mark your calendar for the Spring wine & jazz fest at the Golden Nugget. It starts Friday, March 26th.

Lots Of Flavor and Big Portions at the Fat Greek

The Fat Greek is located on Decatur near Flamingo. This family run business knows how to do traditional Greek food, but brings in some nice fresh twists too. You will not leave hungry! Two people can eat there for less than $50 dollars and you'll have a doggie bag too. Leave room for dessert. Good sweets here.

Trial of Former UMC Director Begins

LAS VEGAS -- The trial is underway in the felony theft and misconduct trial of the former director of UMC.

Lacy Thomas is accused of steering contracts to friends and associates after he was hired in 2004. Prosecutors say Thomas' activities cost the county millions of dollars at the financially-troubled county-run hospital

Thomas was fired in 2007 and charged afterwards. The jury started hearing testimony Tuesday.

During their opening statement, the prosecution outlined five contracts they say Thomas gave to his Chicago business buddies. The DA says Thomas paid his friends companies taxpayer dollars to do work that county employees could have done for no extra charge. Thomas allegedly lied to detectives when they confronted him about these allegations.

Trial Set to Begin for Indicted Former UMC Chief

LAS VEGAS -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a former director of southern Nevada's public hospital.

Dismissed former University Medical Center director Lacy Thomas could face decades in prison if he is convicted of felony theft and misconduct of a public officer. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors contend the 53-year-old Thomas steered no-bid and no-work contracts to friends and associates in Chicago. That's where Thomas used to be chief of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.

He was hired in 2004 to turn around the financially troubled UMC in Las Vegas. He was fired in January 2007 after auditors found UMC lost more than $34 million the previous year, and after police revealed they were investigating the contracts.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Woman Shot At by Police Near Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Two Metro officers opened fire Monday morning near the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. The shooting happened near Baltimore and Tam.

Police say several people called 911 to report that they had seen a woman driving a car erratically. Every time police tried to catch up to the woman, the car was gone. Around 7:00 a.m., police spotted the car near Baltimore and Tam. Officers ordered the woman out of the car but she attempted to leave the area.

Police say she attempted to back up but was blocked. Police say she then drove forward and straight for an officer. The officer fired his weapon and the woman veered in a different direction, heading for another officer. The second officer also fired his weapon. The woman then crashed and took off running.

A third officer was able to capture her and take her into custody. There were no injuries to the officers or the suspect.

I-Team: Consensus Met on UMC

LAS VEGAS -- Recent bickering over the current and future operations of university Medical Center ended with a consensus late Thursday.

Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously to take the first step toward transforming UMC into an academic medical center.

In recent weeks, commissioners have clashed publicly over the proposal. But it seems at least some reservations dissolved in the back room. The commission voted unanimously to move forward with the proposal.

The vote formalizes a partnership between UMC and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Going forward, the trustees plan to hire consultants to examine UMC's operations and to explore exactly how to evolve from a financially strapped county hospital into a world class medical center.

Former Chancellor Jim Rogers, tapped by the commission to examine the possibilities, told commissioners it will be at a minimum a 10 year process.