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Famous Chefs Help Out at Three Square

LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of the most accomplished chefs in the world are in Las Vegas for this years Vegas Uncork'd event. Thursday, they spent time lending a helping hand at Three Square Food Bank.

Chefs including Bradley Ogden from Caesars Palace and Zach Allen from Carnevino at the Palazzo helped prepare meals for Kids Café. The program provides students a nutritional meal after school.

With nearly 50 percent of Clark County School District students receiving free meals during the school day, many are at risk of not getting dinner. Three Square recently expanded its Kids Cafe Program from three pilot sites to nine and need help preparing and packaging the food for the children. Volunteers can help out and make sure kids get a nutritional supper meal!

Roadblock in City Union Debate

LAS VEGAS -- The City of Las Vegas and it's largest union have hit another hurdle during the city's worst budget crisis.

The Las Vegas City Employees' Association say in a letter that they plan to file a grievance because they say the city unfairly took away their yearly pay increase. The letter opens up another fight in the ongoing budget battle between the city and the union.

The LVCEA was willing to give up their pay raise if everybody else did. That includes other employee groups, from police officers to firefighters.

The union cried foul when those groups didn't face a similar loss of their cost of living raises.

Jeremy Aguero with Applied Analysis gave his perspective to the city council.

Verdict Reached in Hepatitis C Civil Trial

LAS VEGAS -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the hepatitis C civil trial. The jury has found the defendants liable for damages.

The Clark County District Court jury has been deliberating since Friday whether the drug manufacturer Teva Parenteral Medicines and distributor Baxter Healthcare are responsible for 61-year-old Henry Chanin contracting the liver disease.

Chanin got the virus during an outpatient procedure at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center in 2006.

That outbreak was linked to several endoscopy centers in the Las Vegas valley. Those centers were reusing vials of anesthetic during procedures.

Chanin sued two pharmacy companies over the size of those vials. The jury agreed with that and has awarded the plaintiff more than $3 million.

Non-Profit Offering Free AC Repairs

LAS VEGAS -- As the temperature starts to rise, chances are you'll be turning on your air conditioner. This is usually when problems with the air conditioner are discovered. One local non- profit is trying to help qualifying families who can't afford to get their air conditioners repaired before the heat hits.

Rogelio Damil is on a fixed income and doesn't have a cent to spare on fixing his broken air conditioner. Luckily, he found out about the program "Rebuilding Together." It's the only local non-profit that does free emergency repairs.

Damil says the inside of his mobile home can be as hot as the inside of a car during the summer months. The last thing he wanted was a broken air conditioner on his hands.

"I used it last year then when I tried to put it on today, no work," he said. What's worse, the retiree can't afford to fix it.

"The only money coming in is social security."

Mexican Consulate Slammed after New Arizona Law

LAS VEGAS -- The Mexican consulate office in Las Vegas has been overwhelmed with Mexican nationals asking a lot questions after the immigration law in Arizona.

The consul says his office was not only trying to help those with daily consulate needs like passports and visas, but now the office is also having to calm people's nerves about the law in Arizona.

The lines at the consulate are typically full of people needing to get their documents updated to stay in this country without any hassles. But now more and more are showing up out of fear.

"Frustration, because they feel the Arizona law was focused on Hispanics," said Mexican Consul Mariano Lemus Gas.

Lemus Gas says he does what he can to help people understand what the law means.

"Calm down, it's not a problem. So I invite them to be prudent and not break the local law, and show full respect for the Nevada law," he said.

Voter Registration Drive Set at Las Vegas Malls

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County election officials plan to help register voters before a deadline this Saturday in advance of the June 8 primary election.

The Election Department will hold voter registration drives Saturday at four Las Vegas-area shopping malls. After that, people who want to register and vote in the primary election can only register in person through May 18 at election offices at the county Government Center in Las Vegas or in North Las Vegas.

The daylong sign-up effort runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard and Meadows malls in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Outlet Center south of the Las Vegas Strip, and the Galleria Mall in Henderson.

People can check voter registration status online by clicking here or by telephone at 702-455-VOTE.

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

Thousands March in Downtown Immigration Rally

LAS VEGAS --  At least 1,000 people took to the streets of Las Vegas to put pressure on Congress to act swiftly on immigration reform.

Jorge Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, says changes in the current system would not only benefit the immigrant community but local businesses as well. He says Las Vegas is a bustling hub that knows what it means to have immigrants be a part of the city's economic engine.

"Nobody should be judged by their color, nobody should be judged by an appearance," said Rogelio Martinez, a Latin singer. "I was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, but I am a U.S. citizen. But, just because of the color, I'll be offended if someone stopped me and told me I don't belong in this country."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the protesters Congress is ready and committed to coming up with fair legislation despite opposition from Republicans.