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Immigration Rally Expected to Draw Thousands

LAS VEGAS -- More than 10,000 people could turnout Saturday in downtown Las Vegas for an  immigration reform rally.

Senator Harry Reid and congresswomen Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus are also expected to attend the rally which starts at noon in front of the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse.

Las Vegas Blvd. between Clark and Bridger Avenues will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers are advised to use Main Street for north/south travel. Las Vegas police will have about 40 officer on-hand during the rally.

It's estimated that 10,000 illegal immigrants currently live in the Las Vegas Valley.

Star Trek Space Ships and Starfleet Uniforms to be Auctioned

LAS VEGAS -- "Star Trek" lovers looking for Enterprise chairs, Starfleet uniforms or a model Klingon Bird of Prey can seek out new life for the dismantled pieces of a closed Las Vegas attraction based on the famous franchise.

Chief Executive Officer Alec Peters of auctioneer Propworx Inc.says fans can buy any of roughly 1,000 items from Star Trek: The Experience. The auction will take place on Saturday, April, 10th at a warehouse located at 66 Spectrum Blvd. (Map link)

New Trial Date Set for Former UMC Director After Mistrial

LAS VEGAS -- A new trial date has been set for Lacy Thomas, the former UMC CEO accused of mismanagement.

Thomas' first trial ended is a mistrial last week when it was discovered Metro detectives never handed over 577a pages of meeting notes to prosecutors.

The new trial date is August 2, 2010.

Las Vegas Schools Facing 1,000 Layoffs

LAS VEGAS  -- Cash-strapped Clark County school trustees are poised to lay off more than 1,000 employees by July 1 unless the Las Vegas-based district can find another way to close a big budget shortfall.

Board members of the nation's fifth-largest school district approved a tentative spending plan late Wednesday that aims to close most of a $140 million budget gap left by reduced state funding and declining property tax revenues. The board has until June 8 to submit a final balanced budget to the state.

Administrators say classroom and administrative positions are on the block. But specifics haven't been made public. Officials say they hope the district's four employee unions will agree to concessions including salary reductions and furlough days to reduce the number of layoffs.

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

First-Time Unemployment Claims Increased

WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year. California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.

Work Begins on New Transit Line Linking LasVegas and Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is marking the start of work on a 15-mile transit line connecting downtown Las Vegas and Henderson.

Groundbreaking is Thursday on the ACE Green Line, which is expected to begin service in 2011. Officials say it'll be like the ACE Gold Line, which began service last month and uses buses resembling light rail trains traveling from downtown Las Vegas and government centers to a South Strip Transfer Terminal near the 215 Beltway.

The ACE Green Line will use dedicated curbside transit lanes on a route from downtown Las Vegas to Tropicana Avenue to Horizon Drive. Officials say it's funded in part by federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds.


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


I-Team: USDA Investigates Pahrump Animal Trainer

LAS VEGAS -- For many years, notorious animal trainer Karl Mitchell of Pahrump fought to hang on to his United States Department of Agriculture license to exhibit lions and tigers and such. That's because those big cats are how he had made his living. 

At this week's hearing at the federal courthouse, Mitchell argued that he doesn't need a federal permit to exhibit the exotic cats, so USDA has no right telling him what to do.

Mitchell has had run ins with law enforcement -- state, federal and local -- for decades. He's been arrested many times and cited over and over by USDA for violations of animal welfare statutes because of the living conditions provided to his lions and tigers.