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Blues Festival Scheduled for Saturday

The city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Blues Society are hosting a blues festival this weekend at Lorenzi Park.

Michael Grimm and Delta Bound with the Big Easy Horns, The Andy Walo Trio, Ronnie Rose, Glenn Patrik and The Lucky Cheats are scheduled to play Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza.

Tickets are $5 at the gate, which opens at 11 a.m. Food and beverages will be sold. People are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Glass containers, pets and outside food and drinks aren't allowed. The outdoor performance plaza is off Twin Lakes Drive near Washington Avenue and Rancho Drive.

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County Shelves UMC Parking Lot Plan

Clark County officials have shelved a plan to let University Medical Center build a large parking lot that residents fear would affect one of Las Vegas' oldest neighborhoods.

A county spokesman says postponing Planning Commission action will give the seller of the land near Charleston Boulevard and Shadow Lane time to address concerns of neighbors in the Scotch 80s development.

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Arrest Report Details Apparent Murder Suicide

An elderly man told paramedics, "I shot my wife and then I shot myself," according to the Arrest Report released by the District Attorney's office.

Joseph Woods, who is 86-years-old, is charged with the murder of his wife, 80-year-old Kay Woods. The couple's son and daughter discovered them in their bed suffering from gunshot wounds on Thursday morning.

Kay Woods was prounced dead at the scene.

Deadly Murder Suicide Shooting Involves Elderly Couple

(LAS VEGAS, Nv) -- An elderly woman is dead and her husband who is in critical condition is charged with her murder.

Metro says the shooting was an apparent murder suicide. They do say that the elderly couple was found in their bed and there was no sign of forced entry. A gun was located near the bed.

Metro was called to the home on 10th Street near St. Louis and Maryland Pkwy. around 7 a.m. after the couple's daughter found the man and woman.

The woman was 80-years-old and the man is 86-years-old. He is identified as Joseph Woods.

"He is currently in treatment at one of the area hospitals and his prognosis is unknown. We do not know if he is going to survive or not," said Russ Shoemaker, Metro homicide.

Neighbors tell Eyewitness News that the elderly man had been dealing with a serious medical issue recently.

Once Bustling Business Area Now Quiet

Those foreclosed signs that once littered front yards throughout the valley are quickly being replaced by for lease banners on empty storefronts all over town. One area hit particularly hard by the recession are the shopping centers located at Sahara and Decatur.

"A lot of the big businesses have been going under -- stores that had been around a long time," said Las Vegan David Das.

Das works and shops in the once busy commercial center at Sahara and Decatur. His customers comment all the time on the growing number of store closures in the area. "They say this place is like a desert. This used to be a central shopping point in the city and now there's barely anything over here," he said.

Several nearby auto dealerships, restaurants, and large corporate-owned stores have gone under in the past two years, including Sports Authority, Circuit City, and Pier One Imports.

Volunteers Labor to Make a Difference in their Neighborhood

Although many people had a day off for Labor Day that didn't stop some people from rolling up their sleeves and giving back to their community.

As part of a project organized by Senator Steven Horsford, dozens of people spent their Labor Day cleaning, painting, and recycling in west Las Vegas. They called it a "green day of service" and many said this Labor Day is much different than past year.

With record high unemployment rates and cities facing budget cuts, many people said they just wanted to use the holiday to make a small difference.

Seventeen-year-old Chris Thomas had the day off from school and while many of his friends chose to spend it by the pool, he says he wanted to help his community.

"It makes me feel really accomplished like I did something to help. I can see what I've done to help," Thomas said.

Shelter Turning Families Away

Officials say a charity that offers safe haven for women and children in Las Vegas is having to turn families away.

Shade Tree executive director Marlene Richter says the center on Main Street north of downtown Las Vegas has just 327 beds and 20 cots. Officials say donations of money, food, bus passes and baby items such as strollers and bassinets are welcome.

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