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Parents Delinquent on Child Support Offered Holiday Deal

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- Parents who are behind on their child support payments are being offered a limited amnesty on their debts.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office is offering a Home for the Holidays program that will allow non-custodial parents who have child-support bench warrants and or suspended driver's license to meet with a case manager and negotiate a one-time payment agreement. This will eliminate the warrant and/or reinstate their driver's license.

"We want to be able to put turkey dinner on the table for kids and also want non-custodial parents to step up and do the right thing. In turn, we will help with their warrants and drivers license," said D.A. David Roger.

There are 760 outstanding warrants and 4,100 suspended licenses for those who failed to make payments.

"When you collecting unemployment, it's even harder to make the payments," said James, who was taking advantage of the amnesty.

Volunteers Offer Services to Las Vegas Homeless

From haircuts to job training, volunteers are offering help to the homeless a regional event called Project Homeless Connect in Las Vegas.

Food, clothing, transportation, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and other services are also being offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cashman Center.

Last year, almost 3,400 homeless people attended. Officials say 300 of them found housing.

Maryann Ustick heads the Southern Nevada Regional Planning  Coalition's committee on homelessness. She says the idea is "a hand up, not a hand out."

A count last January tallied 13,000 homeless people in shelters or on the streets of Las Vegas at any given time, and more than 50,000 instances of people being homeless some time during the year.

 (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Arrest Made in Connection with Body Found in Vegas

Las Vegas police say they have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in a downtown trash can last year.

Police announced Friday that 29-year-old Khalfani Howard was arrested in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday. Sgt. Russ Shoemaker says Howard is awaiting extradition to Clark County.

In September 2008 the body of 22-year-old Helena Haley was found in a Las Vegas trash can. Haley was a native of North Carolina.

Detectives investigated the death and Clark County District Court issued an arrest warrant for Howard.

Las Vegas police credited the San Bernardino County sheriff's office for help in making the arrest.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.

Police Look for Suspect after Weekend Shooting

One person is dead, another is wounded, and police are looking for a shooter after an argument turned deadly over the weekend in the West Las Vegas neighborhood.

Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Lewis Roberts says the shooting happened about 11 a.m. Sunday after an altercation involving several people ranging in age from 16 to 22.

Both shooting victims were taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where one was pronounced dead. Roberts says the gunman disappeared into an apartment complex on Weaver Drive, northwest of H Street and Owens Avenue.

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Old Las Vegas Neon Signs to Come Alive Again

Three neon signs will be lit as the sun goes down along a downtown stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard recently designated as a National Scenic Byway.

A ceremony featuring the Silver Slipper, Binion's Horseshoe and Bow & Arrow Motel neon signs was set Monday evening at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center parking lot on Las Vegas Boulevard north of U.S. 95.

The downtown stretch of boulevard from Washington Avenue to Sahara Avenue was designated a scenic route in October.

The city started in 2000 to push for designation, and Nevada made the route a state scenic byway in 2001.

Plans call for protecting existing neon signs and restoration and installation of vintage neon signs as part of a $1.1 million streetscape improvement that started in May.  

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21-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Win WSOP Champion

A 21-year-old Michigan poker professional who chose cards over college has won the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.

Joe Cada won the $8.55 million top prize early Tuesday morning. He became the youngest player to win the tournament in its 40-year history. He went head-to-head on the final round with 46-year old Darvin Moon, a logger from western Maryland.

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Casino Earnings Down in September

State gambling regulators say September was another down month for a crucial state index of financial health.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that casinos in the state won $911 million from gamblers during the month. That's a nearly 9 percent decrease compared with the same month in 2008.

September became the 21st month in a row of year-over-year declines in casino winnings. Regulators say the state collected $54.3 million in taxes last month based on the September revenues. That's a nearly 14.6 percent decrease from the same month a year ago. Revenue from gambling wagers make up about 30 percent of the state general fund.

Nevada has been particularly hard hit by the recession as gamblers pull back on discretionary spending.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)