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SEIU Rallies Against Cuts

A sea of purple shirts greeted the Clark County Commission Tuesday morning. Dozens of members of the Service Employee International Union showed up at the meeting with the hope of saving some social services from the budget-cutting ax.

SEIU members rallied Monday night and again Tuesday. Instead of demanding money, they've come up with some ideas for commissioners to save social services. County leaders say their idea may work, but only if its done in balance.

"We work here. We know what's best and guess what? We are going to keep coming back at you every single time," said SEIU President Al Martinez.

It was a small step forward, but SEIU members still have a way to go in their fight to save social services. Members packed the county government building to show they mean business.

Green Chips Wants a Green Revolution

A new group calling themselves the Green Chips says Las Vegas needs to find a new identity. The organization says it wants the valley to be the new green capital starting with small efforts.

And Las Vegas loves going green, just ask Mayor Oscar Goodman. "I suggest if you have my likeness on here it will become valuable overnight," he said.

He's talking about the new green chips that may carry far more value than regular casino chips, because they are the future of Las Vegas. "We would like to get entire community on board," said Goodman.

Setting examples is what this new organization is all about. Mayor Goodman is joined by efforts of other city mayors, NV Energy, MGM Mirage and Harrah's Entertainment.

Helldorado Parade Looking for Participants

Walking groups, marching bands and classic car owners are being invited to take part in the upcoming 2009 Helldorado Parade.

The long-running event, which went dark for several years, was revived in 2005 as part of the city's Centennial Celebration. It's scheduled Saturday, May 16. Click here for applications.

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

Las Vegas Homicide Rate Dramatically Higher

Police detectives are working to solve Las Vegas' latest murder. A man was gunned down Wednesday and the killer is still on the loose.

What's alarming is that homicides this year are up dramatically. Metro had investigated 15 homicides by this time last year. So far in 2009, police say that number is already up to 28 deaths. That's an 87-percent increase.

Read the Clark County Homicide Report

Detectives work long hours to solve these crimes and this year, their caseload is on the rise.

Gunfire shattered the quiet of the neighborhood of D Street and Alexander. Metro Police rushed to the area after shots rang out. It was a call they're all too familiar with this year.

"This is definitely a homicide. The victim was shot, it appears to be multiple times," said Metro Homicide Lt.

Voter Turnout Low in City Elections Early Voting

Officials say voter turnout was extremely low for municipal elections during the first weekend of early voting for primary elections.

Clark County Election Department

Fewer than 3,000 people cast ballots since early voting started Saturday in most municipalities. Early voting continues through April 3. The primary election is April 7.

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

Mayor Goodman's & Neighbor's Cars Damaged

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was one of five people whose cars were vandalized overnight.

The vandals tossed large rocks through car windows in a neighborhood near Rancho and Charleston. No one was hurt and no homes were broken into.

A neighbor did report hearing a loud crash around 3:30 a.m. Detectives say this is the second time in a month that vandals have hit this area.

Local Charities Encourage Responsible Donations

In this economy, it seems like everyone could use a helping hand, and the Las Vegas community is reaching out to help our local homeless.

The regional group that coordinates homeless issues says it appreciates the goodwill, but it says the way some are helping is not the best way to solve the homeless problem.

Along Main Street, just north of Downtown Las Vegas, tents are pitched where many of the valley's homeless live their lives. Local social service providers say churches and individuals frequently come by to drop off clothes and food for some of the valley's neediest.