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Local nonprofit works to get as many kids as possible to read

LAS VEGAS -- A southern Nevada literacy group is on a mission to get as many kids as possible to read.

They say children who read perform better in school, but getting access to books isn't always easy for every family. There are children who don't have books at home because their families cannot afford it.

For the last 13 years, a local nonprofit has stepped up to fill this gap, and it says its efforts are paying off.

On Wednesday, the gym at Vegas Verdes Elementary School was filled with cheers and smiles as about 500 students received their free books.

It is all part of a community effort spearheaded by Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit that partners with local businesses to raise funds to provide books for local students.

"If you can't read, you can't learn. It is the basis for everything," executive director and co-founder Lisa Habighorst said.

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Mother arrested for shooting 11-year-old son

LAS VEGAS -- The mother of an 11-year-old Las Vegas boy who was shot Monday morning is under arrest on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, child abuse with a deadly weapon and child abuse with mental harm, according to Metro Police.

Police arrested 31-year-old Shavon Aguilar, also known as Shavon Carrillo, shortly after the victim was shot.

Police say at around 5 a.m. Monday officers were called to a home near Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard on a report that a child had been shot. Officers found the 11-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the head.

Nevada gaming win slips in April

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports the monthly gaming win fell slightly in April. Nevada casinos won more than $852 million from gamblers last month, a drop of 0.27 percent from April 2013.

Clark County casinos fared slightly better, posting an increase of 0.87 percent from last year. Las Vegas Strip casinos were the only properties in Clark County to experience an increase last month.

The state collected more than $47 million in fees based on the April gaming numbers. That represents an increase of 1.43 percent from last year.


Culinary Union reaches agreement with El Cortez

LAS VEGAS - The Culinary and Bartenders Union announced Wednesday morning it reached agreement with the El Cortez Hotel and Casino on a new workers contract.

Union officials say the five-year deal, which still must be ratified by union members, resembles deals reached recently with the Golden Nugget, Fremont Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station.

“We congratulate the workers at El Cortez on reaching a good contract settlement with the company,” said Culinary Union Local 226 Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline in a statement. "Workers are the backbone of Downtown Las Vegas, and they deserve the opportunity to provide for their families through hard work under a fair contract.”

The Culinary Union is scheduled to go on strike June 1 at six other downtown properties - The D, Four Queens, Binion's, the Plaza, Las Vegas Club and Golden Gate - if new deals are not reached.

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Culinary Union reaches tentative deals with two casinos

LAS VEGAS - The Culinary and Bartenders Union announced Tuesday it reached tentative agreements with Boyd Gaming Corporation on new worker contracts for the Fremont Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station.

Union representatives say the 5-year deals follow similar terms to the agreement the union reached with the Golden Nugget.

"We are pleased to have a tentative agreement with the Fremont and Main Street Station,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union in a statement. “Boyd has shown that they respect their employees and are invested in their workforce. We hope that the other Downtown casinos follow the example of Boyd and Golden Nugget as we negotiate with them over the next couple of days.”

Workers must still ratify the agreement.

Police: Boy 'extremely critical' after shooting

LAS VEGAS - Police say an 11-year-old boy is in "extremely critical" condition after being shot Monday morning at an apartment on Pebble Beach Boulevard near Vegas Drive and Michael Way.

The shooting happened shortly after 5 a.m. at the apartment complex. Initial reports indicated the boy was shot in the head, but police have yet to confirm that information.

In  the early morning hours, neighbors says something like an explosion came from inside apartment B.

"You ever hear a firework explode really close to you? It turns out, it was gunfire," said Erick Machuca, a neighbor.

Police say the bullet hit the boy, in his home, while surrounded by family members.

The boy was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. It is not clear if the shooting was intentional or accidental.

One hurt in hit-and-run crash

One hurt in hit-and-run crash

One person was seriously hurt in a crash along Rainbow Boulevard Thursday night.

According to Metro Police, just before 10 p.m., a Kia Sorento was driving southbound on Rainbow Boulevard near Vegas Drive at a high rate of speed, when it ran into a Kawasaki motorcycle that was turning left onto northbound Rainbow Boulevard from a parking lot.

The rider, identified by police as Eddie Rueda, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Following the crash, the driver of the Kia lost control and drove off the road. The driver and passenger left the scene of the crash on foot. Metro officers were able to track down the driver. He is identified as 29-year-old Anthony Munoz of Las Vegas.

Police say that the driver of the car showed signs of being drunk. He was arrested for DUI, along with hit and run. He has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center.