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UMC to Eliminate Management Positions

LAS VEGAS -- As University Medical Center looks for ways to stem the flow of its bleeding budget, the hospital plans to eliminate 12 management positions.

Other lower-level positions will also disappear to make room for more registered nurses in the emergency room.

UMC Chief Executive Officer Kathy Silver says the staffing changes will save the hospital about $1.2 million a year. That's a drop in the deficit bucket for UMC, which was budgeted to lose $74 million this year.

Only three of the 12 management positions are considered layoffs. UMC says seven of positions were already being held vacant and three managers will be reassigned to non-management jobs.

Silver told Clark County Commissioners that streamlining management will save the hospital about $945,000 a year.

Town Hall Meeting on Budget Draws Big Crowd

LAS VEGAS -- Valley residents showed up in force Saturday to voice concerns about the prospect of more budget cuts for the state of Nevada. 

There were hundreds of people at town hall meeting orchestrated by legislators. Lawmakers will hold a special session later this month to close the gap on the $881 million shortfall.

The state of Nevada is facing some dramatic cuts to many programs and services. Education makes up a little more than half the state's budget, one-third goes to health and human services and 10 percent to public safety. Governor Jim Gibbons says cuts have to be made in all areas in order to balance the state's budget.

"The fact that they're talking about laying off 2,000 teachers; it's already an economically depressed economy. I cannot fathom what that will do for our students," said Colleen Case, teacher.

Department of Family Services Facing Job Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned that layoffs could be on the table within the Department of Family Services.

The information came out of the Nevada Interim Finance Committee meetings being held in Las Vegas.

The head of Child and Family Services says around 100 workers could lose their jobs due to the latest round of proposed budget cuts. 

If layoffs were to happen this could delay licensing of foster homes. Currently 266 case managers are working with foster and adoptive parents.

The current foster care caseload in Clark County is 31 families per case worker. This exceeds the national average which is 15 families per worker.

Further layoffs will create what the director of family services calls "chaos."

Low-Cost Daycare's Future in Jeopardy

LAS VEGAS -- A low-cost facility that's helping parents with daycare is under fire and may have to close.

NALA, the Nevada Association of Latin Americans, is trying to save the daycare but the Las Vegas Housing authority says NALA is not in compliance with its lease. Now, NALA's director is defending the agency over past troubles that are coming to light.

The $246,000 building which is owned by the Las Vegas Housing Authority is rented to NALA for $1 a year. The housing authority says NALA is not holding up its end of the agreement.

"I'm very sad," said Sandra Chavez who drops her little boy and girl off at the daycare run by the NALA.

"I tried other daycares. They are very expensive and here it's cheaper. The teacher is very nice," Chavez added. She hopes the daycare stays open.

Early Morning Accident Claims Man's Life

LAS VEGAS -- A 51-year-old man is dead following a traffic collision early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. on Bonanza Road at Lillian Street. Police say their investigation shows that the man lost control of his truck and slid on the wet roads hitting a building and palm tree. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man's identity was not released.

 

Police: Intruder Killed by Homeowner

LAS VEGAS -- One man is dead after Las Vegas police say he attempted to break into a home.

The valley's latest home invasion happened just after midnight in a quiet, unpaved cul de sac near MLK and Bonanza.

Officers responded to the home just after midnight and found the dead man's body in the doorway. They say the senior citizen homeowner told them he shot the suspect after the suspect kicked in the door of the home.

"I would have done the same thing, only I probably would have shot him three or four times," said Jim Deal, neighbor.

"What else are you gonna do? You have to defend what you have and your family," said Adam Murillo, neighbor.

Neighbors showed up at the disabled homeowner's house to help repair his door Tuesday morning and voice concerns about crime.

"I would have done the same as him or at least tried too," said Dave Laureiro, neighbor.

Police Investigate Murder in West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex near H Street and Washington Ave. Police say a man was been shot in the back.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he later died. Metro's homicide detectives are investigating the case.

Police say the shooting is not gang related, but have not released any more details.