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Jobless rates inch down in Nevada's main metro areas

Unemployment rates are ticking down in Nevada's three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate inched down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in December. The rate dropped to 5.5 percent in the Reno area, down from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

It also ticked down to 6.7 percent in Carson City in December, a drop from 6.8 percent in November. Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy... Read More

NV Energy proposes grandfathering solar users

NV Energy announced something that should make existing rooftop solar customers happy.

The company wants to allow all existing net energy metering customers to remain on the old rules before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission imposed fees on solar customers.

Their announcement comes as supporters of rooftop solar announced a referendum drive to reverse the PUC's decision for all future solar customers.

NV Eneregy is clearly offering up an olive branch.

The solar industry says thanks, but it's not enough because it doesn't allow for the future growth of rooftop solar which up until a few weeks ago was one of the fastest growing industries in the state.

Chanting, "We're going to take our power back," Nevada's solar industry staged another rally on Monday.

This one to announce a referendum drive to put a measure on the ballot that, if approved by voters, would reverse the PUC's decision that devastated the rooftop solar industry... Read More

Debate over number of schools needed in Skye Canyon area

The issue over the number of new schools that will be built to support the new Skye Canyon development in the northwest valley could become contentious.

The developer originally promised to set aside land for three new schools, but now they're asking the district to go along with just two new schools.

One Clark County School District official summed up most of the people's feelings in the room by saying, something about this deal "doesn't smell right."

However, the scope of the development has changed, so that's why the developer is suggesting one less school.

"Well as the development agreement has gone -- there's been changes, different owners and every time a new land use permit comes in we have to renegotiate everything, but as the agreement sits now there are three school sites set aside for the school district," said Linda Perri, Clark County School District... Read More

Woman praises arrest in grandson's murder

The grandmother of a teen murder victim is thanking a Metro Homicide detective after a major break in the case.

The teen's family waited months to hear the news that the man believed to have killed him was arrested. During that time, the teen's grandmother and the detective developed a bond.

Ruby Taylor last spoke with her grandson Tiyvone Taylor Mills in October 2015.

"I told him, 'Make sure you come right back.' He said, 'I am granny. I'll be right back,'" she said.

Mills never returned home. The 16-year-old was shot to death in the northwest valley.

Days later, Taylor says she saw the surveillance video of the shooting suspect(s) that Metro Police released to the public.

"We see my grandson," she said. "We seen him get shot… We seen the fire from the gun. We seen his body go over and come back and fall, and the scariest thing, he was left there by himself."... Read More

PD: Pedestrian hit at Cheyenne and Rancho following burglary

One person was hit by a car following a home burglary Friday, police said.

It all started in the 4100 block of Compass Rose Way near N. Rainbow Blvd. and W. Alexander Road.

According to officers, Metro received a call about several males who were seen coming out of a home carrying items.

A short time later, a Metro Police officer saw a vehicle fitting the description of the suspects' vehicle at W. Gowen Road and N. Rancho Drive.

The officer tried to pull over the car, but the vehicle took off. At some point, the suspects' vehicle jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian at the intersection of W. Cheyenne Avenue and N. Rancho Drive.

The condition of the pedestrian is unknown. The suspects are still on the run. ... Read More

PD: Pedestrian hit at Cheyenne and Rancho following burglary

One person was hit by a car following a home burglary Friday, police said.

It all started in the 4100 block of Compass Rose Way near N. Rainbow Blvd. and W. Alexander Road.

According to officers, Metro received a call about several males who were seen coming out of a home carrying items.

A short time later, a Metro Police officer saw a vehicle fitting the description of the suspects' vehicle at W. Gowen Road and N. Rancho Drive.

The officer tried to pull over the car, but the vehicle took off. At some point, the suspects' vehicle jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian at the intersection of W. Cheyenne Avenue and N. Rancho Drive.

The condition of the pedestrian is unknown. The suspects are still on the run. ... Read More

U.S. 95 re-opens to traffic

U.S. 95 northbound and southbound lanes opened to traffic around 8 a.m. after being closed for nearly one hour this morning because of a suicidal woman.

The freeway lanes were closed in both directions between Craig Road and Cheyenne Avenue around 7 a.m. causing major delays as law enforcement dealt with a woman threatening suicide at the Lone Mountain overpass.

The woman was taken into custody... Read More