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Elderly Woman Dies in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal car accident near Sun City Blvd. and Lake Mead Blvd.

Police say an elderly woman may have had a medical issue that caused her to choke on some food she was eating while driving. She lost control of her car and crashed into a wall.

The female driver died and her husband was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The intersection of Button Willow and Sandilands Drive is closed while police investigate.

 

 

 

 

Developer Can Apply to Build Housing Near Red Rock

LAS VEGAS --The Clark County Commission has voted to allow developer Jim Rhodes to move ahead with his application to develop 2,400 acres he owns near Red Rock Canyon. The commission vote was four to three.

All sides debated over what part could be developed and how many houses could be built on every acre. The area of land is off State Route 159 southeast of Red Rock Canyon near the community of Blue Diamond on abandoned gypsum mines.

With this compromise, Rhodes now has the ability to apply to change the density designations for the land he owns. Right now, the law allows for one house on every two acres. Rhodes wants to change that, allowing for more homes in the area.

Rhodes has not said exactly what he wants to use the land for, whether it would be for houses, shops, schools, parks or other uses.

Millions Cut from CSN

LAS VEGAS -- More painful budget cuts are coming to the College of Southern Nevada. That means community college students will have an even tougher getting the classes they need next fall.

Southern Nevada's economic recession has only fueled enrollment at CSN, which now serves more than 43,000 students. But with another several million dollars in cuts approved Friday, there's no way CSN can keep up with the growing demand.

"We have more and more students -- we have frustrated students and we have to turn them away and that's hard on us," said Faculty Senate chair Mark Rauls.

"Students don't want to lose programs, obviously, especially in student services because those impact us the most," said student body president Nathaniel Waugh.

Faculty and students say CSN has reached its breaking point with this latest round of state budget cuts. 

I-Team: Autopsy Sheds New Light on Baby's Death

LAS VEGAS -- The autopsy of a baby girl at the center of a lawsuit against University Medical Center has concluded an infection caused her premature birth.

The baby's mother, Roshunda Abney, claims UMC failed to properly screen her during her five hour wait in the emergency room. Abney eventually left without treatment and delivered her baby in her bathroom.

The coroner's report answers several questions related to Angel Dewberry's death. First, it notes according to paramedic records, Angel did take a few shallow breaths at the time of her birth. It also puts to rest speculation about possible alcohol or drug abuse. A toxicology screen found no trace of either substance.

The autopsy concludes Angel died from prematurity brought on by an infection that caused her mother's water to break 15 weeks early.

Ski and Snowboard Resort to Remain Open

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The season was supposed to end on Easter weekend, but 16 feet of snow this year, managers at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort have extended the season until late April. That would make it the longest season ever.

They got a fresh coat of snow overnight, too. Four inches was added to the already five foot base.

Skiers and snowboarders say they can't believe the resort will be open almost until May.

"Here we are. We're in the middle of April. We're in Vegas and we got tons of powder," said snowboarder Mike Rizzo.

Dozens of ski resorts nationwide have already ended their season, but not at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Because of their big snowfall totals, managers have decided to remain open until April 25, 2010.

Mammoth Ski Resort in the Sierras is one of the only other mountains that will remain open past April. 

Las Vegas Schools Facing 1,000 Layoffs

LAS VEGAS  -- Cash-strapped Clark County school trustees are poised to lay off more than 1,000 employees by July 1 unless the Las Vegas-based district can find another way to close a big budget shortfall.

Board members of the nation's fifth-largest school district approved a tentative spending plan late Wednesday that aims to close most of a $140 million budget gap left by reduced state funding and declining property tax revenues. The board has until June 8 to submit a final balanced budget to the state.

Administrators say classroom and administrative positions are on the block. But specifics haven't been made public. Officials say they hope the district's four employee unions will agree to concessions including salary reductions and furlough days to reduce the number of layoffs.

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Budget Deadline Nears for Clark County School District

LAS VEGAS -- Some big changes are expected for the Clark County School District in the coming months. School board members meet Wednesday to adopt a tentative budget designed to cut $123 million.

One of the proposals -- eliminating year round schools -- would save $18 million. Already school board members have agreed to change 21 schools from a year-round schedule to a nine-month schedule.

"I think it'll give them a chance to save money," said Shaunrice Hill, a former student.

Even with that change, there are still 55 schools operating 12 months a year. Some parents want that to change.

"I have older kids who are in a traditional nine month school, so we're able to take our vacations the same if we are all on a nine month school," said Delilah Ascencion, parent.