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I-Team: Millions Owed in Unpaid Tickets

LAS VEGAS -- At a time when local governments are pinching every penny, the amount of money owed to the Las Vegas Justice Court is enough to make a budget director drool.

The amount of past due traffic tickets currently on the books is $170 million and the court considers their efforts to collect the money a success.

"I think it's more out of sight, out of mind," said Sgt. Robert Wyant who is with the Las Vegas Township Constable's office. He offers a not-so-subtle reminder to a driver of traffic stops in 2005 and 2006.

Wyant asks, "What do you think you can come up with?" He intends to collect at least a portion of the $4,000 the driver owes in fines and fees. If reason doesn't work, handcuffs serve as an effective negotiating tool. "Technically what it is, you pay or we take you to jail to go in front of a judge."

School Board Member Wants School Schedules Reviewed

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County school trustee wants to switch more of the district's year-round schools back to nine-month schedules to save money.

Board Member Chris Garvey's proposal could help close a shortfall of $123 million in the district budget. But officials say it could hurt year-round school employees, who would lose work days.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NASA Moon Rocks on Display in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The College of Southern Nevada is inviting the public to view a moon rock collection on loan from NASA.

The viewing will be held this week. In all, about 800 pounds of moon rocks were collected between the first manned moon landing in 1969 and the last in 1972. Most remain in storage in NASA facilities, but NASA encased a small number of the rocks in clear plastic for educational purposes.

That's what will be on display at the College of Southern Nevada.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

United States Coast Guard Weighing Anchor In Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. Coast Guard is weighing anchor on operations at two navigation broadcasting station in Nevada. The commander of a ground-based long-range navigation system says Global Positioning System satellites have made the so-called LORAN system obsolete.

The 24-station network stopped broadcasting Feb. 8. Now, stations in Searchlight and Fallon are being decommissioned as part of a move to save $37 million per year in operation costs. The station near Searchlight, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, isn't the only "awkward place" for a Coast Guard station. The service also has duty stations in Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and northern Minnesota.

Hundreds of Valley Children Have a Happy Easter Thanks to Local Volunteer Program

LAS VEGAS --  Hundreds of Valley kids will have a Happy Easter thanks to the help of a program called E BUNNY and a group of volunteers who put all their love and care for these children into the form of an Easter basket.

E BUNNY is a grass-roots community outreach program dedicated to bringing Easter Baskets to homeless and disadvantaged children as a token of hope, joy and renewal by passing out baskets to children on the streets of Las Vegas the day before Easter.

The program is made possible by complete strangers who donated care packages that came fittingly in an Easter Basket.

Some of these kids had never received an Easter Basket before. The reward for the volunteers is the smile on each child's face as they received a basket. But these baskets are more than just candy and stuffed animals.

"Priority of giving back hope and spirit to people is huge," said Linda Lera-Randle, Volunteer.

Spay and Neuter Law in Effect for Las Vegas Pet Owners

LAS VEGAS -- April 1st is the deadline for Las Vegas pet owners to get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered under a new law. Pet owners who don't follow the rules could face hundreds of dollars in fines.

The city of Las Vegas says it euthanizes more animals than much larger cities including New York City which has a population of 8 million people.

With a few exceptions, the new law calls for cats and dogs older than four months to get spayed or neutered.

"If we respond to a house for a barking complaint, running-at-large, sanitation, a bite, anything of that nature, at that time that we're addressing that issue, we're also going to ask to see documentation that the animal has been sterilized," said Richard Molinari, Las Vegas Animal Control supervisor.

High Wind Warning For The Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Las Vegas area today, with gusts as high as 60 mph in some areas.

The Weather Service has advised of sustained winds of at least 40 mph and gusts of at least 60 mph.The winds should cause dust, reducing visibility and create hazardous conditions on roads, which could make driving difficult.

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The high wind warning is in effect from this morning until 11 p.m. The warning includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.