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Dead LPGA Golfer was Packed for Tournament

LAS VEGAS  -- The agent for LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg says she had her bags packed for a tournament in Alabama when she died suddenly at her home in suburban Henderson.

Chase Callahan said Tuesday the 25-year-old Blasberg was scheduled fly Sunday to Mobile, Ala., and tee off Monday in qualifying rounds at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Blasberg's sudden death Sunday at home in Henderson is being investigated by police and the Clark County coroner. They say it could be four to six weeks before their investigation is complete.

Callahan says police in Henderson aren't giving him and Blasberg's parents, Mel and Debbie Blasberg of Corona, Calif., any indication how Erica Blasberg died. Callahan says there'll be a memorial service May 19 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona.

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

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More Nevadans Turning to Food Stamps

LAS VEGAS - The economy is taking its toll on many Americans. A record number of people are now seeking food stamp assistance. The need is also growing in Nevada. According to the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center, Nevada is seeing a huge jump in the number of people applying for food stamps.

Yvette Reid is one of those people. Out of work for nearly two years, Reid gets about $200 a month in food stamps. With a 16-year-old son at home, she says the extra money is the only way she's able to put food on the table. "When you are used to living one way and now you have to live another, you have to save and scrounge," she said. "Food stamps are just such a help. If it wasn't for that, I don't know how my family would eat."

LPGA Golfer Dead in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. — Police and an agent for 25-year-old Erica Blasberg say the LPGA tour golfer has died.

Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said Monday that authorities were investigating Blasberg's Sunday death. It was not immediately clear whether foul play was involved.

Blasberg's agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed her death but declined to provide details because of the investigation.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Blasberg's cause and manner of death has not been determined.

Blasberg played her only LPGA tour event this year two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th.

She found greater success in college, winning six times in two years at the University of Arizona and playing on the Curtis Cup team in 2004. She turned professional that year.

Her death was first reported by Golfweek magazine.

Henderson Man Sentenced to Prison for DUI in runner's death

HENDERSON -- A 25-year-old Nevada man has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in state prison for driving under the influence of alcohol when hitting and killing a relay race runner from Utah last October.

Joshua Salayich wept and sought leniency from a Clark County District Court judge who also heard sobbing family members describe their pain at the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Kunz.

Kunz was a married father of three from Kamas, Utah. He was taking part in a 180-mile Ragnar Relay run from Valley of Fire  State Park to the Red Rock Resort when he was struck and killed in Henderson on Oct. 10.

Saayich pleaded guilty in January as part of a plea deal that had prosecutors dropping a charge of leaving the scene of the crash. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was .26.

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

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ArtFest of Henderson Celebrates 13 Years

HENDERSON -- The popular art festival, ArtFest of Henderson, will take place this Mother's Day weekend.

The festival will feature paintings, ceramics, jewelry and photography from more than 100 artists. There will also be live entertainment, food vendors and an area for kids to do arts and crafts projects.

This year there will be a special Made in Nevada section. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. Click here for more information.

Chase Opens Second Homeownership Center for Struggling Borrowers

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Struggling homeowners now have another place they can turn to for help.

Chase opened its second Homeownership Center in the Las Vegas and Henderson area. The goal is to help borrowers who have a home loan serviced by Chase, Washington Mutual or E.M.C stay in their homes.

Chase now has 51 homeownership centers around the country.

Homeowners are asked to call and schedule an appointment to sit down with one of their representatives.

For more information on the new center:

Chase Homeownership Center
1441 West Warm Springs Road
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 558-5160

Henderson Library Getting Ready to Move

HENDERSON - Book lovers will have to plan their check-outs if they use the James Gibson Library in Henderson.

The current location on Water St. in downtown Henderson will close on Saturday, May 15th, but only so all the books can be packed up and moved to a new location. The new Gibson Library will open July 1, at Lake Mead Pkwy., near Boulder Highway.

"As a result of the economy, more people than ever before are in need of the services public libraries provide," said Tom Fay, executive director for Henderson Libraries. "This new, more visible and accessible location will allow us to further expand our reach throughout the Henderson community and continue our mission to cultivate a literate community by providing every citizen free access to books and information."