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Mock Nuclear Drill Called Off for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- State leaders along with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have succeeded in getting a federal emergency preparedness drill in Las Vegas canceled. It would have involved a fake nuclear explosion.

I-Team political analyst Jon Ralston was the first to report the development. The drill was scheduled for next year but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the convention authority and others felt such a drill would discourage tourism at a time when Southern Nevada can't afford to lose visitors.

The test was originally supposed to take place on the Las Vegas Strip. It was then moved to Sunset Park. Now it's off altogether for Las Vegas but it may be held in another location.

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Cyber Monday Deals Pull in Online Shoppers

Cyber Monday deals are expected to attract nearly 100 million shoppers. For one local business, this day sets the tone for the rest of the holiday shopping season.

"We're having a great day here at Zappos. My name is Corey. How can I help you?" For employee Corey Schreiber, Cyber Monday is one of the busiest days of the year. "Our goal is to break 5 million today," he said.

The mood is upbeat inside the Henderson based Zappos.com call center. Nearly 400 employees are manning the phones. There will likely be 9,000 customer service phone calls.

"The convenience is number one, people talk about Black Friday and the hassle of the stores and the crowds. You have to drive and park and increased gas prices that all plays a factor when you can just sit at your home computer and drink a cup of coffee and just browse all of the same things online," said Schreiber.

NDOT Seeking Public Input on US 95 Construction

Nevada transportation planners are collecting public comment on a plan to widen the busy U.S. 95 freeway between downtown Las Vegas and the foothills of Henderson.

Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Bob McKenzie says proposed improvements aim to reduce congestion and improve safety on the freeway, officially known as Interstate 515.

Some downtown Las Vegas community facilities would be relocated, and NDOT says state law will govern acquisition of other property that might be needed.

A public information meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Las Vegas Library on Las Vegas Boulevard North.

The department is preparing an environmental impact report on proposed additional freeway lanes, new interchanges at F Street, Pecos Road and Sahara Avenue, and improvements to existing off- and on-ramps.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Woman Accused of Murdering Baby Gets No Bail

HENDERSON, Nv -- The 19-year-old woman accused of smothering her baby after giving birth at home will stay in jail with no bail.

Carmela Camero appeared in a Henderson Justice Court this morning. Her arraignment date is set for December 8th.

Camero is charged with murder in the death of her newborn boy in August. Police say Camero told them she gave birth to the child at home and suffocated the child out of fear that her mother would find out she had been pregnant.

Police say this was the second baby that Camero gave birth to that ended up dead. In 2006, police say Camero gave birth to a stillborn baby girl and left the baby in the trash at the Mirage.

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Neighborhood Residents Upset Over Halfway House Plans

The planning commission were to vote Tuesday on whether to allow a federal halfway house near a residential neighborhood.

People in the Avalon Village subdivision near Eastern and Sunset say they learned about the halfway house from a flyer in the neighborhood and not the county.

One after another, several people filed into the commission chambers with one thing in mind -- try and stop the commission from putting a halfway house in their neighborhood.

“Everybody has a stake in this and it's just a wrong place to put this,” said Melvin Smith.

The idea of having criminals living so close raised lots of concerns by neighbors who expressed it to the planning commission.

“I understand their concerns. I understand that this may not be the best thing for their homes, their kids,” said planning commissioner Greg Esposito.

Annual Sunset Walk This Weekend

The Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is planning a two-mile annual Sunset Walk this weekend on Anthem East Trail.

Participants should plan to meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Anthem Hills Park off Reunion Drive and Sonatina Drive. The first half of the walk is one mile uphill to an overlook, and city parks and recreation official Jennifer Magby says walkers of all ages can expect to see great sunset and city views.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Direct Selling Makes Comeback in Down Economy

 

After becoming the victims of corporate layoffs and downsizing, some women are choosing to become the boss of their own business.

An expo Thursday in Henderson is aimed at connecting women with products they can sell on their own.

Beside her elaborately laid-out table, Debra Weiss shows off her treasures of scented wax and warmers. For Weiss, this is not a hobby, but a passion -- one that has helped her thrive in a down economy. “I would say now it is paying my mortgage, which surprised me. A little side business just took off,” she said.

Working in real estate for the past 15 years, Weiss says she fell into direct selling. “I don't think anyone can't use the extra money. Real estate has been quite volatile, so getting the extra money has helped me do those things that I could not have if I just depended on that one job,” she said.