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Henderson City Employees to Take Unpaid Leave

The city of Henderson is adopting a furlough program after facing a bigger budget shortfall than expected.

City officials have approved a plan to save money which includes a second round of employee buyouts and to also have employees taken up to 12 days of unpaid leave. Those moves combined with a new holiday pay structure will save an addition $4 million.

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High School Rezoning Decisions Revisited

Upset parents and students sounded off Thursday evening against the Clark County School District's rezoning plan. School district officials say they need to rezone in order to fix overcrowding. 

Student Carlene Saladino wants to take advantage of a school zoning plan option that would allow her the choice of where she'll go to school next fall. She doesn't want to change schools even though her school is overcrowded.

"I don't understand why a speed bump is being turned into a mountain," she said. "I urge you to consider what I have said and vote for the option to remain."

Due to overcrowding at nearly a dozen Clark County high schools, trustees decided last week to rezone.

Foreclosure Express A Big Draw For House Hunters

Las Vegas has become a Mecca for foreclosed homes and real estate agents along with banks are doing whatever they can to sell them to potential homebuyers -- like the Foreclosure Express.

Riders look at homes with prices ranging from $100,000 to $300,000. The homes were all in great shape, despite the misconception foreclosed homes are trashed.

The Realtors who run Foreclosure Express say this is the perfect way to get folks familiar with what's out there on the market. You'll find prices are reduced as much as 60-percent, and that's great news for those looking to buy.

"I have been coming out here since 2001 and right now these homes are a really good value the cost price ratio terrific," said passenger Tony Patire.

"They put together a great plan -- four houses we've seen in are great shape. Prices are definitely in ballpark of what we're looking at," said Byron Irvy.

Foreclosure Express runs about every week.

Foreclosures Driving Down Price of Traditional Home Sales

Foreclosed homes bring down the average value of homes in every neighborhood. So many homeowners who'd like to sell are left wondering just how much their homes are really worth.

Take a look around your neighborhood and you'll likely find a foreclosed home. That has many homeowners wondering just how much their property is worth.

"If you have a lot of foreclosures and short sales going on in your particular market, then your value goes down," said Mike Brunson with Ascent Appraisal.

Right now, it's a buyers market. But what if you are trying to sell your home? Even if you've always been on time with your payments and have never defaulted on your mortgage, foreclosures are affecting you, "The best advice, if you don't have to sell, don't sell."

Brunson has been an appraiser since the mid 90's.

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Officer Involved Shooting at Henderson Hospital

A Las Vegas man is dead following an officer involved shooting that happened just after 1 a.m. at St. Rose Hospital's Sienna Campus.

The 48-year-old Las Vegas man entered through the front door. He was wearing a green military-style jacket and carrying a gun. 911 was called.

"When we arrived, we began evacuating emergency room staff and patients while at the same time looking for this man who had walked back into the emergency room area," said Officer Todd Rasmussen, Henderson Police Department. 

Police say the was threatening to commit suicide. A patient, Stan Shapiro, told Eyewitness News that he heard a man announce he was going to kill himself and then heard a woman shout for everyone to get down before several shots were fired.

"I could tell it was a big gun because you could feel it.

Home Builder Taking a Break from Tough Market

The Las Vegas Valley used to see neighborhoods of new homes pop up almost overnight. The recession has stopped that trend and that halt has been dramatic. In 2005, 40,000 new homes were sold in January, compared to just 284 sold this year.

The unbelievable drop has devastated home builders, some of which are locally owned and operated.

Astoria Homes' newest development near Eastern and Horizon Ridge is where they plan to make their comeback once the market is viable again. But for now, construction is on hold and the company is in hibernation.

Tom McCormick is President of Astoria Homes. After 15 years of building success, he's decided to stop building new homes for the foreseeable future.

Astoria has five different developments and a few years ago they were riding the boom like everyone else.

Teen Sentenced in Crash That Killed Student

A young man responsible for a deadly car crash will spend the next several months in a youth boot camp. A judge sentenced 16-year-old David Jensen Thursday for his part in an accident that left 15-year-old Olivia Hyten dead.

In addition to serving time in a boot camp, Jensen has been sentenced to 500 hours of community service, probation until he's 21-years-old and no driving until he's 21-years-old.

Police say Jensen was going 62 miles per hour the night Olivia Hyten died. The speed limit in the Seven Hills neighborhood where the crash happened is 25 miles per hour. Jensen was behind the wheel of his truck when he lost control, killing his passenger, Olivia Hyten. In court, Jensen stood up, addressed Hyten's grieving family, and apologized.

"I just wish Olivia could be here with us, and if it could have been my life that was taken, I would have rather it that way.