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Scam Targets Nevada Grandparents

HENDERSON, Nev. - A new wave of the so-called "grandparent scam" is striking Southern Nevada. The scam targets unsuspecting senior citizens who think they are helping their grandchildren out of a jam. In fact, they are helping con artists gain access to their money.

A Henderson couple is the latest to fall for the ruse. Marge and Albert Rosenthal received a phone call from a person claiming to be their granddaughter. Mrs. Rosenthal was certain it was her grown granddaughter, who lives out of state.

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Where is Steven Koecher?

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Steven Koecher pulled his car into a Sun City Anthem neighborhood in Henderson, parked at the end of a cul-de-sac and walked away.

That was on December 13, 2009. He hasn't been seen since.

Koecher lived in St. George, Utah, and so it's the location where he went missing that baffles his family and friends most of all. The last known images of Koecher were captured by a home surveillance system in the Sun City neighborhood where his car was parked. On the video tape, he's seen turning a corner, crossing the street and walking out of the frame.

This is one of last clues of Koecher's whereabouts. He had no ties to the area.

"We have no idea why he was there. We've checked text messages and voicemail messages. No calls were tied to this," said Koecher's mother, Deanne.

CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

More than $19 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

LAS VEGAS -- The IRS has more than $19 million in unclaimed refunds for Nevada taxpayers and the deadline to claim the money is nearing.

According to the IRS, the refunds are for people who did not file a tax return for 2006. The owed money equates to a median refund of about $575 for 19,000 taxpayers.

"There is about $19 million for about 19,400 Nevadans. The window of opportunity to claim this money is about to expire and they really need to act," said Jesse Weller, IRS.

To collect the money, a 2006 tax return must be filed by April 15, 2010.

"Why should I just let it go to the IRS?" said Steven Hansen a taxpayer who made the mistake of doing that once before. He's learned his lesson, and today it's a much different story.

"That could've been money for anything medical bills, even my rent."

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Ice Chunk Crashes Through Henderson Home's Roof

HENDERSON -- A Henderson couple say they were surprised when a chunk ice believed to be from a passing aircraft crashed through their roof Tuesday morning.

Penny and Bill White say they looked at each other at the same time saying, "What was that?" Bill White says he found a hole in the roof of his garage near Green Valley Parkway and the 215 Las Vegas Beltway, surrounded by chunks of ice.

An FAA spokesman says it probably fell from a plane descending to land at McCarran International Airport.

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

Station Seeks Protection for its Share of GV Ranch

LAS VEGAS -- Station Casinos is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its 50 percent stake in the Green Valley Ranch Resort hotel-casino in Henderson.

Records filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Reno seek protection for GV Ranch Station Inc., a company owned by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos. It manages the 572-room hotel-casino.

Station Casinos operates 18 casinos in the Las Vegas area. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July.

Green Valley Ranch co-owner the Greenspun Corp. of Henderson has not filed for bankruptcy on its 50 percent portion of the resort.

GV Ranch Station listed less than 50 creditors, which it says are owed between $10 million and $50 million. It estimates assets at $100 million to $500 million.

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

Obama Sets Record Straight: 'I Love Vegas'

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama is setting the record straight -- he loves Las Vegas.

Obama has irked officials in Nevada with his references to Las Vegas while explaining how people need to make tough choices on spending during difficult economic times. During a speech to the city's Chamber of Commerce Friday, Obama made it clear that he meant Las Vegas no harm.

Still, he defended his recent comments, in which he said that people who are saving for college shouldn't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas. He says that remains true -- college savings should be spent on college -- but he still loves the town.

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