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NV Energy to build $50M solar plant at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS -- Nellis Air Force Base is going totally green -- well, almost.  A construction project for NV Energy to build a new $50 million, 15 megawatts, solar plant is set to begin at the base.

“This project will increase our ability to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyber-space,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, Commander at Nellis Air Force Base.

The base has always been a major adopter of the idea of clean energy. In 2007, its 13 megawatt solar array was the largest in the country.

The new solar plant combined with the other solar plant will generate enough electricity to run the entire air force base during the daylight hours. This will make Nellis Air Force Base home to the Department of Defense's largest photovoltaic system.

Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.

Metro ID's officer who shot man

LAS VEGAS -- The police officer who shot and killed a man has been identified as Officer Bradley Cupp, 36, who has been with Metro since 2003.

Cupp shot 43-year-old Francis Lamantia Spivey near Nellis Boulevard and Craig Road on Feb. 25 after he barricaded himself inside an apartment for hours and fired gunshots into the air. 

Police said Spivey threatened to kill himself and officers at the scene and was shot after he pointed  a rifle toward police.

This is the second officer involved shooting in Metro's jurisdiction this year and the first that's turned deadly.

Man shot multiple times near Craig and Nellis

LAS VEGAS -- A man was shot near Craig Road and Nellis Boulevard, and the suspect is still on the run, according to law enforcement.

Metro Police said they were first called to Puebla Street and E San Miguel around 11 a.m. Sunday morning. When officers arrived, they said they found a man who had been shot multiple times.

It's not clear what transpired before the shooting because police said they were getting conflicting reports. Metro said they checked out an apartment where they thought the shooter was hiding, but it was vacant.

In the meantime, officers are canvassing the area to further their investigation.

The victim was taken to the University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

This is a developing story.

Convicted Saudi airman appealing 35-years in Nevada prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant sentenced to 35 years in Nevada state prison has filed notice that he'll appeal his conviction on kidnapping and rape charges involving a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Defense attorney Dominic Gentile (jen-TEEL') said Wednesday he expects to file a full appeal for Mazen Alotaibi (MAH'-zen Ah-loh-TAH'-bee) by June.

The Nevada Supreme Court posted initial appeal documents Tuesday.

Alotaibi was sentenced Jan. 28.

Gentile says the state high court should consider whether current events and bias prevent a 25-year-old Arab Muslim from getting a fair trial in the U.S.

Gentile also questions the fairness of a prison sentence longer for sexual assault than for murder.

Alotaibi's appeal may also argue that he was badly represented at trial by his previous lawyer.

Nevada Senate upholds governor's gun background check veto

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate has upheld Gov. Brian Sandoval's 2013 veto of a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Senators voted along party lines Tuesday not to overturn the veto of SB221, which passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature two years ago. Republicans prevailed this time.

The measure would have required a background check almost any time a firearm changed hands, and would have barred defendants from having guns if their court cases ended with a finding of mental illness.

Sandoval said the bill would put unreasonable burdens on law-abiding Nevadans and do little to prevent criminals from getting guns.

Fourteen of 21 Senate votes were needed to revive the bill. The scenario was especially unlikely after Republicans took control of the Legislature.

Thunderbirds set to perform at Super Bowl XLIX

 LAS VEGAS -- The Thunderbirds are set to take the friendly skies on Super Bowl Sunday.

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, which is their formal name, will thrill more than 70,000 spectators by performing the flyover at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Thunderbirds will open the event with a six-ship Delta

formation flyover following the national anthem, which will be sung by award-winning singer/songwriter Idina Menzel.

A Thunderbird demonstration consists of six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that perform aerial maneuvers at more than 400 miles per hour in formation as close as 18-inches apart.

The four-aircraft, diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots while the two solo pilots perform maneuvers highlighting the maximum capabilities of the F-16.